Study: Squid sucker teeth could aid reconstructive surgery
July 10, 2014 -- Proteins in squid sucker teeth may form the basis for a new generation of strong but malleable materials that could be used for reconstructive surgery, eco-friendly packaging, and other applications, according to a new study in ACS Nano.
Sharpen filter best for detecting vertical root fractures
July 9, 2014 -- Finding vertical root fractures can be tricky. With four filters and the original setting to choose from, clinicians have a range of options for radiographically detecting them with the Digora Optime digital radiography system. Now researchers have pinpointed which filter works best for diagnosing these fractures.
The AA of stress management
July 9, 2014 -- In her debut column for DrBicuspid.com, dental stress management expert Jen Butler describes two coping strategies for when stress begins to accumulate -- avert and avoid (AA). But she reminds us that avoiding stress isn't the goal, managing and navigating it is.
Pew report: MLPs expand dental care to the poor
July 8, 2014 -- Innovative models using dental therapists provide cost-effective dental care to some of the millions of Americans who now lack it and need it the most, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The report examines three nonprofit settings where midlevel providers (MLPs) work as part of larger dental teams.
Study suggests dental pulp stem cells may aid vision restoration
July 8, 2014 -- What if stem cells from extracted teeth could be used to save someone's vision after a terrible injury that caused them to lose their sight? That provocative premise fueled research from the U.K. that is a promising first step in the use of dental pulp stem cells.
Can you be a gender bender?
July 7, 2014 -- As Dr. Lisa Knowles relates in her latest column, overgeneralizations in your practice and your language can set your business back. It's not just equipment that can become outdated, she writes, but also how you relate to patients.
Dos and don'ts for office efficiency: Turn frustration into innovation
July 7, 2014 -- Even if your practice has perfect management systems today, they might be less than perfect tomorrow. Conditions change, and systems should change accordingly. Dr. Roger P. Levin advises practices to evaluate their systems every three years. But if problems arise before the scheduled review, don't put up with the frustration and inefficiency. Instead, address the problem without delay and innovate a solution.
Infection-control issues offer communication opportunity
July 3, 2014 -- With stories of infection-control lapses unfortunately in the news recently, all dental practices are under increased scrutiny. DrBicuspid.com spoke with Support Clean Dentistry advisory board member Dr. Sheri Doniger, who emphasized the importance of proper sterilization and infection control, and the opportunity this presents to open communication with patients.
Cat's claw shows 'promise' as denture stomatitis treatment
July 3, 2014 -- Denture stomatitis affects more than half of the elderly who use a denture prosthesis and can result in serious issues. Now a new study has explored the ability of a plant used in traditional Peruvian medicine known as cat's claw to treat the condition with promising results.
Oral piercing group to dentists: Work with us!
July 2, 2014 -- Oral piercings may make parents shudder and dentists cringe, but they are here to stay. Consequently, it's in the best interest of everyone involved to ensure that it's done safely, and the Association of Professional Piercers wants to work with oral health professionals to make that happen.