Sheri's Solutions: 'Hey, Doc, I need to see you'
April 1, 2014 -- Some dentists look at "casual" patients as an issue to be solved. But Dr. Sheri Doniger finds these patients a part of the fabric of a dental practice. She sees these patients as loyal and uncomplaining, even if they do present with major (in our minds) dental issues from time to time.
Dugoni school adds more than square footage to dental education
March 31, 2014 -- The University of the Pacific has opened a new $151 million campus in San Francisco for the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. With recent reports on the number of California dentists nearing retirement, DrBicuspid.com spoke with Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo Jr., the dean of the school, about the new facility and how the next generations of dentists are being educated.
Products in the office: To sell or not to sell?
March 31, 2014 -- Are your patients going to use products such as electric toothbrushes and oral irrigators? In her latest column, Carrie Ibbetson, RDH, offers seven upsides and a few downsides to selling products in your office. She details the advantages to patients and also emphasizes how product knowledge can help you put your patients first.
Report: NY paid $13.2M for questionable Medicaid services
March 28, 2014 -- Some 29 New York state dentists and orthodontists received $13.2 million in Medicaid payments in 2012 for services that appeared unnecessary or may not have been performed at all, according to a new report by federal health investigators.
Researchers reverse bone loss in immune disorder
March 28, 2014 -- Treating a rare, but life-threatening immune disorder required a group of researchers to abandon what they thought they knew about periodontitis. Now they've found a way to reverse bone loss for patients with leukocyte adhesion deficiency.
Gene expression signature can be used to classify gum disease
March 27, 2014 -- Researchers have devised a new system for classifying periodontal disease based on the genetic signature of affected tissue, rather than on clinical signs and symptoms. The system may allow for earlier detection and more individualized treatment of severe periodontitis, before loss of teeth and supportive bone occurs, they noted.
Second Opinion: Dental amalgam is safe and effective
March 27, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion column, Dr. J. Robert Kelly, a professor in the department of reconstructive sciences at the Center for Biomaterials at the University of Connecticut Health Center, responds to recent news and opinion on the safety of amalgam.
Neck mass, sore throat among first OPSCC symptoms
March 26, 2014 -- A neck mass and sore throat appear to be the initial symptoms in patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), and the symptoms appear to be associated with the human papillomavirus status of the tumors, according to a new study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.
Are you a 'why-er' or a 'comply-er'?
March 26, 2014 -- In Dr. Lisa Knowles' latest column, she asks where you fall on the problem-solving spectrum. Do you go along to get along (a "comply-er"), or do you ask questions about every move and decision made in the office (a "why-er")? She looks at both types and gives eight tips to get leadership feedback.
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