ADEA president urges action, education on fluoride benefits October 23, 2014 -- In this column, American Dental Education Association (ADEA) President and CEO Dr. Richard Valachovic cites the scientific evidence behind the use of fluoride in community water and urges dental professionals in all communities to take the lead on this issue.
Health experts call for action to tackle athletes' poor oral health October 23, 2014 -- Poor oral health affects elite athletes' general health and performance, and it must be remedied, according to a consensus statement published by University College London health experts and sporting bodies in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Study of premolar roots finds room for maxillary extractions October 22, 2014 -- Extraction of posterior maxillary teeth is challenging because the roots are often close to the maxillary sinus. However, a recent study in the Journal of Endodontics that used cone-beam CT found that only few premolars actually present a risk of that border being violated.
Illinois study highlights need for older adult oral healthcare October 21, 2014 -- More than 80% of adults 60 years and older in Illinois had no dental insurance, and more than a quarter said their oral health was only fair or poor in a recent study, published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. The study author says it's time to make treating older adults a priority.
Dos and don'ts for the new patient experience: First impressions last October 20, 2014 -- The average new patient contributes a production level of approximately three times that of a current patient. That's why it's so important to make an excellent first impression, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. The patient sees that yours is a caring practice dedicated to providing excellent dentistry -- and the patient in turn will become dedicated to the practice.
Why women in dentistry rock! October 20, 2014 -- Amy Morgan, CEO of the Pride Institute, examines how the leadership and problem-solving skills that are considered feminine are really just the beginning of a new way for you to look at opportunities to make your practice better.
That didn't go as planned October 20, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler looks at what happens when negative emotions arise when things don't go as planned. She notes that even when you've done your homework, things can go wrong. She presents some practical and innovative ideas for seeing these events as opportunities, not obstacles.
FTC, Texas business groups oppose new DSO rules October 17, 2014 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Texas business groups are urging the rejection of new rules by the state dental board regarding dental service organizations (DSOs), saying they would restrict dentists' ability to contract with DSOs.