APHA 2014: Educating parents about dental care improves kids' toothbrushing rates November 28, 2014 -- Researchers from Louisiana State University studied the effectiveness of in-depth parental dental education and its influence on their knowledge and also the oral and dental health practices of their children. They found that educating parents about oral hygiene has a positive effect on their children's oral hygiene practices, and they presented their findings at the recent American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.
Sheri's Solutions: Recipe chat November 26, 2014 -- As Dr. Sheri Doniger relates in her latest Sheri's Solutions, the conversation that goes on between dentist, staff, and patient doesn't have to be related to sports or news. Sometimes, especially around the holidays, talking about recipes and cooking is the way to build your relationships.
American Academy of Pediatrics issues oral healthcare policy statement November 25, 2014 -- In a policy statement released on Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out strongly in favor of increased pediatrician knowledge of oral healthcare for children. Because young children visit the pediatrician more often than they visit the dentist, the academy writes that it is important that pediatricians be knowledgeable about dental caries, prevention of the disease, and interventions to maintain and restore health.
Study: Root canal therapy can reduce pain on multiple levels November 25, 2014 -- Root canal therapy can reduce multiple dimensions of pain, including intensity, duration, and its interference with daily activity, according to a new practice-based research network study published in the Journal of Endodontics.
Second Opinion: Financial barriers to care still main concern November 24, 2014 -- In this response to Dr. Frank Catalanotto's recent Second Opinion on the ADA's barriers to care research brief, Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of the ADA's Health Policy Institute, presents the reasoning why, while supply-related barriers are an issue, financial-related barriers are a more crucial development.
Q&A: Dr. Edward H. Moody Jr. on pediatric sedation issues November 24, 2014 -- With sedation of pediatric patients remaining an issue for the larger dental community, DrBicuspid.com invited Dr. Edward H. Moody Jr., the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, to offer some insight on when to sedate and when to refer, as well as other relevant, practical information. Dr. Moody emphasizes the need for communication among all practitioners, patients, and parents and knowing your limits as a practitioner.
Dos and don'ts for customer service: Upgrade your amenities November 24, 2014 -- In some dental practices, little thought has been given to the question of what amenities to make available to patients in the reception area. Other practices may have paid attention to this issue. Either way, they're falling short on customer service. By welcoming patients to your office with thoughtful little extras, you can strengthen their loyalty to the practice tremendously, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
HPV legislation doesn't increase vaccination among adolescents November 21, 2014 -- U.S. legislation that requires or encourages young people to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been unsuccessful in getting more of them vaccinated, according to new research presented at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.
Study: Salivary mucins play a key role in fighting caries November 20, 2014 -- Salivary mucins, key components of mucus, actively protect teeth from Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, according to a new study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.