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.
Dos and don'ts for production per patient
November 5, 2012 -- In contrast to need-based dentistry, patient education is critical to gain cosmetic case acceptance. With need-based dentistry, patients often accept treatment to alleviate pain. Motivating patients to agree to cosmetic procedures is a much more subtle and comprehensive process.
What union support of Obamacare may mean for dentistry
November 5, 2012 -- Will unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") result in a new dental practice model, with 2% cosmetic practices and 98% working for government unions? An analysis of a recent Forbes Magazine article demonstrates how this scenario could become a reality.
Time to add fluoride varnish to your bag of tricks?
November 2, 2012 -- Despite its many proven advantages to improving dental health, fluoride varnish is still not used regularly in many U.S. dental offices. But a number of recent product improvements could change all that.
NJ, NY dentists address Superstorm Sandy damage
November 1, 2012 -- Dentists along the New Jersey shore and in low-lying areas of New York are struggling to get power restored to their offices and homes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Dentists in Sea Bright, NJ, were particularly hard hit, and as many as 7,000 dentists in New York have been affected by flooding or power outages.