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Drs. Samaranayake and Fakhruddin provide a historical overview of pandemics, the reasons for their emergence, and the probable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dentistry.

The authors provide physical characterizations of aerosols and spatters from ultrasonic scaling processes and evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of dental aerosol–mitigation devices.

The authors explore and describe the literature on various uses of teledentistry in older adults, including its reported effectiveness and limitations.

The authors compare differences in support for community water fluoridation in response to 5 different message themes.

Wright looks back on his first year as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Dental Association and forward toward building on its successes in 2022.

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The Journal of the American Dental Association

Cover Image - The Journal of the American Dental Association, Volume 152, Issue 12

Introduced in 1913, The Journal of the American Dental Association is the nation's premier dental journal-a reliable, peer-reviewed source of information on dentistry and dental science.Each monthly issue of JADA is available in print, online at JADA Online and via a mobile Web application. JADA Online provides full-text articles as an added member benefit from the current issue as well as a searchable archive dating to 1913.

Companion Journal

JADA Foundational Science (JADA FS) is a cross-disciplinary, open access journal publishing original research articles and reviews on a broad range of topics in dental, oral, and craniofacial health. JADA FS provides a forum for researchers in basic and applied sciences to make their work visible to experts in clinical dentistry and medicine.


To better address bias in the publication process, The Journal of the American Dental Association has implemented a double-blind peer review process for almost all submission types. This policy change coincides with The Journal’s migration to a new manuscript processing system. Questions can be directed to




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