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The top 10 Surgical-Restorative Resource articles in 2012 for clinical dentistry

Here is a readers' compilation of the top 10 clinical dentistry articles from Surgical-Restorative Resource™ in 2012.

Alessandro Geminiani, DDS, MS

And you thought dental plaque was bad: preventing evolution of biofilms

Dr. Alessandro Geminiani explains biofilm colonization, its connection with oral-systemic issues, and outlines a periodontal solution to prevent bacterial evolution in susceptible areas of the oral cavity.

Lisa E. Stillman, RDH, BS

A sweet, effective alternative to prevent dental decay

Hygienist Lisa E. Stillman takes a clinical and practical look at xylitol natural sweetener, and considers what it means for dental caries.

Deborah Lyle, RDH, MS

Your patient will not floss. Now what?

Deborah Lyle, RDH, MS, reminds us that the goal is excellent oral health; how patients get there should not matter. She shares some clinical facts regarding flossing and an alternative that might work for your “I will not floss” patients.

Rebekah A. Duffy, RDH

That is a beautiful implant restoration. Now what?

Rebekah A. Duffy, RDH, stresses the importance of making sure patients understand how to take care of their implants and reduce the incidence of suffering from peri-implant disease. Follow her through the process she uses during a typical implant maintenance visit.

Fred Ferguson, DDS

Online oral health education tools: Part 2, Why should we care?

Dr. Fred Ferguson concludes a two-part series on online health assessment for pediatric patients. In this article, he discusses the oral-overall health connection, the effect good oral health has on medical insurance, and answers the burning question, Why should we care?

Tina Beck, DDS

Sensitive about sensitivity?

What do you do when a patient complains about root sensitivity? Dr. Tina Beck details the effective desensitizing therapy she uses in her practice.

Fred Ferguson, DDS

Online oral health education tools: Part 1, Opportunity

Dr. Fred Ferguson begins a two-part series on online health assessment for pediatric patients.

Scientists identify oral bacterium linked to heart disease and meningitis

A bacterium, thought to be common in the oral cavity, has the potential to cause serious disease if it enters the bloodstream. Scientists have identified the bacterium and can now research how it causes disease and evaluate its risks.

Possible link between periodontal disease and colon cancer

The bacteria associated with the most common cause of tooth loss in adults could be a precurser for the development of bowel cancer, according to a team of scientists.

apicocoronal implant maintenance

Effective implant maintenance and cleaning protocols

There is a significant body of work regarding the complexities of dental implants and their maintenance. Dr. Robert Gottlieb and Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, provide a brief overview of the implant protocols they have found to be most effective in their practice.

endo vs. implant

Endodontic therapy vs. implant maintenance: an evidence-based review

When giving patients options for their restorations, Drs. Doreen Toskos and Joseph DiBernardo say that implant surgeons must address the possibility of endodontic therapy, and general dentists/endodontists must discuss the ramifications of implant therapy. As dentists, we are trained to preserve the natural dentition for our patients, and it is our ethical responsibility to do so whenever possible.

Lauren Argentina, DDS

Improving esthetics and periodontal health through orthodontic alignment

Advances in orthodontic therapy include the use of clear-colored wires and brackets, computer-generated removable aligner trays, and six-month smile technology. Dr. Lauren Argentina presents a clinical case using the six-month smile technique to improve esthetics, which in turn improved the patient’s oral health by enabling her to perform interproximal oral hygiene more successfully.

Two substances in licorice kill major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease

Scientists report the identification of two substances in licorice — used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine — that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. The study was published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Natural Products.