Study: High fluoride levels may affect young kids' IQ
September 19, 2017 -- Does a high level of prenatal fluoride exposure affect children's cognitive function? What about their brain development after birth? A study published on September 19 concluded that the growing fetal nervous system may be affected by high levels of fluoride, although U.S. researchers cautioned reading too much into the study findings.  Discuss
Do charcoal toothpastes live up to their advertising?
September 19, 2017 -- Do your patients use toothpastes containing charcoal? Maybe they've asked you or your team if these products have health and cosmetic benefits not available from other toothpastes. The authors of a new literature review found no scientific evidence to back up manufacturer health claims, and they urged dentists to talk with their patients about these products.  Discuss
Success is a team effort: Part 2 -- Don't neglect the business
September 19, 2017 -- In the first part of this series, Lindy Benton and Lynne Leggett, the founder and CEO of Victory Dental Management, discussed patient engagement and building a practice team. In part 2, they address other prevalent issues practice leaders face, including the human resources aspect of a practice and managing the revenue cycle.  Discuss
'But I brush'
September 18, 2017 -- How many times have you had a patient tell you how often they brush and floss after you've had to deliver the news that they have several cavities. Dr. Lisa Knowles faces that scenario more frequently than she would like, and she explores why patients aren't getting the message and what dentists can do.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for overhead control: It's time for a fall cleaning
September 18, 2017 -- Practices should do a "head-to-toe" cleaning twice a year, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin. That's the only way you can stay on top of all the stuff you manage to collect every six months. It's amazing (and sometimes costly) what can accumulate in closets and storage areas in half a year.  Discuss
Summer 2017 new-product roundup from
September 15, 2017 -- During summer 2017, new products ranging from accessory posts to composites and amalgam separators were introduced. Here is our roundup of new products from Kulzer, Komet USA, Cosmedent, and other companies.  Discuss
The 5 worst actions your treatment coordinator can take
September 15, 2017 -- Treatment presentation is difficult at the best of times. Talking to a patient about money for a treatment that person isn't excited about requires a set of unique skills. Practice management consultant Jen Butler outlines the five worst actions your treatment coordinator can do in this situation. She also shares the best thing to say to your patient.  Discuss
Some chlorhexidine mouthwashes may be better than others
September 14, 2017 -- Chlorhexidine is known for reducing plaque, but how do mouthwashes with varying chlorhexidine concentration levels compare? Researchers tested three chlorhexidine solutions to see which was better at combating plaque and gingivitis, and they found some unexpected differences.
Rotary better than manual instruments for endo retreatment
September 14, 2017 -- Researchers tested two rotary instruments and one manual file side by side to see which was able to remove the most residual filling material after failed endodontic therapy. The comparison resulted in a striking clinical preference.  Discuss
How to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts
September 14, 2017 -- Want to help the victims of Hurricane Irma but don't know how? has compiled a list of organizations and businesses with relief efforts to help the victims of flooding and tornadoes in Florida and other areas.  Discuss
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