May 2023

Many Network dentists see patients with Sjögren's Syndrome

We invited you to complete a Quick Poll about managing Sjögren's Syndrome (SjS) patients. SjS is an autoimmune disease that primarily affects exocrine glands, such as salivary and lacrimal glands, but also frequently involves extraglandular sites throughout the body. The most common symptoms are dry mouth, dry eyes, fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain. The purpose of this Quick Poll was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of dental practitioners in managing patients with SjS.


Main Quick Poll Findings:

  • More than 90% of dentists reported seeing patients with SjS.
  • More than 2/3 of dentists noticed the most common signs and symptoms (hyposalivation, or root, cervical, or incisal/cusp tip dental caries) but only 12% noted enlarged salivary glands.
  • The most frequent management options recommended were OTC saliva substitutes (e.g., Biotene) (81%), supplemental daily use of OTC or prescription-strength fluoride products (78%), and non-pharmacological salivary stimulants (e.g., sugar-free chewing gum/mints/candies/XyliMelts) (76%).
  • 75% of dentists agreed or strongly agreed a National Dental PBRN clinical study examining current dental management approaches and oral health outcomes (success/failure) in patients with SjS would be of benefit.
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Addressing tobacco use in dental care

Dr. Sandra Japuntich talked about the current state of the tobacco epidemic and how to help patients quit smoking using the “Ask-Advise-Refer” strategy.  She also shared with us the details about the Free Samples for Health (FreSH) study, being conducted in the Network. 

You can now watch the recordings for the webinar on our YouTube channel.

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Substance Use Disorders

Persons struggling with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUD) can be stigmatized, which may be a barrier to their receiving treatment and support for lifelong recovery. To develop theory-based interventions, more research is needed to understand provider attitudes related to SUD. We invite you to complete a Quick Poll assessing your perceptions of how your dental colleagues view persons with SUD.  

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Researcher Spotlight

Ashley Spencer, BSPH and Node Coordinator for the Southwest region, was awarded a Best Poster Presentation at the 13th Annual Frontiers of Translational Science Research Day, hosted by the Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, in partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Research Centers in Minority Institutions and Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Ashley presented in an engaging and eloquent manner the poster “Informatics Approach to Monitoring Participant Recruitment through the National Dental PBRN”, which highlighted the ongoing Post Operative Pain Study (POPS). 

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Ashley Spencer, BSPH and Node Coordinator, awarded Best Poster Presentation

Current & Upcoming Studies in 2023

Dental Implant Restoration Registry

Consider joining the dentists who are creating the first National implant registry funded by NIDCR. You will enroll 10 to 15 patients with dental implants, at the time of prosthesis placement, and conduct one clinical examination every year for 3 years to investigate the success of implant therapy. Read more

Post-Operative Pain - POPS

Participate in this study investigating management of pain up to 3 weeks after dental procedures. Aided by an mHealth text messaging platform, practitioners monitor pain experiences of their patients undergoing potentially painful dental procedures. Do not miss the chance to better communicate with your patients and contribute to the science of dental pain. Join now!  Read more

Free Samples for Health - FreSH

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. Read more

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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