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TOP DENTAL NEWS
Do your finances need a fall cleaning?
October 5, 2017 -- Autumn brings more than pumpkin-flavored beverages and colorful leaves, writes financial planner John G. McCarthy III. It also brings the opportunity for you to take a look at how your practice and your investments are performing and to make any adjustments, so you not only end the year positively but also prepare yourself for the next season -- tax season.  Discuss
CDHA adds benefits, members since nixing ADHA affiliation
October 4, 2017 -- The California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) claims it has increased membership since ending its 90-year affiliation with the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) in 2016.  Discuss
Flooding impact: A look at Hurricane Harvey's effect on Texas practices
October 4, 2017 -- The immediate human and economic effects of Hurricane Harvey's historic wind and water damage were visible to all. Rescue and relief efforts began immediately in hopes of helping the people and businesses in affected areas of Texas begin to recover. While we cannot put a price on the human impact, what financial effect does a natural disaster have on dental practices? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software found a significant drop in both production and collections.  Discuss
Glass ionomer cement not ideal for wedge-shaped defects
October 3, 2017 -- Restoring a wedge-shaped defect? You may not want to use glass ionomer cement. A new study found that the cement was not as clinically effective as similar restorative materials for these particular lesions.  Discuss
3 reasons you should only discuss essential treatment first
October 2, 2017 -- How often have you finished an exam on a new patient, presented a comprehensive treatment program, and then never saw that patient again. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie suggests that the issue might be that your new patient is overwhelmed and does not trust you yet. She recommends starting with essential treatment and going from there.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for branding: Stand out in a crowded field
October 2, 2017 -- Competition keeps increasing for new patients. Dental service organizations and smaller group practices continue to expand. What is your brand message, and how do you get it out there? In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin offers some advice on how to stand out among the crowd.  Discuss
AAP: More studies needed for CBCT guidelines
September 29, 2017 -- There is a critical mass of evidence supporting the use of cone-beam CT (CBCT) for periodontitis management and periodontal-orthodontic therapy for skeletally mature patients, but there are still too few studies to issue definitive practice guidelines, according to an American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) panel of experts.  Discuss
Workplace noise causes health problems for dental team
September 29, 2017 -- Is the noise in your office or laboratory affecting you? Researchers assessed noise levels in both environments and found that the presence of certain types of sound and the degree of exposure were linked to various short- and long-term mental and physical effects.  Discuss
Caffeine may be opioid alternative for implant therapy
September 28, 2017 -- Can caffeine help solve the opioid crisis? Research suggests that acetaminophen with caffeine may be a viable alternative to opioids after dental implant treatment.  Discuss
Another bill to repeal, replace Obamacare has failed
September 27, 2017 -- The latest attempt to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will not be put to a vote, U.S. Senate Republicans said on September 26. The Graham-Cassidy bill would have changed the way state Medicaid programs are funded, which could have affected recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
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