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  • Pa. dentist's license suspended for infection-control lapses
    June 24, 2014 -- A Northumberland County dentist's license has been suspended after a joint investigation by Pennsylvania's departments of health and state revealed egregious lapses in infection-control procedures. Among other issues, the practice had not tested samples from autoclaved instruments in a year and had only one handpiece onsite.

  • Kerr acquires Dux Dental
    June 27, 2014 -- Kerr, a global manufacturer of dental products, announced today that it has acquired Dux Dental to further expand its product portfolio.

  • Failing composite restorations: Repair or replace?
    June 10, 2014 -- When composite resin restorations fail, most dentists replace them. A new study has compared the outcomes over a 10-year period of replacing versus repairing them. Given the results, should conservative dentists repair, not replace, failing composite restorations?

  • Dentists sue Comfort Dental over forced use of company labs
    June 20, 2014 -- Two Colorado orthodontists are suing Comfort Dental, claiming they were forced to use inferior dental labs owned by the company. The dentists, who run clinics under franchise agreements with Comfort Dental, say they were threatened and intimidated when they used higher-quality labs.

  • Dos and don'ts for scheduling: Work with the 48-hour rule
    June 16, 2014 -- No-shows and last-minute cancellations can create serious scheduling and production problems, but there are some techniques to help minimize these occurrences, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. One is to establish and call attention to the 48-hour rule, which calls for 48 hours' notice to cancel an appointment.

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Sheri's Solutions: 'I know I need to see you, but ...'
In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger asks how many times you've heard, "I know I need to see you, but ..." when you unexpectedly run into patients. She writes that the situation is a problem of the ages for dentistry and offers some advice.

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Refusal to immunize kids linked to refusal of fluoride treatment
July 29, 2014 -- Caregivers who refuse to have their children immunized are also likely to refuse fluoride treatments for them, citing concerns about the safety of topical fluoride, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Caries bacterium has altered genetically, linked to diet changes
July 29, 2014 -- Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, has increased the changes in its genetic material over time, according to a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. These changes possibly coincided with dietary changes linked to humanity's expansion.
Image Gently in Dentistry: Child-size x-ray dose for kids
July 28, 2014 -- The upcoming Image Gently in Dentistry campaign reminds dentists that children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Dr. Allan Farman provides guidelines for pediatric imaging and emphasizes that dental professionals should image gently and image wisely.
Dos and don'ts for teamwork: Focus on making 'handoffs' smoother
July 28, 2014 -- Anywhere a number of people work together as a team, every person has assigned tasks, all of which are combined to get the desired organizational results. There are inevitably transitions from one area of responsibility to another. These "handoffs" are critical points. For the sake of office efficiency, productivity, and patient satisfaction, they must be as smooth as possible, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
2014 Dental Excellence Awards nominating period closes soon
July 28, 2014 -- The DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards nomination period is rapidly coming to a close, as nominations will only be accepted through midnight on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Submit your nominations today for the Dental Excellence Awards to recognize dentistry's best and brightest.
Antipain agent shrinks oral cancers without damaging healthy tissue
July 25, 2014 -- Mouse models of human oral cancer treated with capsazepine showed dramatic tumor shrinkage without damage to surrounding tissues, according to a study in Oral Oncology. Capsazepine's anticancer effects may stem from its ability to increase oxidative damage in tumors, Texas researchers said.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about delegation
July 24, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book, Dr. Roger P. Levin looks at the importance of delegation. He writes that though the top executive of a company bears responsibility for the organization's total performance, that person cannot -- and certainly should not -- do everything.
Product spotlight: Restful Jaw helps patients with TMD
July 24, 2014 -- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and general jaw pain, fatigue, and soreness can stall dental procedures, and the Restful Jaw Company has created a device in response. It can be employed for long procedures that require patients to hold their mouth open for an extended duration and for patients sensitive to jaw pain and fatigue, such as those with TMD.
ACA: Dental coverage rising for young adults via expanded coverage
July 23, 2014 -- More young adults are getting dental coverage under the healthcare policies of their parents, according to a new report by ADA researchers. This "spillover" effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) dependent coverage policy stems from employers' voluntary expansion of dental coverage, which dovetails with the expansion of medical coverage.
5 ways to ensure safe dental restorations for patients
July 23, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Gary Iocco, president of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, reminds dental professionals that poorly made dental restorations -- whether made in the U.S. or abroad -- can lead to a range of health consequences for patients and, in turn, legal consequences for dentists.
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