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TOP DENTAL NEWS
Adults aren't visiting the dentist -- and no one knows why
November 13, 2017 -- Riddle me this: More adults have dental benefit coverage, and fewer adults report cost as a barrier to dental care, yet dental visits stayed flat in 2015. Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist for the ADA Health Policy Institute, recently discussed what could be driving these trends.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for a strong finish: Keep focused
November 13, 2017 -- As we approach the end of the year, the distractions multiply. The holidays will soon be here and that means family gatherings, preparations, shopping, travel, etc. Without strong leadership, your practice could limp to the finish line. Use morning meetings and encouragement throughout the day to build momentum, so your practice can finish the year strong, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Review finds sealants are effective for premolars, too
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November 10, 2017 -- A new systematic review has found pit-and-fissure sealants to be effective regardless of tooth type or location. In fact, sealants on premolars may last longer and prevent more caries than those on first and second molars.
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Dental Excellence Award voting ends November 14
November 10, 2017 -- Have you joined hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards? If you haven't, do it now as voting ends soon. As multiple categories have very close races, your vote could make the difference.
Record dental care coverage, dentist visits for U.S. kids
November 9, 2017 -- More children than ever before are visiting the dentist, and that could be because 90% of children in the U.S. have dental benefit coverage. These record statistics are just the latest in a long trend that show federal dental health policy may be having a real impact.  Discuss
Don't let rising interest rates catch you by surprise
November 9, 2017 -- Adjustments to interest rates might seem like an abstract topic on the news, but as financial planner John G. McCarthy III writes, the additional money you may have to pay each month on your student loans, practice mortgage, or credit cards is very real. He offers some options to help you adjust your finances to limit any surprising cost increases.  Discuss
3 times to ask for a referral
November 8, 2017 -- To attract new patients to your practice, referrals are still the most cost-effective way to obtain these patients, according to Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. He outlines a strategy that everyone in your office can follow to help your referral numbers grow.  Discuss
Not the person I remembered
November 8, 2017 -- Two old friends, a physician and a dentist, sat down for lunch recently to compare notes. As lunch progressed, Dr. Alvin Danenberg began to realize that he and his friend had taken very different paths when it came to health, lifestyle, and preventing chronic degenerative disease. In his latest column, he asks if you are willing to strive to thrive.  Discuss
ADA forecasts more DSOs in dentistry's future
November 7, 2017 -- More dentists than ever were associated with dental service/support organizations (DSOs) in 2016, and that number is expected to rise, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute. These organizations were also in more states in 2016 than the previous year.  Discuss
Growth in U.S. dental spending remains moderate
November 7, 2017 -- Spending on dental care in the U.S. increased by almost 3% annually between 1996 and 2013. While that increase adds up to $38 billion, it fell short of growth in spending on other health conditions, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
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