September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month

August 31, 2009

Each September the Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) celebrates Craniofacial Acceptance Month. CCA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with facial differences and their families.

The CCA webiste includes information for patients and families on craniofacial disorders as well as links to programs, services, networking and more.

If you would like additional information on craniofacial disorders, you may wish to check out this list of selected websites.

A list of recent review articles, as indexed in PubMed is available here.


Stem Cells for Dentin, Bone and Salivary Regeneration

March 6, 2009

Are you interested in learning more about the use of stem cells for dental therapies?

Dentaltown, an ADA recognized continuing education provider, is offering  a self-instructional program titled “Stem Cells: Emerging Medical and Dental Therapies for the Dental Professional“.    There is no fee for the class and continuing education credits are available.

Additional resources include:

Does Treating Gum Disease Reduce the Incidence of Preterm Birth?

February 4, 2009

Previous research has suggested a link between periodontal disease and premature birth.  Consequently, pregnant woman have been encouraged to undergo periodontal treatment to reduce these risks.

However, recent studies conducted at the Univeristy of North Carolina’s School of Dentistry revealed no significant differences in pregnancy outcomes when study participants received treatment, as compared to those participants who did not.

As a result of these findings, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) released a statement calling for additional research to “clarify the potential impact that periodontal disease has on the risk of preterm births“.  The AAP also continues to encourage pregnant women to care for their oral health.

You  may also wish to read what the ADA has to say about this topic.

For information on current studies visit or browse this list of recent articles as indexed in PubMed.

What You Should Know About Oral Health Literacy

November 24, 2008

Three resolutions were adopted by the ADA house of delegates at the annual meeting in October.  These resolutions recognize the importance of Oral Health Literacy and support the goal of ensuring that dental patients receive  “clear, accurate and effective communication”.

Health Literacy is defined as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions” (HRSA).

  • Patients with limited health literacy are less knowledgeable about preventive care, disease signs, symptoms and management
  • A large-scale national and representative study found that only 12 percent of U.S. adults have proficient health literacy
  • Research indicates a connection between health literacy and health outcomes

The resolutions adopted by the ADA:

  1. Affirm that clear, accurate and effective communication is an essential skill for effective dental practice
  2. Directs the ADA  to “urge the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to continue or expand its funding of health literacy research” through the NIH’s multi-institute health literacy program announcement
  3. Directs the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR), in cooperation with other agencies, to “prepare a five-year strategic action plan to improve the oral health literacy of the public and report to the 2009 House of Delegates.”

The library has selected a variety of resources that may be used to help your patients understand their oral health needs and conditions.  These resources include handouts, videos, podcasts, websites and multi-lingual resources.  See the full list here.

Catalog of Surveys and Archive of Procedures Related to Oral Health

May 8, 2008

Brought to you by the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Center for Disease control, this catalog contains studies and surveys related to oral health.  The archive contains clinical indices, questionnaires, and other methods of measuring oral health. 

This searchable database is available online free of charge.

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