CDA Presents: Periodontal disease requires comprehensive approach
May 1, 2015 -- ANAHEIM, CA - Outcomes can be improved and patients can achieve systemic health benefits through the management of periodontal risk factors, according to a presentation by Jonathan S. Wong, DDS, on the opening day of the California Dental Association CDA Presents 2015 meeting.
New research targets pulp stem cells for tooth repair
May 1, 2015 -- While stem cells have been touted for years as a treatment that may revolutionize dental care, much about how they work and how to design treatment strategies is still unknown. Now, researchers from France have isolated the mechanism by which stem cells repair lesions in the teeth, which may lead to new treatment strategies using these cells, according to a published study.
Perfect match: Choose the right associate for your practice
April 30, 2015 -- Choosing the right associate could be one of the biggest decisions you will make as a practice owner. But how should you assess an associate candidate? Dental search consultant/recruiter Morgan Pace writes that many practice owners opt for the "gut feel" method, results are generally better when taking a more systematic approach. He offers practical advice that can ease your process.
How to make your practice transgender-patient friendly
April 30, 2015 -- If a transgender patient walks into your office, do you know what questions to ask and not to ask? Do you have forms and facilities the patient would feel comfortable using? If you answered no, you're not alone. While many dentists want transgender patients to feel welcome, not everyone knows how to do so.
What's on your 'away message'?
April 29, 2015 -- When you are preparing to be out of the office, do you give much thought to your out-of-office message? In their latest column, the Madow Brothers bring your attention to how you can use these messages to your advantage and offer real-life examples that can help your practice present the right message to your patients.
Dental groups applaud fluoride recommendation; opposition remains
April 29, 2015 -- Dental and public health groups are applauding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new recommendation for a single level of fluoride in community water systems. But critics assert the chemical used for fluoridation contains toxins.
School-based sealant programs are not making the grade
April 28, 2015 -- Most U.S. states are failing to make significant strides in school-based dental sealant programs, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Dentists can help children in their state by urging state legislatures to do more for children in high-need schools.
HHS recommends single level for fluoridation in new report
April 27, 2015 -- While still backing the benefits of community water fluoridation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recommended a new level for water fluoridation that is at the low range of its previous guidance. The move could pave the way for reductions in how much fluoride is being put into community water systems.
Dos and don'ts for collections: Control collections
April 27, 2015 -- If your practice doesn't collect 99% of fees owed, any gains in production will be compromised. The key to meeting this target is a step-by-step collections system that keeps patient accounts up-to-date, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Second Opinion: Questions we should be asking insurance companies -- Part 2
April 27, 2015 -- In the first part of this Second Opinion, Dr. Jason P. Hirsch addressed the confusion surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and dentistry. In the conclusion, he urges practitioners and insurance companies alike to put patients first.
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