The Top 10 News Stories of 2019

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Dentistry is always changing, with new developments in technology, techniques, education, and policy. Here are the top 10 news stories of the year based on traffic at

Stem Cells Used to Regenerate Pulp and Dentin

Researchers at Temple University are using bioengineered two-sided scaffolding to guide stem cells to differentiate into both pulp cells and dentin, producing odontoblasts that eventually will repair the root canal.

Another Study Links Alzheimer’s Disease With Oral Bacteria

Researchers at the University of Louisville have found that P gingivalis, which can move from the mouth to the brain, is more common in brain samples from those with Alzheimer’s than those without the disease.

Aspen Opens Learning and Development Center in Chicago

Located in the West Loop, the 50,000-square-foot area includes virtual training studios, an audiovisual media wall, and full video conferencing for monthly training from initial onboarding to leadership development.

The World’s Best Dental Schools: 2019 Edition

Quacquarelli Symods has ranked the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden the number one dental school in the world, while the University of Michigan was named the top dental school in the United States and fifth globally.

The US Dominates the ARWU’s Best Dental Schools for 2019

ShanghaiRanking’s 2019 Academic Ranking of World University’s called the University of Michigan the top dental school in the world, with schools in the United States taking 21 of the top 50 slots worldwide.

Aspen Dental to Provide Oral Healthcare at Walgreens in Florida

The partnership marks the first time that in-store dental services will be available to Walgreens customers, reflecting the pharmacy’s aim to transform its locations into neighborhood health destinations that provide affordable services.

Dentistry Named Fourth Best Job by US News & World Report

Using data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the survey cited the profession’s number of openings, median salary, employment rate, stress level, and work-life balance.

Oral Bacteria Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

In mouse models, Cortexyme has found that P gingivalisinfection leads to brain colonization and increased production of amyloid beta. Now, the company is developing small-molecule inhibitors that block the pathogen and halt development and progression of the disease.

The Top 100 Dental Products of 2019

If you need new gear, we’ve got you covered with information about the latest equipment across a range of technologies and specialties.

Wisconsin Budget Aims to Increase Access to Dental Care

The state’s $43 million investment will expand the Seal-a-Smile program, establish dental therapist licensure programs, and increase the number of low-income dental clinics eligible to increase grant funding. But the Wisconsin Dental Association has concerns about the proposal.