Hygienists feel the time crunch when giving dietary advice
November 10, 2016 -- For hygienists, there's never enough time, including time to give dietary advice to patients. Although hygienists and dental therapists value the importance of nutrition counseling, they believe time is the No. 1 barrier to providing advice at the dental office, a new study has found.
Are the holes in your schedule haunting you?
November 10, 2016 -- As the holidays approach, you want to have fewer, not more, holes in your schedule. However, as dental hygienist Corinne Jameson-Kuehl writes, it takes a concerted team effort to focus on scheduling. She offers practical ideas to help your office fill your slots.
U.S. elections: 4 soda taxes pass; 3 tobacco taxes fail
November 9, 2016 -- Election night in the U.S. saw four cities pass new taxes on soda and sugary beverages, while there were mixed results on tobacco tax measures. However, a proposition backed by the California Dental Association that included e-cigarettes in California's tobacco tax passed overwhelmingly.
CMS delays Medicare enrollment rule to 2019
November 9, 2016 -- Dentists may get a temporary reprieve from a U.S. government program designed to get a handle on the country's opiate crisis. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it has delayed by two years the date by which dentists must be enrolled with the government to be able to prescribe powerful Part D drugs such as opiates.
Your 2 greatest competitors all year
November 9, 2016 -- Fall is a great time of year, writes Jay Geier, president of the Scheduling Institute. But you can't let everything going on around you blind you to the opportunities in front of you for your practice. He offers some ideas you might not have thought about to help your practice thrive during this busy time of year.
Researchers create a rinse that stops caries
November 8, 2016 -- Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have created a topical solution that halts caries development. The solution, which is still a prototype, could one day make biopharmaceutical therapies part of oral healthcare both inside and outside of the dental office.
6 easy ways to prevent 'death' by a thousand dental cuts
November 8, 2016 -- You probably have days that feel like an endless stream of unfortunate events that, when combined, add up to a long, frustrating day in your practice. However, Dr. Lisa Knowles offers six practical ideas to prevent "death" by a thousand dental cuts.
Dos and don'ts for controlling overhead: Reward staff members for cost-cutting ideas
November 7, 2016 -- In all businesses -- including dental practices -- operating costs tend to creep up gradually if not monitored carefully. Fortunately, you have a number of cost-cutting experts at your disposal: all the members of your practice team, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
The new-product roundup from
November 7, 2016 -- Over the last month, companies have introduced a nasal anesthetic, a scanner, a handpiece, toothpastes, loupes, and more. Here's a look at the latest new products recently launched from St. Renatus, Brasseler USA, 3M, and others.
Behavioral therapy can reduce pediatric dental anxiety
November 4, 2016 -- You might not have studied cognitive behavioral therapy in dental school, but the findings of a new study suggest the technique might help reduce your pediatric patients' anxiety about visiting your office, leading to more productive visits.
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