Legal Cases: TMJ dysfunction following crown and bridge work
August 16, 2016 -- A 63-year-old man with many fillings, previous endodontic treatment, and three-unit bridges presented to his dentist with headaches, tight jaw muscles, and teeth grinding. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document, sometimes practicing to the dentist's ability is the best course of action for all involved.
Dos and don'ts for team building: Get serious about job descriptions
August 15, 2016 -- Don't think of job descriptions merely as documentation to store in an actual or virtual binder. Job descriptions can serve as powerful and versatile team management and training tools, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
ICD codes are coming: Here's what you need to know
August 15, 2016 -- It's only a matter of time before you'll need to use ICD-10 diagnostic codes in your dental practice. In part one of a two-part series, coding experts Dr. Charles Blair and Glenda Hood explain why diagnostic codes are relevant for dentistry.
ADA VP sees benefit of flossing controversy
August 12, 2016 -- Both consumers and dental professionals were left scratching their heads last week after the publication of an article by Associated Press that questioned the evidence behind flossing. But the vice president of the ADA's Scientific Institute is excited about the possibility that dentists can have a meaningful conversation with their patients about oral healthcare.
3 massive mistakes that keep dentists stressed
August 11, 2016 -- If you could isolate three behaviors that keep dentists stressed, what would you name? Difficult patients? Revenue issues? Staffing concerns? All those are legitimate, but when you dig down, as stress management expert Jen Butler has, you find much of your stress comes from three mistakes. Learn what they are and how to not make them anymore.
Flossing: The holy grail of dentistry?
August 11, 2016 -- Following the recent heated controversy over the scientific merits of flossing, queried its informed readers to get their input about the issue. "Plaque control is considered the holy grail in dentistry," noted a dental instructor, while a dentist said flossing could become a blame game between dentists and patients.
Can an anti-inflammatory diet improve periodontal health?
August 10, 2016 -- Switching to a diet focused on reducing inflammation may help those with periodontal disease, according to a small pilot study. Participants who reduced carbohydrates intake and increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids showed a significant improvement in periodontal health.
Sheri's Solutions: 'So, I don't have to floss?'
August 10, 2016 -- Last week dentistry was given a gift, as Dr. Sheri Doniger writes. The news about a lack of evidence behind the practice of flossing spurred discussion about oral healthcare far beyond the dental office. Rather than treating it as bad news about dentistry, Dr. Doniger looks at it as an opportunity to talk about dentistry and proper hygiene techniques.
JAMA editorial: San Francisco sugary drink decision a victory
August 9, 2016 -- San Francisco is the first U.S. city to require health warnings on ads for sodas and sugary drinks. The pioneering law is a victory over the beverage industry's efforts to manipulate science, according to the authors of an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Top 5 things we say to turn off patients
August 9, 2016 -- Sometimes dentists are so focused on giving their patients top-quality care, they forget that the patient doesn't speak their language. Dr. Brad Guyton and Valerie Kendrick came up with a list of the top five things dentists say that inadvertently turn patients away. They offer useful alternatives to help your patients accept needed treatment.
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