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Buffered lidocaine appears to have clinical benefits
October 16, 2017 -- A lower dose of buffered lidocaine may be more effective than a higher but nonbuffered dose of the local anesthetic, according to new research presented at the 2017 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons meeting in San Francisco.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for reducing cancellations: Schedule based on patient needs
October 16, 2017 -- Preappointing works for many patients, but not for everyone. Segment your patients based on their behavior. If a portion of your patients consistently cancel after they've been preappointed, contact them a month before their next hygiene appointment and then follow up with one-week and 48-hour reminders, Dr. Roger P. Levin recommends in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Dental Excellence Awards voting begins
October 13, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Dental Excellence Awards. Now it's up to you to determine the winners in our 10 categories, ranging from Best New CAD/CAM Product to Best New/Updated Software/Service.  Discuss
Antibiotic prescription by dentists linked to serious infection
October 12, 2017 -- Antibiotics prescribed by dentists may be adding to the growing problem of Clostridium difficile infection, which can cause severe diarrhea and death. Researchers have found that many of these prescriptions are unnecessary or not recorded in medical charts, and they recommend improved awareness of prescribing guidelines and communication about prescriptions.  Discuss
Finding the real causes of our patient's problems
October 11, 2017 -- If your patient told you he or she had heartburn and took an antacid to treat it, that would be easy, wouldn't it? Most of the time, the heartburn might go away in an hour. Problem solved. But as periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes, while sometimes it is easy to make an immediate problem better, determining the real cause can be more difficult.  Discuss
6 ways to get your practice into a New York state of mind
October 11, 2017 -- If you could pick one word to describe New York City residents, what would you choose? Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier chooses the word "intentional," as in they move quickly and efficiently. He offers six tips to bring this energy and efficiency to your practice.  Discuss
Carious tissue removal strategies get an update
October 10, 2017 -- The best strategies for carious tissue removal have changed, but are you up-to-date on the latest clinical recommendations? Dentists should focus on improved treatment outcomes tailored to the tooth type and lesion depth, according to the author of a new review article.  Discuss
Does your patient financial engagement strategy need help?
October 9, 2017 -- As a practice owner, you probably look at your accounts receivable report every month and wonder what you can do to improve that number. Cynthia Klacking of Corral Solutions shares steps you can take to improve your financial engagement strategy with patients and make it easier for them to pay you.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for community marketing: Know your neighborhood
October 9, 2017 -- Your dental practice is an integral part of the community. What are you doing to get more involved? By actively participating in your community, you strengthen your patients' relationship to your practice and make new connections with potential patients, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Infographic: U.S. dental spending nears $120B
October 6, 2017 -- The amount the U.S. spends on dental healthcare continues to rise, according to new data from the California Health Care Foundation. Americans spent about $118 billion on dental services in 2015, up from $113 billion the previous year.  Discuss
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