In response to the Pew report on dental therapists
February 20, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion column, Thomas Ward, DMD, MPH, acknowledges the great work the Pew Charitable Trusts does, but on reading its report on dental therapists, he finds some crucial details missing.
A case of counterfeit dental materials
February 20, 2014 -- The federal case against a person convicted of counterfeiting dental materials highlights the need for dental practitioners to be aware that the materials you purchase might not be all that meets the eye.
Mild fluorosis? Pair microabrasion with bleaching
February 19, 2014 -- What is the best way to treat mild to moderate fluorosis? Brazilian researchers compared the results of two conservative treatments: microabrasion and microabrasion paired with at-home bleaching. Patients in the latter group were significantly happier with the results.
How to engage your long-term patients into healthy mouths
February 19, 2014 -- In her new column, Carrie Ibbetson, RDH, explores the practitioner-patient relationship, with a focus on preventive health. As she notes, relationships with patients develop and evolve, but how do you tell your favorite patients what is actually going on in their mouth?
Pew report: Dental therapists increase profits, patients
February 18, 2014 -- Dental therapists increased profits, patient visits, and the number of new patients at two practices, one in the U.S. and one in Canada, according to a new Pew report. The dentists who hired them praised their abilities, noting that the therapists allow them to do more complex procedures.
Dr. Frank Hardy: The sharpshooting dentist
February 18, 2014 -- In the fall of 1937, a sharpshooting Michigan dentist found himself involved in stopping a bank robbery. A World War I veteran who practiced dentistry for more than 30 years, Dr. Frank Hardy's calmness and aim helped bring "stone-hearted killers" to justice.
Dos and don'ts for practice management: Making associateships work
February 17, 2014 -- Associateships are a major part of dentistry. Each year thousands of practices add associates for a myriad of reasons. Some dentists think this is an automatic step in creating a successful practice, while others are extremely reluctant to bring an associate into the practice.
Review: Portable radiography has promising future
February 14, 2014 -- Portable dental x-ray units have the potential to bring care to those who previously could not access it. But will the images taken by these devices in rural or developing areas be as clear as those produced by conventional x-ray systems? A systematic review has compared the data.