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  • Sugar industry influenced U.S. caries research in 1960s, 1970s
    March 10, 2015 -- The sugar industry influenced U.S. caries eradication research during the 1960s and 1970s, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine. By working closely with the National Institutes of Health, a sugar industry trade organization helped to shift the focus of federal research from limiting sugar intake to finding alternative caries prevention strategies.

  • NC dental board, ADA: SCOTUS ruling undermines authority of states, professional boards
    March 4, 2015 -- The North Carolina dental board and the ADA criticized last week's U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision over teeth whitening, saying it undermines the states' authority to regulate activity while creating a quandary for professional boards across the country.

  • New CDC report highlights U.S. children's caries problem
    March 5, 2015 -- Almost 25% of U.S. children between the ages of 2 and 5 have caries in their primary teeth, according to a new report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overall, disparities persisted in the U.S. for dental caries and sealant use among children and adolescents from 2011 to 2012.

  • OHSU settles dental negligence claim for $950K
    March 18, 2015 -- Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has agreed to pay $950,000 to settle a medical negligence lawsuit after a dental resident permanently damaged a woman's mental nerve while trying to extract an ankylosed primary tooth.

  • The Naked Dentist gets 'inside the muscle'
    March 25, 2015 -- In his second Naked Dentist column, Curtis Marshall gets "inside the muscle" of a practice. He continues his examination of a practice in Colorado and looks at why tracking collections is a reactive, rather than a proactive, approach.

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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) today 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.
Dos and don'ts for collections: Control collections
April 27, 2015 -- If your practice doesn't collect 99% of fees owed, any gains in production will be compromised. The key to meeting this target is a step-by-step collections system that keeps patient accounts up-to-date, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Second Opinion: Questions we should be asking insurance companies -- Part 2
April 27, 2015 -- In the first part of this Second Opinion, Dr. Jason P. Hirsch addressed the confusion surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and dentistry. In the conclusion, he urges practitioners and insurance companies alike to put patients first.
5 reasons emergency patients never come back
April 27, 2015 -- How does your practice react when you receive a call from an emergency patient? Practice management expert Sally McKenzie suggests seeing this as an opportunity for growth. She offers five tips to help you reap the benefits these patients can bring, from a larger patient base to increased production and a more robust bottom line.
Wash. state leaders meet to improve oral health
April 24, 2015 -- Washington healthcare leaders gathered this week for a symposium to improve the state's oral health. More than 100 dentists, physicians, and healthcare experts met as state health officials focus on oral health's connection to overall health.
What dentists can learn from top CEOs about strategic planning
April 23, 2015 -- In his book, What Dentists Can Learn from Top CEOs, Dr. Roger P. Levin describes a wide range of effective techniques used by corporate leaders and explains how these approaches can be applied successfully in dental practices. This is an excerpt from the chapter entitled "CEOs Make Strategic Plans."
Stitched CBCT images accurate as surgical guide
April 23, 2015 -- Stitched small field-of-view cone-beam CT (CBCT) images appear accurate and reliable enough for the fabrication of implant and restoration surgical guides, according to a new study. These 3D images may provide an affordable and effective way for dentists to ensure successful implant surgeries.
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.
The Naked Dentist visits Dr. Delaware
April 22, 2015 -- In his latest Naked Dentist column, Curtis Marshall asks, "What is your preferred lifestyle?" Working fewer days or less stress perhaps? By unveiling his formula for true patient acceptance, Marshall helps a Delaware dentist see the naked truth about his practice.
Should nondentist teeth-whitening services be regulated?
April 21, 2015 -- In the recent ruling in the North Carolina teeth-whitening case, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear that the state dental board does not have the authority to regulate teeth-whitening services provided by nondentists. The question remains, however, is it necessary for these teeth-whitening professionals to be regulated?
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