Study explores controversy of diode laser use in periodontal therapy
July 1, 2014 -- Diode lasers may have an important role in nonsurgical periodontal therapy for some patients, especially those with diabetes or compromised health. But the use of these lasers is somewhat controversial, report the authors of a recent study in the Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Dental volunteers provide care for Third World kids
June 30, 2014 -- How about an exotic vacation such as hiking Mount Everest, going on an African safari, or exploring the temples of Angkor Wat? Volunteers for Global Dental Relief provide dental care for children in impoverished areas while also experiencing local cultures.
A case study of mini-implants and sleep apnea
June 30, 2014 -- The gold standard for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure. But how do you treat these patients if they wear dentures and cannot tolerate the treatment? Dr. Walter J. Kucaba offers a solution in this case study.
Dos and don'ts for internal marketing: Let patients help you grow
June 30, 2014 -- Word-of-mouth advertising is an established, effective way to grow a practice. If you're not getting a substantial number of new patient referrals from your existing patients, implement new internal marketing strategies to take advantage of this untapped growth potential, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Study shows laser toothbrush reduces dentin hypersensitivity
June 27, 2014 -- In previous studies, certain types of lasers were effective in reducing dentin hypersensitivity. Why not attach one to a toothbrush? Korean researchers have done just that in a new study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.
Study compares time efficiency of intraoral scanners
June 26, 2014 -- There is an abundance of research examining the performance of different intraoral scanners, but the time needed to use them has not been compared. Now, a new study has measured the time efficiency of different intraoral scanners and conventional impression materials to see which ones complete commonly encountered scenarios the swiftest.
Salivary miRNA could provide noninvasive way to detect OSCC
June 26, 2014 -- Salivary microRNA (miRNA) could provide a noninvasive way to detect oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and perhaps monitor the disease's development in oral lichen planus patients, according to a new study in the Journal of Dental Research.
Study uncovers genetic defects in nasopharyngeal cancer
June 25, 2014 -- Singapore researchers have discovered a distinct mutational signature and nine significantly mutated genes associated with nasopharyngeal cancer, paving the way for the development of novel therapies for the disease, according to a new study in Nature Genetics.
Blind Spots: Why have a team meeting?
June 25, 2014 -- Practice management expert Jan Keller is back with her latest Blind Spots column. This month, she examines why setting aside time each week for staff meetings and training is important for the overall productivity of your practice.
Pa. dentist's license suspended for infection-control lapses
June 24, 2014 -- A Northumberland County dentist's license has been suspended after a joint investigation by Pennsylvania's departments of health and state revealed egregious lapses in infection-control procedures. Among other issues, the practice had not tested samples from autoclaved instruments in a year and had only one handpiece onsite.