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Ethical considerations for the integration of artificial and augmented intelligence in dentistry

With the integration of both augmented and artificial intelligence (AI) in dentistry, our profession is entering a new era. AI has valuable clinical and nonclinical applications that can improve patient outcomes and streamline office workflows. AI is consistent and can automate administrative tasks, allowing providers more time for patient-facing responsibilities. In addition, AI can validate …

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The need for updated treatment- and outcomes-based guidelines for periodontal therapy

Periodontitis is a tissue-destructive chronic inflammatory condition that affects approximately 42% of the US population aged 30 through 75 years.1 Based on US Census numbers, this prevalence rate extrapolates to roughly 80,858,400 people. A growing body of evidence indicates the disease to be a significant, yet controllable, risk factor for stroke, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer disease.2 …

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ChatGPT’s risk of misinformation in dentistry

Artificial intelligence (AI) has large implications in health care education. In particular, the role of ChatGPT (OpenAI) has amassed considerable attention, serving as an important source of information for dental students across the world. In 2023, researchers reported that ChatGPT-4 correctly answered 76.9% of practice questions used to prepare students for the Integrated National Board …

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Letters

The February guest editorial titled “Racial Disparities in Oral Health Care: Black Dentists Disproportionately Fill and Feel the Equity Gap” (Frazier-Bowers SA, Murdoch-Kinch CA, Martinez-Mier EA. JADA. 2024;155[2]:91-93) reminded readers about the tragic and unnecessary death of Deamonte Driver due to complications from an untreated dental infection in 2007. It is an undeniable tragedy that underscores …

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State-level variation in Medicaid dental coverage for services beneficial to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) experience lifelong challenges (usually present at birth), which profoundly affect their physical, intellectual, and emotional development, including their ability to learn, reason, problem solve, and socialize.1 These adults may face substantial health challenges, particularly in managing their oral health.2-6 Due to health obstacles that may include neuromuscular problems, …

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Achieving oral health for all

Globally, oral diseases are the most prevalent of all noncommunicable diseases.1 Conventional wisdom typically equates dentistry and the provision of oral health care to good oral health. Like much of health care, treatment directed at achieving oral health frequently is focused on managing and treating the symptoms of chronic diseases such as caries and periodontal …

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