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State of infection control with OSAP's executive director
July 26, 2017 -- From Zika outbreaks to a contaminated water line, infectious diseases have made the headlines throughout 2017. To make sense of it all, Christina Thomas, the new executive director of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), shares her thoughts on current infection-control trends and what dentists need to know.
A different kind of private practice
July 26, 2017 -- Many misconceptions exist about dental service organizations (DSOs), writes Dr. Sidney Schulz. He shared these misconceptions for years, until he took a clear look at why the DSO practice near his office was thriving and his private practice was starting to dry up. His transition is an interesting case study as to the changing landscape of dental practice ownership.
Survey: Older Asian Americans lack dental care
July 25, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - More than 61% of older Asian Americans living in central Texas do not have dental insurance, according to the results of a survey presented at this week's International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. The study findings suggest these patients face challenges to obtain proper oral healthcare, the authors noted.
Does a drug holiday aid BRONJ patients undergoing surgery?
July 25, 2017 -- In patients with bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ), what is the best treatment to prevent a relapse? While a so-called drug holiday is often recommended before BRONJ surgery, a new study finds that this discontinuation of the drug did not influence the likelihood of relapse but the type of surgery did.
Patients may lack basic knowledge about implants
July 24, 2017 -- How much do your patients know about dental implants? Not as much as you may think. A new study found that 1 in 4 people in the general population has never heard of dental implants and that two-thirds of patients think implants consist of porcelain.
Do's and don'ts for practice communication: Keep the team informed
July 24, 2017 -- Too many dentists hold on to information that should be shared with the team, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. For example, if you have a practice vision, don't keep it in a notebook in a desk drawer, share it with your team! How can they help you achieve the vision if they don't know what it is?
Is arginine the new fluoride?
July 21, 2017 -- Previous studies have found that caries-free individuals have higher arginine levels in their saliva than those with caries and that using toothpaste containing the amino acid improves oral bacterial composition. Now new research suggests that arginine may play an important role in keeping oral biofilms healthy and preventing caries.
Top 5 large-group dental carriers in the U.S.
July 20, 2017 -- The five biggest large-group dental carriers in the U.S. together have reported almost $4 billion in dental premiums for 2017. But the difference between the top two companies on the list and the bottom three remains considerable. Using publically available information, DrBicuspid.com illustrates the size of the dental insurance market in the U.S. and how two companies control much of the market.
How do CAD/CAM materials hold up to dental prophylaxis?
July 20, 2017 -- CAD/CAM blocks have evolved considerably in terms of materials, shade, and durability. But does this evolution mean the blocks can stand up to professional dental prophylaxis? Researchers put various CAD/CAM blocks up against a year's worth of prophylaxis to see how they fared.
Clean teeth in 10 seconds? Meet the Amabrush
July 19, 2017 -- Can a device really clean teeth thoroughly in 10 seconds? The creators of the newly developed Amabrush toothbrush think so and are going to put their creation through independent clinical tests to back their claim.
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