Treating perio disease reduces costs of other medical conditions
July 18, 2014 -- Patients treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
CPP-ACP + fluoride no better than fluoride alone
July 18, 2014 -- The use of casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) to remineralize caries lesions has been examined extensively, but does it have an effect as a supplement to fluoride? Researchers of a new systematic review find the answer is no.
Studies highlight dentists' role in HIV testing
July 17, 2014 -- If a patient is willing to get a test for HIV at your office, are you willing to give it? A study presented this week at the HIV Testing Symposium in Australia found that more than 80% of patients would be willing to receive rapid HIV testing in dental settings.
The Virtual Dental Home: Complicating a good idea
July 16, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Jay W. Friedman describes the benefits, and the complications, of the innovative Virtual Dental Home program that uses dental hygienists and remote supervising diagnostic dentists.
Counterpoint response: The Virtual Dental Home
July 16, 2014 -- In this response to Dr. Jay W. Friedman's Second Opinion, Dr. Paul Glassman provides additional insight into the Virtual Dental Home model and the need to try different approaches to serving the large underserved population in the U.S.
Saliva function data drive new oral health products
July 15, 2014 -- Now that the importance of the oral cavity's pH is better understood, different oral health products reflecting its role in keeping teeth healthy are arriving on the market. Products include BasicBites, a sugar-free calcium chew that helps establish neutral pH, and a line of consumer and professional products from Colgate.
Blind Spots: When a patient refuses nonelective treatment
July 15, 2014 -- In her latest Blind Spots column, practice management consultant Jan Keller asks how your practice reacts when a patient refuses treatment, particularly nonelective, mandatory treatment? Do you have a plan in place or do you let the patient walk out the door?
Sheri's Solutions: Sorry, we don't take your 'insurance'
July 14, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger asks how you handle the oft-asked question of "Do you take my insurance?" While seemingly a straightforward question, the answer involves preparation and important practice management decisions.
Investigational drug may benefit head/neck cancer patients
July 14, 2014 -- The investigational drug dacomitinib may benefit patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, according to the results of phase II clinical trial by researchers in South Korea.