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  • Scams played on dentists: Part 1
    July 30, 2014 -- In a new three-part series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This first part will introduce the series and discuss embezzlement and scams that are played on vulnerable employee dentists.

  • Oral piercing group to dentists: Work with us!
    July 2, 2014 -- Oral piercings may make parents shudder and dentists cringe, but they are here to stay. Consequently, it's in the best interest of everyone involved to ensure that it's done safely, and the Association of Professional Piercers wants to work with oral health professionals to make that happen.

  • Sheri's Solutions: Sorry, we don't take your 'insurance'
    July 14, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger asks how you handle the oft-asked question of "Do you take my insurance?" While seemingly a straightforward question, the answer involves preparation and important practice management decisions.

  • Blind Spots: When a patient refuses nonelective treatment
    July 15, 2014 -- In her latest Blind Spots column, practice management consultant Jan Keller asks how your practice reacts when a patient refuses treatment, particularly nonelective, mandatory treatment? Do you have a plan in place or do you let the patient walk out the door?

  • Image Gently in Dentistry: Child-size x-ray dose for kids
    July 28, 2014 -- The upcoming Image Gently in Dentistry campaign reminds dentists that children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Dr. Allan Farman provides guidelines for pediatric imaging and emphasizes that dental professionals should image gently and image wisely.

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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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Feds audit La. Medicaid billings for pediatric dental services
August 22, 2014 -- A federal audit has found that 27 Louisiana dental providers treating children on Medicaid have excessive billing practices. These providers may be billing for services that were never performed, performing unnecessary procedures to increase profits, or providing questionable quality of care, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Services Office of Inspector General.
Review weighs new periodontal pathogens
August 22, 2014 -- In a review from the Journal of Dental Research, researchers from Brazil assessed the current weight of evidence concerning new candidate periodontal pathogens and any role they might play in the progression of periodontal disease.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about managing their energy
August 21, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book, Dr. Roger P. Levin discusses how CEOs are experts at prioritizing and time management. He writes that successful CEOs strive to find the right balance between work, family, and other activities.
Text2Floss increases reach, adds new app
August 21, 2014 -- A little more than a year into the second phase of its development, Text2Floss, an initiative of the A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, recently announced a new partnership and the release of an Apple products app. Now, researchers are looking at this innovative use of technology to reinforce preventive practices in oral healthcare.
Clean the closet
August 20, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler urges shedding some light on your internal closet, for the benefit of you and your practice. As she details, the benefits of cleaning your internal closet go beyond relieving stress.
New hope for patients with hard-to-treat head and neck cancers
August 20, 2014 -- Using a technique that looks for genes that tumor cells need to survive, Seattle researchers have identified a potential new drug target for a class of difficult-to-treat head and neck cancers, according to a new study in Clinical Cancer Research.
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.
New imaging agent helps find, remove cancer
August 19, 2014 -- Ohio researchers are developing a hybrid imaging agent that makes cancer cells "light up" during surgery. Designed around a peptide called HN1, it has such an affinity for head and neck cancer cells that it's been called a "head and neck cancer homing device."
Blind Spots: What established dentists would do over, if they could
August 18, 2014 -- To say that new dentists face a myriad of challenges in setting up their first practice is an understatement. There's hiring, financing, marketing -- and finding the patients to fill all those comfy new chairs! In her latest Blind Spot column, practice management consultant Jan Keller shares the advice established dentists would give if they could do it all over.
Dos and don'ts for building your practice's value
August 18, 2014 -- As practices adapt to the new dental economy, competition for patients continues to grow. Consumers are spending more carefully, sometimes putting off treatment, and shopping around for lower fees. Patients want more value for their money. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin offers ways for building your practice's value.
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