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Journal of Dental Research Centennial June 2019: A Century of Change Towards Prevention and Minimal Intervention in Cariology

Alexandria, VA, USA – 2019 marks the Centennial of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). Over the last century the JDR has been dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge and information on all sciences relevant to dentistry and to the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. To celebrate, the JDR is featuring a yearlong, monthly commemorative article and podcast series that highlights topics that have transformed dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past 100 years.

The June 2019 issue of the JDR features the article “A Century of Change Towards Prevention and Minimal Intervention in Cariology” by Nicola Innes, University of Dundee, Scotland, Chun Chu, University of Hong Kong, SRA, China, Margherita Fontana, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, Edward Lo, University of Hong Kong, SRA, China, Murray Thomson, The University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, Sergio Uribe, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Max Heiland, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany, Sören Jespen, University of Bonn, Germany and Falk Schwendicke, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.

Better understanding of dental caries and other oral conditions has guided new strategies to prevent disease and manage its consequences at individual and public health levels. In this paper, the authors discuss advances in prevention and minimal intervention dentistry over the last century by focusing on milestones in cariology, as well as highlighting current evidence and future prospects.

“Dentistry was initially established as a surgical specialty and dental caries was considered to be an infectious disease,” said Schwendicke. “The change in the prevalence, extent and severity of dental caries, along with developments in operative techniques and technologies, have enabled a shift from surgical to preventive and minimal intervention dentistry approaches.”

“A century ago, almost every treatment involved injections, a drill, a scalpel or a pair of forceps. Today, dentists have more options than ever before available to them,” said Innes. “Future challenges include continuing the dental profession’s move towards a more patient-centered, evidence-based, less invasive management of these diseases, as well as promoting and maintaining oral health in partnership with patients.”

The sixth JDR Centennial podcast, titled “A Century of Change Towards Prevention and Minimal Intervention in Cariology” features a conversation between Innes and Thomson, moderated by Schwendicke.

Throughout 2019 JDR Associate Editor, Nicholas Jakubovics, Newcastle University, England selects ‘Historical Highlights’ and archival excerpts from the rich history of research findings published in the JDR. In the June issue, Jakubovics highlights the star paper “Stem Cell Properties of Human Dental Pulp Stem Cells” (Gronthos S, Brahim J, Li W, Fisher LW, Cherman N, Boyde A, DenBesten P, Robey PG, Shi S. 2002. J Dent Res. 81: 531-535) — the most highly cited primary research paper in the JDR according to Web of Science. The researchers first isolated dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) and reported them in a 2000 paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Their JDR article followed this up by characterizing DPSCs and showing that they have key stem cell properties including a capacity for self-renewal and an ability to differentiate into multiple cell types. DPSCs show great promise for clinical applications such as the restoration of tooth pulp. The large number of citations reflects the interest in this field and is in itself an indication of the importance of their work.

Along with the article and podcast series, the legacy of the JDR will be honored during a celebration at the 97th General Session of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the AADR and the 43rdAnnual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from June 19-22, 2019. For more information on the JDR Centennial, please visit: www.iadr.org/JDRcentennial.

About the Journal of Dental Research
The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. The JDR ranks #2 in Impact Factor of 91 journals in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category at 5.380, ranks #2 of 91 in Article Influence with a score of 1.546 and continues to rank #1 of 91 journals in Eigenfactor with a score of 0.02095. The JDR’s 5-year Impact Factor has remained above 5 for the third year at 5.715 — ranking #2 of 91 journals. With over 19,000 citations, the JDR also boasts the most citations in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category.

About the International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 11,400 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org. The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR with 3,300 members in the United States. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.

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