Long-term care staff lack oral healthcare training
August 1, 2017 -- Adding to the literature on oral healthcare in long-term care facilities, researchers have found that training on the subject was lacking among care staff at six such facilities in New England, according to a presentation at the recent International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress.  Discuss
FDA proposes lowering tobacco nicotine levels
July 31, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on July 28 plans to regulate nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products to make cigarettes less dangerous and encourage the development of newer tobacco products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes. The goal is to lower the amount of nicotine to nonaddictive levels, reducing the risk of addiction and making it easier for current users to quit smoking.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for cross-training: Protect your practice
July 31, 2017 -- Most practices are small businesses, with 10 or fewer employees. When a staff member is absent, it can wreak havoc on practice operations. Cross-training employees on additional duties is an excellent way to ensure the practice continues to perform at a high level even when staff members are out of the office, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Oral health policy for older adults is a mess
July 28, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Oral health policy for adults in long-term care facilities is a mess, according to a presentation by Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. Mertz discussed the depth of the policy problem and how four states are trying to solve it.  Discuss
How effective is the recall program in your practice?
July 27, 2017 -- Patient recall is considered one of the lifeblood statistics for every dental practice, but do you know how your practice stacks up against the national average? In her latest data-based column, Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software details national patient recall averages from specific dental codes.  Discuss
What effect does Alzheimer's disease have on oral health?
July 27, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Does Alzheimer's disease have an effect on a patient's oral health? New research suggests that the severity of dementia may well be related to the extent of a patient's oral health issues, according to a presentation at this week's International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. Researchers also presented five key findings of their study to help aid you in treating these patients.  Discuss
State of infection control with OSAP's executive director
July 26, 2017 -- From Zika outbreaks to a contaminated water line, infectious diseases have made the headlines throughout 2017. To make sense of it all, Christina Thomas, the new executive director of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), shares her thoughts on current infection-control trends and what dentists need to know.  Discuss
A different kind of private practice
July 26, 2017 -- Many misconceptions exist about dental service organizations (DSOs), writes Dr. Sidney Schulz. He shared these misconceptions for years, until he took a clear look at why the DSO practice near his office was thriving and his private practice was starting to dry up. His transition is an interesting case study as to the changing landscape of dental practice ownership.  Discuss
Survey: Older Asian Americans lack dental care
July 25, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - More than 61% of older Asian Americans living in central Texas do not have dental insurance, according to the results of a survey presented at this week's International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. The study findings suggest these patients face challenges to obtain proper oral healthcare, the authors noted.  Discuss
Does a drug holiday aid BRONJ patients undergoing surgery?
July 25, 2017 -- In patients with bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ), what is the best treatment to prevent a relapse? While a so-called drug holiday is often recommended before BRONJ surgery, a new study finds that this discontinuation of the drug did not influence the likelihood of relapse but the type of surgery did.  Discuss
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