Delta Dental, CDA agree to settle reimbursement lawsuit March 8, 2017 -- Delta Dental of California could pay more than $34 million to certain California dentists in a proposed settlement to three years of litigation between the insurer and the California Dental Association (CDA) over a proposed reimbursement cut.
Estrogen therapy may reduce periodontal disease March 8, 2017 -- Here's some good news for your postmenopausal patients: A new study has found that those being treated for osteoporosis with estrogen had less periodontal disease that those not on this therapy. This research adds to the growing body of knowledge about the connection between osteoporosis treatment and periodontitis.
Coffee stains no match for some restorative materials March 7, 2017 -- The average American drinks a lot of coffee -- 3.1 cups per day to be exact -- which poses a challenge to dentists who want to create natural-looking restorations. Fortunately, newer restorative materials may prevent coffee stains better than traditional composite resins.
Effects of Mexican beverage tax deepening over time March 7, 2017 -- What can we learn from Mexico's experience with its sugar-sweetened beverage tax? A new study has found that the reduction seen in sugar-sweetened beverage purchases during the first year the tax was in effect is growing and may be enhanced by a tax increase.
Do's and don'ts for the marketing coordinator: Use a marketing calendar March 6, 2017 -- Do you have a handle on your promotions for the year? Have you started work on practice events for the spring and summer? Use a marketing calendar to help plan your events for the entire year, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip. It's a simple tool, but it can have a big impact on your practice.
Survey finds knowledge gaps in use of curing lights March 6, 2017 -- Do you use a curing light in your practice for restorations? A new study has found that almost a third of surveyed dentists used inadequate eye protection while using these lights, and many were not aware of the irradiance value of the curing light they were using, which meant the curing time could not be determined accurately.
Chicago Midwinter 2017: 3 drivers of practice growth and success March 3, 2017 -- Is your practice growing organically, or does it seem like you're always on the hunt for new patients? In a talk at the recent Chicago Dental Society's 2017 Midwinter Meeting, Dr. Mark Murphy described three critical measurements every practice needs to measure growth and success.
EPA denies petition by fluoride opponents March 2, 2017 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a petition from the Fluoride Action Network and other groups that would have prohibited adding fluoride to U.S. water supplies.