Top 10 News Stories of 2018

Dentistry Today


The dental profession continued to make headlines in 2018. Here are the top 10 news stories of the year based on traffic at 

The US Dominates the ARWU’s Best Dental Schools for 2018 

The United States is home to 13 of the world’s top 25 dental schools, according to ShanghaiRanking’s 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The World’s Top Dental Schools: 2018 Edition 

The University of Hong Kong was number one, according to Quacquarelli Symonds, followed by King’s College London Dental Institute and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. 

Charcoal Toothpaste May Wear Down Enamel 

Researchers at the Creighton University School of Dentistry have concluded that charcoal toothpaste may do more harm than good.

Periodontitis May Initiate Alzheimer’s Disease  

Mice chronically exposed to oral bacteria had significantly higher amounts of accumulated amyloid beta, a senile plaque found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients.

Sweet E-Cigarettes Increase Cavities Risk 

The combination of the viscosity of e-cigarette liquids and some classes of chemicals in sweet flavors contribute to the increased risk.

Fluoride Found to Have No Effect on Cognitive Learning 

Researchers observed no exposure-related differences in motor, sensory, or learning and memory performance or in thyroid hormone levels in rats.

US News & World Report Names Dentistry the Best Healthcare Profession 

The survey cited dentistry’s median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth, future job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.

What Dentists Earn: 2018 Edition  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites a median pay of $158,120, which is a slight dip from 2016’s median of $159,770. 

Erectile Dysfunction Linked With Chronic Periodontitis 

According to the research, 74% of the subjects with erectile dysfunction also presented chronic periodontitis, along with greater pocket probing depths and clinical attachment loss.

Coalition Calls for an End to Dental Amalgam in the United States

A coalition of 50 groups wants to immediately stop the use of dental amalgam in children and phase out its general use over the next two years.