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CDA Journal earns award for issue focusing on dentistry and COVID-19

By Dental Tribune USA
May 12, 2021

The October 2020 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association, which explores COVID-19 connections in oral health care and dentistry, has been awarded a Maggie Award in the category of Best Digital Edition or ePublication/Consumer, Trade, Association.

The Maggies have recognized excellence in the publishing and digital media industries for nearly seven decades and are judged by industry peers and publishing executives. The CDA journal’s Maggie Award was one of just 32 awarded for 2020 publications.

Articles in the October 2020 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association discussed the roles of hygiene and periodontal health in respiratory complications, differentiating medical and dental aerosols, barriers to accessing care globally and evaluating masks and air-purifying respirators. The issue, which also provided teledentistry guidance and back-to-practice resources, was designed to not only update contemporary readers but to serve as an archive for future researchers.

“We know that in 18 months, five years or a decade from now the information we have gathered, processed and built on will be astounding. This event might even become a scientific watershed,” Kerry K. Carney, DDS, editor-in-chief of the CDA Journal, said in her introduction to the issue. “This issue provides a context for how we reacted to this unfolding pandemic.”

The article “The Mouth-COVID Connection: Il-6 Levels in Periodontal Disease — Potential Role in COVID-19-Related Respiratory Complications” explored the association between periodontal therapy, serum IL-6 levels, systemic inflammatory activity and COVID-19 severity. “Decoding Dental Aerosols in the Age of COVID-19” discussed how emphasis on dental aerosol mitigation may have created a false impression that visits to the dentist are dangerous.

“Global Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Service Delivery and Vulnerable Populations Access to Dental Care” provided an overview of how dental professionals around the world have been affected by COVID-19 and the challenges vulnerable populations face in accessing oral health care during the pandemic. The literature review “Oral Pathology in the Context of COVID-19: Perspectives Based on a Compilation of Literature Data” revealed the importance of dental professionals staying current with the stomatological manifestations and maxillofacial pathology of COVID-19.

With personal protective equipment at the forefront of the pandemic, two articles addressed the use of PPE in the dental office. The article “Face Masks and Respirators for the Dental Health Care Provider” reviewed respiratory protection devices used to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, and “COVID-19: New Considerations for Respiratory Protection in Dental Practice” discussed using powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) as a replacement for the N95 mask, which can be difficult to acquire during the pandemic because of breakdowns in the supply chain.

Lastly, the article “Teledentistry 101: A Primer for Dental Professionals for the New Normal” provided tips for launching teledentistry in the dental practice. Additionally, COVID-19 resources CDA developed and made available to members and nonmembers since the beginning of the pandemic were included in the issue.

The Journal of the California Dental Association is an award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication that keeps dentists up to date about scientific advances, business management strategies and new products.

The award-winning issue is available at, and readers can find current and archived issues online at

(Source: CDA)

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