CDC: Millions of kids not getting preventive dental care
September 16, 2014 -- Millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting preventive dental services, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although preventive dental care is effective, the percentage of children using dental care is low.
ASTRO: Radiation therapy alone effective for advanced esophageal cancer
September 16, 2014 -- Radiation therapy alone is as effective as radiation therapy with chemotherapy in decreasing swallowing complications experienced by advanced esophageal cancer patients, thus allowing patients to forgo chemotherapy, according to research presented at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting.
Infection-control expert details practical steps to help your practice
September 15, 2014 -- In an exclusive interview with, infection-control expert Eve Cuny spoke of the current and long-term issues facing dental practices when it comes to infection control. She notes that many dental offices want to make infection control more of a priority, but they struggle to find reliable information and are concerned about the time and cost involved.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Bring inactive patients back
September 15, 2014 -- A certain percentage of inactive patients will never return to the practice, but many others will if you approach them correctly. Rather than leaving it up to patients to reconnect, take a proactive approach, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Kaiser survey shows increase in dental coverage
September 12, 2014 -- According to the 2014 Employer Health Benefits survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust, more than 50% of "small firms" now offer dental benefits, compared with only 30% of similar firms in 2000. Among firms with 200 or more employees, 88% offer dental benefits.
CDA Presents: Pain control and its complexities
September 11, 2014 -- During last week's California Dental Association's CDA Presents conference, Dr. Steven Ganzberg explained the complexities of pain management and how much of what we know about pain has been learned in the last 50 years.
5 key metrics of practice health
September 11, 2014 -- Dr. Marc Schlenoff proposes a method of breaking broad practice metrics into smaller, more proactive measurements that will enable more immediate feedback. This will enable the dentist to make smaller but meaningful changes that will, in turn, positively impact the more global goals.
Stop starting to reduce stress
September 10, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler urges you to think about your "I'm gonna start ..." statements, which can create disappointment, guilt, and even stress. Her advice is to focus on small steps and specifics. Go slow to go fast, she writes.
Highlights of CDA Presents in San Francisco
September 10, 2014 -- Last week, the California Dental Association (CDA) hosted the Northern California edition of CDA Presents in San Francisco. The conference featured clinical presentations, continuing education, and new product launches for the thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors.
CDA Presents: Sleep apnea recognition starts in your office
September 9, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - In a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents conference, Dr. Steve Carstensen of Bellevue, WA, spoke on the importance of recognizing sleep apnea in patients who may not know they suffer from it. He also offered suggestions on how to treat this condition, such as oral appliance therapy.
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