Case report: 71-year-old patient with bleeding gums
September 27, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg was asked to evaluate a 71-year-old patient with bleeding gums who had not responded to a daily hygiene regimen. The patient walked out after the first visit with Dr. Danenberg but returned months later when prescription medicines did not improve his gums. How this patient's health was improved illustrates that sometimes solutions occur away from the office.  Discuss
Study explores link between periodontitis and RA
September 26, 2017 -- Periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are both chronic inflammatory diseases and share other similarities. But is there a causative relationship? A new study examines the evidence.  Discuss
Survey: How many U.S. companies offer dental benefits?
September 26, 2017 -- Have you ever wondered what percentage of U.S. companies actually offer dental insurance benefits to their employees, who are your patients? Does the data support the belief that most U.S. companies do offer these benefits? A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation asked what percentage of U.S. companies offer separate dental benefits and what percentage of the cost do these companies cover.  Discuss
Data Trends: Gross production per chair down since 2010
September 25, 2017 -- What is your gross production per chair per hour this year? How does it compare with a few years ago? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software finds that data show that production at U.S. practices has not rebounded this decade.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for office security: How secure is your practice?
September 25, 2017 -- Fall is a good time to perform a safety inspection for your office. If you've been in the same location for a while, you might believe that there's no need for such a check. But things are always changing inside and outside your office. You want to make sure your facility is in the best shape for patients, staff, visitors, and yourself, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What dentists need to know about Graham-Cassidy
September 22, 2017 -- Experts have criticized the latest Republican U.S. healthcare bill, which would change the way state Medicaid programs are funded. The ADA cautioned that some of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy bill could reverse recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
What thickness is best for single-molar crowns?
September 21, 2017 -- If you use ceramic materials to fabricate single-molar CAD/CAM crowns, how do you determine which will hold up best? Researchers put six silicate ceramic materials through testing at three thicknesses to find out which could handle the highest fractural loading. The results might change which material you use.  Discuss
Is your retirement plan due for an annual checkup?
September 21, 2017 -- Regular visits to your office allow your patients to consult with an expert to determine if their teeth are healthy or if there are problems that need attention. Similarly, the retirement plan that you provide your team members should be reviewed with a pension expert at least once a year to check for any issues that must be addressed, writes retirement planning expert Tom Zgainer.  Discuss
Families of kids with cleft lip need more dental support
September 20, 2017 -- What's getting in the way of children born with a cleft lip or palate having better oral health? A new study examined the experience of toothbrushing in these children and their families, and found that, despite good intentions, they encountered some obstacles to maintaining consistent effective oral health routines.  Discuss
Study: High fluoride levels may affect young kids' IQ
September 19, 2017 -- Does a high level of prenatal fluoride exposure affect children's cognitive function? What about their brain development after birth? A study published on September 19 concluded that the growing fetal nervous system may be affected by high levels of fluoride, although U.S. researchers cautioned reading too much into the study findings.  Discuss
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