Top 5 stories of fall 2014
December 19, 2014 -- With winter officially starting this weekend, takes a look back at the most-read stories from the fall. Our most-read stories for the past quarter include a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal on amalgam separators, the historic agreement between Boston University and Sirona that was announced at ADA 2014, and the contentious North Carolina teeth-whitening case.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about creating sustainability
December 18, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book What Dentists Can Learn From Top CEOs, Dr. Roger P. Levin explains why dentists should think about long-term sustainability for the success of their practice. He offers examples of how creating sustainability can work to a practice's advantage.
Calif. Supreme Court rules on medical malpractice awards
December 18, 2014 -- California dentists breathed a sigh of relief this fall when a ballot measure to quadruple the state's cap on noneconomic damages for medical and dental malpractice was defeated. Less than a month later, however, the cap is already facing a challenge in California's Supreme Court.
3 ways to reduce overhead in your practice
December 17, 2014 -- Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie asks if your overhead costs are more than 55% of your production. If they are, she offers three practical ideas to manage these costs, make your days more productive, and possibly increase your practice's profitability.
4 tips for less stress this holiday season
December 17, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler offers four tips to reduce holiday stress and make this time of year memorable, for the right reasons. She writes that even during the holidays, having a plan is the key to success.
ADA: Dentists' earnings not recovering from recession
December 16, 2014 -- Dentists' earnings are not rebounding despite several years of economic recovery, according to new ADA research. Recent years have seen a stagnation of consumer dental spending, an increased number of dentists, and stagnant dentist earnings, the study found.
Parental behavior modifications can benefit kids' oral hygiene
December 16, 2014 -- A new paper in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene highlights the crisis in children's oral care and offers a proven program of treatment and behavior modification that has shown results in improving children's oral hygiene.
How to appeal a denial for covered services
December 15, 2014 -- has teamed with former dental insurance executive Dr. Doyle Williams to provide expertise to you and your staff for maximizing your patient's benefits. In this column, Dr. Williams explains how to appeal an insurance denial for covered services.
Study: Experienced radiation centers have better outcomes for HNC
December 15, 2014 -- Experienced radiation centers have better outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer (HNC), according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers found that patients who underwent radiation therapy at treatment centers with less experience had higher cancer recurrence and poorer overall survival.
Dos and don'ts for patient communication: Help inexperienced patients understand oral health
December 15, 2014 -- It's easy for dental professionals to forget that some patients may have very low dental literacy, such as those who rarely see or have never seen a dentist. They may also be apprehensive about what's about to happen in the treatment chair. Make the effort to inform and reassure them, even though doing so calls for a little more time and effort, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
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