Beyond dental therapists? November 25, 2007 -- The U.S. surgeon general put dentistry on notice in 2001 with a critical report that laid bare the dismal state of dental health care for the poor. Now three groups, the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Dental Hygienists Association, and a consortium of Alaskan Natives, have finally taken up the challenge. Each is proposing a new breed of professional that's less than a dentist, but may be more than a hygienist. In different ways, they all aim to bring more oral health care professionals into public and rural health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and similar venues that serve the underserved.
The 411 on kids' health November 19, 2007 -- Wondering how to better serve your younger patients? One step in the right direction is getting hard facts about the overall health of this unique population.
High tech, high touch, Part I November 19, 2007 -- Computer technology can make dentistry more patient-friendly -- if its implemented wisely. Rather than view technology as a necessary evil, dentists should view it as an agent of change that can help them better connect with their patients.
Insurers change exam schedule November 19, 2007 -- Swayed by the research, a growing number of dental insurance plans are rejecting the traditional semiannual cleaning. Instead, these plans are pushing dentists to see healthier patients less often and less healthy patients more often
Dental bills stalled by SCHIP November 16, 2007 -- As Congress concentrates on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), other dental legislation has been shoved off the priority list, according to William Prentice, who directs the Washington office of the American Dental Association (ADA).
Preop antibiotics better? November 15, 2007 -- Extracting wisdom teeth is a messy affair. Post-op infections are common, notes one dentist, because third molars "are usually filthy if erupted and you leave a big hole if you have to dig the tooth out."
Biolase patents new technology November 15, 2007 -- Want a laser that lets you view your skills at vaporizing tissue? What if the same laser picked its own fiber tips? Biolase Technology, Inc. has been granted two new U.S. patents that allow its Waterlase MD all-tissue laser system to do just that.