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  • Scams played on dentists: Part 2 -- Consultants and practice brokers
    August 6, 2014 -- In the second of a three-part series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This part discusses unethical practice management consultants and practice brokers.

  • Scams played on dentists: Part 3 -- The insurance industry
    August 13, 2014 -- In the final part of this series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This part discusses the insurance industry and concludes the series on the scams played on dentists.

  • Conn. dentist transitions from practitioner to entrepreneur
    August 27, 2014 -- When it became difficult for Dr. Greg Schwab to continue serving his patients, he sought to use his expertise in a way that would allow him to stay connected with dentistry. After examining different opportunities, Dr. Schwab has transitioned from practicing dentistry to acquiring practices, keeping him involved in what he is passionate about.

  • Federal auditors blame Texas agency for poor oversight of ortho services
    August 11, 2014 -- In the latest development in the ongoing Texas Medicaid scandal, a federal report by the U.S. Office of Inspector General has laid the responsibility for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on dental and orthodontic procedures that may have been medically unnecessary squarely on the Texas state agency that oversaw the program.

  • JADA study: Dentists need to be better informed about sealants
    August 19, 2014 -- Sealants are inexpensive and have proved to be effective, but a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) has found that many dentists need to improve their understanding of them and their uses.

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Sheri's Solutions: The invitation
In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger discusses how to make potential new patients feel welcome. She notes that when patients feel as if they received an invitation to our practices, they feel as if they are joining a family of patients rather than becoming a number.

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TOP DENTAL NEWS
HPV legislation doesn't increase vaccination among adolescents
November 21, 2014 -- U.S. legislation that requires or encourages young people to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been unsuccessful in getting more of them vaccinated, according to new research presented at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.
Study: Salivary mucins play a key role in fighting caries
November 20, 2014 -- Salivary mucins, key components of mucus, actively protect teeth from Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, according to a new study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Global Oral Cancer Forum: An international approach for care, prevention
November 20, 2014 -- The newly formed Global Oral Cancer Forum recruits international participants to share the issues they face; learn about innovations, models, or ideas to curb growing rates of the disease; and help patients who have treatment complications. The group will gather in New York in September 2015, bringing together international multidisciplinary teams that demonstrate passion and dedication to oral cancer.
Trifecta of Troubles: Part 2 -- A dentist's hands are more than technical appendages
November 19, 2014 -- In the second of her three-part series discussing a head, hands, and heart approach in dentistry, Dr. Lisa Knowles focuses on the hands -- specifically what dentists do with hands.
Heart infection rises as dentists prescribe fewer prophylactic antibiotics
November 19, 2014 -- In a new study, U.K. scientists report that the incidence of life-threatening heart infection has increased significantly in England since the introduction of the 2008 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, as dentists have written fewer prescriptions for prophylactic antibiotics before invasive procedures.
Cardiologists have knowledge gaps about perio disease
November 18, 2014 -- A new study that looked at cardiologists' knowledge of the relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease found that many were unclear about the cause of periodontal disease. But they would like to have more information about the potential link between the two conditions, the researchers found.
New study reviews calcium-enriched cement as endodontic option
November 18, 2014 -- A new review study published in Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics analyzed the effectiveness of calcium-enriched mixture cement in endodontic applications. Bioceramic materials were mostly used for dental implants before they were introduced for pulp capping, apexogenesis, apexification, and furcation repair.
ADA brief on barriers to care misleading
November 17, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Frank Catalanotto comments on the ADA's recent brief on barriers to dental care. He writes that while this is an issue that needs further study, the brief's conclusions might be based on flawed methodology.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: Be your practice's CEO -- chief energy officer
November 17, 2014 -- It takes a considerable amount of energy to get through a normal day in a dental practice, and the demand is even greater on more stressful, chaotic days. As the practice leader, you need to ensure that your team's energy level remains high, and you can make that happen by using special staff-energizing techniques, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Hygiene production down? Here's how to fix it
November 17, 2014 -- Practice management expert Sally McKenzie offers her insight into how you can run a more successful practice. This column focuses on recognizing and fixing hygiene scheduling issues, and she provides tips to help you revive your hygiene department and grow your income.
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