Are disciplinary actions against DMSOs on the rise? November 13, 2012 -- More than 30% of disciplinary actions discharged by the New Mexico Board of Dental Health between June 27, 2011, and August 7, 2012 involved dental professionals affiliated with dental management service organizations (DMSOs).
Dental Diaries: Expiration dates November 13, 2012 -- We all have products that get used more than others. Some materials, drugs, or even food may be sitting on our shelves for longer than we remember. Is it time to check your shelves and storage areas?
Mandibular veneers perform as well as maxillary November 12, 2012 -- Ceramic mandibular veneers are likely to be as successful as veneer restorations placed on maxillary teeth, according to a new study in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.
Wichita voters reject water fluoridation bid November 9, 2012 -- Antifluoridation activists scored a victory in Kansas November 6 when nearly 60% of Wichita voters decided against water fluoridation. Opposition groups offered to work with supporters to improve access to care, while some politicians pledged to take the issue statewide.
APHA study: Dental therapists improve access to care November 9, 2012 -- Dental therapists provide quality care while improving access to care in a cost-effective way, according to a literature review presented at the recent American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. And their participation in school-based programs has been linked to declines in the rate of caries in several countries.
Laser fluorescence helps quantify fluorosis November 8, 2012 -- Despite some confounding factors, quantitative laser fluorescence appears to be a useful tool for quantifying fluorosis and distinguishing between fluoridated and nonfluoridated populations in epidemiological studies, according to a new study in BMC Oral Health.
Light could play role in reversing anesthesia November 7, 2012 -- German researchers have tested a new propofol derivative in animal models with intriguing results. The anesthetic properties of it were reversed and reinstated when light was shined on tadpoles exposed to the derivative.
'Going green' has cost and care advantages for dentistry November 7, 2012 -- "Going green" is not only environmentally friendly, it's also economically savvy for dental practices, according to a presentation at the recent ADA Annual Session. Adopting eco-friendly practices can save dentists thousands of dollars a year, in addition to preserving natural resources.
Oral cancer patient fights Medicare for coverage November 6, 2012 -- Hank Grass has so far successfully fought his submandibular cancer. But the retired policeman is now facing bankruptcy in his losing battle to get Medicare to cover the oral surgeries, dental treatments, and dentures he needs following radiation treatment.
Japanese dentists eye cloud computing for dental records November 6, 2012 -- A Japanese team is proposing that 100% of the country's dental records be digitized and stored using cloud computing to ensure that dental records cannot be lost -- a problem that has plagued the quest for the identities of victims of last year's tsunami.