Is your culture giving you oral cancer? November 26, 2007 -- Cultural habits, such as smoking, and chewing tobacco or areca nuts, may put different ethnic groups at a higher risk for developing invasive squamous cell carcinoma according to an epidemiologic study of oral cancer in ethnic subpopulations in California.
High tech, high touch, Part II November 26, 2007 -- How should a typical dental practice set up its network? Dr. Larry Emmott, D.D.S., a PC guru and principal at the Aesthetic Dental Institute in Phoenix, shared his hard-won insights at the recent American Dental Association meeting in San Francisco.
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.