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Is Botox-A effective for TMD pain relief?
November 21, 2017 -- Up to 10% of your adult patients may have pain from temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), including refractory masticatory muscle pain. If conservative therapies are not effective, is botulinum toxin type A (Botox-A) an option?  Discuss
U.S. sugary drink consumption is declining
November 20, 2017 -- Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is declining, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers. While Americans are drinking fewer sugary beverages than they were a decade ago, consumption still exceeds the limit recommended by the U.S. government.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice marketing: What's your plan for 2018?
November 20, 2017 -- You can't recycle the same marketing strategies year after year because they become less and less effective. Sure, you might want to repeat some of your most potent promotions, but you should also add new campaigns, methods, and activities. Putting together your marketing plan now will help your practice hit the ground running in 2018, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
How successful are flowable composites over the long haul?
November 17, 2017 -- How well do flowable composites hold up for restorations of noncarious cervical lesions, and are there differences in performance? Researchers looked at long-term data and found that a newer material had better performance.  Discuss
Could your patients' habits be ruining your work?
November 16, 2017 -- Why do fillings fail, and does the type of material used matter? A new study found similar results with composite resin and amalgam but that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol, as well as genetics, may affect success. These findings suggest that genetics could be used to personalize treatment in the future.  Discuss
Blind Spots: How to easily lose long-time patients
November 16, 2017 -- A friend of practice management consultant Jan Keller called her and said that the team members at her general dentist's practice admitted that they did not know how to check emails that come through the practice's website. Keller writes that if this is happening at your practice, you could be losing both patients and practice revenue.  Discuss
Dentist earnings rise for 1st time in more than a decade
November 15, 2017 -- Earnings for general dentists have significantly increased for the first time in about 17 years, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute. The average income of specialists also has increased in recent years.  Discuss
Study: Perio treatment alone may lower blood pressure
November 15, 2017 -- Dental treatment may significantly lower the blood pressure of patients at risk for heart disease, a new study has found. Patients with prehypertension who received scaling and root planing ultimately had blood pressure that measured more than 10 points lower than those who did not.  Discuss
Prophylaxis against overprescribing
November 14, 2017 -- The prophylactic use of antibiotics for preventing prosthetic joint replacement infection remains one of the most contested issues in dentistry. Pharmacist Tom Viola walks you through the clinical practice recommendations.  Discuss
Adults aren't visiting the dentist -- and no one knows why
November 13, 2017 -- Riddle me this: More adults have dental benefit coverage, and fewer adults report cost as a barrier to dental care, yet dental visits stayed flat in 2015. Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist for the ADA Health Policy Institute, recently discussed what could be driving these trends.  Discuss
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