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  • Judge rules lawsuit against dental giants can proceed
    September 29, 2016 -- A class-action lawsuit against three of the dental industry's biggest companies will be allowed to proceed after a U.S. District Court judge refused to dismiss the proposed litigation, according to multiple reports.

  • ClearCorrect: Align, ITC won't appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
    September 1, 2016 -- Align Technology and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will not appeal a 2015 federal court decision that determined the ITC does not have the authority to regulate data, according to a statement from ClearCorrect. While the decision reinforces that the ITC doesn't have jurisdiction over data, legal disputes between the two aligner creators are not over yet.

  • Study: Hygienists feel ready to practice independently
    September 27, 2016 -- Dental hygienists feel ready to practice independently in underserved communities, according to a new study. Enabling hygienists to practice preventive care without supervision from a dentist can help resolve oral health disparities, the study author suggests.

  • Are you asking your patients this critical question?
    September 21, 2016 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg was attending a continuing education conference earlier this year when he learned something that changed the way he talks with his patients. Was it an innovative product or a new technique? No, it was a simple question.

  • Court: Ohio dentist's advertising lawsuit can proceed
    September 2, 2016 -- An appellate court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by an Ohio dentist regarding advertising as a specialist can proceed. The suit focuses on an Ohio law that forbids dentists from advertising as specialists when they also perform general dentistry.

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Sheri's Solutions: Do you get a health history update?
When a 20-something patient walked into Dr. Sheri Doniger's office with an obvious lip augmentation but didn't mention it when asked about any health updates, she again realized that it's crucial to help patients understand that seemingly unrelated situations may impact their oral healthcare. In her latest Sheri's Solution, she offers some ideas to aid your patient communication.

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Access to dental care falls short in U.S.
December 2, 2016 -- The U.S. lags behind 10 other developed countries when it comes to access to affordable dental care, according to a new study. Americans are also more likely to report having financial struggles and worse overall health.
Dental care access disparities narrow among U.S. kids
December 1, 2016 -- The number of U.S. children receiving dental care significantly increased from 2000 to 2014, according to a new study. Even more positively, the researchers found a steep narrowing of coverage disparities in race/ethnicity and income. However, they are concerned about the future of treatment coverage under the new U.S. administration.
Creating a diversified portfolio
December 1, 2016 -- You are familiar with the adage "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." As financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains, that phrase is never more true than when it comes to your investment portfolio. A diversified portfolio will help you, and your family, weather varying economic cycles as your practice grows.
Why I take x-rays
November 30, 2016 -- Over the past several weeks, two potential patients have called the office of periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg with basically the same question: "If Dr. Danenberg is holistic, why does he take dental x-rays?" His receptionist had the right answer. Read on to find out what that answer was.
The new gingival inflammation code: Part 1 -- Opportunity or chaos?
November 30, 2016 -- There have been very few times in the history of dentistry that a single innovation or technology has been the catalyst for radically changing the game. This is one of those times. However, as Patti DiGangi writes, this game-changer isn't a high-tech gadget. It's an insurance code.
Second Opinion: Casting a cloud over dental coverage
November 29, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion, Colin Reusch of the Children's Dental Health Project looks at what is known about the immediate and longer-term futures of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Children's Health Insurance Program as they relate to oral healthcare under a new administration.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: Become a more decisive leader
November 28, 2016 -- Decisiveness is an admired leadership trait. It doesn't mean that the CEO makes better decisions. It simply means that he or she makes them more quickly -- without endless deliberation or hesitation. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin shares how you can become a more decisive leader.
Can laser therapy accelerate orthodontic tooth movement?
November 28, 2016 -- Dental crowding is an issue in much of the U.S. population, but lengthy treatment time leads some patients to dismiss leveling and alignment treatments. Low-light laser therapy may be a safe method to speed up the process, according to a new study.
Housing linked to cigarette use, dental visits for kids
November 23, 2016 -- Adolescents living in mobile and trailer homes are more likely to smoke cigarettes and less likely to visit the dentist compared with kids living in other types of housing, a new study found. This is one of the few studies to evaluate health outcomes for adolescents based on housing type.
43 Rules: Rule No. 4 -- You have to do more with what you already have
November 23, 2016 -- In his recent book, 43 Rules to Increase Practice Production, Dr. Roger P. Levin shares recommendations for achieving greater practice success in the new, more challenging dental economy. In the fourth excerpt, he focuses on making the most with what you have.
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