AAP: Breast cancer patients benefit less from periodontal treatment
September 22, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - In a poster presentation at the American Academy of Periodontology's (AAP) 100th Annual Meeting, researchers from Brazil concluded that while periodontal treatment reduces the inflammatory markers of gingivitis and periodontitis, as well as the histological markers of disease, in all patients, women who are receiving treatment for breast cancer see less benefit from the treatment than "healthy" patients.
Study: Dietary sugars should be drastically reduced
September 22, 2014 -- Free sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of caries, according to a new study by British researchers in BMC Public Health. A new radical policy of progressively reducing sugar intake is needed, they noted.
Dos and don'ts for team building: Spend a day out of the office
September 22, 2014 -- Your team spends so many hours at your practice, just getting away to another venue can do wonders for team morale. Plan an all-day team retreat that features pleasant surroundings, good food, and fun that everyone can enjoy, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Crest to remove microbeads from toothpaste
September 19, 2014 -- Proctor & Gamble will remove polyethylene microbeads from its Crest toothpaste line after a dental hygienist spoke out about finding the blue plastic bits in patients' gums. The microbeads can trap bacteria in the gums and lead to gingivitis, according to some dental professionals, but the ADA said clinical studies show the microbeads don't pose a health risk.
OSAP expands January infection-control boot camp
September 18, 2014 -- For any dentist or dental office concerned about infection control, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Core Infection Control Boot Camp offers more than just 24 hours of continuing education credits. In an interview with, OSAP Executive Director Therese Long details how this conference has evolved to better serve dentists, hygienists, and other practitioners.
Levin Q&A: Dealing with the new dental economy
September 18, 2014 -- In the latest edition of his Q&A series, Dr. Roger P. Levin addresses a topic of interest within the practice and management of dentistry. In this month's column, he discusses the new dental economy, how to thrive in it, and how it impacts the length of your career.
Is film still the dental radiography gold standard?
September 17, 2014 -- Digital radiography may be chipping away at the market share of film, but the latter still has its advantages. Saudi researchers compared conventional film with direct and semidirect digital radiography systems to find out which one produced the best images. They found a clear winner.
Buyer-driven transaction costs with no broker fees to sellers
September 17, 2014 -- In his latest column, consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, discusses the idea recently presented to him of a 2% success fee for the sale of a dental practice, resulting in no broker fees for the seller. He writes that this 2% finder's fee is substantially below the commission rates being charged by brokers at present.
CDC: Millions of kids not getting preventive dental care
September 16, 2014 -- Millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting preventive dental services, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although preventive dental care is effective, the percentage of children using dental care is low.
ASTRO: Radiation therapy alone effective for advanced esophageal cancer
September 16, 2014 -- Radiation therapy alone is as effective as radiation therapy with chemotherapy in decreasing swallowing complications experienced by advanced esophageal cancer patients, thus allowing patients to forgo chemotherapy, according to research presented at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting.
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