Anticariogenic agents of the future may come from nature
May 9, 2013 -- Anticariogenic agents complement mechanical oral cleanings by targeting and interfering with specific mechanisms of biofilm formation. Five such agents -- all of which occur in nature -- are Albizia myriophylla wood, osteopontin, epigallocatechin gallate, ginkgogenolic acid, and shiitake mushroom extract.
Kaiser to eliminate periodontal hygienist program
May 8, 2013 -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest plans to cut periodontal hygienists from its dental care program in Oregon and Washington -- the only program of its kind that Kaiser offers anywhere in the U.S. In 2012, the 19 specialists provided care to more than 20,000 patients with serious periodontal disease.
How DPMs are sold in corporate vs. noncorporate states
May 8, 2013 -- A distinction exists between corporate and noncorporate states when it comes to the practice of dentistry in the U.S.: Corporate states allow the ownership of dental practices by outside entities or groups such as dental practice management (DPM) firms, while in noncorporate states only dentists can own dental practices in those states.
ITC judge: ClearCorrect infringes Align patents
May 7, 2013 -- Following a ruling Monday by an International Trade Commission (ITC) judge, Align Technology appears to have moved a step closer to excluding ClearCorrect from the U.S. clear aligner market. But ClearCorrect contends it will continue to support its customers regardless of the final ITC ruling.
Restoratives Market Update: Metals vs. composites
May 7, 2013 -- In this new series, DrBicuspid.com is examining trends and changes in the restoratives market. For the first installment, we turned to materials expert Dr. Michael DiTolla to get his thoughts on the growing adoption of some materials and the precipitous drop-off in use of others.
15 Minutes to Excellence: The importance of image
May 6, 2013 -- A dentist's personal and professional image plays a significant role in the overall success of a dental practice, according to practice management consultant Linda Miles in the latest episode of "15 Minutes to Excellence."
Study: Oral health awareness 'suboptimal' in teens with diabetes
May 6, 2013 -- Educating teen patients with diabetes about oral hygiene can go a long way toward improving their overall health, according to a study presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research meeting. Less than half of the adolescents with type 1 diabetes in the study strongly agreed that taking care of their gums is as important as taking care of their medical health.
Why practice doesn't always make perfect
May 3, 2013 -- Despite her grandmother's well-heeled advice, dental professional Monica Spannbauer recently came to the realization that changing habits sometimes means being open to alternative ideas. The same can be said when working to improve patient compliance with oral hygiene practices.
Bartering helps dentists serve uninsured patients
May 2, 2013 -- Many dentists are embracing bartering as a marketing strategy to bring in more patients by exchanging goods and services rather than charging a fee. Bartering also appeals to patients who need costly procedures for their families but don't have dental insurance.
3D visualization makes learning dental anatomy a snap
May 1, 2013 -- The 3D Digital Head and Neck model, developed at the Glasgow School of Art, is designed to enable students and clinical trainees to view, manipulate, and interact with a 3D head in real-time in order to develop an understanding of anatomy and learn diagnostic techniques and procedures.
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.
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