Do's and don'ts for office efficiency: Break through the bottlenecks December 19, 2016 -- All management systems, including the most efficient, eventually suffer from bottlenecks. You can't prevent bottlenecks, but you can prevent them from undercutting productivity and creating stress, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. With vigilance, you and your entire staff can spot a new bottleneck early and figure out how to revamp the affected system before significant harm has been done.
EPA finalizes dental amalgam rules December 16, 2016 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized standards to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals in wastewater from dental practices into municipal sewage treatment plants. While the rule will go into effect soon, the compliance date for most practices is not until the end of 2019.
Is digital or conventional technique better for marginal fit? December 16, 2016 -- When it comes to fitting a restoration, the combination of an intraoral scanner and a CAD/CAM system offers a simplified production process compared with the conventional impression technique. But are these impressions of the same quality as ones created conventionally? A new study seeks to answer this question.
Utah kids score poorly on oral healthcare December 15, 2016 -- Large numbers of Utah elementary schoolchildren have experienced tooth decay or have untreated decay, according to the results of a statewide survey. While more children are receiving sealants now, the authors conclude that greater access to insurance and oral healthcare is still needed.
Review: Reasons for composite failure have changed December 15, 2016 -- Has the failure rate of direct resin composite restorations in vital posterior teeth improved over the last decade or decreased? Researchers from Australia examined this important clinical question in a new literature review.
Can diet really reduce gum disease? December 14, 2016 -- Like you, Dr. Alvin Danenberg has to keep up with his clinical journal reading. As he writes, when performed properly, clinical research can present knowledge or proof that was previously unknown. Here he critiques two such papers that focus on gum disease and diet.
Alcohol, cigarettes are risk factors for bruxism December 14, 2016 -- When patients report smoking cigarettes or frequently drinking alcohol, you probably automatically think of their increased risk for caries and periodontal disease. However, you may want to also check for bruxism during your exam.
5 hygiene production questions to consider December 13, 2016 -- Your hygiene department can make or break your practice, yet most hygiene departments underproduce. Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants is here to help. He offers a list of the top five questions he's been asked about hygiene production.
Is gum disease a key risk factor for heart disease? December 13, 2016 -- Research has demonstrated a connection between periodontal disease and coronary heart disease (CHD), but the nature of the relationship remains to be determined. To help under this association, researchers have developed a model to illustrate the possible links between periodontal disease and the pathogenesis, hallmarks, and biomarkers of CHD.
Calif. dental board passes strict sedation changes December 12, 2016 -- Spurred to action by the death last year of a 6-year-old boy under dental anesthesia, the Dental Board of California has proposed strict new recommendations for pediatric sedation and anesthesia. If the rules are passed by California lawmakers, dentists in the state would have to meet new criteria for personnel, education, and permits.