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In brief: Dentist sued for YouTube video about snap-on veneers

Jan. 23, 2023
Learn about a lawsuit against a Texas dentist; new research on whether state opioid prescribing limits were in line with dentists' opioid prescriptions; and more.
Elizabeth S. Leaver, Digital content manager

Texas dentist sued for video about snap-on veneers

A YouTube video about snap-on veneers has led to a lawsuit against a Texas dentist. In the video, Grant Olson, who practices in Springfield, Texas, said snap-on veneers are unregulated and can cause significant damage: “You’re really getting taken advantage of with that and you’re going to have more problems … And the cost isn’t worth it,” he was quoted as saying in Springfield News-Leader. A subsequent federal lawsuit filed against him by Brighter Image Lab in Fort Worth, Texas, the veneers’ manufacturer, claims Olson made "objectively false and deceptively misleading" statements in the video that could hurt business and that without court intervention, could cause irreparable harm to the company’s reputation.

State opioid mandate had no effects on duration of dentist-prescribed opioids

As part of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Use Mandate, at least 39 states have enacted restrictions on the duration of opioid prescriptions—but whether these limits affected the duration of opioid prescriptions written by dentists was unclear. But new research published in JAMA Open Network indicates that opioid prescribing limits were not associated with changes in the duration of dentists’ opioid prescription, and that after the mandate, dentists continued to supply patients with three-day supplies of opioids.

Where’s the fluoride?

Following a “big uptick” in kids with cavities, dentists in Buffalo, New York, said they were shocked to learn the Buffalo Water Board has not been adding fluoride to its drinking water for the last seven-plus years. For their part, the Buffalo Water Board said it stopped fluoridating the water when plans to upgrade the infrastructure were held up by the pandemic, but that it does plan to move forward with the upgrade.

Data suggests “tripledemic” has peaked

Data from the CDC shows that the weekly rate of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for flu, COVID-19, and RSV peaked in early December, even as the highly transmissible omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 continues its spread. Experts say the trend suggests the US will most likely experience a COVID-19 "bump" this winter versus a full-fledged surge.

About the Author

Elizabeth S. Leaver | Digital content manager

Elizabeth S. Leaver was the digital content manager for Endeavor Business Media's dental group from 2021-2024. She has a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and many years of experience working in niche industries specializing in creating content, editing, content marketing, and publishing digital and magazine content. She lives in the Boston area.