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Laser fluorescence effective for detecting initial carious lesions
July 11, 2017 -- Laser fluorescence may effectively detect initial caries progression, but the technology struggles at monitoring later, more minute changes, according to a new study that looked at enamel demineralization with three different tools.
Can symptoms help identify certain oral mucosal lesions?
July 11, 2017 -- What's the best way to determine the type of oral mucosal lesion a patient may have? Can symptoms such as xerostomia and differences in saliva help distinguish oral lichen planus, oral lichenoid lesions, and stomatitis in patients with or without contact allergies? Researchers sought to find out.
Do's and don'ts for managing employee conflict: Be aware of what's going on
July 10, 2017 -- In a perfect practice, everyone would get along. But in the real world, people don't always agree, and that's to be expected, but you don't want a minor squabble turning into a major feud. As the practice owner, you need to be aware of what's going on -- the good and the bad -- with your team, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Do antibiotics improve periodontitis treatment?
July 10, 2017 -- What is the best treatment for your patients with severe, chronic periodontitis: subgingival debridement alone or debridement with a short course of antibiotics? A new study looked at three treatment options and found that a short course of antibiotics may help.
New study breaks down implant fracture trends
July 7, 2017 -- Screw-retained implants fracture sooner than cement-retained ones, and fractures are more likely to occur in the premolars and molars, according to a new study on implant fractures.
Sheri's Solutions: The Facebook dental search
July 7, 2017 -- You've probably received emails similar to the one Dr. Sheri Doniger received recently: "I'm so sorry, but I have to cancel my appointment. I spoke with the insurance company, and it would be much more affordable for me to go in-network." Dr. Doniger relates how her practice handles these situations and how the dental benefit situation has not changed.
Virtual nature scenes best at distracting dental patients
July 6, 2017 -- Looking for a way to distract your patients? Have them take a walk on the wild side. Researchers found that immersing dental patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment with nature scenes was most effective at distracting them during their procedures, compared with virtual urban scenes or no distraction at all.
Simple dental information is helpful for pregnant women
July 6, 2017 -- Providing patients with more information leads to better dental health, right? Not exactly. A new study found that giving pregnant women basic oral health information health was effective at improving their hygiene, but the addition of other interventions produced no further benefits.
Second Opinion: Is toothpaste necessary?
July 5, 2017 -- There are more than 1,400 different types of toothpaste available, according to Dr. Alvin Danenberg. But is toothpaste itself necessary for your patients to properly clean their teeth? He asks this provocative question to discuss the larger topic of what is in toothpaste, what manufacturers claim, and the best way for you to help your patients clean their teeth.
What you should know about rent and lease renewals
July 5, 2017 -- In his previous two-part series on negotiating your office lease, attorney Matthew Odgers took you through the fine print of making sure you were prepared for negotiations. In his latest column, he addresses questions about rent, renewals, and lease assignments.
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