Dentists drill bigger holes due to optical illusion
November 8, 2013 -- Dentists drill bigger holes in teeth than necessary for restorations because of an optical illusion that makes circular objects look smaller than they really are, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
The value of search engine optimization for dentists
November 7, 2013 -- Search engine optimization (SEO) is a mystery to many dentists. Many of them don't understand how it works, don't appreciate its value, or don't know whom to turn to get it done effectively. In this column, website optimization expert David Hall, DDS, reveals some of the mystery behind SEO.
Top 5 trends from ADA 2013 in New Orleans
November 6, 2013 -- The setting couldn't have been more fitting for ADA 2013 -- Halloween in New Orleans. The home of voodoo and famous cemeteries -- and often cited as the Most Haunted City in America -- hosted some 23,000 dental professionals dedicated to sweeping away fears of good oral health. Here are five top trends from this year's show.
Most Americans unaware ACA includes kids' dental care
November 4, 2013 -- Most Americans are unaware that the ACA includes children's dental services, according to a survey by the Children's Dental Health Project. Some 33% of adults reported that someone in the family has a toothache or other dental problems, but many have delayed seeing a dentist because of cost.
How to handle cardiac emergencies in the dental office
November 4, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Cardiac emergencies are rare in the dental office, but most states require dentists to have basic life support training. Training your staff to deal with medical emergencies and having an emergency kit on hand can save a patient's life, noted a dental anesthesiologist at ADA 2013.
Dr. Edward Zuckerberg talks social media at ADA 2013
November 3, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Dr. Edward Zuckerberg has always been an early adopter of new technology for his practice. At the ADA's Annual Session, he talked about how dentists can enhance their practice's profile with social media -- including Facebook, the social media company his famous son Mark started.
ACA's impact is hot topic at ADA town hall meeting
November 1, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - ADA members asked about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), dental school costs, insurance, and the growth of corporate dental chains during a town hall session hosted by ADA President Dr. Robert Faiella, incoming president Dr. Charles Norman III, and Executive Director Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin.
ADA 2013: Growth strategies for dentists
November 1, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - The recession has made patients more cautious about dental spending, and insurers are cutting reimbursements. But dentists can increase productivity and profit by getting more referrals and improving internal systems.
'Homing beacon' immune cells may treat perio disease
November 1, 2013 -- Periodontal disease could be effectively treated by beckoning the right kind of immune system cells to the inflamed tissues, according to a new animal study by U.S. and Brazilian researchers published October 28 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
JADA: At-risk patients benefit from topical fluoride
November 1, 2013 -- Patients at elevated risk for developing caries benefit from applying prescription fluoride directly to their teeth or having their dentist apply it, according to new recommendations published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
The heart of caring
As Tolstoy once wrote, human beings have unlimited powers of rationalization. Have we as dental professionals rationalized our practices, our profession, and even our lives into something we never imagined we would? Maybe it's time to return to a more caring approach.
Digital dentistry is here and now. The use of digital systems to fabricate single-unit crowns and fixed bridgework is increasing. More»»
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