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  • Small Smiles owner excluded from Medicare, Medicaid programs
    March 12, 2014 -- CSHM, which owns 53 Small Smiles dental clinics, has been excluded from participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs for a minimum of five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • New device repairs bone damaged by cancer, periodontitis
    March 24, 2014 -- A new device by Norwegian researchers can help rebuild the faces of patients who have been disfigured by mandibular cancer and help patients with loose teeth caused by periodontitis. The process uses artificial bone scaffolding that determines where new bone tissue will grow.

  • ADA: 8.3M adults now eligible for Medicaid dental benefits
    March 10, 2014 -- More than 8 million low-income adults will become eligible for dental benefits this year, according to a new ADA analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But expanded Medicaid coverage doesn't guarantee increased access to dental care, the report noted.

  • JADA: Guide for treating traumatized patients
    March 10, 2014 -- A patient presents with orofacial injuries that seem suspicious, making you wonder if your patient has been the victim of abuse. What do you do next? A team of researchers has laid out a useful framework in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association that can guide you when treating potentially traumatized patients.

  • Dentist climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro in honor of his wife and diabetes
    March 3, 2014 -- A Kentucky dentist climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and money for diabetes on behalf of his wife who has type 1 diabetes. Louisville dentist Dr. David Shorten said scaling the 19,341-foot peak was challenging but not as hard as the daily hurdles that his wife must overcome.

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Sheri's Solutions: 'Hey, Doc, I need to see you'
Some dentists look at "casual" patients as an issue to be solved. But Dr. Sheri Doniger finds these patients a part of the fabric of a dental practice. She sees these patients as loyal and uncomplaining, even if they do present with major (in our minds) dental issues from time to time.

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Bipartisan protectionism rears its ugly head in the states
April 18, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Patrick Gleason, the director of state affairs for Americans for Tax Reform, looks at recent legislation in Texas and North Carolina concerning dental service organizations and how these bills may affect competition for dental services.
Study puts 2 types of powered toothbrushes to the test
April 17, 2014 -- Consumers are faced with a plethora of toothbrush choices, both manual and powered. Now a new study has compared two types of powered brushes -- an oscillating-rotating brush versus a sonic one -- and found a clear winner.
Researchers further understanding of dental bone diseases
April 17, 2014 -- The authors of new review published in the Journal of Dental Research hope to increase the understanding of dental, oral, and craniofacial manifestations of rare bone diseases and improve the ability to diagnose and treat these conditions. They identify four physiologic processes that cause these diseases and detail their dental manifestations.
Study: Dentists often unaware of dissatisfied patients
April 16, 2014 -- While most patients are satisfied with their dental care, dentists are often unaware when patients are dissatisfied with some aspect of their treatment or visit, according to a new study that looked at how well patient satisfaction aligns with dentists' views.
6 signs of stress to be aware of in patients
April 16, 2014 -- As a dental professional, you recognize that dental visits may be stressful for patients and try to alleviate that stress. But you also need to recognize signs of chronic stress in patients, because the symptoms can first appear in their mouths, according to Dr. Leslie Townsend. She presents six common signs that may indicate your patients are stressed-out.
PET/CT details hint at survival of head/neck cancer patients
April 15, 2014 -- Japanese researchers have found that several PET/CT parameters -- in particular, a ring-shaped area of FDG uptake -- are reliable predictors of survival for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Results of their study were published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Sheri's Solutions: 'Do you have a minute?'
April 15, 2014 -- Has this happened to you? On a recent flight, a flight attendant found out that Dr. Sheri Doniger is a dentist and said to her, "I hate to do this to you, but I have a question." In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Doniger wonders, if patients have a concern after a dental procedure, why they wouldn't call their dentist? And it's OK to ask a "strange" dentist?
BAG better than alumina to selectively remove composite
April 14, 2014 -- Rotary instruments can damage enamel when it's time to remove a failing resin composite restoration -- but there's a better way. Researchers compared two air-abrasion powders to gauge their performance in selectively removing restorative material while leaving enamel unharmed.
Leaders in Dentistry: Kianor Shah, DMD
April 14, 2014 -- In the latest in our Leaders in Dentistry series, DrBicuspid.com talks with Dr. Kianor Shah, chairman of Dental Equities, about his experiences coming out of dental school, what he believes are the advantages of private practice, and where group practices may go wrong.
Dos and don'ts for practice finance: Coping with dental insurance
April 14, 2014 -- Dental insurance is a complex issue for many practices. It can require a great deal of administrative time, and team members may find it challenging to provide proper information and customer service to patients. But practices that assist patients with insurance issues will be viewed very favorably -- something that's essential for patient retention, according to Dr. Roger Levin.
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