Mouthguards offer prevention for fall and winter sports
November 7, 2014 -- As Dr. Leslie Townsend writes, adults who grew up playing hockey sometimes joke about the teeth they left behind at the rink. But think how much better their lives would have been with one small preventive measure: a mouthguard. She advocates educating parents and patients about the importance of mouthguards.
Vertical root fractures pose imaging dilemma
November 6, 2014 -- When faced with the question if a vertical root fracture is complete or incomplete, practitioners have to decide which imaging modality is best to use. A new study from the Journal of Endodontics finds that the question of digital radiography versus cone-beam CT isn't so easily answered.
Study: Saliva test could diagnose early oral cancer
November 6, 2014 -- A simple saliva test could diagnose early stages of oral cancer or pancreatic cancer, according to a new study in Clinical Chemistry. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles say the test could reveal early-stage oral cancer, diabetes, and perhaps neurological disorders.
Calif. malpractice insurance ballot measure fails
November 5, 2014 -- A ballot measure that would have quadrupled the cap on noneconomic damages for medical and dental malpractice to $1.1 million was soundly defeated by California voters yesterday by a final margin of 32.9% for the ballot measure and 67.1% against, according to the California Secretary of State's website.
How profitable are your associate dentists? Part 5 -- 5 tips
November 5, 2014 -- In the conclusion to this series, Jill Nesbitt and Thomas Climo encourage dental group practice owners to more critically evaluate the profitability of their group and of the individual dentists in their practice.
Dental trauma requires team approach to treatment
November 5, 2014 -- Four endodontists weigh in on best practices in treating a patient with an injured tooth. They recommend a team effort with general dentists and staff on the front line and endodontists joining in to preserve the tooth's pulp, pulpal space, and root.
Dental Sedation Death and Injuries: Part 2 -- Solutions
November 4, 2014 -- In the first part of this series, Dr. Michael W. Davis discussed the need for more awareness of and attention to dental sedation. In the conclusion, he offers some solutions to the most pressing issues and advocates for necessary change.
ADA report: Financial issues are main reason for delayed dental care
November 4, 2014 -- Financial factors are the biggest reason people delay getting needed dental care, according to a new ADA Health Policy Institute report. Access to dental care will be more difficult as millions of children and adults gain dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Dos and don'ts for relationship building
November 3, 2014 -- For dental practices, touch points with patients have always come easily. There are numerous opportunities for building durable practice-patient relationships. These can serve as a natural defense against patient migration if dentists learn to open up personally to patients in the course of providing professional care, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Early dental consult plays important role in treating orofacial pain
November 3, 2014 -- A team of Japanese researchers who looked at more than 200 patients with orofacial pain has found that early consultation with a dentist is useful in arriving at a differential diagnosis and preventing this pain from becoming a chronic problem.
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