SC child advocates sue state claiming foster care deficiencies January 15, 2015 -- Two children's advocacy groups have filed a class-action lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Social Services, claiming widespread deficiencies in the system have endangered thousands of children. The state agency does not provide basic medical, dental, and mental health evaluations, screenings, and treatment as required by law, according to the complaint.
Sheri's Solutions: Cellphone serenade January 14, 2015 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger looks for solutions, or at least a change, from her patients' cellphones ringing and buzzing during an appointment. While this has become all too common, interruptions can be startling at times and may disrupt a procedure.
Is business overhead expense insurance a practical solution? January 14, 2015 -- What would happen to your practice if you had an accident and became disabled? In this column, Steve Edelstein with the Hilb Group writes about business overhead expense insurance, which he posits as a practical solution for practice owners when unexpected issues arise.
Orthodontic treatment planning: No simple recipe January 13, 2015 -- In this column, orthodontist Dr. Vishal Sharma details the factors and considerations involved in orthodontic treatment planning for patients. He provides some insight into the treatment planning process and also what your patients may be asking when they ask you about orthodontia.
Dos and don'ts for customer service: Be a good neighbor January 12, 2015 -- By its nature, a dental practice connects with and depends on the good will and support of its neighbors. So it's good business -- and the right thing to do -- to participate actively in your practice's neighborhood. Engage in community affairs in such a way that everyone thinks of you as a skilled and caring dentist but also a good neighbor, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
3 ways to know when stress is getting to you January 12, 2015 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler offers three important tips to help you understand when stress is getting to you. Taken in isolation, an incident might not seem stress-related, but when you know what to look for you can reduce your stress levels.
Benefits of outsourced legal counsel for state dental boards January 12, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Michael W. Davis contrasts the legal performances of two state dental boards and asks which one is serving their state and its citizens better. He notes that there's often a very important reason why some state dental boards have better legal outcomes.
Doctors implant Syrian man with titanium jaw January 9, 2015 -- A Syrian man received a pioneering jaw implant made from titanium after a bullet wound in his country's civil war destroyed his lower jaw. The operation and implant had the patient eating and speaking again a day after his surgery
Now is the time to fix Denti-Cal January 8, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. John Blake of the Children's Dental Health Clinic in Long Beach, CA, writes of the difficult situation dentists in the state face in treating Denti-Cal pediatric patients because of the program's low reimbursement rate and utilization. He issues a call for action to fix Denti-Cal for the sake of California's children.