Study: Extract symptomatic 3rd molars, improve other teeth
October 30, 2013 -- A new study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has found support for the removal of third molars in patients with only mild symptoms of pericoronitis, since the procedure can improve the health of nearby dentition. Does the data make sense?
Sheri's Solutions: Handling job interview cancellations
October 30, 2013 -- What do you do about job applicants who are no-shows for their interview? Dr. Sheri Doniger explains why the mere act of failing to show up for an interview may actually be a blessing in disguise for your practice.
Dentists should prepare now for tax time
October 29, 2013 -- Dentists should take the time now -- before the end of the year -- to consider ways of reducing their tax burden. Setting up special retirement plans and buying furniture and equipment before December 31 can save a lot when tax time comes around, according to one expert.
Dental schools seek to expand student diversity
October 28, 2013 -- Studies have documented both racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. dental care and the lack of diversity in the professional workforce. As America's minority populations continue to grow, so should the diversity of its oral health providers, according to the American Student Dental Association.
Genetic markers may predict head/neck cancer risk
October 28, 2013 -- Unique DNA markings may predict the risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to a study in the journal Cancer. The discovery may lead to the development of noninvasive tests for early precancer screening, allowing at-risk patients to get earlier treatment and improve their survival.
Report: ECC cause of most Canadian preschoolers' surgeries
October 25, 2013 -- Canadian health officials are sounding the alarm about early childhood caries (ECC) with a new report that contains startling findings about how often very young children have surgery under general anesthesia to treat ECC problems. Authorities believe that poor oral health could be leading to unnecessary surgeries in children.
ADA: Dental care down among working adults, up among elderly
October 25, 2013 -- Working adults got less dental care and a growing number of adults said they couldn't afford needed dental treatment from 2000 to 2010, according to new ADA research. But more children and adults now get dental care through Medicaid, and access to dental care for the elderly is steadily increasing, the studies show.
Dr. Esther Wilkins: The rock star of dental hygiene
October 24, 2013 -- A pioneer in the field of dental hygiene, educator, and author of Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, Esther Wilkins, RDH, DMD, at 95 is revered and considered the eminent expert in her field. From having a dental instrument named after her to people seeking her autograph, Dr. Wilkins is the rock star of dental hygiene.
Beyond Practice Management: The power of momentum
October 23, 2013 -- What are you doing to keep your practice going during these tough times? If your practice isn't humming along the way you want, start by making a plan and following through, one step at a time. Dr. Don Deems offers steps to help you get the momentum going for your practice.
Study: Digital radiography users more satisfied than film users
October 22, 2013 -- There is an ongoing debate about digital radiography versus film, but a survey of New Zealand practitioners has found that film users are less satisfied with their systems than their digital counterparts. Among the former group, one-third of users are considering taking the leap into digital.
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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