Study compares time efficiency of intraoral scanners
June 26, 2014 -- There is an abundance of research examining the performance of different intraoral scanners, but the time needed to use them has not been compared. Now, a new study has measured the time efficiency of different intraoral scanners and conventional impression materials to see which ones complete commonly encountered scenarios the swiftest.
Salivary miRNA could provide noninvasive way to detect OSCC
June 26, 2014 -- Salivary microRNA (miRNA) could provide a noninvasive way to detect oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and perhaps monitor the disease's development in oral lichen planus patients, according to a new study in the Journal of Dental Research.
Study uncovers genetic defects in nasopharyngeal cancer
June 25, 2014 -- Singapore researchers have discovered a distinct mutational signature and nine significantly mutated genes associated with nasopharyngeal cancer, paving the way for the development of novel therapies for the disease, according to a new study in Nature Genetics.
Blind Spots: Why have a team meeting?
June 25, 2014 -- Practice management expert Jan Keller is back with her latest Blind Spots column. This month, she examines why setting aside time each week for staff meetings and training is important for the overall productivity of your practice.
Pa. dentist's license suspended for infection-control lapses
June 24, 2014 -- A Northumberland County dentist's license has been suspended after a joint investigation by Pennsylvania's departments of health and state revealed egregious lapses in infection-control procedures. Among other issues, the practice had not tested samples from autoclaved instruments in a year and had only one handpiece onsite.
Sheri's Solutions: 'I know I need to see you, but ...'
June 24, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger asks how many times you've heard, "I know I need to see you, but ..." when you unexpectedly run into patients. She writes that the situation is a problem of the ages for dentistry and offers some advice.
The 4 methods of valuing dental practices: Part 3
June 23, 2014 -- At some point in a dentist's career, the purchase or sale of a practice will be an issue to be considered. To enable the owner-dentist to become more savvy when selling a practice, consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, explains the four methods of valuing dental practices in this three-part series. Part three discusses the EBITDA and market rate multiples approaches.
Why dental benefits matter on agenda at national health plans conference
June 23, 2014 -- Executives from DentaQuest recently spoke at a national health plans conference on how medical insurers can be innovators by including dental services. In this Second Opinion, they write that oral health professionals have long understood the connection between oral and overall health, and that consumers see value in having dental benefits.
Dos and don'ts for stress management: Identify its true causes
June 23, 2014 -- The major cause of stress in most practices is not "difficult" patients. It's outdated, undocumented, or improperly used practice management systems. When systems are not working properly, the results are inefficiency, miscommunication, and poor coordination among team members -- all of which contribute to stress, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Dentists sue Comfort Dental over forced use of company labs
June 20, 2014 -- Two Colorado orthodontists are suing Comfort Dental, claiming they were forced to use inferior dental labs owned by the company. The dentists, who run clinics under franchise agreements with Comfort Dental, say they were threatened and intimidated when they used higher-quality labs.