PROH Conference Focuses on Dental Myths and Controversies

Tom Hilton


OHSU’s Practice-based Research in Oral Health Network held its 10th annual conference in October. Six speakers addressed “Dental Myths and Controversies” from lasers for periodontal disease to the efficacy of bulk fill composites.

“It was a great meeting,” said PROH Director Tom Hilton, D.M.D., M.S., alumni centennial professor of operative dentistry. “We had a record turn-out and the presentations were well-received.”

More than 150 people attended the conference, with about one-third of them third- and fourth-year dental students. “This was the first time dental students played such a large role in the conference,” said Dr. Hilton. “We felt this was a good opportunity to emphasize for students the importance of evidence-based decision-making in dentistry, and to encourage them to participate in research once they graduate and are in practice.”

OHSU School of Dentistry Dean Phillip Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D., talked about the dental school and its role in leading the future of dentistry. 

Since its inception in 2004, PROH has provided infrastructure for six research studies in private practice settings. To become a PROH member, contact Cindy Barnes, R.D.H.,