IADR 2017: Which CAD/CAM restorative materials are the toughest? March 22, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - When creating restorations using a CAD/CAM process, practitioners want to use the strongest, most fracture-resistant material available. Researchers tested a mix of five contemporary CAD/CAM materials to find out which resisted fractures the best and presented their findings on Wednesday at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Is there a silver lining for Medicaid dentistry under Trump? March 22, 2017 -- With efforts underway to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act alongside proposed changes to Medicaid funding, many in the dental industry are in a state of flux. As Andrew Oreffice, a senior vice president at Benevis Practice Services writes, dental leaders are bracing for potentially sweeping changes to the Medicaid program, but maybe there is hope for positive change.
Study examines CBCT systems for root canal treatment planning March 21, 2017 -- The first step in planning for root canal treatment is being able to clearly see the anatomy of the canal. A cone-beam CT (CBCT) system has many advantages, such as cost and field-of-view, over other imaging devices, but can it be used to help develop a treatment plan for patients who need endodontic treatment? Researchers sought to answer this question.
10 tips for communicating with your customers March 21, 2017 -- All practices want their patients to come back and also tell all of their friends about the practice, writes Lisa Knowles, DDS. But the kind of customer service that brings your patients back doesn't just happen. In her latest column, she offers 10 tips to help improve your practice's relationships with your patients.
Missing teeth may be a risk factor for dementia March 20, 2017 -- Missing teeth may be a risk factor for developing dementia, the researchers of a new study have found. The more teeth older adults were missing, the more likely they were to develop dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, in the next few years, according to their findings.
Do's and don'ts for the office manager: Be inclusive March 20, 2017 -- As the office manager, you need to build a cohesive team. You can't let petty rivalries and grievances split staff members into factions. You have to set the example by not playing favorites and going out of your way to include everyone in practice activities, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
How to boost the oral health of Latino kids March 17, 2017 -- Why is the caries rate higher for Latino children compared with other kids in the U.S., and what strategies can help lower caries prevalence? Researchers partnered with a community organization to conduct focus groups with Latino parents, and they reached some intriguing conclusions about how to better meet the dental needs of these children.
Are power toothbrushes harming your patients' teeth? March 16, 2017 -- Power toothbrushes and whitening toothpastes are popular, but could they be too abrasive? A new study found that simulated long-term use of a power toothbrush combined with an abrasive whitening toothpaste produced significantly more dentin loss than with a manual toothbrush.
SDF with potassium reduces staining, caries recurrence March 16, 2017 -- You just placed a restoration and have a choice -- do you use silver diamine fluoride (SDF), reducing the risk of secondary caries but also staining the tooth, or do you leave it as is? New research suggests SDF with potassium iodide might be a compromise between the two options.
Searching for the cause of a patient's bad breath March 15, 2017 -- A patient scheduled a consultation with Dr. Alvin Danenberg the other day about her chronic bad breath. She had gone to her medical doctor years ago to figure out what was going on, only to be rebuked. The steps Dr. Danenberg took to help this patient are a reminder that there is always a cause, even if getting to that cause is tricky.