General Dentistry is the award-winning, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. Published bimonthly, General Dentistry features clinical articles spanning the breadth of topics relevant to general dentists, including unique diagnostic case reports, novel solutions to common treatment dilemmas, evidence-based best practices, and the science to help you choose the best materials, technology and procedures for your patients and your practice.
Table of Contents
Editorial Reflections on COVID-19Timothy F. KosinskiFull Article (PDF)
2021 January/February; 69(1):5.
Pharmacology Prophylactic antibiotics for surgical removal of impacted third molars: still no consensusHassan M. KhanFull Article (PDF)
Elliot V. Hersh
2021 January/February; 69(1):6-9.
Endodontics Predictable diagnosis, cleaning, shaping, and obturation of challenging premolarsNathan DinsbachFull Article (PDF)
2021 January/February; 69(1):10-12.
Restorative Dentistry Global diagnosis for dentoalveolar extrusion treatment planningRoger A. SolowFull Article (PDF)
2021 January/February; 69(1):13-16.
Oral Diagnosis Finger-like projections and Palatal lace-like appearanceTanya M. GibsonFull Article (PDF)
2021 January/February; 69(1):78, 80.
Self-Instruction Answers Exercises No. GD450, GD451, and GD452 from the January/February 2020 issue2021 January/February; 69(1):79.Full Article (PDF)
Basic Science Evaluation of fluoride levels in commercially available tea in the United StatesSpencer RegelsonFull Article (PDF)
This study compared fluoride levels in commercially available black, green, and matcha teas. All teas had some fluoride content, but the values differed significantly among all of the brands and types. Drinking tea could aid caries prevention but may increase the risk of fluorosis if consumed to excess.
2021 January/February; 69(1):17-20.
Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD468
Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology An unusual case of oral phleboliths without evidence of associated vascular anomaliesNatália Galvão GarciaFull Article (PDF)
Viviane Maciel de Almeida Lage
Hugo Bonette de Carvalho
Alessandro Antônio Costa Pereira
João Adolfo Costa Hanemann
This case report describes the discovery of noncalcified phleboliths that were not associated with any vascular anomalies, which is an unusual presentation. The finding of negligible calcium in the recently developed lesions suggests that the calcification process of phleboliths is relatively slow.
2021 January/February; 69(1):22-25.
Pediatric Dentistry Enhancing the pediatric dentistry skills and knowledge of general dentistsPatrick S. LoloFull Article (PDF)
Daniel M. Saman
When the outcomes of a pediatric dentistry training initiative for general dentists were evaluated, participants reported an increase in the number of children treated and the scope of services they provided. Training initiatives seeking to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge of general dentists may be an effective tool for increasing access to care for children.
2021 January/February; 69(1):26-29.
Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD469
Prosthodontics Comparison of different methods for obtaining centric relation: a systematic reviewClóvis Lamartine de Moraes Melo NetoFull Article (PDF)
Emily Vivianne Freitas da Silva
Isabela Caroline de Sousa Ervolino
Daniela Micheline dos Santos
André Pinheiro de Magalhães Bertoz
Marcelo Coelho Goiato
A systematic review of the literature was conducted to verify which technique generates the greatest reproducibility of the centric relation. Based on the guided methods and swallowing technique, it is not possible to conclude which technique can generate the greatest reproducibility of the centric relation. However, analysis suggests that in most cases intraoral gothic arch tracing is superior or equivalent to guided methods.
2021 January/February; 69(1):31-36.
Occlusion Volumetric evaluation of temporomandibular joints in patients with a chewing-side preference: a CBCT studyEliana Dantas CostaFull Article (PDF)
Amanda Farias Gomes
Afonso Celso Souza de Assis
Glaucia Maria Bovi Ambrosano
Sérgio Lúcio Pereira de Castro Lopes
Evaluation of the cone beam computed tomograms of 90 patients revealed that chewing-side preference does not influence the volume of the mandibular condyle or coronoid process or the dynamic parameters of the temporomandibular joint.
2021 January/February; 69(1):38-43.
Basic Science Erosive potential of powdered juice drinks on dental enamelDayse Andrade RomãoFull Article (PDF)
Camila Pedrosa de Lima
Maelly Vicente Lôbo
Letícia Del Rio Silva
Diego Figueiredo Nóbrega
Natanael Barbosa dos Santos
The erosive potential of powdered juice drinks on dental enamel was evaluated in 2 stages: physicochemical characterization and erosive challenge testing. In stage 1, the pH and titratable acidity of powdered juices were analyzed. In stage 2, the erosive effect of 5 juices was tested using a pH cycling model and bovine dental enamel blocks. The results demonstrated that commercially available powdered juice drinks, especially lemon juice, present erosive potential and lead to surface loss of dental enamel.
2021 January/February; 69(1):44-49.
Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD470
Restorative Dentistry Clinical decision-making regarding endodontic therapy vs extraction and implant-assisted replacement: a systematic review and meta-analysisMohammed Edrees SayedFull Article (PDF)
Carlos Alberto Jurado
Jose Obed Garcia-Cortes
This systematic review examined the literature regarding the outcomes of endodontic treatment vs extraction and implant-assisted replacement. Meta-analyses revealed that both treatments had similar outcomes, with endodontic therapy proving slightly better when survival rates were considered as failure rates.
2021 January/February; 69(1):52-57.
Periodontics Contemporary minimally invasive VISTA approach for gingival recession coverage: a case seriesRajendran PoornimaFull Article (PDF)
In this case series, the vestibular incision subperiosteal tunnel access (VISTA) technique was used, without additional grafting, to treat Class I or II gingival recession at 28 sites in 10 patients. The posttreatment clinical attachment level, Gingival Index, width of attached gingiva, and height of gingival recession improved significantly compared to baseline. The mean percentage of root coverage achieved was 78.99%, and 19 sites showed 100.0% root coverage.
2021 January/February; 69(1):58-61.
Special Care Dentistry Medical comorbidities associated with autism spectrum disorder and their impact on dental careEvan SpivackFull Article (PDF)
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder, a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting communication, behavior, and socialization, often present with multiple medical comorbidities that affect dental treatment. This article reviews the most common of these neurologic, psychiatric, and gastrointestinal issues and explores their relevance to dental care.
2021 January/February; 69(1):62-68.
Pediatric Dentistry Impact of social media on the oral hygiene habits of children and adolescents: a randomized controlled clinical trialSabrina Natasha Digiacomo Sarwer-FonerFull Article (PDF)
Jéssica Copetti Barasuol
Ricardo de Sousa Vieira
This study compared the impact of conventional and digital education approaches on the oral hygiene outcomes and habits of children and adolescents. Students were randomly allocated to the control group, which received conventional oral health education, or the experimental group, which received both conventional education and digital oral health content through WhatsApp Messenger. Both groups presented a 30% reduction in PI after the educational interventions, but the experimental group flossed significantly more frequently than the control group. The smartphone app seemed to be an effective auxiliary resource for providing oral health education.
2021 January/February; 69(1):70-76.