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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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ADA to create new licensing exam
March 28, 2017 -- In an effort to end licensing exams that use live patients, the ADA is creating its own exam to test the clinical competency of dentists. The association plans to have the exam developed, tested, and available for states to license by 2020.
Product highlights from IDS 2017: Part 2
March 28, 2017 -- COLOGNE, GERMANY - Dental journalist Kevin Henry attended the 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) and saw a number of new technologies at the meeting. The second part of his exclusive roundup of new products on display features cosmetic, endodontic, imaging, and restorative products.
Product highlights from IDS 2017: Part 1
March 27, 2017 -- COLOGNE, GERMANY - Dental journalist Kevin Henry attended the 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany, and saw the plethora of amazing new technologies that were introduced. He offers a roundup of these introductions in the first of a two-part exclusive series for DrBicuspid.com.
IADR 2017: How to predict development of chronic TMD
March 27, 2017 -- How can you tell if a patient diagnosed with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) will develop chronic pain? Researchers examined the relationship between various factors at onset and the likelihood of ongoing problems, and they presented their results at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Do's and don'ts for the front desk team: Keep cool under fire
March 27, 2017 -- There will be times when you have to interact with unhappy patients. They may be upset because they had to wait, their bill is wrong, or the practice doesn't accept their insurance. In the face of adversity, you must respond in a calm, reassuring manner, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Obamacare stays: Republicans pull healthcare bill
March 24, 2017 -- The American Health Care Act was pulled minutes before the U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on its future on March 24. If passed, the bill would have eliminated the requirement for insurance companies to provide 10 essential benefits, including pediatric dental coverage.
IADR 2017: SDF outperforms fluoride varnish on baby teeth
March 24, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Despite its flaws, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) may be the best option for arresting caries development in baby teeth. SDF was significantly more effective than fluoride varnish in preventing biofilm formation in a new study, presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
IADR 2017: Lower water fluoridation level effective in preventing caries
March 24, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Reducing community water fluoridation to 0.7 mg/L appears to be effective at reducing fluoride exposure while still preventing caries, according to research presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
IADR 2017: OCT detects more cracks than 2D microscopy
March 23, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - To detect cracks in ceramic restorations, an optical coherence tomography OCT) technique may be a better option than 2D microscopy, according to new research presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Which materials maintain their strength after grinding?
March 23, 2017 -- Maintaining a restorative material's strength after grinding and polishing is a key concern for practitioners using a chairside CAD/CAM process. However, between glass-ceramic materials and so-called softer materials, which retain the most strength after a grinding and polishing process? A new study has an answer.
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