Abstract: I have to start this editorial expressing the utmost sympathy for the population of l’Aquila and the Abruzzo region, Italy, severely stricken by a terrible earthquake during Easter time.
Along with many other buildings, the dental faculty college was destroyed and some students lost their life.
The Dental Italian Societies are trying to help the dental students of L’Aquila to continue their courses in the same city or in other near faculties. As a testimonial of our solidarity, in the current issue we publish a paper from L’Aquila University, which evaluates the correlations between oral breathing and dental malocclusions.
I should add some words to present the other published papers.
Once again we publish a new research on laser, not only for the interest toward this subject but also because this work represents the collaboration between Italy and France. The paper aimed to observe the dentine and enamel surfaces of deciduous teeth after cavity preparation with laser.
Another paper coming from Brazil evaluates the bonding effectiveness of self-etch and etch-and-rinse adhesive systems to primary tooth enamel.
Two clinical studies assess and compare the dental development in patients with cleft lip and palate and the oral health status in children with cystic fibrosis, respectively.
In addition, an epidemiologic study investigates the orthodontic treatment need in Iranian schoolchildren.
Finally a case report: condylar fracture in a growing child with a four-year follow-up. According to our Guidelines we require a minimum of a two-year follow-up in order to indicate the degree of success of the treatment.