Are anesthetic drugs linked to tooth failure?
October 6, 2015 -- Scientists are one step closer to finding a link between local anesthetics and the failure of young permanent teeth. The drugs used in sedation can inhibit new cell growth, potentially leading to developmental failure, according to a recent study.
Office lease negotiating: Part 2 -- Rent
October 6, 2015 -- Paying rent is one of the most heavily negotiated and litigated aspects of a lease. Thousands of dollars are on the line, and payments can drastically affect your cash flow. In part two of this series, Matt LaMaster discusses rent, how it's calculated, and tips on negotiating a better lease.
2015 Dental Excellence Awards nominating period begins
October 5, 2015 -- The Dental Excellence Awards are once again open for nominations, giving you the chance to tell us who should be nominated for dentistry's most prestigious awards. Categories include Best New Restoratives Material, Best Practice Management Consultant, Most Important Story, and more. There are nine categories in all.
Dos and don'ts for social media: Make posts inviting
October 5, 2015 -- Social media may be a great way to build relationships with patients and stay in touch -- but only if you follow some common-sense guidelines when creating posts. The easiest way to learn what to do is to spend time watching what others post and what gets the most positive responses, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Sheri's Solutions: 'You should not take the patient'
October 5, 2015 -- What's the first call you received this week? In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger recounts her first call of a recent week: an irate father of a patient wondering why the insurance companies weren't covering his daughter's treatment.
Study finds complexity in denture-related stomatitis
October 2, 2015 -- Denture-related stomatitis is currently thought to be a candidal infection. However, a new study from Europe on the oral microbiome of denture wearers has found that the condition is more complex than originally thought, which may eventually change how you treat these patients.
Kaiser expert touts MLPs during ADA webinar
October 1, 2015 -- Midlevel providers (MLPs) can help dentists expand their Medicaid practices without shrinking their private-pay practices, the associate director of a Kaiser commission on Medicaid said during a recent ADA webinar focusing on a new Health Policy Institute report on dental care utilization.
Practice building starts with team building
October 1, 2015 -- Team building is the key to successful practice building, writes Dr. Rhonda Savage. Growing your business will happen organically if you consistently keep staff members in the know, continuously satisfy patients' needs, and show appreciation for your team's great work.
Why are you micromanaging?
September 30, 2015 -- Dentists are often accused of micromanaging. Why is that? Because they do just that. However, as Dr. Lisa Knowles writes, micromanaging can sometimes take the form of microlearning, which has a very different purpose.
Is indirect imaging better for measuring bone levels?
September 30, 2015 -- When examining periodontal pocket depth, measurements can be affected by the examiner's skill and technique. However, an indirect radiographic method may be the best way to determine periodontal bone levels, according to a new study.
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