December new-product roundup from
December 9, 2016 -- Since the start of November, companies have introduced new products ranging from a universal composite to a sealant, and more. Here is our monthly roundup of new products from companies such as Carestream Dental, Kerr, Taub Products, and others.
Study: School-based sealant programs save money
December 9, 2016 -- Should programs to increase sealant use in lower-income children be expanded? A new study published in the December issue of Health Affairs has found that school-based programs that provide dental sealants to children are cost-effective and prevent the need for fillings in many cases.
U.S. dental care is too expensive -- even for adults with insurance
December 8, 2016 -- Many U.S. adults, including those with private insurance, are struggling to afford dental care, a new study found. In addition, coverage gaps between U.S. adults in the highest and lowest income brackets are widening.
Does imaging lead to overdiagnosis of TMDs?
December 8, 2016 -- While it is established that temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are mostly prevalent among women of child-bearing age, are these disorders overdiagnosed when imaging is used? Researchers from Switzerland sought to report on the value of imaging when a practitioner is confronted by this issue
Tenn. practice awarded $22M in ruling against DentaQuest
December 8, 2016 -- A Tennessee practice has been awarded more than $20 million by a trial jury because it was excluded from participation in that state's TennCare Medicaid dental program.
The new gingival inflammation code: Part 2 -- Case examples
December 7, 2016 -- In the first part of this series, Patti DiGangi introduced the new dental code for gingival inflammation. She wrote that this code fills a gap in exiting insurance codes and has the power to finally bring the medical relevance to gingivitis treatment. The second part of her series offers case examples and discusses opportunities for practices.
Is your front desk helping or hurting your practice?
December 7, 2016 -- For your practice to grow, you need to interact with your patients and provide excellent care. However, if your patients never get past their first phone call to your practice, you'll never get a chance to provide this care. Jay Geier of the Scheduling Institute asks if your front desk has the training to help your practice grow.
Can expanding hygienists' practice improve adult care?
December 6, 2016 -- Does expanding a hygienist's scope of practice translate to improved oral healthcare at the state level? With the debates about dental therapists and dental telemedicine ongoing, a new study investigated if hygienists with expanded practice options were able to reduce the burden of oral disease.
Second Opinion: Foreign dental prosthetics put U.S. patients at risk
December 6, 2016 -- In a passionate Second Opinion advocating for both U.S. dental laboratories and for keeping patients safe, Andy Jakson of Evolution Dental Science makes the case for U.S. dental laboratories and dental laboratory technicians.
Study projects U.S. dental visits to increase through 2026
December 5, 2016 -- In 2013, about 42% of the U.S. population saw a dentist. But what will happen in 2017 or 2026? Will the number of dental visits by Americans increase or decrease through the next decade? Two economists and a dental public health researcher took on the difficult task of assessing what will influence the number of dental visits in the immediate future.
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