November JDR Highlights

The November issue of the JDR highlights some important innovations in the field as well as provides an interesting perspective in the field of restorative dentistry.  Colin Robinson provides a commentary on the concept of “Filling without Drilling”, providing a historical view on the development of resin-based restorative treatments as non-invasive therapies for dental caries (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/11/1261.full).  This issue also has two papers of interest regarding oral health quality of life and the aged.  The clinical research report by Slade & Sanders demonstrates how through the oral health quality of life relates to experience of oral disease as more deleterious to subjective oral health when it occurs early in adulthood than when it occurs in old age, a pattern that likely reflects high expectations of young generations. Further they concluded that older adults adapt to oral health challenges better than the young (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/11/1279.full). In an excellent Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine manuscript, an overview on the field of oral health quality of life is showcased by Sischo & Broder (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/11/1279.full).

This blog is made available to the oral, dental and craniofacial community to allow discussion on recent advances in the field as it relates to fundamental science in the area to clinical dental practice.  We welcome your comments.

October JDR Highlights

In this month’s issue of the JDR we have several important releases for the dental, oral and craniofacial research community.  In particular, the special supplement to this month’s journal (Advances in Dental Research, volume 4), guest edited by the immediate past-president, Professor David Wong is showcased on Innovations in basic and clinical applications of saliva diagnostics (http://adr.sagepub.com/content/current).  This issue is highlighted by a companion editorial that discusses the importance of saliva diagnostics not only to dental clinical practice, but also to the entire biomedical research community (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/10/1153.full). This ADR supplement contains timely reviews spanning the developmental and application areas of salivary diagnostics research includes experts in a variety of areas such as the professional practice community, industry, academia and governmental entities.  This supplement is the proceedings of the 3rd Fall Focused Symposium, sponsored by the AADR held in Arlington, Virginia in November of 2010.

The October JDR also published several research reports of broad interest, including the large clinical investigation by Kim, co-workers, and the Osteosarcoma Etiology Group (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/10/1171.full). This paper reports some of the most expansive and comprehensive analysis demonstrating a lack of association between fluoride exposure and osteosarcoma.  The paper provides further compelling safety evidence demonstrating the strong track record of fluoride supplementation in drinking water for the public health benefit of caries reduction of both children and adults (www.iadr.org/files/public/JDRNewsRelease_Osteosarcoma.pdf).

This blog is made available to the oral, dental and craniofacial community to allow discussion on recent advances in the field as it relates to fundamental science in the area to clinical dental practice.  We welcome your comments.