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  • EPA finalizes dental amalgam rules
    December 16, 2016 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized standards to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals in wastewater from dental practices into municipal sewage treatment plants. While the rule will go into effect soon, the compliance date for most practices is not until the end of 2019.

  • Calif. dental board passes strict sedation changes
    December 12, 2016 -- Spurred to action by the death last year of a 6-year-old boy under dental anesthesia, the Dental Board of California has proposed strict new recommendations for pediatric sedation and anesthesia. If the rules are passed by California lawmakers, dentists in the state would have to meet new criteria for personnel, education, and permits.

  • U.S. dental care is too expensive -- even for adults with insurance
    December 8, 2016 -- Many U.S. adults, including those with private insurance, are struggling to afford dental care, a new study found. In addition, coverage gaps between U.S. adults in the highest and lowest income brackets are widening.

  • The new gingival inflammation code: Part 2 -- Case examples
    December 7, 2016 -- In the first part of this series, Patti DiGangi introduced the new dental code for gingival inflammation. She wrote that this code fills a gap in exiting insurance codes and has the power to finally bring the medical relevance to gingivitis treatment. The second part of her series offers case examples and discusses opportunities for practices.

  • 6 factors that determine how much money you need to retire
    December 29, 2016 -- How much money will it take for you to retire from your dental practice in style? Will $1 million do the trick? How about $5 million? Or perhaps you can get by on less. As financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains, you have to take several factors into consideration when planning your retirement.

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Sheri's Solutions: Come on over and check them out
What do you do when your practice asks a new patient's previous dentist for the patient's last full-mouth series only to be told that, while the other office has the x-rays, the images have not been converted to digital yet? Dr. Sheri Doniger has an idea on how to solve this issue.

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What do you tell your patients about mouthwash?
January 18, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg's patients often ask him about mouthwash and mouthrinses. They want to know if mouthwash kills bacteria. But then they ask if bacteria can cause gum disease and how can they get or keep healthy gums. This is an opportunity to have an in-depth conversation about your patient's health.
What one bad apple might be costing you
January 18, 2017 -- Two missed calls a month doesn't sound like much, does it? But as Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier writes, what you are missing can hurt your practice. In his latest column, he looks at how much just one unmotivated staff member may be costing your practice and what you can do.
CDHCs and the evolving dental team
January 17, 2017 -- The dental team is changing. It seems everyone is trying to find a solution to increase access to oral healthcare for millions of Americans. For the past 10 years, the ADA's answer has not been midlevel providers but rather community dental health coordinators (CDHCs).
The 3 benefits your employees want more than a raise
January 17, 2017 -- Salary is important when it comes to attracting and keeping team members to your practice. However, as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, the three core benefits you offer might be just as important to them.
Scaling titanium implants may worsen peri-implantitis
January 16, 2017 -- When you use an ultrasonic scaler on your patient's titanium implants, your goal is to prevent peri-implantitis. But what if this action actually caused or aggravated it? A new study published in Scientific Reports examines this theory and whether the roughness of the implant surface has an effect.
Do's and don'ts for increasing production: Bounce back from treatment rejection
January 16, 2017 -- When patients reject treatment you propose, it may not really signal the end of the discussion. It's hard to know what they're thinking, but there may be a money issue or other barriers. Your best course of action is clear: Remind them periodically of the treatment option you presented -- and its benefits, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Review: Is there an ideal material for apical sealing?
January 13, 2017 -- While hundreds of studies have documented the safety and efficacy of filling materials most often used for apical sealing, researchers from China undertook a literature review to weigh the evidence behind the materials and see if one were ideal. Their conclusions highlight the need for rigorous research and follow-up.
Your new year: How to make a strong start with patient reactivation
January 12, 2017 -- A full schedule is vital to the health of your practice; however, most practice owners vastly underestimate how much you have to work to keep the schedule full, writes Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants. He offers a comprehensive overview of how to enact a patient reactivation program.
ADA brief: Dentist earnings stable, but unused capacity still high
January 12, 2017 -- Earnings for general dentists in the U.S. remained stable in 2015, but they appear unlikely to return to prerecession growth levels, according to a new research brief by the ADA's Health Policy Institute. In addition, general dentists reported being busier in 2015, but there is still significant unused capacity in the dental care system, the authors noted.
Can Listerine prevent STIs? Researchers want to find out
January 11, 2017 -- In 1879, the manufacturers of Listerine claimed the antiseptic mouthwash could cure gonorrhea. Almost 140 years later, researchers found out that claim just might be true. Rinsing with Listerine significantly reduced the prevalence in the mouth and throat of the bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to a new study.
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