DSO customer service lags behind insurance, retail industries
June 16, 2017 -- Patients appear dissatisfied with the dental service/support organization (DSO) experience, according to the results from a new survey. Those who received services from DSOs ranked their customer experience far below that of other industries, including insurance and retail.
7 ways to talk with your patients about flossing
June 15, 2017 -- Do your patients continue to ask if they have to floss? U.S. researchers looked at the evidence for and against flossing, and they offered seven strategies for talking about it with your patients in hopes of improving their oral health.
Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients
June 15, 2017 -- While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community.
Which instruments are best for reducing postendo pain?
June 14, 2017 -- Do rotary or reciprocating instruments produce less pain for patients after endodontic treatment? The results of previous research have not produced a clear winner. Therefore, the authors of a new study performed a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials to provide a definitive answer.
EPA regulation on amalgam waste to be reinstated
June 13, 2017 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will lift its hold on finalized standards to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals in wastewater from dental practices into municipal sewage treatment plants on June 14, 2017. The rule will go into effect on July 14, 2017, with a compliance date for dental offices of July 14, 2020.
Study: Laser therapy reduces dentin hypersensitivity
June 13, 2017 -- With dentin hypersensitivity being one of the most common complaints of patients, general dentists and periodontists are eager to find ways to ease patient discomfort. Recent research suggests that laser therapy is a promising option.
Legal Cases: Claimed nerve injury and trismus after mandibular block
June 12, 2017 -- A patient returns to your office just days after you performed a mandibular block. You refer the patient to an oral surgeon, then don't hear from the patient again. Until three months later and you are being served. In their latest Legal Cases series, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document how they handled this case for their client and what you can do to try to prevent it from happening.
Do's and don'ts for team building: Midyear performance review
June 12, 2017 -- Set aside some time to speak individually with team members about their performance for the first six months of the year. Checking in with your employees gives them a heads-up about what's going well and what areas need improving, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
5 misconceptions about oral and oropharyngeal cancer
June 9, 2017 -- Screening of every dental patient older than 18 for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is a must, writes Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. Taking the time to screen each patient can make an impact on oral cancer survival rates. However, dentists and oral healthcare professionals have a few common misconceptions about these cancers.
Spring 2017 new-product roundup from
June 9, 2017 -- During spring 2017, new products ranging from a topical anesthetic gel to dentures and scalers were introduced. Here is our roundup of new products from Vita North America, Komet USA, Premier Dental Products, and other companies.
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