Navy dentist hopes to qualify for Olympic marathon trials
December 12, 2013 -- A Navy dentist from Portland, OR, who is an elite runner is on track to qualify for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials. Lt. Amanda Rice has already posted qualifying times in several races, giving her a good shot at making the U.S. Olympic team.
Perio therapy may affect mortality in hemodialysis patients
December 11, 2013 -- Poor oral health, including chronic periodontitis, is a common finding in hemodialysis patients, and now researchers from Brazil have provided preliminary evidence that periodontal therapy may improve the survival rate of these patients.
Acupuncture helps reduce gag reflex during impression taking
December 11, 2013 -- How many of your patients gag, or think they will gag, during a procedure? This is unpleasant both for patients and dental professionals, and might be preventing some patients from seeking oral healthcare. However, a recent Italian study suggests there may be a relatively simple solution: acupuncture.
ADA backs N.C. board on teeth-whitening fight with FTC
December 10, 2013 -- The ADA is supporting efforts of the North Carolina dental board in a dispute over the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) ruling that the board's actions against nondentists who offer teeth-whitening products and services violated U.S. antitrust laws.
Ore. 'Tooth Taxi' provides dental care for poor schoolkids
December 10, 2013 -- Dentist Dr. Bruce Richardson of Portland, OR, recently gave a 5-year-old boy a great Christmas gift that even Santa can't match. He's a volunteer dentist with the "Tooth Taxi," a mobile dental van that provides dental care for poor schoolchildren in the state.
Smile Center settles 'excessive' treatment suit
December 9, 2013 -- The Texas-based Smile Center dental chain has settled lawsuits that accused the company of performing unnecessary and excessive treatments on children to "bilk" Medicaid of millions of dollars. The lawsuits involved 253 patients, including children who later developed complications that required emergency medical care.
Sheri's Solutions: Integration of care
December 9, 2013 -- When do you call a patient's medical physician? Contacting a patient's medical providers is a prudent protocol, and the circle of care is more comprehensive when other healthcare providers are included in your patient's treatment, according to Dr. Sheri Doniger.
FTC endorses CODA standards for dental therapists
December 6, 2013 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is endorsing the proposed accreditation standards for dental therapists by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), saying the therapists could improve access to, and enhance competition for, dental care. But the agency also recommended removing "unnecessary language" about their supervision and practice scope, which could "undermine" improved access.
Pediatric dentistry: Parental guidance suggested
December 5, 2013 -- NEW YORK - Dr. Fred Ferguson hosted a session on Tuesday at the Greater New York Dental Meeting where he outlined the negative impact that reactive dentistry, spurred by an ineffective U.S. healthcare system, has on pediatric dental patients. Then he offered solutions.
The heart of caring
As Tolstoy once wrote, human beings have unlimited powers of rationalization. Have we as dental professionals rationalized our practices, our profession, and even our lives into something we never imagined we would? Maybe it's time to return to a more caring approach.
Digital dentistry is here and now. The use of digital systems to fabricate single-unit crowns and fixed bridgework is increasing. More»»
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