Bisphenol A and Dental Sealants: The Evidence

September 8, 2010

Researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston recently conducted a systematic review examining the existence of Bisphenol A in dental materials and assessing potential health risks. This chemical is thought to cause problems with reproduction and development.

The study, cited by sources such as CNN and HealthDay News recommends continued use of these dental products, with strict adherence to precautionary application techniques.

Here are some resources for further exploration of this topic:

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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.


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:


Eastman Dental Featured in ADA Sesquicentennial Book

February 3, 2010

Several  former Eastman Dental staff, faculty and alumni are featured in the American Dental Association’s (ADA) new book,  150 Years of the American Dental Association, A Pictorial History 1859-2009.

In coffee-table style format, the book is the culmination of efforts to collect historical dental images and stories to celebrate 150 years of the ADA.

Eastman dental’s contribution to dentistry is reflected in the book’s description of  Dr. Michael Buonocore’s acid etch technique, Dr. Harvey Burkhart’s role in the FDI World Dental Federation, and  Dr. Basil  Bibby and Dr. Jack Caton’s recognition of  numerous ADA awards.

Bibby library has  purchased a copy of the book.  Please feel free to stop in and take a look.


American Dental Association Wants Your Questions

July 16, 2009

Do you have a clinical question that needs an answer? Have you come across a situation where a scientific analysis of the literature would complement your treatment decisions?

The ADA encourages you to submit these questions by completing the  form found on the new  Evidence Based Dentistry website.

You can also see a list of recently submitted questions and vote for clinical ideas that you think are important to dentistry.  While you are there don’t forget to look at the ADA’s extensive list of systematic reviews, arranged by topic.

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ADA Launches Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry Web Site

March 10, 2009

I am excited to announce the all new Evidence-Based Dentistry web site from the American Dental Association, prepared by dentists for dentists and their patients.  This site provides access to the most current and clinically relevant information.

Nicely organized by three categories, the site brings together:

  • A Database of systematic reviews—Organized by topic, currently over 1300 reviews, some with clinical summaries (short and concise assessments of a systematic review written by trained ADA Evidence Reviewers)
  • Clinical recommendations—tools that can be used when making evidence-based clinical treatment decisions
  • Links to evidence-based dentistry resources—Links to outside resources including tutorials, glossaries and databases

I highly recommend that you explore the site.


Recognize your Dental Assistant

February 23, 2009

The American Dental Assistants Association will celebrate National Dental Assistants Recognition Week from March 1-7, 2009.

This event, which is also recognized by the  American Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Assistants Association and the Canadian Dental Association, calls for recognition of the dedicated work of dental  assistants.

This year’s theme is One Team, One Goal: Improving Oral Health, and includes  educational and charitable activities.

Want to know more about dental assisting?

  • Browse a list of articles, as indexed in PubMed
  • Visit the American Dental Assistants Organization website
  • Read Dental Assisting Digest online
  • See more dental assisting resources

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