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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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APHA 2014: Educating parents about dental care improves kids' toothbrushing rates
November 28, 2014 -- Researchers from Louisiana State University studied the effectiveness of in-depth parental dental education and its influence on their knowledge and oral and dental health practices of their children. They found that educating parents about oral hygiene has a positive effect on their children's oral hygiene practices, and they presented their findings at the recent American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about building value in their business
November 26, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book, What Dentists Can Learn From Top CEOs, Dr. Roger P. Levin examines the ways you can build value in your practice. He lists 12 indicators of your practice's value, many of which you may not be thinking about.
Sheri's Solutions: Recipe chat
November 26, 2014 -- As Dr. Sheri Doniger relates in her latest Sheri's Solutions, the conversation that goes on between dentist, staff, and patient doesn't have to be related to sports or news. Sometimes, especially around the holidays, talking about recipes and cooking is the way to build your relationships.
American Academy of Pediatrics issues oral healthcare policy statement
November 25, 2014 -- In a policy statement released on Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out strongly in favor of increased pediatrician knowledge of oral healthcare for children. Because young children visit the pediatrician more often than they visit the dentist, the academy writes that it is important that pediatricians be knowledgeable about dental caries, prevention of the disease, and interventions to maintain and restore health.
Study: Root canal therapy can reduce pain on multiple levels
November 25, 2014 -- Root canal therapy can reduce multiple dimensions of pain, including intensity, duration, and its interference with daily activity, according to a new practice-based research network study published in the Journal of Endodontics.
Second Opinion: Financial barriers to care still main concern
November 24, 2014 -- In this response to Dr. Frank Catalanotto's recent Second Opinion on the ADA's barriers to care research brief, Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of the ADA's Health Policy Institute, presents the reasoning why, while supply-related barriers are an issue, financial-related barriers are a more crucial development.
Q&A: Dr. Edward H. Moody Jr. on pediatric sedation issues
November 24, 2014 -- With sedation of pediatric patients remaining an issue for the larger dental community, DrBicuspid.com invited Dr. Edward H. Moody Jr., the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, to offer some insight on when to sedate and when to refer, as well as other relevant, practical information. Dr. Moody emphasizes the need for communication among all practitioners, patients, and parents and knowing your limits as a practitioner.
Dos and don'ts for customer service: Upgrade your amenities
November 24, 2014 -- In some dental practices, little thought has been given to the question of what amenities to make available to patients in the reception area. Other practices may have paid attention to this issue. Either way, they're falling short on customer service. By welcoming patients to your office with thoughtful little extras, you can strengthen their loyalty to the practice tremendously, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
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.
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