Are you treating the whole patient?
September 5, 2014 -- In her latest column, Dr Lisa Knowles looks at the opportunities, and challenges, in treating the whole patient, not just their teeth. She writes that looking beyond their teeth helps her understand her patients more completely.
Dental brokers ought to go the way of travel agents
September 4, 2014 -- In his latest column, Thomas Climo, PhD, makes the case that practice owners may be leaving money on the table when using a broker rather than an independent consultant when selling their practice. He explains why he believes dental brokers ought to go the way of travel agents.
Nationwide HPV vaccination program would save billions, extend lives
September 4, 2014 -- A free, nationwide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program for boys and girls would save billions in medical costs and prevent oropharyngeal cancers, according to the Center for Oral Health. Studies show that noncervical HPV-related diseases cost billions annually, and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer cases will exceed cervical cancers by 2020.
Patient denture satisfaction hinges on a stable mandible
September 3, 2014 -- A denture is the most logical treatment option for many edentulous patients, and that is unlikely to change. A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association has examined just what makes patients who have dentures satisfied with them. The results can help clinicians determine what aspects of dentures are most important to their patients while setting expectations.
Embedded family dental coverage impact remains unknown
September 3, 2014 -- With the announcement last week that Covered California would be offering new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015, spoke with Paul Reggiardo, DDS, a national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, about how these changes will impact your patients and your practice.
Study: Solid-head power toothbrushes may retain less bacteria
September 2, 2014 -- Solid-head power toothbrushes retain significantly less bacteria compared with hollow-head toothbrushes, according to a new study by University of Texas Health Science Center researchers in the Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Dos and don'ts for staff management: Create written job descriptions
September 2, 2014 -- When team members know exactly what the practice expects of them, they will perform better. With a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities, staff members can achieve the highest levels of efficiency, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. To avoid misinterpretation, job descriptions must be written, he notes.
Texas files another lawsuit against Xerox in Medicaid scandal
August 29, 2014 -- In the latest development in the ongoing Texas Medicaid scandal, the state Health and Human Services Commission has filed a second lawsuit against Xerox, claiming the company is refusing to turn over patient records.
Levin Q&A: Is social media right for your practice?
August 28, 2014 -- As three-quarters of consumers rely on social media to influence their purchasing decisions, Dr. Roger P. Levin answers questions about the integration of social media and offers some practical ideas as to how to start, or improve, your use of this important medium.
Touchless image navigation will change dental surgery
August 28, 2014 -- Touchless screen navigation technology is inexpensive and widely available. Now researchers in Argentina have incorporated a touchless controller into a successful experimental dental surgery workstation, improving ease of image software navigation while ensuring sterility.
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