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Medical and dental insurance appear fated to converge
January 18, 2018 -- The medical and dental insurance markets have operated in separate silos for more than 100 years. But that could start to change -- and sooner than you think. Industry insiders say the question isn't if the two industries will converge, but rather when and how.  Discuss
How to improve your confirmation process
January 18, 2018 -- The confirmation process is at the heart of any successful dental practice, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. Without solid plans, patients can fall through cracks, which can send teams into tailspins of stress as your practice's revenue plummets.  Discuss
Certain oral bacteria may help prevent head and neck cancer
January 17, 2018 -- Can maintaining a healthy oral microbiome reduce the risk of head and neck cancer? Since research suggests a relationship between oral bacteria and these types of cancer, investigators examined whether pre-existing differences exist between the oral bacteria of people who develop these often fatal cancers and those who don't.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Comprehensive plan needed for aging patients
January 17, 2018 -- With the rapid growth of the aging population in the U.S., it is likely your practice is already seeing a rising number of older adult patients. Dr. Nathan Oakes details his practice's treatment plan for these patients and how they can help your practice thrive.  Discuss
Study finds increased cancer risk in periodontitis patients
January 16, 2018 -- Patients with severe periodontal disease have a 24% greater risk of developing cancer than patients with no or mild periodontal disease, according to a new study. Researchers also found that even patients who never smoked had an increased risk of cancer if they had severe periodontal disease.
Report: Dental spending spikes after tax refunds
January 16, 2018 -- Consumers spend more on dental services during tax-refund season, according to a new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute. The increase in healthcare spending suggests patients are putting off health and dental treatments until they have additional cash.  Discuss
Dentists appear to need more endodontic education
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January 16, 2018 -- Do you know the best practices for managing recurrent endodontic issues? Researchers of a new study found that individual practitioners often changed their minds regarding treatment of specific cases, and they discovered significant differences in decision-making among types of dentists.
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Do's and don'ts for staff training: Build the best team possible
January 15, 2018 -- Taking the time to train your team is an essential part of ensuring practice success. You can increase efficiency, reduce stress, and build camaraderie by clearing your practice schedule for a day of staff training, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
JADA: Capnography beneficial for moderate sedation
January 12, 2018 -- Monitoring exhaled carbon dioxide, or capnography, may be able to prevent severe adverse events in moderately sedated patients, according to a new review published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
How do 9 toothpastes compare in tooth wear protection?
January 12, 2018 -- Do your patients ask which toothpaste is best for them? That's a difficult question to answer as toothpastes have complex compositions and different levels of effectiveness against erosive tooth wear. A new study put nine different toothpastes to the test to see if any were able to protect against enamel surface loss.  Discuss
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