Adjunctive Antibiotics for Periodontitis

December 1st, 2023

10:00 am - 10:30 am PST | 11:00 am - 11:30 am MST

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm CST | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

This webinar will provide you with the latest updates on the use, prescription patterns, and best practices for adjunctive antibiotics in periodontal treatment. Dr. Kotsakis, the PAAS principal investigator, and Dr. Araujo, clinical researcher and Dean of the School of Dental Medicine at University of Buffalo, will share their clinical and research experiences on this topic.

You will also learn about the to the newest study hosted by the Network, the Periodontal Adjunctive Antibiotics Study (PAAS), a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of adjunctive antibiotics in the treatment of periodontal disease. The PAAS study is recruiting dentists, periodontists, dental therapists, and hygienists in the South Central, Western, and Southwest regions of the Network.

All Network members can receive 0.50 CEU for attending.

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Food Insecurity

A Quick Poll asked practitioners about their attitudes towards the integration of food insecurity screening in dental practice. The results of the Quick Poll on Food Insecurity revealed a perception that food insecurity has a substantial impact on oral health and differing levels of comfort and interest among dental practitioners in addressing and studying food insecurity in the context of oral health.

  • Dental caries was the oral health issue most affected by food insecurity (68%), according to the respondents, followed by periodontal disease (12%), wound healing (16%), xerostomia (2%), and no responses for oropharyngeal cancers.
  • One third of respondents either strongly agreed (15%) or agreed (15%) with the statement that dental practitioners should screen patients for food insecurity. Conversely, 39% were neutral, and 29% of respondents either disagreed (20%) or strongly disagreed (9%).
  • Most respondents (53%) were comfortable in directing a patient to resources in their local community, while 12% were neutral, and 29% were less comfortable or not comfortable at all.
  • When asked about their interest in participating in a study, the responses were divided into the three categories: very interested (24%), somewhat interested (37%), and not interested (38%).

Current Studies in 2023

PAAS is a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of adjunctive antibiotics versus placebo for the treatment of periodontitis. We need 36 practitioners from the South Central, South Western, and Western regions to enroll patients with periodontitis undergoing scaling and root planing. Contact us if you are interested! 

Periodontal Adjunctive Antibiotics - PAAS

Inviting all practitioners from the Network’s Midwest and Northeast Regions only to participate in this trial to help their patients quit smoking.

Dentists will enroll patients who smoke, and then deliver a brief intervention called Ask-Advise-Refer. Patients will receive a free bag containing an electric toothbrush or Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) samples. 

Free Samples for Health - FreSH

The POPS study is an exciting research project that aims to provide insight into pain experienced by patients after dental procedures. The goal is to recruit 170 practitioners to enroll a maximum of 3,147 patients who have undergone a surgical dental procedure. With approximately 150 practitioners and over 2,000 patients participating already, the POPS study is in its final stretch. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this research and contribute to the understanding of pain management in dental procedures.

Post-Operative Pain  - POPS

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute to this pioneering effort and help improve dental implant therapy outcomes! The registry aims to investigate the success of implant therapy and the rate of complications by tracking 2,000 total dental implants nationwide. This is the first national implant restoration registry funded by the NIH/NIDCR. By enrolling just 10 patients with dental implants at the time of prosthesis placement and following them for three years, you can contribute to this groundbreaking study.

Dental Implant Restoration Registry - DIRR
To join a clinical study, contact us today!

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The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), grants U19-DE-028717 and U01-DE-028727

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