Implant complication symposium eases minds in San Francisco
May 17, 2013 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Some 400 dental professionals attended Straumann's second symposium on dental implant complications, May 16-17. Peri-implantitis, soft-tissue complications, long-term implant complications, and prosthetic complications were among the topics covered.
Are CBCT scans necessary prior to orthodontic treatment?
May 17, 2013 -- Taking cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans prior to orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning is warranted for patients with unerupted teeth or severe root resorption, according to a new study in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Calif. governor says no to adult dental Medi-Cal benefits
May 16, 2013 -- Dental care advocates have urged California Gov. Jerry Brown to use unexpectedly higher tax revenues to reinstate adult dental benefits for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. But Gov. Brown did not include the services in his revised budget, despite 100% matching federal funds for people eligible for Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.
New ADA campaign targets U.S. 'dental divide'
May 15, 2013 -- The ADA today launched a major campaign to bring the U.S. dental crisis to the attention of the public and state and federal agencies. A new Harris Interactive poll conducted on behalf of the ADA reveals vast disparities in access to oral healthcare based upon socioeconomic status.
Oral health network opens new research opportunities
May 15, 2013 -- The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research -- the first of its kind in Canada -- is designed to encourage new, collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams to look at questions about oral health in new ways, and encourage students to consider research as a career.
Leaders in Dentistry: Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH
May 14, 2013 -- In her role as 2012-2013 president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH, has spent the last year traveling around the U.S. talking to hygienists and other dental and nondental groups about oral health and the challenges the U.S. faces in closing the access-to-care gap.
Study: Hygienists could conduct rapid HIV testing
May 14, 2013 -- Dental hygienists who receive additional training in HIV prevention counseling and diagnostic testing may be appropriate professionals to conduct rapid HIV testing, according to a study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Study: 10%-20% benzocaine effective for acute toothaches
May 13, 2013 -- Benzocaine has been commonly used for pain relief for more than a century, but data about its effectiveness for relieving toothache pain have long been lacking. A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association that examined the effectiveness of 10% and 20% benzocaine for treating toothaches yielded some interesting results.
Sheri's Solutions: How to find and hire new employees
May 10, 2013 -- Gone are the days of newspaper want ads. Today Craigslist is the most common platform for advertising for new employees. How do you ensure you attract team members who will best fit your needs? Dr. Sheri Doniger shares her thoughts.
Anticariogenic agents of the future may come from nature
May 9, 2013 -- Anticariogenic agents complement mechanical oral cleanings by targeting and interfering with specific mechanisms of biofilm formation. Five such agents -- all of which occur in nature -- are Albizia myriophylla wood, osteopontin, epigallocatechin gallate, ginkgogenolic acid, and shiitake mushroom extract.
The heart of caring
As Tolstoy once wrote, human beings have unlimited powers of rationalization. Have we as dental professionals rationalized our practices, our profession, and even our lives into something we never imagined we would? Maybe it's time to return to a more caring approach.
In most cases I am uncomfortable directly asking for referrals. I am, however, totally comfortable with my staff promoting the practice of referrals to our patients. We have used various techniques over the years. More»»
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