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  • HHS recommends single level for fluoridation in new report
    April 27, 2015 -- While still backing the benefits of community water fluoridation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recommended a new level for water fluoridation that is at the low range of its previous guidance. The move could pave the way for reductions in how much fluoride is being put into community water systems.

  • Don't ever say these things to your team members
    April 22, 2015 -- Has a phrase ever slipped out and you immediately wish you hadn't said it? In their latest column, the Madow Brothers offer some practical advice to help avoid this situation with your staff, while focusing on what you can do to build a healthy work atmosphere.

  • Patients delay dental care because of financial concerns
    April 9, 2015 -- Many U.S. adults say they will delay dental care because of their financial situation, even though waiting may have long-term implications, according to a new survey.

  • Dentists may soon prescribe nanoparticles to fight biofilms
    April 9, 2015 -- Researchers have created a way for nanoparticles to deliver an antibacterial agent directly to dental plaque, according to a new study. Their discovery could lead to better treatments for caries and other biofilm-related diseases.

  • Communication key to treating menopausal women
    April 7, 2015 -- If you were told that half your patients could lose 40% of their total bone mass, putting them at risk for losing teeth, you would no doubt do everything in your power to reverse these clinical changes. As American Academy of Periodontology President Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel points out, treatment begins with the questions you ask these patients.

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In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger relates the story of patients wearing color-coordinated clothing to match her office, while illustrating the bigger picture of how simple it can be to make social media a positive tool in your practice.

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CDC: Many U.S. adolescents not getting HPV vaccine
July 31, 2015 -- The number of 13- to 17-year-old boys and girls in the U.S. receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has increased for the second year in a row, but about half of all U.S. adolescents still haven't received it, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Naked Dentist: 2 call lists to grow your practice
July 30, 2015 -- Having patients in the chair is the only way a dental practice is going to produce. You can wish, work, or yell as much as you want, but without patients in your chairs, you will never be able to drill and fill. In his latest Naked Dentist column, Curtis Marshall pulls the weeds of a Minnesota practice and finds two ways to make the practice bloom.
Meet the company that wants to kill drill-and-fill
July 30, 2015 -- Dentistry may be one step closer to ending the drill-and-fill model. The U.K.-based company Reminova wants to naturally rebuild caries-damaged teeth and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help bring its device to practices worldwide.
Don't talk with your patients about Donald Trump
July 29, 2015 -- Sometimes, during conversation with your patients, politics comes up. And while the Madow Brothers suggest avoiding the topic, they offer a clever way to change the conversation if your patients bring up Donald Trump.
Spending on dental care will grow 60% in next decade
July 29, 2015 -- Spending for dental care will grow 60% during the next decade, according to a new report in Health Affairs. Increased expenditures will result from economic growth following the recession, rising insurance premiums, and higher cost sharing in employer-sponsored health insurance plans.
5 infection-control questions to ask about your gloves
July 28, 2015 -- Although glove procedures haven't changed too much over time, the gloves themselves have. With new features and improved materials, now may be right time to think about how you use gloves in your practice and whether you need to refresh some policies.
Dos and don'ts for community marketing: Meet your neighbors
July 27, 2015 -- Whether your practice is in a shopping center, office building, or another location, you should make an effort to introduce yourself to nearby business owners, as these businesses can be a source for new patients, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Weed, feed, and separate: Part 3 -- Tips for nurturing your team
July 27, 2015 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles continues her series on growing a practice. In this column, she expands on the theme of feeding and nurturing your team. She offers practical ideas for observing your staff, making adjustments, and making an impact with your words.
Court rules for dentists in Conn. teeth-whitening case
July 24, 2015 -- A U.S. appeals court has upheld a Connecticut law restricting nondentists from shining teeth-whitening lights on customers' teeth. The judges ruled that economic protectionism for favored interest groups is a legitimate use of government power.
How much will you need to retire? 6 issues to consider
July 23, 2015 -- The idea of planning for your eventual retirement can be overwhelming, wherever you are in your career. As a start of new monthly series on DrBicuspid.com, John G. McCarthy III offers six issues for you to begin considering in your planning.
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