Is a preference for sweets driven by genetics?
May 15, 2017 -- Our genetic code may determine whether or not we have a sweet tooth, a new study has found. Researchers noted an association between people who consumed high levels of sweets and one variation of a hormone.
Do's and don'ts for the scheduling coordinator: Reactivate inactive patients
May 15, 2017 -- Many patients slip through the proverbial cracks. They cancel. They postpone. They fail to show. And then they don't reschedule. The practice gets busy and forgets about these patients, and, suddenly, they have become inactive. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his tips for reactivating these patients.
Perio treatment aids heart health in people with diabetes
May 12, 2017 -- Does periodontal treatment improve the overall health of people with diabetes? A new study examined the effects of periodontal interventions on cardiovascular disease in patients with periodontitis and type 2 diabetes, and found that some therapeutic treatments may reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications.
6 ways the AHCA may affect your dental practice
May 11, 2017 -- On May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), designed to reshape healthcare in the U.S. Some of the bill's provisions may directly affect your practice and your patients.
Is good customer service hurting your practice?
May 11, 2017 -- Most practices have good customer service, but good is no longer good enough, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes. In the first of a new series focusing on this important aspect of patient growth, he writes that you need to provide great customer service to stand out in today's crowded dental field.
What's the best dental insurance?
May 10, 2017 -- What's the best dental insurance? I get asked this question by my patients, and I'm sure you do also. As Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes, it's not the dental rider on your employer's health plan. It's not the government-assisted program better known as a freebie. It's not some self-pay contraption. It's none of those obvious things. Read on to find out what it is.
6 reasons why you should offer incentives to your team
May 10, 2017 -- Incentives are powerful, according to Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. He offers incentives to his team at the Scheduling Institute and advises his clients to do the same. When administered appropriately, incentives motivate people to expand their current capacity and do more for their jobs, he writes.
How do you manage medically complex patients?
May 9, 2017 -- Oral health practitioners are seeing a wider range of medically complex patients, so when planning treatments they need to consider the patients' overall health and not just that of their teeth and mouth, according to a presentation on May 5 at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2017 meeting.
Improving oral quality of life for nursing home residents
May 9, 2017 -- What is the level of oral health-related quality of life among elderly nursing home residents, and how does it relate to prosthetic needs? A new study found that oral quality-of-life levels were low and the need for denture-related treatment high, with certain factors placing residents at greater risk.
Survey: Patients seek opioid alternatives for postextraction pain
May 8, 2017 -- After third-molar extractions, patients and their parents overwhelmingly prefer nonopioid pain management, according to a study presented at the 2017 American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons annual meeting.
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