The Top 10 Blogs of 2018

Dentistry Today


In 2018, our contributing authors covered a broad range of clinical and professional issues that you will probably face in 2019—if you haven’t dealt with them in your practice already. Here are our top 10 blogs of the year, based on traffic at

Berlin Declaration Shows Amalgam Has Entered Its Twilight Era 

Charlie Brown, JD, and Elena Lymberidi-Settimo

The decline of dental amalgam means more tooth-friendly procedures, less mercury pollution in our waterways, and a profession that embraces 21st century dentistry.

Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic 

Sandra Kahn, DDS, MSD, and Paul Ehrlich, PhD

Poor jaw development, which is caused by our industrialized society, plays a key role in the development of sleep apnea and all of the problems that result from it. 

FTC Sues Three Dental Suppliers for Conspiracy 

Michael W. Davis, DDS 

The agency alleges that Benco, Henry Schein, and Patterson violated US antitrust laws by refusing to provide discounts to buying groups represented by individual dentists.

Check Your Mouth to Stop Oral Cancer 

Patti DiGangi, RDH 

You can teach your patients to check themselves for the signs of oral cancer, potentially helping them save their own lives. 

Jury Convicts Hills and Three Other Dentists in Kickback and Bribery Schemes 

Michael W. Davis, DDS

The FBI noted the “pervasive pattern of fraud” at Cleveland’s MetroHealth, including bribery, witness tampering, and other crimes.

Know the Risks Before Adding Phlebotomy to Your Dental Practice 

Kayvon Javid, DDS, and Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS 

Dentists and specialists who routinely perform venous punctures should obtain some sort of certification or continuing education from a valid source. 

Why Lip Injections Look Fake—And How You Can Create Natural Looking Lips

Dr. Gigi Meinecke

Good looking lips don’t look like sausages. They also preserve the golden ratio and the Cupid’s bow.

Are Calcified Root Canals a Growing Problem?

Manor Haas, DDS

While we have more retained teeth in an increasingly aging population, new technologies enable clinicians to manage calcified canals better than ever before. 

Dentists Need to Spend More Time Addressing Systemic Health

Manuel A. Cordero, DDS 

Seven of the 10 leading causes of death reported by the CDC have been connected to inflammation and/or bacteria in the oral cavity.

Advances in Stem Cell Research Promise Dental Regeneration

Adam S. Harwood, DMD

Dental stem cells appear to be among the fastest replicating stem cells discovered to date.