Facts in the past, present, and future
March 30, 2017 -- While "facts" may be a contentious term these days, shouldn't their status be clear in clinical practice? Dr. Alvin Danenberg sees some worrisome practices among practitioners who remain stuck in the past when treating patients, rather than embracing updated research.
IADR 2017: How do value-brand sonic toothbrushes measure up?
March 29, 2017 -- Studies have shown that power or sonic toothbrushes are efficient at plaque removal; however, expensive brand-name brushes are often used. A poster at the 2017 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting described how value-brand toothbrushes performed as an alternative.
5 steps to help transform your practice
March 29, 2017 -- Jay Geier and his team are embarking on a health challenge. After 90 days, everyone will find out who had the commitment and discipline to make the necessary changes to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The same approach can apply to your practice: Are you willing to take these five steps to help it thrive?
ADA to create new licensing exam
March 28, 2017 -- In an effort to end licensing exams that use live patients, the ADA is creating its own exam to test the clinical competency of dentists. The association plans to have the exam developed, tested, and available for states to license by 2020.
Product highlights from IDS 2017: Part 2
March 28, 2017 -- COLOGNE, GERMANY - Dental journalist Kevin Henry attended the 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) and saw a number of new technologies at the meeting. The second part of his exclusive roundup of new products on display features cosmetic, endodontic, imaging, and restorative products.
Product highlights from IDS 2017: Part 1
March 27, 2017 -- COLOGNE, GERMANY - Dental journalist Kevin Henry attended the 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany, and saw the plethora of amazing new technologies that were introduced. He offers a roundup of these introductions in the first of a two-part exclusive series for
IADR 2017: How to predict development of chronic TMD
March 27, 2017 -- How can you tell if a patient diagnosed with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) will develop chronic pain? Researchers examined the relationship between various factors at onset and the likelihood of ongoing problems, and they presented their results at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Do's and don'ts for the front desk team: Keep cool under fire
March 27, 2017 -- There will be times when you have to interact with unhappy patients. They may be upset because they had to wait, their bill is wrong, or the practice doesn't accept their insurance. In the face of adversity, you must respond in a calm, reassuring manner, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Obamacare stays: Republicans pull healthcare bill
March 24, 2017 -- The American Health Care Act was pulled minutes before the U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on its future on March 24. If passed, the bill would have eliminated the requirement for insurance companies to provide 10 essential benefits, including pediatric dental coverage.
IADR 2017: SDF outperforms fluoride varnish on baby teeth
March 24, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Despite its flaws, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) may be the best option for arresting caries development in baby teeth. SDF was significantly more effective than fluoride varnish in preventing biofilm formation in a new study, presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
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