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
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.
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.
Do's and don'ts for patient management: Reactivate patients for the new year December 5, 2016 -- Some of your inactive patients may be truly gone for various reasons, but many others could return to active status if prompted to do so. The secret to successful reactivation of patients is a combination of good scripting and target-driven persistence, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Can sleep telemedicine clinics boost your practice? December 5, 2016 -- Dentists increasingly are finding themselves on the front line of obstructive sleep apnea detection and treatment, writes Dr. Joseph Krainin of Singular Sleep. He offers some advice on how to answer your patients' questions about obstructive sleep apnea and sleep dentistry and also discusses what guidelines should you be familiar with.
Access to dental care falls short in U.S. December 2, 2016 -- The U.S. lags behind 10 other developed countries when it comes to access to affordable dental care, according to a new study. Americans are also more likely to report having financial struggles and worse overall health.