CDA-supported anesthesia bill advances from committee
July 17, 2017 -- A California State Assembly bill that would have required three practitioners to be present when a child younger than age 7 was undergoing anesthesia in a dental office has been put on hold, while a separate Senate bill on the same topic supported by the California Dental Association (CDA) is advancing in that state's Legislature.  Discuss
Data trends: U.S. practices conducting more exams
July 14, 2017 -- One of the most important ways to build revenue while building patient trust is a periodic or comprehensive oral evaluation. But many practices do not keep track of how many of these exams they conduct each month. Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the long-term totals of these exams. How does your practice measure up?  Discuss
HHS, DOJ crack down on $1.3B in healthcare fraud
July 14, 2017 -- A Nebraska dentist and two Michigan dentists were three of more than 400 people charged with healthcare fraud on July 13, 2017, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The defendants allegedly billed the U.S. government approximately $1.3 billion in fraudulent services.  Discuss
Hot or not? 5-year results for ceramic implant-supported crowns
July 13, 2017 -- CAD/CAM-fabricated implant-supported single crowns made from lithium disilicate and paired with zirconia implants have proved to be successful in clinical studies. But how well do they hold up over the longer term and compare with other options? A new study reports results over a five-year follow-up period.
Second Opinion: AAPD president responds to pediatric sedation broadcast
July 13, 2017 -- In response to a recent national television segment on pediatric sedation, Dr. James Nickman, the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, emphasizes that the safety and welfare of children are the academy's top priorities and urges a focus on preventing childhood tooth decay.  Discuss
3 things insurance companies want you to know about integrated healthcare
July 12, 2017 -- If you're like many members of the healthcare community, you've probably heard the term "integrated healthcare" more and more frequently in recent months. But what is integrated healthcare? And as a dental care provider, why should you care? Scott Towers, Anthem's president for dental, clears up some misconceptions about the phrase and spells out how it can benefit your practice and your patients.  Discuss
Laser fluorescence effective for detecting initial carious lesions
July 11, 2017 -- Laser fluorescence may effectively detect initial caries progression, but the technology struggles at monitoring later, more minute changes, according to a new study that looked at enamel demineralization with three different tools.  Discuss
Can symptoms help identify certain oral mucosal lesions?
July 11, 2017 -- What's the best way to determine the type of oral mucosal lesion a patient may have? Can symptoms such as xerostomia and differences in saliva help distinguish oral lichen planus, oral lichenoid lesions, and stomatitis in patients with or without contact allergies? Researchers sought to find out.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for managing employee conflict: Be aware of what's going on
July 10, 2017 -- In a perfect practice, everyone would get along. But in the real world, people don't always agree, and that's to be expected, but you don't want a minor squabble turning into a major feud. As the practice owner, you need to be aware of what's going on -- the good and the bad -- with your team, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Do antibiotics improve periodontitis treatment?
July 10, 2017 -- What is the best treatment for your patients with severe, chronic periodontitis: subgingival debridement alone or debridement with a short course of antibiotics? A new study looked at three treatment options and found that a short course of antibiotics may help.  Discuss
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