Is arginine the new fluoride? July 21, 2017 -- Previous studies have found that caries-free individuals have higher arginine levels in their saliva than those with caries and that using toothpaste containing the amino acid improves oral bacterial composition. Now new research suggests that arginine may play an important role in keeping oral biofilms healthy and preventing caries.
Top 5 large-group dental carriers in the U.S. July 20, 2017 -- The five biggest large-group dental carriers in the U.S. together have reported almost $4 billion in dental premiums for 2017. But the difference between the top two companies on the list and the bottom three remains considerable. Using publically available information, DrBicuspid.com illustrates the size of the dental insurance market in the U.S. and how two companies control much of the market.
How do CAD/CAM materials hold up to dental prophylaxis? July 20, 2017 -- CAD/CAM blocks have evolved considerably in terms of materials, shade, and durability. But does this evolution mean the blocks can stand up to professional dental prophylaxis? Researchers put various CAD/CAM blocks up against a year's worth of prophylaxis to see how they fared.
Clean teeth in 10 seconds? Meet the Amabrush July 19, 2017 -- Can a device really clean teeth thoroughly in 10 seconds? The creators of the newly developed Amabrush toothbrush think so and are going to put their creation through independent clinical tests to back their claim.
Are periodontitis and metabolic syndrome connected? July 19, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes that chronic inflammation is a symptom of both gum disease and metabolic syndrome. In his latest column, he wonders what would happen if this chronic inflammation could be brought under control and the body's cells are given a chance to heal.
How to create a patient communication loop July 18, 2017 -- If you are not used to creating a communication loop with others, or if you have no idea what a communication loop is, you are probably missing out on stronger relationships with those around you, writes Dr. Lisa Knowles. In her latest column, she defines this concept of a communication loop and shows how it can help your practice.
Could a cannabinoid pill transform sleep apnea treatment? July 17, 2017 -- What if you could give your patients a pill to treat sleep apnea? Existing therapies for the condition have produced mixed results, and there is arguably an unmet need for more effective therapies. However, new research on the use of a cannabinoid antinausea treatment, dronabinol, for sleep apnea shows promise.
Do's and don'ts for social media: Make it about them July 17, 2017 -- Social media is an excellent way to engage current and prospective patients. But you have to post content that interests them and takes into account their oral health needs and wants, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
CDA-supported anesthesia bill advances from committee July 17, 2017 -- A California State Assembly bill that would have required three practitioners to be present when a child younger than age 7 was undergoing anesthesia in a dental office has been put on hold, while a separate Senate bill on the same topic supported by the California Dental Association (CDA) is advancing in that state's Legislature.
Data trends: U.S. practices conducting more exams July 14, 2017 -- One of the most important ways to build revenue while building patient trust is a periodic or comprehensive oral evaluation. But many practices do not keep track of how many of these exams they conduct each month. Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the long-term totals of these exams. How does your practice measure up?