ADA backs N.C. board on teeth-whitening fight with FTC
December 10, 2013 -- The ADA is supporting efforts of the North Carolina dental board in a dispute over the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) ruling that the board's actions against nondentists who offer teeth-whitening products and services violated U.S. antitrust laws.
Smile Center settles 'excessive' treatment suit
December 9, 2013 -- The Texas-based Smile Center dental chain has settled lawsuits that accused the company of performing unnecessary and excessive treatments on children to "bilk" Medicaid of millions of dollars. The lawsuits involved 253 patients, including children who later developed complications that required emergency medical care.
Sheri's Solutions: Integration of care
December 9, 2013 -- When do you call a patient's medical physician? Contacting a patient's medical providers is a prudent protocol, and the circle of care is more comprehensive when other healthcare providers are included in your patient's treatment, according to Dr. Sheri Doniger.
FTC endorses CODA standards for dental therapists
December 6, 2013 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is endorsing the proposed accreditation standards for dental therapists by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), saying the therapists could improve access to, and enhance competition for, dental care. But the agency also recommended removing "unnecessary language" about their supervision and practice scope, which could "undermine" improved access.
Pediatric dentistry: Parental guidance suggested
December 5, 2013 -- NEW YORK - Dr. Fred Ferguson hosted a session on Tuesday at the Greater New York Dental Meeting where he outlined the negative impact that reactive dentistry, spurred by an ineffective U.S. healthcare system, has on pediatric dental patients. Then he offered solutions.
When the ADA took on Nikita Khrushchev
December 5, 2013 -- In his latest history column, Daniel Demers writes about how, while planning for its centenary celebration in 1959, the ADA came up against one of the biggest forces in world politics. And won.
Dental hygienists enjoy independent practice in Canada
December 4, 2013 -- More than 800 dental hygienists in Canada are now in independent practice. They enjoy the autonomy but also warn of the financial difficulties of starting a business from scratch, which are compounded by the fact that they don't get referrals from dentists.
Disability insurance: Get some financial peace of mind
December 4, 2013 -- As a new dentist, many different types of insurance can make up your safety net. But make sure you have the right kinds of insurance and in the right amounts, according to Tom Paumier, DDS, the chair of the ADA Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs.
Christensen: The time is now to add implants to your practice
December 3, 2013 -- NEW YORK - Dr. Gordon Christensen shared plenty of advice and a couple of warnings about dental implants during his presentation on Monday at the Greater New York Dental Meeting. Dr. Christensen believes the U.S. lags behind in clinicians performing implants.
Sheri's Solutions: 'You upset the wrong person'
December 3, 2013 -- Have you ever "fired" a patient? How do you handle patients who consistently cancel their appointments or are no-shows? Dr. Sheri Doniger describes how she handled one such patient at her practice, and what you need to consider when terminating the professional relationship with a patient.