Can consumer products improve patient hygiene and revenue?
April 11, 2014 -- In a competitive and challenging marketplace, new ways of working with your patients to increase their compliance, improve their oral health, and help your practice thrive are needed. One solution is to bring consumer products into a practice. DrBicuspid.com talks with two established dentists who share their experiences of offering products in their practices.
Study: Periodontal disease linked with cardiovascular risk
April 11, 2014 -- Should dental health now be considered a marker of coronary heart disease? Periodontal disease was associated with cardiovascular risk in a large multicenter study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Insurance marketplaces: Comparing pediatric dental plans, costs
April 10, 2014 -- Health insurance marketplaces offer a variety of dental benefits, but figuring out which ones are best for pediatric coverage is complicated, according to a new ADA research brief. In part two of DrBicuspid.com's coverage of the study, we look at provider networks and deductibles, and compare costs for standalone dental plans and medical plans with embedded dental benefits.
Photos are not a replacement for a custom shade
April 10, 2014 -- One technological advancement that has brought the clinician and technologist closer together is digital photography. However, even with all the advantages of this technology, variables still remain. Certified dental technician Mike Dominguez looks at how to maximize the quality of your digital images to obtain the best custom shade.
Will Fla. bill help kids' dental or serve middlemen?
April 9, 2014 -- The Florida House of Representatives has passed what could be yet another change to its pediatric dental Medicaid program. If passed, the bill would carve dental benefits out from the rest of Medicaid. But would it help patients or the companies that pay providers?
Praise for prosecutors: Ind. attorney general sets high standard
April 9, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Michael W. Davis analyzes the impact of the recent charges filed by the Indiana attorney general against principles and employees of a dental practice. Dr. Davis hopes this criminal case sets a template for future investigations and prosecutions of dental Medicaid fraud nationally.
Sheri's Solutions: The $59 initial event
April 8, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger spells out her practice's strategy for patients seeking the best deal versus the best dentistry. For her, it starts with communicating with patients and showing them that their time is just as important to us as our time is to them.
Insurance marketplaces offer many options, limited information
April 7, 2014 -- The ADA has released a new research brief on the dental benefit options in the new health insurance marketplaces. In this first part of DrBicuspid.com's coverage of the study, we look at federally facilitated and state-based marketplaces, standalone and embedded dental plans, and services covered.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Don't neglect cosmetic services
April 7, 2014 -- Some dentists have been tempted to de-emphasize cosmetic dentistry in the belief that few people want it in a difficult economy. The truth is that many people place a high priority on an attractive smile and will pursue cosmetic dentistry if the practice promotes it, according to Dr. Roger Levin.
Top 5 stories of the 1st quarter of 2014
April 7, 2014 -- DrBicuspid.com looks back at the most-read stories from the first quarter of the year, as measured by page views. Reflecting the diversity of interests of our readers, the stories include a dental chain excluded from Medicare and Medicaid participation, a device that helps grow new bone tissue, a dentist who placed his own implant and posted a YouTube video of it, and more.