Have you Read these Recent Systematic Reviews in Orthodontics?

February 11, 2011

Effectiveness of orthodontic treatment with functional appliances on mandibular growth in the short term. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2011 Jan;139(1):24-36.Marsico E, Gatto E, Burrascano M, Matarese G, Cordasco G.

INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to analyze the current literature for the best evidence (randomized clinical trials) about the efficacy of functional appliances on mandibular growth in the short term.
METHODS: A survey of articles published up to September 2009 was performed by using the following electronic databases: PubMed, Embase, Ovid Medline, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science, LILACS, and Google Scholar. The reference lists of the retrieved articles were hand-searched for possible missing articles. No language restriction was applied during the identification of the published studies. A methodologic scoring process was developed to identify which randomized clinical trials were stronger methodologically. The selection process and the quality assessment were undertaken independently and in duplicate by 2 authors. A meta-analysis was attempted by using random-effects models. Clinical and statistical heterogeneity was examined, and a sensitivity analysis was performed.
RESULTS: Electronic searches identified the following items: 146 articles were retrieved from PubMed, 45 from Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, 29 from Ovid, 42 from LILACS, 628 from Web of Science, and 1000 from Google Scholar. Thirty-two articles fulfilled the specific inclusion criteria and were identified as potentially appropriate randomized clinical trials to be included in this meta-analysis. Only 4 articles, based on data from 338 patients (168 treated vs 170 controls) with Class II malocclusion in the mixed dentition, were selected for the final analysis. The quality analysis of these studies showed that the statistical methods were at the medium-high level. The outcome measurements chosen to evaluate the efficacy of the various functional appliances were Co-Pg, Pg/Olp + Co/Olp, and Co-Gn and the values were annualized and standardized to a uniform scale with the standardized mean differences (SMD). The results of the meta-analysis from the random-effects model showed a statistically significant difference of 1.79 mm in annual mandibular growth of the treatment group compared with the control group (SMD = 0.61, 95% CI, 0.30 to -0.93; chi-square test, 5.34; 3 df; P = 0.15; I(2) = 43.9%; test for overall effect, Z = 3.83 and P = 0.0001). The sensitivity analysis showed a substantially similar outcome of 1.91 mm (SMD = 0.65, 95% CI, 0.25 to 1.25; chi-square test, 4.96; 2 df; P = 0.08; I(2) = 59.7%; test for overall effect, Z = 3.19 and P = 0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: The analysis of the effect of treatment with functional appliances vs an untreated control group showed that skeletal changes were statistically significant, but unlikely to be clinically significant.

Efficacy of short-term chincup therapy for mandibular growth retardation in Class III malocclusion. Angle Orthod. 2011 Jan;81(1):162-68. Liu ZP, Li CJ, Hu HK, Chen JW, Li F, Zou SJ.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of chincup therapy for mandibular growth retardation in early orthopedic treatment of Class III malocclusion.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic search for articles reporting randomized clinical trials, controlled clinical trials, and cohort studies testing the efficacy of chincup appliance for Class III malocclusion published up to the present was done through four databases: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; to March 2010), MEDLINE (1950-March 2010), EMBASE (1980-March 2010), and CBM (1978-March 2010). Study quality assessment and data extraction were done by two reviewers independently. Meta-analysis was done with the assistance of Revman 5.01.
RESULTS: The search resulted in 50 articles. After selection following the established criteria, four cohort studies qualified for the final review analysis. The results showed that chincup therapy decreased SNB angle and increased ANB angle; the total pooled weighted mean difference values (95% confidence interval) were −1.18 (−1.69, −0.67; P < .00001) and 1.90 (0.60, 3.21; P = .004), respectively. Two studies showed a increase in Gonial angle (P < .05) but no significant change in the mandibular length (Cd-Gn; P = .059 and .39, respectively). One study indicated that chincup therapy exerted no effect on mandibular growth retardation, and mandibular growth continued after the treatment in a downward direction.
CONCLUSION: There are insufficient data in these studies to make clear recommendations regarding the efficacy of chincup therapy in the retardation of mandibular growth.

Systematic review of self-ligating brackets.Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2010 Jun;137(6):726.e1-726.e18; discussion 726-7. Chen SS, Greenlee GM, Kim JE, Smith CL, Huang GJ.
INTRODUCTION: Self-ligating brackets have been gaining popularity over the past several decades. Various advantages for these systems have been claimed. The purposes of this systematic review were to identify and review the orthodontic literature with regard to the efficiency, effectiveness, and stability of treatment with self-ligating brackets compared with conventional brackets.
METHODS: An electronic search in 4 data bases was performed from 1966 to 2009, with supplemental hand searching of the references of retrieved articles. Quality assessment of the included articles was performed. Data were extracted by using custom forms, and weighted mean differences were calculated.
RESULTS: Sixteen studies met the inclusion criteria, including 2 randomized controlled trials with low risk of bias, 10 cohort studies with moderate risk of bias, and 4 cross-sectional studies with moderate to high risk of bias. Self-ligation appears to have a significant advantage with regard to chair time, based on several cross-sectional studies. Analyses also showed a small, but statistically significant, difference in mandibular incisor proclination (1.5 degrees less in self-ligating systems). No other differences in treatment time and occlusal characteristics after treatment were found between the 2 systems. No studies on long-term stability of treatment were identified.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite claims about the advantages of self-ligating brackets, evidence is generally lacking. Shortened chair time and slightly less incisor proclination appear to be the only significant advantages of self-ligating systems over conventional systems that are supported by the current evidence.

In-vitro orthodontic bond strength testing: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2010 May;137(5):615-622.e3.  Finnema KJ, Ozcan M, Post WJ, Ren Y, Dijkstra PU.

INTRODUCTION: The aims of this study were to systematically review the available literature regarding in-vitro orthodontic shear bond strength testing and to analyze the influence of test conditions on bond strength.
METHODS: Our data sources were Embase and Medline. Relevant studies were selected based on predefined criteria. Study test conditions that might influence in-vitro bond strength were independently assessed by 2 observers. Studies reporting a minimum number of test conditions were included for meta-analysis by using a multilevel model with 3 levels, with author as the highest level, study as the second level, and specimens in the study as the lowest level. The primary outcome measure was bond strength.
RESULTS: We identified 121 relevant studies, of which 24 were included in the meta-analysis. Methodologic drawbacks of the excluded studies were generally related to inadequate reporting of test conditions and specimen storage. The meta-analysis demonstrated that 3 experimental conditions significantly affect in-vitro bond strength testing. Although water storage decreased bond strength on average by 10.7 MPa, each second of photopolymerization time and each millimeter per minute of greater crosshead speed increased bond strength by 0.077 and 1.3 MPa, respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: Many studies on in-vitro orthodontic bond strength fail to report test conditions that could significantly affect their outcomes.


Read Critical Summaries of Systematic Reviews

May 19, 2010

Wondering how medication effects orthodontic tooth movement? Or if antibiotics used at the time of implant placement prevent complications?

Here is a way to get valid answers, fast; bookmark the American Dental Association’s Evidence Based Dentistry portal.

In addition to its database of systematic reviews of oral health topics, the ADA provides one-page, concise, user-friendly assessments of  systematic reviews. Known as critical summaries, these  assessments are composed by ADA Evidence Reviewers.  New critical summaries are constantly added, recent additions include:

To be updated each time a critical summary is published, subscribe to the ADA’s RSS feed.


Does Periodontal Treatment in Patients with Diabetes Lower Blood Sugar Levels?

May 13, 2010

The Cochrane Oral Health Group recently published Treatment of periodontal disease for glycaemic control in people with diabetes, a systematic review examining the relationship  between periodontal treatment and glycaemic control in diabetics.

The review, which included 7 Randomized Controlled Trials concluded there is evidence of improvement in metabolic control in people with diabetes, after treating periodontal disease.

For more detail, read the full review or listen to the podcast.

More resources may be found by browsing Bibby library’s selected  list of websites on diabetes and oral health.

A bibliography of meta-analysis, RCT’s and reviews follows:

Effect of periodontal treatment on glycemic control of diabetic patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes Care. 2010 Feb;33(2):421-7. Teeuw WJ, Gerdes VE, Loos BG.

Short-term effects of photodynamic therapy on periodontal status and glycemic control of patients with diabetes. J Periodontol. 2009 Oct;80(10):1568-73. Al-Zahrani MS, Bamshmous SO, Alhassani AA, Al-Sherbini MM.

Periodontal treatment to improve glycaemic control in diabetic patients: study protocol of the randomized, controlled DIAPERIO trial. Trials. 2009 Aug 2;10:65. Vergnes JN, Arrivé E, Gourdy P, Hanaire H, Rigalleau V, Gin H, Sédarat C, Dorignac G, Bou C, Sixou M, Nabet C.

Effectiveness of full-mouth and partial-mouth scaling and root planing in treating chronic periodontitis in subjects with type 2 diabetes. J Periodontol. 2009 Aug;80(8):1237-45. Santos VR, Lima JA, De Mendonça AC, Braz Maximo MB, Faveri M, Duarte PM.

The effect of periodontal therapy on serum TNF-alpha and HbA1c levels in type 2 diabetic patients. Dağ A, Firat ET, Arikan S, Kadiroğlu AK, Kaplan A.Aust Dent J. 2009 Mar;54(1):17-22.

Effect of antimicrobial periodontal treatment and maintenance on serum adiponectin in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Matsumoto S, Ogawa H, Soda S, Hirayama S, Amarasena N, Aizawa Y, Miyazaki H.J Clin Periodontol. 2009 Feb;36(2):142-8.

Relationship of Porphyromonas gingivalis with glycemic level in patients with type 2 diabetes following periodontal treatment. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 2008 Aug;23(4):348-51. Makiura N, Ojima M, Kou Y, Furuta N, Okahashi N, Shizukuishi S, Amano A.

Does periodontal care improve glycemic control? The Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Diabetes Study. J Clin Periodontol. 2007 Jan;34(1):46-52. Epub 2006 Nov 24. Jones JA, Miller DR, Wehler CJ, Rich SE, Krall-Kaye EA, McCoy LC, Christiansen CL, Rothendler JA, Garcia RI.

Does periodontal treatment improve glycemic control in diabetic patients? A meta-analysis of intervention studies. J Dent Res. 2005 Dec;84(12):1154-9. Janket SJ, Wightman A, Baird AE, Van Dyke TE, Jones JA.

Effect of non-surgical periodontal treatment with or without doxycycline on the periodontium of type 1 diabetic patients. Llambés F, Silvestre FJ, Hernández-Mijares A, Guiha R, Caffesse R.J Clin Periodontol. 2005 Aug;32(8):915-20.

The effect of improved periodontal health on metabolic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Kiran M, Arpak N, Unsal E, Erdoğan MF.J Clin Periodontol. 2005 Mar;32(3):266-72.

Therapy with adjunctive doxycycline local delivery in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and periodontitis. Martorelli de Lima AF, Cury CC, Palioto DB, Duro AM, da Silva RC, Wolff LF.J Clin Periodontol. 2004 Aug;31(8):648-53.

The effects of periodontal treatment on diabetes. J Am Dent Assoc. 2003 Oct;134 Spec No:41S-48S.  Taylor GW.

Effect of non-surgical periodontal therapy on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Periodontol. 2003 Sep;74(9):1361-7. Rodrigues DC, Taba MJ, Novaes AB, Souza SL, Grisi MF.


Dental Hygienists Learn to be Masters of Information

May 11, 2010

In April, dental hygienists from the Eastman Institute for Oral Health attended the class, “Information Mastery for Dental Hygienists” lead by librarian Elizabeth Kettell. The course was held in a computer equipped classroom to allow hygienists hands-on practice in searching for dental information.

In the context of Evidence Based Dentistry, hygienists developed skill in critiquing sources and finding the most accurate, relevant and trustworthy information. They especially enjoyed the chocolate exercise, where they were required to categorize assigned readings as generic chocolate, Hershey’s chocolate or Godiva! The students were introduced to electronic resources from Bibby Library, practice guidelines, systematic reviews, and internet portals such as the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus. In addition, they received instruction in searching the PubMed database, and obtaining the full text of relevant articles.

The course was well received and the students requested a second class to review and practice what they had learned. The second class is planned for June and will include more PubMed searching as well as methods for the hygienists to keep up-to-date in their profession. Given its success, Bibby Library plans to offer the course annually and open it up to dental assistants. If you are interested in individualized instruction in navigating the dental literature, please contact Elizabeth Kettell, elizabeth_kettell@urmc.rochester.edu, 585-275-3247.


Read Summaries of Systematic Reviews

March 25, 2010

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find all the systematic reviews pertaining to dentistry in one place?  You can!

The American Dental Association (ADA)  Evidence Based Dentistry website includes a database of systematic reviews in oral health. The reviews may be found by searching the site or using the ADA’s drill down topic menu.

Even better, the ADA provides  critical summaries of many of these  systematic reviews.  Critical summaries are brief, concise assessments of a review that are written by ADA Evidence Reviewers.  These reviewers are trained  in the critical appraisal of scientific literature.

Here is a list of the most recently published critical summaries:


Apps for Dental Professionals and Patients

March 5, 2010

(updated April 4, 2013)

1000 Dental Flashcards & Quiz ($1.99) Learn more than 1000 terms and concepts for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification test to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) or Certified Orthodonitic Assistant (COA).

3D Dental A-Z: (.99) detailed visual insights into Teeth, Anatomy, Instruments, Care, Implants & more

3D Dentist – the Chairside Assistant (free) help your patients understand the procedures you offer.

3D Human Oral Cavity (6.99) images and illustrations of the Human Oral Cavity

3D Teeth and Denture ($1.99) images and illustrations of the Human Teeth and Denture

3D Tooth (.99)  anatomy of teeth

3Shape Communicate (free) Dentists and dental labs can share 3D scans and designs, images and comment and approve designs.

4EverLearning (free) Dental CPD and CE for Dentists and their Dental Teams –contains 100 challenging questions that cover a wide variety of subjects from Radiography, Perio, Endo, Diet and Prevention, Childrens Dentistry and many other dental aspects.

5 Minutes Brushing (1.99) Brushing Timer teaches  correct way to brush

AAID (free) American Academy of Implant Dentistry Mobile App

AAOMS Mobile (free) American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Mobile App. For OMS professionals

AAPD Sedation (free) search through the presentations from the 2013 Course and access all the available presentation slides.

ACE Dental World  (free) forum for dental professionals

ADA Dental Symptom Checker (free) for patients to understand what dental symptoms may mean

A dec Dental  (free) A-dec is the world’s leading manufacturer of dental chairs, delivery systems, and dental lights including the award-winning A-dec LED light.

Align on Time (free) for Orthodontists and orthodontic patients

A Little Mouse: brush teeth lite (free) This game will teach your baby to brush

American Academy of Periodontology (free) mobile resource for periodontists.

Anatomy of the Mouth: (2.99) Flash card app to help you learn names, locations and functions of various parts of the mouth

Anatomy Teeth Disection(.99) for students

Andy RDH Board Review ($9.99) Board Review for NBDHE (Hygiene), NBDE (Dental), and DANB (Assisting) exams.

Anesthetics ($4.99) calculate the Max dosages and Max number of cartridges for local anesthetics in dentistry based on the age and weight of the patient.

AnimaDent (49.99) 22 animations  to aid the dentist in explaining procedures to the patient

Animated Tooth Quiz ($1.99) Test your knowledge of human dental anatomy. For testing and educational purposes for people well-informed about the human teeth. Game consists of 48 illustrated questions with the animated images of each separate tooth.

AO Surgery Reference (free) includes sections on maxillofacial surgery,  midface, mandible, dental alveolar, and skullbase/cranial vault

Beam Brush (free) app-connected toothbrush, a manual toothbrush with an embedded sensor that maps brushing behavior.

Beauty Dentist ( free) Want to be a dentist? Ok, here is your chance to be a Beauty Dentist! You will have lots of fun drilling teeth, filling cavities, and using your dental skills to solve lots of dental dilemmas. Go to lots of destinations, meeting people and their mouths.

Becoming a Dental Assistant (4.99)

BiteFX  (free) For dentists to help communicate the concepts of occlusion to patients

Brace Booth (free) Add braces to your teeth and turn yourself into an embarrassing high school student!

Brace Face (.99) See what you look like with braces!

Brace Yourself (free) see yourself with Braces

Brush DJ (free) Plays 2 minutes of music taken at random from your devices music library and has a visual display showing where to brush

brush’em (free) helps you and your children to time brushing your teeth

Brush-n-Boogie (free) app to help you brush all the right areas of your mouth for the right amount of time.

Brush It Up (.99)  Brush your teeth in a increasing difficulty game.

Brush with Jackson With supervision children use Jackson as a timer to brush for the recommended 2-3 minutes, twice a day and have fun whilst doing it.

CDT Code Check (19.99) From the ADA. contains all the CDT Codes, searchable by three categories: code number, keyword, and category of service.

CGM Dental Consult (3.99) consultancy module for dentists and patients, contains graphic images of teeth and denture situations from various areas of dentistry.

C+M Dental (free) designed to educate and support dentists and dental technicians in their daily business and provide a resource for all specialists in dentistry.

Chomper Chums (free) Help children learn proper brushing techniques.

Cleaning Your Teeth (free) Interactive game to teach children how to brush

Cleft Lip & Palate (free) From the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston.  An application for patients, parents, and anybody interested in learning more about cleft lip and palate (CLP).

Common Dental Drugs (6.99) designed for dental professionals and dentistry students looking for concise information pertaining to commonly prescribed medications in dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry Calculator ($4.99):Analyzes a patient’s existing tooth width-to-length ratio; calculates the ideal dimensions of the maxillary anterior teeth based on well-established cosmetic dentistry principles. Starting point for esthetic case planning. A diagnostic tool, it can be used chairside as an aid during patient consultations. The included Smile Design Checklist provides guidelines to help develop a natural-looking smile.

Cosmodent (free)

Cranial Nerves ($4.99) Learn the 12 cranial nervies.

Crown & Glory (free ) the dentist game

Darby Dental (free) distributor of dental supplies

DAT Dental Exam (.99) Practice exam to help dental professionals to prepare for the Dental Admission Test by the American Dental Association.

DAT Flashcards (free) Flashcards for the Dental Admissions Test

dcStory (free) educational and motivational tool for counseling dental patients.

DDS GP ($399.99) For dentists, hygienists, and other dental professionals to increase case acceptance through better patient understanding of their dental health.

Den-Dic Dental dictionary. This app is free, but to obtain full access to the dictionary it requires a paid Online-Dental-Dictionary subscription which can be purchased via your iTunes account.

Dental Aid ($4.99) Dental Aid is a patient guide to understanding the main procedures of common dental treatments. The application provides useful information with plenty of figures. It is designed to facilitate communication between patients and dentists, and to help people to overcome the fear of receiving dental care.

Dental Aid ($9.99) The professional dental treatment introduction tool, over 200 HD figures, covered 33 most useful dental treatment procedures

Dental Anatomy (free) educational tool for learning about simple dental anatomy.

Dental Assistant HD Lite (free) for dentists to keep record of patients dental history, appointments, contact information, pictures and more.

Dental Care (.99)

Dental Care Aid ($2.99)  a professional application introducing how to use oral care products

Dental Care HD ($1.99) Patient education.

DentalChart (free) gives the Dentist a simple and easy way to maintain an electronic clinical record of their patients.

Dental Chinese ($2.99) Designed to facilitate communication between English speaking dentists and Chinese speaking patients

Dental Clinic ($3.99) a patient’s guide to understanding all aspects of dentistry and its procedures. This application includes the most frequently asked dental questions answered by the top dental experts in each field.

Dental Cross Code (free) instantly access CDT, ICD and CPT codes with keyword search and find the relevant cross-codes directly from your iPad or iPhone.

Dental CT View (free) DentalCTView allows you to preview dental computed tomography (CT) or cone beam CT (CBCT) scans on your iOS device.

Dental Decide  (4.99) Information for the patient.

Dental Dictionary ($1.99) definitions relating to all areas of dentistry, including those needed by dental hygienists and assistants.

Dental Drug List (free) a summary of drugs that may be prescribed by dentists on the NHS (National Health Service) in England and Wales.

DentalEd (free) implant surgery videos, educational tool

Dental Expert (free) A patient’s guide to understanding all aspects of dentistry and its procedures. This application includes the most frequently asked dental questions answered by the top dental experts in each field.

Dental Fear Central (free) access our dental phobia support forum

Dental Flashcards (4.99) study aid for dentists, dental students, nurses and hygienists. Decks included: Anatomy, Abbreviations, Charting, Instruments, Radiology, Vocabulary, Preventive, Occlusion

Dental Form (free) patient registration app  customized for dental offices.

Dental Geek (free) automatically delivers updated dental and dentistry-related information straight to your iPhone or iPad

Dental How ($2.99) Dental terminology

Dental iClinic (free) animations for patient information

Dental Lab Products (free) provides dental laboratory owners and managers with unbiased, clear and concise insights into optimal uses and best applications of new products.

Dental Manager ($2.99) dental costs calculator for dental clinics

Dental Navi (free) an interactive application, which can be used by dentists to explain different methods of treatment to patients.

Dental News (free) Keep up to date with dentistry.

Dental Patient Education for the iPad (99.99) animation based patient education app for dental professionals to effectively communicate dental conditions and treatments to their patients.

Dental Patient Education lite (free) This is a Lite version of the Dental Patient Education app, developed in collaboration with Dr Brian Davey DDS. The Lite version contains all of the anatomical reference tool functionality. Providing 360 degree views of the lower jaw, allowing users to peel down layers to reveal muscles, blood vessels, facial nerves and skeletal structures. Users can also view each type of tooth individually — with cross sections and superior and inferior views. Additionally, each pinned structure includes detailed descriptions and audio pronunciations. This section also contains media highlighting muscle movement and joint functions.

Dental Phobia (.99) This app has been created for dental phobic patients to help them understand the treatment options available. There is information regarding all aspects of sedation, frequently asked questions and the opportunity to email questions about dentistry to a dentist.

Dental Prescriber ($4.99) designed to enable and educate dentists to quickly look up the scripts required to manage a patient’s oral disease or symptoms.

Dental Prescribing ($4.99) The app aims to facilitate drug prescribing within primary care dental practice.

Dental Press (free) Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics and Maxillary Orthopedics

Dental Products Report (free) provides dentists with comprehensive, accurate and unbiased information about new products across the spectrum of specialties.

Dental Product Shopper (free) dental product resource that includes peer-to-peer product evaluations, information about the newest available products, practice building tips, and insights from well-known key opinion leaders.

Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics (free)

Dental Radiology ($1.99): See all teeth in x-ray format.  Includes descriptions, glossary and more.

Dental Rx ($19.99) Now you can write a prescription and send it to your lab immediately, through your iPhone, while your patient is still in the chair speaking with you.

Dental Sleep Medicine Study App (free) Enhance your knowledge of Dental Sleep Medicine with questions to test your recall, interpretation and problem solving skills.

Dental Spanish Guide ($2.99) designed for non-Spanish speaking health Care professionals to quickly ascertain vital medical information from their Spanish speaking patients.

DentalStat ($9.99) easy to use application for calculating patient-specific doses. It eliminates the need to review guidelines and perform manual calculations. The most common dental medicines prescribed are also listed and displayed in a form that can be submitted to a pharmacy.

Dental Surgery (.99)   Track dental implant surgeries,  Collect procedure data, Create your patient database, Build your implant procedure history, Set your own notes, Check your progress in visual diagrams, Get useful statistics, Manage implant information

Dental Surgery (free) virtual game – drill teeth, fill cavities, and use your dental skills to solve  of dental dilemmas.

Dental Toolkit (free) dental practice management

Dental Trauma ($.99) For patients.  The app shows what to do when a fragment of the crown is fractured, when there is increased mobility or displacement of a tooth, or in case of a completely knocked out tooth.

Dental Tree (free) Expert Decision Support Matrix for Dental Health Professionals

Dental Tribune (free) clinicians who want to stay up to date on all the latest dental news read Dental Tribune, which features a monthly “best of” eJournal with unlimited access to international content in English for all mobile devices. Catch up on the important stories of the day and then browse the videos, animations and interactive features for more information on the latest products and techniques.

DentalViewer (free) dental imaging

DentalWave (16.99) organize your clinical activity

Dental XP (free) for dental professionals to keep up to date and network

Dentapedia (4.99) patient educational software that allows the dentist to explain dental procedures and treatments

Dentaurum (free)  Dentaurum Group catalogs for the fields of Orthodontics, Implantology and Prosthetics

Denterpreter (1.99) Helps the patient communicate with dentist while dentist is working

Dentify (.99) Dentify has been designed to help you deal with dental problems and offer you some temporary advice before you can get to a dentist.

Dentio (free)  iPad app for Dentists and Orthodontists. Manage your dental, periodontal charts and patient histories.

Dentis Implant (free) Now right on your iPhone or iPad you will have quick and easy access to DENTIS information and solutions for implant surgery.

Dentist Exam ($1.99) Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a multiple-choice standardized exam taken by potential dental school students in the United States and Canada

Dentist game (.99) Game: Tap the right tooth or the tooth will be decayed!

Dentist: Patients (3.99) Patient record app.

Dentist Surgery Game (.99) Select from an option of tools and practice being a dentist.

Dentistry and Dental Encyclopedia (.99) Includes graphics

Dentistry Encyclopedia (.99) All the information you want to know about dentistry, amalgam, cavity, and all kind of diseases in the mouth, gingivitis periodontal troubles and other information.

Dentistry for Kids (free) Kids can learn about becoming a Dentist via 11 goals. Each goal provides quiz, explanation and an activity.

Dentistry Glossary (.99) comprehensive list of dental terms

Dentistry ProConsult (free) provides dental students with a quick and easy way to learn procedures they may have to perform in clinic.

Dentistry Review (3.99) study and memorize terms, words and definitions for the Dental Admission Test

Dentistry Terms and Abbreviations Guide (free) comprehensive list of over 1,000 regularly used dental terms and abbreviations.

DentPix ($69.99) Animated Dentist-Patient Consultation Illustrations by Stephen F. Gordon are fully animated.

DEXIS go (free) Communicate with your patients through the iPad

Dictionary of Dental Terminology ($2.99) user friendly study aid for those affiliated with the dental profession

Digital Dentistry (free) worldwide collaboration platform between dental professionals and service centers (production and design) with real-time traceability.

DrBicuspid.com: (free) Get daily dental news on your phone

Dr. Sparkly Smiley (.99) Dr. Sparkly Smiley can help YOU & YOUR CHILD tackle your first dental visit anxiety in a positive & fun way!

Drill of Dentists (free) dentists drill simulator

Endodontics (free) Endodontic journal.

Epocrates: Drug Reference

Evidence Based Dentistry: (free)  systematic reviews, clinical recommendations and information for patients from the American Dental Association’s Center for Evidence Based Dentistry (note, search for site in safari and then save as a bookmark to your home screen)

The Fake Dentist (free)

Flashcard Study System for the CDA exam (39.99) test questions on the Certified Dental Assistant Examination.

Flossy (.99) Flossy is an assistant that helps get you in the habit of flossing regularly.

Fear of Dentists – Phobia Treatment ($2.99) This application was created by a team of professionals to help patients who fear visiting the dentist.

First Aid Q&A for NBDE Part 1 $44.99

Flossed Today ($1.99) You choose the time and FlossedToday will daily remind you using the iPhone’s local notification system.

GC Restorative Dentistry Guide (free) learn how to use GC composites and bonding agents.

Glossary of Dentistry (.99) Detailed dental definitions with links to other terms

Go Anatomy (2.99) Head and neck anatomy. Over 100 labelled images included, with CT and MRI images in axial, coronal and sagittal planes,

Got Cavities (free) Although the app is purely for entertainment it does provide a reminder to get a dental checkup regularly. With instructions on how to take a snap shot of your mouth and teeth this app magically evaluates tooth decay. Within less than a minute is returns the verdict and lets you know if you have cavities or whether your teeth are cavity free. Try it out on your friends and see who has the best dental hygiene. Show it to your Dentist and let them know how this little app keeps dental health at the top go your mind.

Happy Teeth (free) HAPPY TEETH is a FREE app that will allow you to enjoy fun music, and amazing graphics while at the same time showing you what quadrants of teeth you should be brushing. An adjustable timer will allow you to set the desired length of time to brush for.

HD Dentistry (.99) dental encyclopedia

HealthPoint Capital News - for the Orthopedic and Dental Industry (free):  Get the latest news and analysis of the dental industry’s markets, major players, technologies and trends.

Henry Schein Dental Newsstand (free) product catalogs

Human Tooth 3D (.99)

iBracesHelp: (free) Information, pictures and videos on caring for your braces.

iBrush: (free)  instructions and timer for proper brushing

iCBCT Anatomy: ($1.99): Images illustrating different anatomical landmarks of the osseous structures of the maxillofacial region and on the base of the skill.

iChiropro (free) iPAD APP FOR iCHIROPRO® PHYSIODISPENSER

iConsult TMJ (free) chairside treatment planning

iCranialNerves ($7.99) describes the 12 cranial nerves, origin, course and different functions (somato-motor, somato-sensory, viscero-motor, viscero-sensory, special senses)

iDent (free) create a dental technological assessment for your prosthetic cases, including shade maps, options, and notes

iDental (free)  From United Concordia, Find a nearby dentist, including contact information, maps and directions and add the dentist to your contacts.  Learn about oral health and wellness, and get helpful tips about proper brushing, flossing and more.  Obtain emergency dental information.

iDentalCare ($49.99) app that is designed to allow doctors to schedule dental appointments for their patients, manage patient records and progress of activities. Through integration with iCcloud data will be synchronized on all devices.

iDentalNotes (4.99) for Dentists to make notes about patients, these notes can be emailed to a computer and attached to a Practice Management System.

iDenticon (free) web-based dental practice management software application
 
iDentist (free) glossary, diagram, symptom checker
 
iEZDental (free) Dental Image software which can display and process digital images from EZDental management system.
 
I Love Going to the Dentist (12.99) Children’s book
 
Implant Direct (free) product directory, intro offers, schedule of Hand-on courses and events, Patient Education, library of technical videos, documents and more.
 
Implant Encyclopedia (.99)

Implant Treatment Guide Lite (free) explain complicated implant treatment options to your patients.

iMuco Gingival Recessions ($64.99)Based on scientific studies and on his own clinical experience, the author, Dr. Olivier Carcuac shares with you his knowledge on mucogingival surgery for the treatment of gingival recessions.

Instant Teeth Whitener (1.99) see what you would look like with whiter teeth.

International Journal of Orthodontics (free)  a quarterly peer-reviewed clinical journal published by the International Association for Orthodontics (IAO). The IJO features original scientific and clinical articles on orthodontics, plus an editorial, practice tips and office management hints.

iPanoramic ($1.99) Panoramic radiographs provide a general overview for the patient’s teeth, bone, and jaws. A panoramic radiograph is usually used to detect and assess impacted 3rd molars, pathology, or in patients who are partially or fully edentulous.

iRomexis (free) dental imaging tool which displays images acquired by Planmeca dental equipment

iStudy Dental Anatomy ($2.99)

Just Going to the Dentist (.99) for children, based on Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter stories

Kid’s Anatomy Human Teeth(.99) learn Human Teeth and its functioning.

Kids Brush: (1.99) major encouragement to brush everyday and keep the sugar bugs away.

KidsDental (4.99) uses animation to entertain your child while teaching them how to care for their teeth.

Kid’s Dental Health (1.99) This educational interactive book helps parents teach their children in a fun and entertaining way all about the essentials of oral hygiene.

Kids Teeth ($4.99) Caring for Children’s Teeth is an app specifically tailored to looking after children’s teeth.

Learn Dentistry (1.99) tutorials, quizzes and flashcards

Let’s Brush (.99)  a tool to help you brush your teeth better and more efficiently.

Lightbox 2go (.99) simple application designed to turn your iPhone or iPad into an X-ray view box.

Local Anesthesia (9.99)  App for Max dose calculations with overdose indicators and with a comprehensive customizable list of local anesthetics.

Lulu Brush (free) For children – tooth brushing timer and game.

Magic Teeth HD (1.99)teach kids the importance of a correct and regular brushing routine.

Magical Toothfairies (free) children’s book

MedScape: provides comprehensive drug information, clinical reference, reference tools, medical news and CE.

Minatlas Dentistry (9.99) detailed dental anatomy images

Monster Mouth DDS (free) As a dentist for monsters, you’ll journey into the cavernous mouths of ENORMOUS monsters in order to solve their dental problems before their mouths can slam shut!

Mouth & Teeth: (free) An A-Z list of dental concepts with descriptions your patients will understand.

Muscle Head and Neck System: (free) Concentrates on the muscles of the head and neck. Powerful reference tools that allow the user to zoom in and identify individual muscles and to remove layers of muscle to reveal deeper muscles.

My Dental Hub (free) Patient education.

My Dentist (free)

My Ortho (free) For those undergoing orthodontic treatment. The app uses their iPhone’s camera, messaging and local storage to allow users to save notes, access treatment information or request assistance for appointments, emergencies or other orthodontic concerns.

My Smile (.99) Allows patient to check condition of their teeth relative to a 15 shade scale

myTeeth (.99) For patients to manage their oral health

My Teeth Dr. ($4.99)  Improve yours and your family’s Dental Health

My Toothbrush (.99) all about brushing teeth; it gives tips, shows the right technique and supports you and/or your children with the right timing.

NBDE II Q Bank (.99) includes 600 multiple-choice review questions with detailed rationales.

NBDHE Exam Prep (Dental Hygienist) $8.99

NBDE Mastery (19.99) Part 1 Study Guide

NBDE National Board Dental Examination Review Sample Questions, NBDE Part I Review (14.99) NBDE Test Questions. Updated for 2013, Includes A total of 500 unique NBDE practice questions. The largest database of realistic questions with rationales available. Questions are presented in the same computer based format as the real exam. Questions cover all content areas for the examination.

NBDE Part I Exam Prep (9.99): Practice game contains 400 questions to help you prepare for the test.  $11.99

NBDE Part II First Aid Q&A: first 50 test questions are free.  Set of 600 $44.99.

Netter’s Advanced Head and Neck Flash Cards (39.99) Using the same anatomical illustrations from Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, these flash cards feature concise text to review muscles, bones, vessels, viscera and the joints.

Off We Go- Going to the Dentist (3.99) Fun book to prepare children to go to the dentist

Oral Care Buddy (.99) tooth brush timer and patient education.

OralEye (free) Remote dental diagnosis platform.

Orashpere: (free) Dentist /patient education application describing the tooth anatomy and root canal procedures.

Orthodontic Products (free) provides the latest product news and technique tips, as well as articles by experts on topics including efficient treatment, staff management, and marketing methods.

OsseoCare (free)Interface for the dental drilling system, OsseoCare™ Pro. The application guides you through the dental implant surgery process, saving treatment time and allowing a record of all operation sequences.

OsteoBiol (free) Guided Bone Regeneration tool for dentistry designed to provide a quick and easy overview of the regenerative needs that a patient may have before placing dental implants and of the solutions that a dentists may provide. Two sections are available: one specifically for professionals, with technical information, and one with animated videos, to support the dental surgeon while explaining pathologies and treatments to the patient.

Otolaryngology (free) visual pocket dictionary

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry: ($59.99) up-to-date advice on examination

Pat 3D (2.99) prepare for the Perceptual Aptitude Test section of the DAT.

Pearson Dental Supply (free) purchase supplies through your mobile device

Pediatric Dental Expert: (free) Parent’s guide to understanding all aspects of dental care for children.

Perfect Tooth ($59.99) view 3-dimensional teeth that can be rotated, zoomed, and moved around the screen.

Periodontal Disease (4.99) patient education

PerioVoice ($4.99) an app for hygienists, dentists and specialists that makes periodontal charting simple by using voice control.

The Progressive Dentist Magazine (free) insights, progressive ideas, new trends and best practices for the  running a successful dental practice.

Public Awareness App for Implant Dentistry (19.99) Four animated videos designed for point and click patient education. Dental Implant Educational Videos. Educate your patients about the consequences of tooth loss, and the benefits of dental implants.

Radio Vision Interface (free) Great for patient education in the office, or consulting with colleagues offsite.

Set up my FMS Denal Radiology (free) Practice placing dental films in the correct order.

Shade Selector (free) The IPS e.max Shade Selection from Ivoclar Vivadent.  Slect the suitable block / ingot on the basis of the desired tooth shade and the determined stump shade

Show-Timer (free) The App supports you by showing you all the regions which you need to brush and which you just brushed. You can choose the brushing time and also the sequence in which cleaning regions are shown. Additionally there is a 30 second countdown for rinsing.

Sidexis iX ($5.99) Sirona Dental Systems

Skyscape: A broad range of Dentistry resources that provide decision support at the point of care. You’ll gain instant access to topics that matter most to you, the Dentist, including The 5 Minute Clinical Consult for Dental Professionals and Cochrane Reviews in Oral Health.

Smart Dental Chart (free) chair-side consultation for dental professionals to communicate conditions and treatment plan to their patients

Smart Dental Pricelist (free) chairside consultation for dental professionals to communicate pricelist & treatment bill to their patients

Smile & Style (free) Oral Health Magazine

SmileCeph International (499.99) Orthodontists can use this iPad app for cephalometry

Smile Me (free) Download the app to see what you would look like after a whitening treatment or with a complete smile makeover.

Smiles for Life Reference Guide (free) summarizes key knowledge areas in oral health for primary care providers. It includes information on counseling at routine visits, tooth eruption charts, and prescribing guidelines.

Snow Dental Animations (free) Use this app to illustrate procedures for patients

Sonosurgery (free) oral surgery sonic tools mobile app

StarTeeth (free) makes oral health fun for children

Straighten Me (free) educational app for orthodontics

Straumann Patient Education (free) This free app provides a convenient way to communicate the benefits of dental implants and describe treatment options and procedures, and allows dental professionals to customize the learning experience for each patient. It contains patient-friendly information, videos and animated graphics to help dental professionals inform their patients on dental implants solutions.

Straumann Restorative Flipchart (free) self-guiding tool the dental professional navigates through by indication type to determine the appropriate restorative component options that are available with the Straumann platform.

Suturing Techniques ($3.99) Reviews suturing techniques in oral surgery

Teeth Brushing Timer (.99) helps you brush your teeth properly every time.

Teeth Care (free) Guide for patients.

Teeth Cleaner (.99) Timer and instruction.

Teeth Diseases (.99) 3D study guide

Teeth Info (.99) Study the tooth,  its parts, functions, activities, types, and textures. 3D views and special information about Teeth.

Teeth Timer (free) Show your patients the proper way to brush

Teeth Whitening Tips (.99)

Tiny Dentist (free) swap places with your dentist. Learn about dental instruments and treatments and make teeth of dozens of patients healthy and good looking.

Tooth 3D (.99) High quality 3D tooth models

Toothache Care ($1.99)

Toothache Pro (.99) Assistance for common dental and oral disorders.

ToothAlmanac (19.99) complete guide to dentistry

Toothbrushing Motivator: ($2.99) how to guide to brushing your teeth, with useful visual representation of the best way to get your brushing done

Toothbrush Helper ($1.99) Watch your little ones look forward to brushing their teeth.

Toothbrush Timer: (free) time yourself while brushing teeth, track the age of your toothbrush, remember your dental appointments.

Tooth Camp (.99) Brushing instructions and timer

ToothChart ($4.99) This chart is designed to help you discover which teeth lie on the same meridian with specific body parts and are, therefore, most directly connected.

Tooth Fairy (.99) send her a picture of the tooth to get a gift via e-mail.

Tooth-Fairy (free)  Tooth Fairy, is a collection of enjoyable applications which are prepared by Colgate for you and your family

Tooth Fairy Beacon ($1.99) putting kids in direct contact with the Tooth Fairy.

Tooth First Aid (.99):  Quick help tool for dental emergencies.

tOOthFun (.99) Entertains children while they brush

Toothie ($1.99) Guide to maintaining health teeth, gums and a beautiful smile

Tooth Morphology (4.99) for dental students

Tooth Morphology Exam preparation (1.99) useful study tool for dental undergraduate and postgraduate students in learning about and mastering the morphology of permanent dentition. It consists of clinical photographs with accompanying study notes and a chapter of short answer questions.

ToothNotes (.99) Tooth Notes records notes about your teeth. It helps you talk with your dentist by remembering the tooth or gum. In the 3D view, drag to rotate teeth.

ToothScout HD (free) assists the user in selecting the suitable teeth for beautiful and natural looking dentures which perfectly suit the patient’s personal look.

Tray Timers (1.99) for anyone using clear aligners

Tx Simulator (free) Explains dental and orthodontic treatments

Tx Simulator II (free) Uses 3D graphics to explain treatments  to your patient.

ViewBox Dental (.99) turn your iPhone or iPad into an X-ray view box.

Virtual Dentist ($19.99) professional dental simulation application that enables users to upload a photo and try out a variety of different dental procedures virtually on their own (or a patient’s) photo.

Virtual Teeth Cleaning (.99) Take on the role of a Virtual Dentist – You are in control as you clean a patient’s teeth. Scrape, Brush, Rinse and Floss your way to a healthy smile in this highly interactive educational game! Great for kids learning what to expect at a dentist visit, and adults who want to learn more about dental health.

Viva Learning Dental (free)  register for an upcoming Viva Learning webinar on http://www.vivalearning.com. Once registered, the app allows iPad users to sign in and watch live, interactive Viva Learning dental webinars. CE credit can be earned by linking from the app to the post-webinar quiz on http://www.vivalearning.com.

The Wobbly Tooth Affair (1.99) children’s book

To the Dentist (.99) This game is for children who are about to visit the dentist.

X-Vision Dental X-Ray Magazine (free) Sirona’s X-Vision magazine presents the latest developments and ideas being worked on in our imaging systems division, as well as a variety of interesting stories and things worth knowing about x-rays and x-ray technology. The iPad version of the magazine offers a selection of integrated videos and podcasts, plus plenty of digital extras.

XyloTeeth (.99) The ultimate musical instrument for dentists and their patients.

Yuck Mouth (free): game to help children brush properly

ZenDental (free): keep track of how long you brush your teeth,  share your smile or ask us questions about your dental health.

(updated April 4, 2013)


NEW Systematic Reviews In Oral Health

January 21, 2010

The Cochrane Collaboration recently published the following systematic reviews.  Full text access is available for URMC affiliates.

Interventions for treating traumatised ankylosed permanent front teeth:  This review found that there is currently insufficient high level evidence for comparing the effectiveness of different treatment methods for ankylosed front teeth.

Interventions for treating oral mucositis for patients with cancer receiving treatment :  The review found weak and unreliable evidence that using an allopurinol mouthwash, granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factors, immunoglobulin or human placental extract may relieve or cure the ulcers caused by cancer treatments.

Topical fluoride as a cause of dental fluorosis in children: The aim of this review was to evaluate whether the use of fluoride toothpaste by children is associated with an increased risk of developing dental fluorosis in children. outweigh the risk of fluorosis. In such circumstances, careful brushing by parents/adults with toothpastes containing higher levels of fluoride would be beneficial.

Fluoride toothpastes of different concentrations for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents : This review compares toothpastes with different amounts of fluoride.


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