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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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ADA 2016: Can CBCT benefit the general dentist?
October 21, 2016 -- DENVER - If you're a general dentist on the fence about a cone-beam CT (CBCT) system, dental technology expert Dr. John Flucke might have answered your questions about if it is worthwhile and practical to invest in this technology in a presentation on Thursday at the 2016 ADA annual meeting.
Ransomware: Part 2 -- 5 key steps for prevention
October 21, 2016 -- In the second of a two-part series, Steve Godfrey, chief information officer for NEA, offers five key steps you can take to help keep your office safe from a ransomware attack. As he notes, prevention is the best step.
Student loan forgiveness: Part 1 -- 6 loan forgiveness programs to know
October 20, 2016 -- While your student loan debt can seem like a barrier, there are ways to reduce your burden substantially. In his first column for DrBicuspid.com, a student loan expert Andrew Josuweit offers six programs you might not be aware of that can help you reduce your debt.
Is an intraoral scanner more accurate than impressions?
October 20, 2016 -- Often the first question that's asked about digital dentistry techniques is about accuracy. You might be surprised by what researchers from Japan found in the first study that measured the accuracy of an optical impression scanner versus conventional impressions for implant placement.
Beating the beast of dental disease
October 19, 2016 -- Creating a program to help your patients to improve their oral health and understand the biological causes of dental disease sounds intimidating. But periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg has such a program that contains five simple and effective steps. Read on to see how to bring this program to your office.
Do emergency departments overprescribe antibiotics?
October 18, 2016 -- A new review found that antibiotics don't help some types of dental pain commonly seen in emergency departments. The study authors urged professionals to consider antibiotics' risks and benefits before prescribing them.
Sheri's Solutions: The elephant in the treatment room
October 18, 2016 -- What do you do when a patient brings up the current U.S. election? Dr. Sheri Doniger understands some patients want to be distracted, but it's a fine line when it comes to politics. As she writes, focusing on oral care, or perhaps how the Cubs are doing, is probably the wisest solution.
Dos and don'ts for community relations: Serve the community by adopting a cause
October 17, 2016 -- In every community, there are problems that the citizens, government agencies, and institutions can't solve by themselves. If your community's giving you and your staff livelihoods, give something back -- in addition to the excellent dental care you provide. Find an important issue that needs more attention and resources, and make it your own, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin.
37 Calif. children hospitalized for dental infections
October 17, 2016 -- The number of children who have been hospitalized for dental infections after having pulpotomies at a Southern California dental clinic has risen to 37. Health officials have traced the infection to the clinic's water lines, and the state dental board is investigating possible breaches of infection-control protocols.
Ransomware: Part 1 -- The threat and your practice
October 14, 2016 -- You see and read stories headlines about ransomware seemingly every week, but are those just scare stories mean to frighten you, or is there some truth behind the headlines? In the first of a two-part series, Steve Godfrey, chief information officer for NEA, provides an overview of this threat.
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