3 best of the best clinical, endodontics, and pathology articles from Breakthrough Clinical in 2017

Dr. Stacey Simmons understands that you don’t have time to read every dental article you come across by email, snail mail, or on social media forums. She doesn't either! But some articles are just too important to miss, so she has made it easy for you. These are the best of the best clinical, endodontics, and pathology articles from Breakthrough Clinical this year.

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Dr. Stacey Simmons understands that you don’t have time to read every dental article you come across by email, snail mail, or on social media forums. She doesn't either! But some articles are just too important to miss, so she has made it easy for you. These are the best of the best clinical, endodontics, and pathology articles from Breakthrough Clinical this year that you don't want to miss.

Editor's note: This article first appeared in DE's Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS. Find out more about the clinical specialties newsletter created just for dentists, and subscribe here.


After 15 miles of trampling through mud and enduring rain and wind, victory was ours to be had!
Bigfork, Montana. May 2017.

If you’re like me, you don’t have time to read every dental article that comes across your email or social media forum. That’s the plain and simple reality. Understanding that, I’ve made it easy for you to take a few minutes to read the best of the best articles in this year's Breakthrough Clinical—the BEST CLINICAL ARTICLE, the BEST ENDODONTICS ARTICLE, and of course, my favorite, the BEST PATHOLOGY CASE.


Clinical

Why should you read these articles (if you haven’t already)? Because you really DO need to know about the link between periodontal disease and heart health. We owe it to our patients to be the comprehensive health-care providers they expect us to be. There's no more just "drill and fill,” my friends!


The surprising link between periodontal disease and heart health: What dental professionals need to know



Endodontics

And of course, the big question in endodontics is, exactly where does the apex end? You'll find the answer in this article. Now, go tackle that root canal with aplomb and vigor!

Root canal treatment: Where does the apex end?



Pathology

Pathology ... it’s always going to be part of the clinical assessment with our patients. And if they smoke or chew tobacco, we need to have candid discussions with them about that white lesion on their lower lip. Take a look at this case, because the summary information it contains can simplify your decision the next time you encounter a similar suspicious area of tissue.


Breakthrough Clinical oral pathology case: No. 22


Goodbye old year ... hello new!

Lastly, my thanks to YOU for a fun-filled year of writing, reading, and learning. I’m reminded of a favorite quote to send us off into the New Year:

“Be a wolf. Be a lion. Set goals. Smash them. Be stronger. Be better. Show people who you are.
Never apologize for being awesome. Stay positive. Stay the course.”

That, my friends, describes the kind of person and dentist each of us should strive to be. Farewell, 2017! It’s definitely been real!

Editor's note: This article first appeared inDE's Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS.Find out more about the clinical specialties newsletter created just for dentists, andsubscribe here.


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Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, is in private practice in Hamilton, Montana. She is a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Simmons is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana in the Anatomy and Physiology Department. She is the editorial director of PennWell’s clinical dental specialties newsletter, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS, and a contributing author for DentistryIQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics. Dr. Simmons can be reached at ssimmonsdds@gmail.com.


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