Scientists identify genetic mutation associated with cleft palate October 30, 2014 -- Scientists studying birth defects in humans have identified an association between cleft lip and cleft palate and a mutation in the ADAMTS20 gene. Their findings were presented at the recent American Society of Human Genetics 2014 annual meeting.
How profitable are your associate dentists? Part 4 -- Expenses October 29, 2014 -- Consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, and Jill Nesbitt, MBA, continue their series of examining how to measure the productivity and determine the profitability of each provider in your practice. This time the focus is on allocating the expenses based on production.
3 reasons you're losing patients October 29, 2014 -- DrBicuspid.com welcomes practice management expert Sally McKenzie's insight into how you can run a more successful practice. Her first column focuses on three reasons your practice isn't retaining patients.
Dental Sedation Death and Injuries: Part 1 -- Perspectives October 28, 2014 -- In his latest series for DrBicuspid.com, Dr. Michael W. Davis focuses on injuries and death that result from dental sedation incidents and how the profession can work together to limit the risks. In this first part, he looks at the reporting, monitoring, and reimbursement status of sedation.
Dental eye-protection movement born from infection-control issues October 28, 2014 -- When patient Jenn Morrone went to her local dentist for a root canal, she had no idea about the need for protective eyewear or infection-control standards. More than a year after a series of issues left her blind in one eye, she is leading the advocacy for patient protection eyewear and infection-control vigilance.
Dos and don'ts for leadership: Grow yourself to grow your practice October 27, 2014 -- Almost no one is born an excellent leader. Leadership comprises of skills that can be learned and improved upon just like a language or other area of study. As the CEO of the practice, dentists should strive to constantly better themselves, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Ultimately, becoming a stronger leader will help doctors get the most out of their careers.
Cancer patient who had jaw removed gets new teeth via 3D printing October 27, 2014 -- An Indian cancer patient who had a section of his upper jaw removed has been given a new set of teeth made with the help of 3D printing. The prosthetic device made from a wax model with 3D printing improved the patient's speech, swallowing, eating, smiling, and bone structure.
Ancient skulls highlight modern risks of periodontal disease October 27, 2014 -- Periodontal disease might be the most common disease in humans. But a new study in the British Dental Journal that examined dried skulls from ancient Britain estimates that the rate of periodontal disease was considerably lower in ancient times than it is today.