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The Effects of LANAP on Periodontal Microbiota

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a minimally invasive periodontal surgical protocol using the Nd:YAG laser. Multiple reports have shown both favorable clinical and radiographic improvement in the advanced periodontal sites. Histological studies have...

Low-level Laser Therapy or Photobiomodulation in Dentistry

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation is the use of low-level lasers to treat wounds, soft tissue injuries, and pain management. This is a form of light therapy that uses nonionizing forms of laser or light emitting diodes at levels of less than 500...

Prevalence of Periodontal Disease in the United States

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHNES) reported the most recent statistics on the prevalence of adult periodontal disease in the United States from 2009-2014. Data were collected from over 10,000 U.S. adults over the age of 30. The mean age was...

New Limits For Opioid Prescriptions in Ohio

New guidelines for opiod prescriptions were approved by Ohio Governor John Kasich, in an attempt to reduce the number of opiates getting into the hands of addicts.  Highlights of Ohio’s new opiate prescribing guidelines and limits for acute pain include: •    No more...

FDA Advises To Restrict Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Use

In July 2016, the FDA issued safety information about the systemic use of antibacterial drug. fluoroquinolone.  Current fluoroquinolone drugs include: *  Avelox *  Cipro *  Levaquin *  Moxifloxacin *  Ofloxacin An FDA safety review has shown that fluoroquinolones when...

The Bale Doneen Method

Bradley Bale, MD and Amy Doneen, DNP, ARNP are co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method , which is a comprehensive program for attaining and maintaining arterial health, thus preventing heart attacks and strokes.  Their research shows the causal connection between...

Chewing Gum Detects Peri-implantitis

A chewing gum has been developed by a team of European researchers that will detect early stages of peri-implantitis to help prevent advanced bone loss.  The gum will taste bitter in less than 5 minutes if a patient has inflammation around one or more dental...

Connective Tissue Graft

The May issue of NoPlak News identified several different gingival grafting techniques.  This issue is about Connective Tissue Graft (CTG), a type of soft tissue graft that is indicated to correct gingival recession and cover exposed root surfaces.  The graft is...

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