Preparing your estate plan for changes in tax rules October 6, 2016 -- U.S. estate tax laws have changed four times since 2008: How do you know when you need to adjust your estate plan and what changes to make? Financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains how you can keep your estate plan relevant and flexible.
Can cannabinoids treat gum disease? October 5, 2016 -- As a periodontist, Dr. Alvin Danenberg understands that new research is just information until it is tested and proved in human studies. However, a new study on cannabidiol has piqued his interest. In his latest column, he wonders if this substance might be a future treatment for periodontal disease.
4 tips to prepare for end-of-the-year success October 4, 2016 -- Many dentists look forward to November and December. Not only because there are lots of holiday celebrations, but because November and December are the months when dental offices can set themselves up for success, notes stress management expert Jen Butler. She offers four tips to help your office do just that.
Oral health education is not effective by itself October 4, 2016 -- Thinking about creating an oral health education program? You may want to think again. A new review found education alone was the least effective community-based oral health promotion strategy for combating dental diseases in children.
Report: Kids' dental coverage often inadequate, expensive October 3, 2016 -- Although mandatory pediatric dental insurance was included in U.S. healthcare reform, coverage is a stark departure from the benefits envisioned by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and those required under Medicaid, according to a new report. Coverage isn't always as comprehensive as it should be and is often unaffordable for families, the authors concluded.
Study: Sugar taxes reduce caries, increase revenue September 30, 2016 -- Some cities and countries have instituted a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and more are considering one. However, there's never been an economic evaluation of these taxes and their impact on caries reduction and revenue. Researchers from Germany studied these factors and more to determine if such a tax is beneficial.
Judge rules lawsuit against dental giants can proceed September 29, 2016 -- A class-action lawsuit against three of the dental industry's biggest companies will be allowed to proceed after a U.S. District Court judge refused to dismiss the proposed litigation, according to multiple reports.
In isolation: Which method is better for restorations? September 29, 2016 -- During a restorative treatment, the two most-used isolation methods are a rubber dam or a cotton roll. No matter which you use, the results of a new Cochrane Library review might have you re-examining how you control for moisture and microbes.
Can glass ionomer cements be altered to fight caries? September 29, 2016 -- Can the addition of a calcium phosphate to a glass ionomer cement decrease the amount of plaque-causing biofilms and perhaps reduce caries? Can this addition also alter the structure of these biofilms? A new study from PLOS One looks at this potential innovation.