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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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NYU program builds interprofessional oral health workforce
January 30, 2015 -- A New York University (NYU) program builds interprofessional oral health workforce by developing nursing and medical students' oral health knowledge, according to a new report in the American Journal of Public Health.
BPA exposure during pregnancy may raise baby's risk of diabetes, heart disease
January 30, 2015 -- Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life, according to a new study in Endocrinology.
Study looks at best ways to reduce aerosols, spatter with ultrasonic scaling
January 29, 2015 -- A new study that compared the Isolite illuminated isolation system and a saliva ejector for reducing aerosols and spatter from ultrasonic scaling found that the best results still come from high-velocity air evacuation. Isolite Systems said they appreciate the study but hope to do another one on effective isolation with even more rigor.
X-Tip system effective at managing pain when IAN fails
January 29, 2015 -- The X-Tip system using 4% articaine with 1:100,000 adrenaline was successful in achieving pulpal anesthesia when inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) block was ineffective, according to a new study from India.
Sheri's Solutions: Let it go
January 28, 2015 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger asks what is your theme for 2015? If you don't have one, she suggests "Let it go" and offers compelling reasons why this philosophy will serve you well.
3 myths that keep dentists from massive success
January 28, 2015 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler explores, and explodes, the three myths that keep you from success. She writes that any held myth affects how you work and live, and dentistry is plagued with its share of falsely held beliefs.
A dereliction of duty on prevention
January 27, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Massachusetts dentist Dr. John Fisher writes on the positive impact fluoridated water supplies have on dental health and urges more communities to understand the public health benefits.
Analysis: Possible relationship between secondhand smoke and caries in kids
January 27, 2015 -- There is a possible causal relationship between secondhand smoke and caries in the primary dentition in children, according to a review of studies in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. However, more research is needed before it can be considered a risk factor, the authors noted.
Challenging the pumice/rubber cup 'prophylaxis' in children
January 26, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. David A. Nash urges the profession of dentistry to stop the use of pumice and rubber cup prophylaxis when treating children. He cites many studies in the literature and experience as to why the treatment should be discontinued.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Emphasize benefits in case presentation
January 26, 2015 -- When dentists think about recommending treatment, it's natural to focus on the technical aspects. When presenting recommendations to patients, however, it's important to consciously shift the focus from clinical details to benefits, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
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