Are dentists doing enough to help stem the tide of fatal opioid overdoses?

Dentists have long been at the forefront of the discussion. In its summer 2014 issue, Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine published “Bitter Pills,” an examination of the burgeoning epidemic of dentists’ over-prescription of opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. In the more than two years since, public awareness of the problem has exploded. In the magazine’s fall 2016 edition, […]

What Tuesday news will have you jumping for joy?

You can still nominate your game-changing dental innovation! Edison Awards 2017 #EA17 extends its nomination deadline: Final chance to enter is December 2, 2016 at midnight PST. Now in its 30th year, The Edison Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. How can winning an Edison […]

Give the gift of fresh breath to yourself and those around you.

Smelling your own breath, described by TheVerge.com as “anatomically challenging” might become a little less difficult if you add Mint to your holiday wish list. The FDA-approved class I medical device ($99, from Breathometer) not only claims to alert you to your potentially malodorous mouth fumes, it also  “works with your smartphone to help you understand and […]

Can a patient receive care in your operatory while enjoying a Bali sunset? Ask Dr. Mark Olson.

Contemplating a trip to the dentist can be stressful, let alone actually sitting in the operatory chair. Knowing this is the case for many people, Orange County dentist Dr. Mark Olson incorporates a new tool to put his patients at ease: virtual reality. The system, a state-of-the-art Samsung Gear powered by Oculus device, allows patients to immerse themselves […]

Q: How can a ‘canine’ tooth help children?

A. When it’s decorated like Slinky Dog (shown above) as part of the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition. Now through February 10-12, 2017 -– National Children’s Dental Health Month  —  you can enter a juried art competition, the brainchild of Dr. William Demray, founder of Preservation Dental in Northville, Michigan, and support the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Dental School Community […]