Can changing your morning routine change your practice? September 29, 2015 -- Changing your morning routine has nothing to do with where you get coffee. As Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier writes, it has to do with taking care of business before you get to the office, so you can be fully present and engaged with your patients and staff.
ADA brief: More children in Medicaid seeing a dentist September 29, 2015 -- The gap in dental care utilization in the U.S. narrowed between children enrolled in Medicaid and those with private dental benefits from 2005 to 2013, but a large gap remains between adults in those categories, according to a new research brief by the ADA Health Policy Institute.
Considering a merger? Here's what you need to know September 28, 2015 -- Practice mergers often make sense. Merging with an established practice offers plenty of benefits, from reducing competition to expanding your patient base to gaining more referral sources -- all which can lead to growth and increased profits. But as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, a merger isn't a business transaction you should jump into lightly.
Dos and don'ts for practice valuation September 28, 2015 -- Major decisions you make at any stage of your dental career will probably influence your success at the final stage -- when it's time to sell your practice and retire. You wouldn't want to subordinate short-term goals to this long-range view, but get in the habit of mentally projecting how various factors will play out over time, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Can caries onset be predicted in pediatric patients? September 25, 2015 -- What if there were a way to predict caries onset in seemingly healthy teeth in your pediatric patients before the caries developed? A new study in Cell Host & Microbe from researchers in China and San Diego might show a way to do just that.
Let's talk about sugar September 24, 2015 -- Several researchers suggest that we stop talking about fluoride and instead talk about sugar. The authors of two papers criticize the thought that caries is a multifactorial condition and instead call on countries to start implementing sugar-related policies.
Can a laser detect oral cancer? September 24, 2015 -- Lasers may soon be used to detect oral cancer, replacing invasive biopsies, according to a University of California researcher who has developed a low-cost, simple device using optical coherence tomography to analyze oral lesions.
HPV vaccine could eliminate recurrent oral papillomas September 23, 2015 -- The HPV vaccine could eliminate recurrent oral squamous cell papillomas, according to a new case report in JAMA Dermatology. An immunocompetent patient with chronic oral warts was cleared of all lesions three months after receiving the quadrivalent HPV vaccine.
Cerec 30: Highlights from Las Vegas September 23, 2015 -- About 6,000 dental professionals attended Sirona Dental’s Cerec 30th anniversary event (Cerec 30) in Las Vegas. The event included presentations from company executives, clinical lectures, and celebrities, as well as new product launches.
Salivary Test for Oral Cancer Now Available September 23, 2015 -- Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the sixth leading cancer worldwide and the fourth in African-American men. The mortality of this disease has not significantly improved in decades and this is largely due to late diagnosis. A new salivary test can help improve these statistics.