Text2Floss increases reach, adds new app
August 21, 2014 -- A little more than a year into the second phase of its development, Text2Floss, an initiative of the A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, recently announced a new partnership and the release of an Apple products app. Now, researchers are looking at this innovative use of technology to reinforce preventive practices in oral healthcare.
Clean the closet
August 20, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler urges shedding some light on your internal closet, for the benefit of you and your practice. As she details, the benefits of cleaning your internal closet go beyond relieving stress.
New hope for patients with hard-to-treat head and neck cancers
August 20, 2014 -- Using a technique that looks for genes that tumor cells need to survive, Seattle researchers have identified a potential new drug target for a class of difficult-to-treat head and neck cancers, according to a new study in Clinical Cancer Research.
New imaging agent helps find, remove cancer
August 19, 2014 -- Ohio researchers are developing a hybrid imaging agent that makes cancer cells "light up" during surgery. Designed around a peptide called HN1, it has such an affinity for head and neck cancer cells that it's been called a "head and neck cancer homing device."
Blind Spots: What established dentists would do over, if they could
August 18, 2014 -- To say that new dentists face a myriad of challenges in setting up their first practice is an understatement. There's hiring, financing, marketing -- and finding the patients to fill all those comfy new chairs! In her latest Blind Spot column, practice management consultant Jan Keller shares the advice established dentists would give if they could do it all over.
Dos and don'ts for building your practice's value
August 18, 2014 -- As practices adapt to the new dental economy, competition for patients continues to grow. Consumers are spending more carefully, sometimes putting off treatment, and shopping around for lower fees. Patients want more value for their money. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin offers ways for building your practice's value.
Sheri's Solutions: The invitation
August 15, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger discusses how to make potential new patients feel welcome. She notes that when patients feel as if they received an invitation to our practices, they feel as if they are joining a family of patients rather than becoming a number.
Lack of instruction consistency hinders toothbrushing
August 14, 2014 -- Toothbrushing is the most basic practice for maintaining oral health, but what is the best way to do it? A new analysis of brushing instructions provided by dental associations, research, textbooks, and toothbrush and dentifrice companies in 10 different countries found there is very little consensus. That should be of concern to dentistry, in the opinion of the study authors.
Study: Editing HPV's genes kills cancer cells
August 14, 2014 -- Researchers have hijacked a defense system normally used by bacteria to fend off viral infections and redirected it against human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical, head and neck, and other cancers, according to a new study in the Journal of Virology.