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.