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  • Pa. dentist's license suspended for infection-control lapses
    June 24, 2014 -- A Northumberland County dentist's license has been suspended after a joint investigation by Pennsylvania's departments of health and state revealed egregious lapses in infection-control procedures. Among other issues, the practice had not tested samples from autoclaved instruments in a year and had only one handpiece onsite.

  • Kerr acquires Dux Dental
    June 27, 2014 -- Kerr, a global manufacturer of dental products, announced today that it has acquired Dux Dental to further expand its product portfolio.

  • Failing composite restorations: Repair or replace?
    June 10, 2014 -- When composite resin restorations fail, most dentists replace them. A new study has compared the outcomes over a 10-year period of replacing versus repairing them. Given the results, should conservative dentists repair, not replace, failing composite restorations?

  • Dentists sue Comfort Dental over forced use of company labs
    June 20, 2014 -- Two Colorado orthodontists are suing Comfort Dental, claiming they were forced to use inferior dental labs owned by the company. The dentists, who run clinics under franchise agreements with Comfort Dental, say they were threatened and intimidated when they used higher-quality labs.

  • Dos and don'ts for scheduling: Work with the 48-hour rule
    June 16, 2014 -- No-shows and last-minute cancellations can create serious scheduling and production problems, but there are some techniques to help minimize these occurrences, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. One is to establish and call attention to the 48-hour rule, which calls for 48 hours' notice to cancel an appointment.

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Sheri's Solutions: 'I know I need to see you, but ...'
In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger asks how many times you've heard, "I know I need to see you, but ..." when you unexpectedly run into patients. She writes that the situation is a problem of the ages for dentistry and offers some advice.

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What dentists can learn from CEOs about delegation
July 24, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book, Dr. Roger P. Levin looks at the importance of delegation. He writes that though the top executive of a company bears responsibility for the organization's total performance, that person cannot -- and certainly should not -- do everything.
Product spotlight: Restful Jaw helps patients with TMD
July 24, 2014 -- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and general jaw pain, fatigue, and soreness can stall dental procedures, and the Restful Jaw Company has created a device in response. It can be employed for long procedures that require patients to hold their mouth open for an extended duration and for patients sensitive to jaw pain and fatigue, such as those with TMD.
ACA: Dental coverage rising for young adults via expanded coverage
July 23, 2014 -- More young adults are getting dental coverage under the healthcare policies of their parents, according to a new report by ADA researchers. This "spillover" effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) dependent coverage policy stems from employers' voluntary expansion of dental coverage, which dovetails with the expansion of medical coverage.
5 ways to ensure safe dental restorations for patients
July 23, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Gary Iocco, president of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, reminds dental professionals that poorly made dental restorations -- whether made in the U.S. or abroad -- can lead to a range of health consequences for patients and, in turn, legal consequences for dentists.
CDC study: HPV vaccines could prevent most oropharyngeal cancers
July 23, 2014 -- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines could prevent most oropharyngeal cancers in the U.S., according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The analysis of patients with oropharyngeal cancer found that most were HPV-positive, especially for HPV types 16 and 18, and the majority of patients were white men.
Propofol + nitrous oxide may avoid sedation hypotension
July 22, 2014 -- Hypotension is a risk associated with the administration of propofol. Now Japanese researchers have found that combining it with nitrous oxide leads to better sedation and smaller reduction of blood pressure.
Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver drugs into teeth
July 22, 2014 -- Maryland researchers are developing a less invasive technique to deliver medication directly into teeth. The treatment for pulpitis would use magnetic fields to move medication attached to nanoparticles through a tooth's dentin and into the pulp to treat infections.
Sedation dosage crucial in at-risk patients
July 21, 2014 -- A new editorial in Anesthesia Progress by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joel M. Weaver reminds dentists, oral surgeons, and all dental professionals that patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at risk of death not only during procedural sedation but also at home afterward while asleep.
Why your dental practice should exercise an annual internal audit
July 21, 2014 -- Does your practice complete an internal audit each year? If you are asking yourself why you should take the time, and expense, to complete one, consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, explains the reasons the process is worth the time.
Dos and don'ts for practice management: The neglected communication skill -- listening
July 21, 2014 -- Bring up the subject of communication skills and most of us naturally think about how we speak or write to our coworkers and patients. The counterpart deserves equal attention. People who really know how to listen are empowered by it, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
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