Oral health is important but difficult for stressed moms April 28, 2017 -- Mexican-American mothers know the importance of oral health for themselves and their kids, but they report several obstacles to achieving ideal oral hygiene routines. A new study explores how overwhelmed and exhausted moms approach oral health in their daily lives.
Do dentists need to doctor up on the oral-systemic link? April 27, 2017 -- Michael Ventriello, owner of Ventriello Communications and an experienced voice in dental public relations, examines the need for more communication and collaboration around periodontal disease. Dentists and hygienists need to have difficult conversations with their patients and also work to bridge the dentist-physician communication gap, he writes.
Dexamethasone reduces pain after third-molar extractions April 27, 2017 -- Dentists and oral surgeons are always looking for better ways to reduce their patients' pain after surgery, and a new study may have a solution. An injection of dexamethasone before surgery significantly reduced postoperative pain for patients who had impacted third molars extracted.
The difference between treating symptoms and treating disease April 26, 2017 -- Do you have patients like this? Three separate doctors were treating a patient when he came to see Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He had bleeding gums, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, plus other health issues. What he needed was for his practitioners to treat the root problems, not just the symptoms, writes Dr. Danenberg.
7 strategies to attract new patients to your practice April 26, 2017 -- Rather than waiting and hoping for new patients, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier advocates taking action to help attract these patients. He offers seven strategies ranging from improving how your practice looks to creating an office culture to help your practice grow.
What you need to know about 3D printing in dentistry April 25, 2017 -- Want to print teeth for your patients? Dentists discussed how 3D printing is changing dentistry at the recent 3DHeals 2017 conference in San Francisco. Printing teeth and dentures may be just beyond our capabilities at present, but as costs come down it will become a reality in the near future.
Second Opinion: Georgia bill addresses preventive care needs April 25, 2017 -- During the last hours of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session in March, legislators passed a bill allowing dental hygienists to work under the general supervision of a dentist. In this Second Opinion, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, details the intent of the legislation and how it will aid low-income children in Georgia.
Which material kills the most biofilms in root canal systems? April 24, 2017 -- The buildup of biofilms can delay the healing process in a root canal system. Killing these biofilms often requires treatment beyond irrigation and instrumentation. In a new study, researchers tested five endodontic filling materials and found that two were more effective at killing biofilms than the others.
Do's and don'ts for practice management: Measure, measure, measure April 24, 2017 -- "What gets measured gets done" said business guru Peter Drucker. By tracking performance, you'll know where your practice is performing well and what areas should be targeted for improvement, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip. If you don't measure performance, you're just operating in the dark.
New implant coating reduces bacterial growth, adhesion April 21, 2017 -- Silver and hydroxyapatite nanoparticles may be the key to reducing the implant failure rate. A new, biocompatible implant coated with the two materials effectively prevented biofilm growth and adhesion in a recent study.