Scams played on dentists: Part 1
July 30, 2014 -- In a new three-part series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This first part will introduce the series and discuss embezzlement and scams that are played on vulnerable employee dentists.
Ensuring safe dental visits: Because safety matters
July 30, 2014 -- In recent months, several infection control breaches have been reported in dental healthcare settings, which have affected patients and the dental community. In this column, Karen Gregory, RN, emphasizes the importance of safety and infection control, and offers some practical but far-reaching solutions.
Refusal to immunize kids linked to refusal of fluoride treatment
July 29, 2014 -- Caregivers who refuse to have their children immunized are also likely to refuse fluoride treatments for them, citing concerns about the safety of topical fluoride, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Caries bacterium has altered genetically, linked to diet changes
July 29, 2014 -- Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, has increased the changes in its genetic material over time, according to a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. These changes possibly coincided with dietary changes linked to humanity's expansion.
Image Gently in Dentistry: Child-size x-ray dose for kids
July 28, 2014 -- The upcoming Image Gently in Dentistry campaign reminds dentists that children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Dr. Allan Farman provides guidelines for pediatric imaging and emphasizes that dental professionals should image gently and image wisely.
Dos and don'ts for teamwork: Focus on making 'handoffs' smoother
July 28, 2014 -- Anywhere a number of people work together as a team, every person has assigned tasks, all of which are combined to get the desired organizational results. There are inevitably transitions from one area of responsibility to another. These "handoffs" are critical points. For the sake of office efficiency, productivity, and patient satisfaction, they must be as smooth as possible, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
2014 Dental Excellence Awards nominating period closes soon
July 28, 2014 -- The DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards nomination period is rapidly coming to a close, as nominations will only be accepted through midnight on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Submit your nominations today for the Dental Excellence Awards to recognize dentistry's best and brightest.
Antipain agent shrinks oral cancers without damaging healthy tissue
July 25, 2014 -- Mouse models of human oral cancer treated with capsazepine showed dramatic tumor shrinkage without damage to surrounding tissues, according to a study in Oral Oncology. Capsazepine's anticancer effects may stem from its ability to increase oxidative damage in tumors, Texas researchers said.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about delegation
July 24, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book, Dr. Roger P. Levin looks at the importance of delegation. He writes that though the top executive of a company bears responsibility for the organization's total performance, that person cannot -- and certainly should not -- do everything.
Product spotlight: Restful Jaw helps patients with TMD
July 24, 2014 -- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and general jaw pain, fatigue, and soreness can stall dental procedures, and the Restful Jaw Company has created a device in response. It can be employed for long procedures that require patients to hold their mouth open for an extended duration and for patients sensitive to jaw pain and fatigue, such as those with TMD.