May 16, 2012
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released its annual report on trends in health statistics. The report includes interesting findings on dental health and services.
- In 2010, the percentage of children who had a dental visit within the past year rose with relative family income, from 73% of those living below 200% of the poverty level to 88% of those at 400% or more of the poverty level
- Between 1997 and 2010, the percent of adults not receiving needed dental care due to cost grew from 11% to 17%
- Between 1999 and 2009, personal expenses for dental services rose by 6%
- From 2000-2010, if relative family income decreased, the percentage of adults with edentulism increased
The report also includes statistics on the percentage of untreated dental caries by selected characteristics, national health expenditures for dental services, the number of practicing dentists by state, and more.
The full report, appendices and tables are freely available on the CDC website.
National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2011: With Special Feature on Socioeconomic Status and Health. Hyattsville, MD. 2012.
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:
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 585-275-3247.
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:
September 16, 2009
Every year on September 21, Alzheimer’s Disease associations across the globe recognize World Alzheimer’s Day. This year’s theme for World Alzheimer’s Day is ‘Diagnosing Dementia: See It Sooner’.
Across the globe scientists are aiming to establish a link between oral health and Alzheimers. For example, the British Dental Health Foundation received a grant to study the links between memory and oral health.
Other studies have examined a possible connection between dental fillings and Alzheimers.
For additional information on the role of oral health in Alzheimer’s disease, Bibby library has compiled a list of articles , indexed in Pubmed, that pertain to dentistry’s role in diagnosing and caring for these patients.