Oral health network opens new research opportunities
May 15, 2013 -- The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research -- the first of its kind in Canada -- is designed to encourage new, collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams to look at questions about oral health in new ways, and encourage students to consider research as a career.
Leaders in Dentistry: Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH
May 14, 2013 -- In her role as 2012-2013 president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH, has spent the last year traveling around the U.S. talking to hygienists and other dental and nondental groups about oral health and the challenges the U.S. faces in closing the access-to-care gap.
Study: Hygienists could conduct rapid HIV testing
May 14, 2013 -- Dental hygienists who receive additional training in HIV prevention counseling and diagnostic testing may be appropriate professionals to conduct rapid HIV testing, according to a study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Study: 10%-20% benzocaine effective for acute toothaches
May 13, 2013 -- Benzocaine has been commonly used for pain relief for more than a century, but data about its effectiveness for relieving toothache pain have long been lacking. A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association that examined the effectiveness of 10% and 20% benzocaine for treating toothaches yielded some interesting results.
Sheri's Solutions: How to find and hire new employees
May 10, 2013 -- Gone are the days of newspaper want ads. Today Craigslist is the most common platform for advertising for new employees. How do you ensure you attract team members who will best fit your needs? Dr. Sheri Doniger shares her thoughts.
Anticariogenic agents of the future may come from nature
May 9, 2013 -- Anticariogenic agents complement mechanical oral cleanings by targeting and interfering with specific mechanisms of biofilm formation. Five such agents -- all of which occur in nature -- are Albizia myriophylla wood, osteopontin, epigallocatechin gallate, ginkgogenolic acid, and shiitake mushroom extract.
Kaiser to eliminate periodontal hygienist program
May 8, 2013 -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest plans to cut periodontal hygienists from its dental care program in Oregon and Washington -- the only program of its kind that Kaiser offers anywhere in the U.S. In 2012, the 19 specialists provided care to more than 20,000 patients with serious periodontal disease.
How DPMs are sold in corporate vs. noncorporate states
May 8, 2013 -- A distinction exists between corporate and noncorporate states when it comes to the practice of dentistry in the U.S.: Corporate states allow the ownership of dental practices by outside entities or groups such as dental practice management (DPM) firms, while in noncorporate states only dentists can own dental practices in those states.
ITC judge: ClearCorrect infringes Align patents
May 7, 2013 -- Following a ruling Monday by an International Trade Commission (ITC) judge, Align Technology appears to have moved a step closer to excluding ClearCorrect from the U.S. clear aligner market. But ClearCorrect contends it will continue to support its customers regardless of the final ITC ruling.
Restoratives Market Update: Metals vs. composites
May 7, 2013 -- In this new series, DrBicuspid.com is examining trends and changes in the restoratives market. For the first installment, we turned to materials expert Dr. Michael DiTolla to get his thoughts on the growing adoption of some materials and the precipitous drop-off in use of others.
The heart of caring
As Tolstoy once wrote, human beings have unlimited powers of rationalization. Have we as dental professionals rationalized our practices, our profession, and even our lives into something we never imagined we would? Maybe it's time to return to a more caring approach.
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