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Aerosol Free Dentistry: Just Say No to Aerosol!

Posted: June 3, 2020

Yikes! Dentists now have masks and more masks (N95, KN95, fake N95); face shields; HEPA air filtration; Upper Room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI); HVAC professionals redesigning office ventilation systems; restricted office ventilation; single use isolation gowns; multiple high-volume suction devices and preprocedural rinses; recommended reduced patient volume; check lists; and more paperwork. The result? Increased […]

Get Your Face out of There…Stand up and Work Smarter!

Posted: May 31, 2020

Stand-up dentistry in the COVID-19 era and beyond will: Make dental personnel safer Increase your social distance working length by 20-30% compared to sit-down dentistry and get you closer to practicing aerosol free dentistry Decrease your disease transmission risk exposure to contaminated aerosol Decrease your pain, discomfort, fatigue and risk exposure to repetitive stress injuries […]

Is Dental Treatment Really Safe During and After the Coronavirus Crisis?

Posted: May 19, 2020

Is Dental Treatment Really Safe During and After the Coronavirus Crisis?  Dentistry has two major disease transmission risk problems quite unique to dental care: Continued use of aerosol-generating devices that create a contaminated aerosol cloud that hangs in the air for hours Delivering contaminated dental water to the patient in the chair through non-sterile dental […]

Laser Therapy AAP Consensus Report

Posted: January 15, 2019

Feeling a need to jump on the laser bandwagon? If it is clinically relevant therapeutic improvements you are looking for, perhaps it’s okay if you have not done so. The July 2018 issue of the Journal of Periodontology shines a light on the best evidence regarding the efficacy of lasers used alone or as an […]

The 2017 Mucogingival Update for Clinical Practice

Posted: October 14, 2018

The September 5th 2018 post at News2Use delivered a recently published summary article and two periodontitis staging and grading guides (published by the American Academy of Periodontology) regarding the new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions. That article was developed from the proceedings of the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal […]

New classification scheme for periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions published by AAP and EFP

Posted: September 5, 2018

Published in the summer of 2018, a new classification scheme for periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions was developed by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and included expert participants from all over the world. This issue of News2Use delivers 3 beneficial documents for your review and reference […]

Kiwifruit decreases gingival inflammation and increases gingival grafting skills!

Posted: May 15, 2018

The effect of twice daily kiwifruit consumption on periodontal and systemic conditions before and after treatment: A randomized clinical trial.  Graziani F, Discepoli N, Gennai S et al. J Periodontol. 2018;89:285–293. This interesting article published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Periodontology concludes that “Kiwifruit consumption reduces gingival inflammation despite lack of […]

Essentials for Managing Root Sensitivity

Posted: March 28, 2017

Root sensitivity near the gingival margin can make a person avoid effective plaque removing oral hygiene procedures. This results in increased plaque accumulation, a risk factor for carious lesion development as well as for gingival inflammation. For teeth susceptible to gingival recession (see susceptibility factors on Gingival Recession Checklist), gingival inflammation is a major risk […]

Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation

Posted: December 12, 2016

A recent Associated Press report proclaimed that flossing isn’t necessary for good oral health because of the absence of “gold-standard” randomized controlled trials supporting its benefits. Although the dental profession has already responded numerous times in the news media in defense of interdental cleaning, confusion continues to persist. Patients historically relied and trusted the experience […]

New evidence regarding periodontitis as a causal risk for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality

Posted: August 7, 2016

Can we now say to our patients and healthcare professional colleagues that periodontitis has been shown to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and that there is a causal link between the two diseases? Published in AM J Cardiol (May 2016), Relation of Periodontitis to Risk of Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality (from a […]

George K. Merijohn, DDS

San Francisco periodontist George K. Merijohn practiced 28 years and is associate professor in postdoctoral periodontics at UC San Francisco and U Washington. He is appointed special expert to the California Dental Board; serves as a consultant to dental schools, clinicians, and the legal profession; and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Dr. Merijohn leads seminars and workshops at major dental conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals with articles on mucogingival clinical decision-making, risk assessment, and the evidence-based approach. More about George >

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