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Hybrid Learning for Orofacial Pain Expertise

Hybrid Learning for Orofacial Pain Expertise

In an ever-evolving world where technology continually reshapes how we learn and practice, the realm of dental education is no exception. While the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC has pioneered a Hybrid Online Competency-Based Residency Training, if...

New Advances in Oral Cancer Detection

New Advances in Oral Cancer Detection

Oral malignancy ranks among the most prevalent cancers worldwide. Dentists, as frontline healthcare specialists, play a crucial role in detecting benign and potentially malignant oral conditions, including oral cancers. The high prevalence and often delayed detection...

Is Drinking Alcohol Easing the Chronic Pain?

Is Drinking Alcohol Easing the Chronic Pain?

Millions of people in America suffer from chronic pain. Millions also love to drink alcohol on a regular basis. When combining the two, there may be some issues that those who work with chronic pain patients and those who have alcohol use disorder need to be aware of....

Can Improving One’s Mood Help with Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Can Improving One’s Mood Help with Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Most people know first-hand that they feel better when in a good mood. What they may only sometimes be aware of are the details about what those mood-boosting feelings are doing to the inside of their body. New research has emerged, sharing the results of a study...

The Impact of AI on Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

The Impact of AI on Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming various fields, and orofacial pain and oral medicine is no exception. This blog explores the impact of AI on diagnostic accuracy, patient care, and the overall practice of dental medicine. Understanding Orofacial...

Teledentistry: Embracing Its Utility for Oral Healthcare 

Teledentistry: Embracing Its Utility for Oral Healthcare 

Telehealth services for teleconsultations and telemonitoring have increased since the pandemic [1], though teledentistry, in various forms, has been employed for at least the last 25 years [2]. Teledentistry may revolutionize oral healthcare by overcoming access...

Can School Nurses Help Adolescents with Chronic Pain?

Can School Nurses Help Adolescents with Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is something that can impact people of all ages. There are many studies being done over the years that try to find ways to help people find relief. While ones that focus on adolescents experiencing chronic pain are not as common, when there is information...

How Conferences Keep Dentists on the Cutting Edge

How Conferences Keep Dentists on the Cutting Edge

As dentists and any other healthcare providers, we continually evolve with new research, techniques, and technologies. Attending professional conferences is an invaluable opportunity to stay updated, network with peers, and enhance practice. These past weeks, four...

Using Art for Effective Health Education

Using Art for Effective Health Education

A key responsibility of public health is disease prevention and the promotion of overall well-being. Investing in disease prevention benefits individuals, the healthcare system, and society at large. To fulfill this responsibility, effective health education must be...

Connect and Collaborate: The Power of Geriatric Dentistry Conferences

Connect and Collaborate: The Power of Geriatric Dentistry Conferences

As we start returning to in person live conferences, we are excited to share insights, tips, and highlights of geriatric dentistry conferences to help you navigate the world of professional development and networking opportunities! Special Care Dentistry Association...

Meditation Shows Promise in Helping those with Chronic Pain

Meditation Shows Promise in Helping those with Chronic Pain

Those unfamiliar with meditation may think of it as some new-age practice that they find confusing. Many people believe they can't meditate or that it's something only people from certain religions engage in. The truth is not even close to this, as more people learn...

Overlooked Factors for Dental Service Utilization

Overlooked Factors for Dental Service Utilization

Gender, race, and ethnicity may be missed opportunities to explore how social identity components can hinder dental service utilization. Recognizing the psychosocial benefits of oral health and the importance of maintaining healthy teeth requires insight and empathy...

Misconceptions in the Cleft Lip and Palate Community

Misconceptions in the Cleft Lip and Palate Community

Cleft lip (CL) and cleft palate (CP) are congenital deformities caused by unusual embryonic facial development during intrauterine life [1,2]. This medical condition is not a significant cause of mortality in developed countries; however, it does cause considerable...

Busted! 5 Myths About Aging

Busted! 5 Myths About Aging

Myths are beliefs that while widely held are not true. There are so many myths about aging that an entire book could be filled. Below we discuss some old and some new myths that you may have heard in your professional and personal circles. See if you recognize them....

TMJ-OA: Not Just an Older Person’s Problem

TMJ-OA: Not Just an Older Person’s Problem

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) comprises the mandibular condyle and the glenoid fossa of the temporal bone, covered by fibrocartilage, which provides greater resilience and support to mechanical stress [1]. This joint can be affected by bone deterioration, causing...

Older Adults with Chronic Pain Can Benefit From Being Physically Active

Older Adults with Chronic Pain Can Benefit From Being Physically Active

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 50 million adults in the U.S. experience chronic pain each year [1]. Those who are more likely to be impacted by it are older adults. Often, those who are experiencing chronic pain will shy away...

The Link Between Tobacco, Alcohol, and Oral Cancer

The Link Between Tobacco, Alcohol, and Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a significant public health problem worldwide, ranking as the 6th most common cancer with a 5-year survival rate of 50% [1]. It accounts for roughly 3% of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. On average, 90% of these cases are oral...

The Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Oral Health Programs

The Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Oral Health Programs

In this blog, we'll explore some essentials of establishing a Community Oral Health Program, some “Do” and “Do not.” Creating a robust community oral health program is more than a goal; it's a commitment to the well-being of a community. Community Oral Health Program,...

Can Yoga Reduce Chronic Pain in Veterans with PTSD

Can Yoga Reduce Chronic Pain in Veterans with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans is an ongoing health concern that continues to be explored and researched. Many people are looking for ways to help reduce what those with the condition are going through, which often includes chronic pain. A new study...

Elevating Geriatric Dentistry: Best Practices and Considerations

Elevating Geriatric Dentistry: Best Practices and Considerations

Geriatric dentistry stands at the intersection of precision, ethics, and patient care. In this blog, we delve into essential guidelines, separating the dos from the don'ts to aid both emerging and seasoned dental practitioners in delivering exceptional care. Creating...

Periodontal Disease and Whole Body Health: The Oral-Systemic Link

Periodontal Disease and Whole Body Health: The Oral-Systemic Link

With the separation of medical and dental care, it is easy to see why the public has a difficult time realizing that dental health has a direct effect on medical health. As an oral health care professional it is important to bring awareness of links between the oral-...

Dental Care for Older Adults with Multiple Health Conditions

Dental Care for Older Adults with Multiple Health Conditions

The Aging-Related Statistics suggest that by the year 2030, the number of U.S. adults 65 years or older will reach 72 million, representing nearly 20% of the total U.S. population, almost doubling in number as compared to the year 2000 [1]. Older adults are,...

When to See a Dermatologist for Lichen Planus

When to See a Dermatologist for Lichen Planus

Lichen planus (LP) is an immune-mediated disease with an unknown etiology. Its clinical presentation waxes and wanes, and its severity goes from symptomatic oral erosions with erythema to asymptomatic white striations. In the oral cavity, the locations of these...

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