Study finds complexity in denture-related stomatitis
October 2, 2015 -- Denture-related stomatitis is currently thought to be a candidal infection. However, a new study from Europe on the oral microbiome of denture wearers has found that the condition is more complex than originally thought, which may eventually change how you treat these patients.
Kaiser expert touts MLPs during ADA webinar
October 1, 2015 -- Midlevel providers (MLPs) can help dentists expand their Medicaid practices without shrinking their private-pay practices, the associate director of a Kaiser commission on Medicaid said during a recent ADA webinar focusing on a new Health Policy Institute report on dental care utilization.
Practice building starts with team building
October 1, 2015 -- Team building is the key to successful practice building, writes Dr. Rhonda Savage. Growing your business will happen organically if you consistently keep staff members in the know, continuously satisfy patients' needs, and show appreciation for your team's great work.
Why are you micromanaging?
September 30, 2015 -- Dentists are often accused of micromanaging. Why is that? Because they do just that. However, as Dr. Lisa Knowles writes, micromanaging can sometimes take the form of microlearning, which has a very different purpose.
Is indirect imaging better for measuring bone levels?
September 30, 2015 -- When examining periodontal pocket depth, measurements can be affected by the examiner's skill and technique. However, an indirect radiographic method may be the best way to determine periodontal bone levels, according to a new study.
Can changing your morning routine change your practice?
September 29, 2015 -- Changing your morning routine has nothing to do with where you get coffee. As Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier writes, it has to do with taking care of business before you get to the office, so you can be fully present and engaged with your patients and staff.
ADA brief: More children in Medicaid seeing a dentist
September 29, 2015 -- The gap in dental care utilization in the U.S. narrowed between children enrolled in Medicaid and those with private dental benefits from 2005 to 2013, but a large gap remains between adults in those categories, according to a new research brief by the ADA Health Policy Institute.
Considering a merger? Here's what you need to know
September 28, 2015 -- Practice mergers often make sense. Merging with an established practice offers plenty of benefits, from reducing competition to expanding your patient base to gaining more referral sources -- all which can lead to growth and increased profits. But as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, a merger isn't a business transaction you should jump into lightly.
Dos and don'ts for practice valuation
September 28, 2015 -- Major decisions you make at any stage of your dental career will probably influence your success at the final stage -- when it's time to sell your practice and retire. You wouldn't want to subordinate short-term goals to this long-range view, but get in the habit of mentally projecting how various factors will play out over time, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Can caries onset be predicted in pediatric patients?
September 25, 2015 -- What if there were a way to predict caries onset in seemingly healthy teeth in your pediatric patients before the caries developed? A new study in Cell Host & Microbe from researchers in China and San Diego might show a way to do just that.
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