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Journal of Dental Research Centennial July 2019: Fluoride Mode of Action

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.

This month, the JDR will feature two Centennial papers on fluoride — one on action and one on public health implications. The Centennial article in the first July 2019 issue focuses on the discovery and implementation of fluoride in the prevention of dental caries is often praised as one of the most important achievements in health care. Authors JM (Bob) ten Cate, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), the Netherlands and Marília Buzalaf, Bauru School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Brazil, discuss the scientific struggle leading to a consensus on the topic in the article “Fluoride Mode of Action, Once There Was an Observant Dentist…….

“In the early 20th Century it took 30 years to identify fluoride as the cause of enamel mottling but also of reduced caries prevalence in a population drinking water containing fluoride,” said ten Cate. “Similarly, in the period 1960-90, it took major efforts to unravel the working mode of fluoride in such detail that a rational scheme of caries prevention could be formulated.”

“The understanding that fluoride interferes in a positive way with the daily cycles of de- and remineralization shifted the attention to fluoride application methods that could be used daily,” said Buzalaf.

The seventh JDR Centennial podcast, titled article “Fluoride Mode of Action, Once There Was an Observant Dentist …….” features a conversation between ten Cate and Buzalaf, moderated by JDR Associate Editor Gustavo Pompermaier Garlet, University of Sao Paulo, Biological Sciences, Brazil.

Throughout 2019 JDR Associate Editor, Nicholas Jakubovics, Newcastle University, England, will include ‘Historical Highlights’ and archival excerpts from the rich history of research findings published in the JDR. In the July issue, Jakubovics highlights the article “A System of Classification and Scoring for Prevalence Surveys of Periodontal Disease” (Russell A.L. 1956. A System of Classification and Scoring for Prevalence Surveys of Periodontal Disease. J Dent Res. 35: 350-359). This article presented the first index for the measurement of periodontal disease in epidemiological research studies. The scoring system was widely adopted and brought a much-needed scientific approach to the population-based analysis of periodontal disease. Classification systems have evolved over the years and it is hoped that a new system, introduced last year, will finally align the criteria used to measure periodontal disease in research studies with those used for clinical disease management.

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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