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  • Challenging the pumice/rubber cup 'prophylaxis' in children
    January 26, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. David A. Nash urges the profession of dentistry to stop the use of pumice and rubber cup prophylaxis when treating children. He cites many studies in the literature and experience as to why the treatment should be discontinued.

  • Coding for patients with limited areas requiring scaling and root planing
    January 19, 2015 -- Insurance expert Dr. Doyle Williams is back to help you with your coding dilemmas. In this column, he writes about coding for patients who need limited scaling and root planing but who have otherwise healthy mouths.

  • 6 tips to reduce cancellations and no-shows
    January 19, 2015 -- It happens to every practice -- cancellations immediately before the appointment. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers six tips, including proactive ones, for helping your practice handle last-minute cancellations and no-shows.

  • Judge rules Fla. Medicaid program for kids violates several laws
    January 2, 2015 -- A federal judge has ruled that Florida's Medicaid program for children violates federally guaranteed rights to medical and dental care. Florida's history of low reimbursement has led to a lack of access to care for many children on Medicaid, according to the decision.

  • 3 myths that keep dentists from massive success
    January 28, 2015 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler explores, and explodes, the three myths that keep you from success. She writes that any held myth affects how you work and live, and dentistry is plagued with its share of falsely held beliefs.

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Chicago Midwinter 2015: Good ergonomics can preserve your dental career
February 27, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Good ergonomics can preserve the longevity of your dental career, according to a presentation at the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Being mindful of your working techniques can enhance your dexterity and preserve your strength while avoiding neck and back pain.
Rutgers study focuses on rare perio disease in African-American kids
February 27, 2015 -- A rare form of periodontitis that affects African-American children is the focus of a study by researchers at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. A $3.2 million National Institutes of Health grant will pinpoint biological markers in saliva that can predict whether bone loss will occur from the disease and which teeth it will affect before there are symptoms.
Chicago Midwinter 2015 opening sees new product launches
February 26, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Lasers, tablet technology, and new printers were among the new products introduced on the first day of the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Companies including Convergent, AMD Lasers, BaseVac, Millenium Dental, and 3D Systems launched new or upgraded products.
Benefits of private practice ownership
February 26, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Michael W. Davis advocates for younger dentists going into private practice and considering practice ownership. He points out the advantages, and the possible pitfalls, of owning and growing a practice.
Bone fracture risk tool may identify periodontitis in older women
February 26, 2015 -- A tool that evaluates whether older women are at risk for osteoporotic fractures may also be able to determine if they are at risk for periodontal disease, according to a recent study published in Menopause.
Black diamonds: The case for silver nitrate and silver fluoride -- Part 2
February 25, 2015 -- In part one of this series, Dr. John Frachella looked at the history of using silver nitrate and silver fluoride for pediatric caries treatment. In the conclusion, he looks at the larger treatment issues and public health concerns that need to be addressed.
Case report details alternative approach for patients with advanced tooth wear
February 25, 2015 -- When a patient with advanced tooth wear needs extensive restoration at increased occlusal vertical dimension, how do you handle it clinically? Do you prepare all the teeth in a single day and place full-arch interim prostheses? Many practitioners do, but this can be tiring for both the patient and clinician. A new case report in the Journal of Prosthodontics looks at an alternative approach.
Researchers propose new staging model for HPV+ oropharyngeal cancer
February 24, 2015 -- Canadian researchers are proposing a new tumor-staging model for predicting outcomes and guiding treatments for patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancer, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Since HPV-related cancer differs significantly from smoking-related cancer, less-intensive treatment strategies may be more appropriate, the study found.
NDDA president: MLP experiments have failed
February 24, 2015 -- Dr. Paul Tronsgard, president of the North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA), puts forth his organization's plan to improve dental health for North Dakotans, citing data and the need to collaborate innovatively. He advocates for the defeat of a recently introduced state Senate bill that would allow midlevel providers (MLPs).
Dos and don'ts for scheduling: Superb scheduling equals smooth sailing
February 23, 2015 -- Scheduling is one of the most significant indicators of how your practice is functioning. An efficient scheduling system ensures a steady flow of patients and production throughout the day. Dr. Roger P. Levin shares ideas that will help you create the best schedule for your practice.
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