The Top 10 Blogs of 2017

Dentistry Today


Our roster of contributing authors tackled a broad range of topics in 2017, confronting the issues with clinical expertise and grounded opinion. Here are our Top 10 Blogs of 2017, based on traffic at

  1. Flossing Myths, Evidence, and Humor

Patti DiGangi, RDH, casts a skeptical eye upon mainstream news reports that flossing isn’t effective and explores the right attitudes that dental professionals need to take in talking about its role in oral hygiene with patients.

  1. Prostituting Prosthodontics: Use of Abuse of Dentistry?

Louis Z. G. Touyz, BDS, MSc, MDent, and Kelvin I. Aftashtehfar, DDS, MSc, question whether a prosthodontic appliance designed to enhance the stimulation of oral sex is a safe or appropriate use of dental skills and resources.

  1. When an Oral Cancer Diagnosis Hits Home

Magdalena Groza, RDH, recounts her own harrowing tale of how a tender and spongy 47 retromolar pad led to a devastating diagnosis, invasive surgery and treatment, months of recovery, and, ultimately, an optimistic outlook on life.

  1. Watch Out for These Four Heartburn-Oral Health Link 

Normand Bach, DMD, MS, outlines the connections between gastroesophageal reflux disease and its effect on tooth enamel, as well as the link between stress and bruxism, along with how dentists can discuss these issues with their patients.  

  1. What Every Dentist Needs to Know About the New Amalgam Regulations

Marc M. Sussman breaks down how dental practices can meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Final Rule mandating the use of amalgam separators to prevent mercury from entering the wastewater environment. 

  1. TMD Treatment May Alleviate Meniere’s Disease

Jeffrey S. Haddad, DDS, describes the disorder that affects 615,000 people in the United States with vertigo, hearing loss, and more, explaining how it overlaps with temporomandibular disorders and can benefit from the same remedies. 

  1. Best Practices for Stopping the Spread of Infections in Dental Settings

Sarah Bell-West, PhD, outlines how effective surface disinfectants can combine with enhanced staff education and standardized cleaning protocols to ensure a safe environment for clinicians and patients alike.

  1. What to Do About Dental Unit Waterline Contamination

Jim Chandler investigates how bacterial infestations are a nearly universal and often overlooked problem that can have serious medical and legal ramifications for dentists and patients alike, while offering advice that can protect practices from these risks.

  1. A Short Case Study: Microcracks, Endodontics, and Bioceramics

Rico D. Short, DMD, details how he treated a patient with pain on tooth No. 30 when chewing and releasing reproduced by a tooth slooth, along with a partially necrotic pulp, acute apical periodontitis, and a crack in the distal wall.

  1. The New Gingivitis Code: What Do We Do Now?

Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, reviews the ins and outs of D4346, including when it should be used, when it shouldn’t be used, and what your case presentation should include, along with why it’s so necessary in the first place.