5 ways to get patients on board with home care
March 11, 2014 -- With the oral-systemic health link now well recognized, this is the time to help patients understand what they need to do to control bacteria at home. Carrie Ibbetson, RDH, presents five practical techniques to help your patients improve their oral healthcare at home.
Sheri's Solutions: 'What is an IFU?'
March 11, 2014 -- We all have patients who enjoy telling a good joke or saying something funny, just at the perfect moment. Sometimes it's a ray of sunshine on a bitter cold day in Chicago, lending levity to a procedure that may cause fear in some patients. Others may consider this an annoyance, but Dr. Sheri Doniger never finds humor an annoyance.
ADA: 8.3M adults now eligible for Medicaid dental benefits
March 10, 2014 -- More than 8 million low-income adults will become eligible for dental benefits this year, according to a new ADA analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But expanded Medicaid coverage doesn't guarantee increased access to dental care, the report noted.
JADA: Guide for treating traumatized patients
March 10, 2014 -- A patient presents with orofacial injuries that seem suspicious, making you wonder if your patient has been the victim of abuse. What do you do next? A team of researchers has laid out a useful framework in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association that can guide you when treating potentially traumatized patients.
Mother's saliva predicts kids' early childhood caries
March 7, 2014 -- How does a mother's oral health affect her very young children? A new study in the Journal of Dental Research found that bacteria levels in a mother's saliva can predict the likelihood of early childhood caries in her children.
Report: Minn. dental therapists are making an impact
March 6, 2014 -- Dental therapists are having a positive impact in several areas in Minnesota, according to a preliminary progress report by the state's health department and dental board issued to the state Legislature. However, the Minnesota Dental Association says it's too early to tell.
Analysis of ADC vs. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
March 6, 2014 -- Why should anyone care about a dental Medicaid ruling from an administrative law court in Travis County in Texas? Not just because it potentially involves millions of taxpayer dollars, but also because public record disclosure revealed mechanisms for defrauding taxpayers.
2 portraits of Dr. Fritz Pfeffer, Anne Frank's roommate
March 5, 2014 -- In his latest history column, Daniel Demers writes about a fortunate find at a flea market that uncovered the true story of Dr. Friedrich "Fritz" Pfeffer, the dentist who hid along with Anne Frank before they were betrayed to the occupying Nazi forces.