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Is film still the dental radiography gold standard?
September 17, 2014 -- Digital radiography may be chipping away at the market share of film, but the latter still has its advantages. Saudi researchers compared conventional film with direct and semidirect digital radiography systems to find out which one produced the best images. They found a clear winner.
Buyer-driven transaction costs with no broker fees to sellers
September 17, 2014 -- In his latest column, consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, discusses the idea recently presented to him of a 2% success fee for the sale of a dental practice, resulting in no broker fees for the seller. He writes that this 2% finder's fee is substantially below the commission rates being charged by brokers at present.
CDC: Millions of kids not getting preventive dental care
September 16, 2014 -- Millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting preventive dental services, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although preventive dental care is effective, the percentage of children using dental care is low.
ASTRO: Radiation therapy alone effective for advanced esophageal cancer
September 16, 2014 -- Radiation therapy alone is as effective as radiation therapy with chemotherapy in decreasing swallowing complications experienced by advanced esophageal cancer patients, thus allowing patients to forgo chemotherapy, according to research presented at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting.
Infection-control expert details practical steps to help your practice
September 15, 2014 -- In an exclusive video interview with DrBicuspid.com, infection-control expert Eve Cuny spoke of the current and long-term issues facing dental practices when it comes to infection control. She notes that many dental offices want to make infection control more of a priority, but they struggle to find reliable information and are concerned about the time and cost involved.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Bring inactive patients back
September 15, 2014 -- A certain percentage of inactive patients will never return to the practice, but many others will if you approach them correctly. Rather than leaving it up to patients to reconnect, take a proactive approach, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Kaiser survey shows increase in dental coverage
September 12, 2014 -- According to the 2014 Employer Health Benefits survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust, more than 50% of "small firms" now offer dental benefits, compared with only 30% of similar firms in 2000. Among firms with 200 or more employees, 88% offer dental benefits.
CDA Presents: Pain control and its complexities
September 11, 2014 -- During last week's California Dental Association's CDA Presents conference, Dr. Steven Ganzberg explained the complexities of pain management and how much of what we know about pain has been learned in the last 50 years.
5 key metrics of practice health
September 11, 2014 -- Dr. Marc Schlenoff proposes a method of breaking broad practice metrics into smaller, more proactive measurements that will enable more immediate feedback. This will enable the dentist to make smaller but meaningful changes that will, in turn, positively impact the more global goals.
Stop starting to reduce stress
September 10, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler urges you to think about your "I'm gonna start ..." statements, which can create disappointment, guilt, and even stress. Her advice is to focus on small steps and specifics. Go slow to go fast, she writes.
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