Struggling dental chain looks to mend its ways
July 4, 2012 -- Church Street Health Management, a private-equity-backed dental chain primarily serving Medicaid patients, has emerged from bankruptcy with new owners, a new name, and a new strategy to overcome a history of federal investigations and lawsuits related to allegations of unnecessary treatment.
IADR studies address antibiotic use for perio treatment
July 3, 2012 -- What are the effects of different dosages and duration of adjunctive antibiotic therapy in the treatment of periodontal disease, and how does this therapy impact final outcomes? These questions were the focus of multiple oral sessions at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in Brazil.
The business behind dental treatment for America's poorest kids
July 3, 2012 -- Part two of the Center for Public Integrity's investigative report on corporate dental chains focuses on the largest Medicaid dental provider in the U.S., which has been accused in several states of providing unnecessary treatment to younger patients -- particularly crowns.
Do oxalates reduce dentin hypersensitivity?
July 2, 2012 -- A systematic review published last year in the Journal of Dental Research found little evidence to support the use of oxalates for treating dentin hypersensitivity. Now a critical summary by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's review council lends further support to these findings.
Dos and don'ts for collections
July 2, 2012 -- The longer a bill remains unpaid, the worse your chances of ever getting paid. Your practice deserves payment for dental services performed, so take a proactive approach and systematically "encourage" overdue patients to hold up their end of the agreement. A proven technique for doing this is to follow the rule of 3s.
New CE venture encourages dentist, physician collaboration
June 29, 2012 -- A physician, a nurse, and a dentist have joined forces to create a series of seminars aimed at getting dentists and physicians to better understand the need for a collaborative approach to screening patients at risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Fluoride delivery gets due attention at IADR
June 28, 2012 -- Three studies focusing on the effectiveness of fluoride delivered in several different ways, from milk to dentifrice and sealants, were presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting last week in Brazil.
IADR sessions examine dental fear and anxiety
June 28, 2012 -- Several presentations at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting last week in Brazil focused on dental fear and anxiety, including anxiety in children with toothaches, anxiety in patients undergoing implant surgery, and whether fear of pain is inherited.
PBS documentary spotlights 'ruptured' oral care system
June 27, 2012 -- A documentary that aired last night on the PBS "Frontline" program took a long, hard look at a "ruptured" dental care system in which the poor have little access to care outside of jammed public clinics and hospital emergency rooms and are increasingly turning to corporate dental chains.
Psoriasis patients not at higher risk for perio disease
June 27, 2012 -- Recent studies examining the link between psoriasis and oral health have suggested there is a connection. But a new study in the Journal of Periodontology found no difference in the experience or risk of dental caries and periodontitis between those with or without psoriasis.