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  • Legal Cases: Root canal with inferior alveolar nerve injury
    September 21, 2015 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to present the next column from two lawyers who spend every day defending dentists in litigation and before the licensing board. In this column, the case of a lower molar root canal therapy with inferior alveolar nerve injury is examined.

  • 'How long will this crown last?'
    September 9, 2015 -- How do you respond when you are asked a difficult question by a patient, such as "How long will this crown last?" Will everyone in your practice give the same response? The Madow Brothers offer not only an answer to that question, but a way to get everyone in your office on the same page.

  • Is lead shielding needed to protect pregnant patients?
    September 22, 2015 -- Fetal lead shielding may not be necessary when taking dental radiographs of pregnant patients, according to a study from Finland. Using four different imaging modalities, researchers reported that the fetal dose levels without lead shielding were less than 1% of the annual dose limit for a member of the public.

  • Sirona and Dentsply to merge
    September 16, 2015 -- Dentsply International and Sirona Dental Systems announced on September 15 that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a merger agreement. The company will be called Dentsply Sirona.

  • 3 things to consider before giving a raise
    September 8, 2015 -- All too often, dentists give their team members raises for the wrong reasons. You want to keep them happy, after all, and what better way to motivate them than with a bump in pay? However, as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, sometimes you need to look behind the numbers before you commit to a pay increase.

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Sheri's Solutions: Connections
What is the difference between a transactional practice and a relationship-based practice? In her latest column, Dr. Sheri Doniger defines the two types of practices and explains why a relationship-based practice isn't always easy, but it's often the right way to practice.

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PRI report: Health risks of water fluoridation raise concerns
November 25, 2015 -- The Public Radio International (PRI) program "Living on Earth" recently broadcast a report on community water fluoridation. According to the broadcast, "research has raised questions about the additive's safety." Here we offer quotes from the broadcast as an introduction to the Second Opinion on the subject.
Second Opinion: No real debate on community water fluoridation
November 25, 2015 -- A recent broadcast on Public Radio International raised concerns about community water fluoridation without any mention of the hundreds of studies that have shown fluoridation's benefits. DrBicuspid.com reached out to the scientific and clinical community for their response to this broadcast. Our first response is from Deborah Foote, executive director of Oral Health Colorado.
Infographic: How much does the U.S. spend on dental?
November 24, 2015 -- The U.S. spends $111 billion on dental services each year, but dental services spending only accounts for about 4% of total U.S. healthcare spending, according to a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation.
Semifinal voting begins for 2015 Dental Excellence Awards
November 23, 2015 -- Voting is now open in the semifinal round of the DrBicuspid.com 2015 Dental Excellence Awards, with more than 65 nominees in nine categories. This is your chance to help determine which worthy nominees will make it to the final round of voting.
Dos and don'ts for communication: Become fluent in body language
November 23, 2015 -- Social media, online shopping, and many other aspects of modern life have greatly reduced the amount of actual face-to-face contact between people. What someone is thinking or feeling is often communicated not in words but in body language. Your work as a dentist puts you in direct personal contact with patients, so you should learn to read what their bodies are telling you, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
3 rules for implementation of ICD-10
November 23, 2015 -- How did your office deal with the implementation of ICD-10? As Kevin Wilson of Sterling Management writes, whether you are handling the transition to ICD-10 or any other project, there are common sense project management ideas that always apply.
Office lease negotiating: Part 3 -- Repair and maintenance
November 20, 2015 -- In part three of this series, Matt LaMaster discusses who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of a dental office building and why many dentists don't pay attention to this part of their lease until they are out thousands of dollars.
Covered California adds dental coverage for adults
November 20, 2015 -- Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace, has added dental coverage for adults. The new coverage is an add-on to the state's health insurance plan, and more than 33,000 people have already signed up.
The Naked Dentist: Gratitude multiplies
November 19, 2015 -- When doctors are able to focusing on where they are versus where they want to be, the practice and team members succeed more quickly than those who don't. As Curtis Marshall of Dental Intel writes, practicing gratitude leads to benefits beyond the immediate.
Study: HNC patients have increased suicide risk
November 19, 2015 -- The suicide rate of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) is more than three times the rate of the U.S. general population, according to a new study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Cancer.
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