Dos and don'ts for patient referrals: Tracking and thanking
April 6, 2015 -- In today's economy, consumers often conduct thorough research, ask their friends and families for recommendations, and consult social media before choosing a dentist. Be sure to track sources of referrals and remember to thank the referrers, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.
Is your practice major league or minor league?
April 6, 2015 -- With baseball season starting up, now is a great time to ask yourself an important question: Is your practice batting in the majors or is it stuck in the minors? In their latest column, the Madow Brothers compare the differences between major league and minor league practices.
5 magic words to reduce stress: Part 2
April 6, 2015 -- In the second part of this series on five magic words, stress management expert Jen Butler focuses on the words "more" and "maybe," and then offers four tips that answer the question "What do I do now?"
Childhood caries education can save millions of dollars
April 3, 2015 -- New York state can save $50 million and improve young children's oral health by educating parents about early childhood caries, according to a new study with national and practice implications. This study also details the important role fluoridated water plays in caries prevention.
U.S. Supreme Court rules providers can't sue states over Medicaid rates
April 2, 2015 -- Dentists and other private healthcare providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on March 31.
Additional sedation attention needed for special needs patients
April 2, 2015 -- Treating patients with autism, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability can be a challenge, even more so when these patients also have epilepsy. When these patients need anesthesia, what, if any, treatment precautions are necessary? Researchers from Japan studied how these patients reacted to sedation with propofol and how antiepileptic medications affected their response to sedation.
Sheri's Solutions: 'I Googled you'
April 1, 2015 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger relates the story of patients wearing color-coordinated clothing to match her office, while illustrating the bigger picture of how simple it can be to make social media a positive tool in your practice.
Appeal to kids' sense of wonder for better clinical outcomes
April 1, 2015 -- Whether your practice is exclusively focused on pediatric patients or you have a mixture of adults and children, you understand that children offer challenges that go beyond treatment. Dr. Robert Wade shares his unique approach to making children feel welcome and achieving better clinical outcomes.
Review: Xylitol's effect in preventing caries still unproven
March 31, 2015 -- There is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental caries in children and adults, a new Cochrane research review has concluded. But a dental professor asserts that xylitol has valuable properties that inhibit caries development.
Amalgam tops composite or glass ionomer restorations in new study
March 31, 2015 -- Restorations placed with amalgam had the lowest failure rate in a new study on the success of primary molar restorations. Glass ionomer restorations had the highest failure rates, while composites fell in the middle.
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