Study: Dental visits cut pneumonia risk October 28, 2016 -- Patients with regularly scheduled dental visits are less likely to come down with pneumonia, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 26,000 patients to determine the role oral healthcare visits play in reducing the pneumonia risk.
The day your refrigerator broke the internet October 28, 2016 -- On Friday, October 21, many of the largest websites in the U.S. were effectively offline for hours because of an organized attack. This attack used computers and also connected devices such as digital video recorders and thermostats. Bryan Currier, president of a technology integration company, offers practical insight into how to protect your practice from such an attack.
U.S. judge rules against orthodontics firm in ad case October 27, 2016 -- A U.S. district court has ruled that Propel Orthodontics has "disseminated false and misleading advertisements throughout its participation in the marketplace," while granting a preliminary injunction against the company in favor of OrthoAccel Technologies.
Does disinfecting water lines eliminate infection risk? October 27, 2016 -- Dentists may think that flushing their office water lines with disinfectants eliminates bacteria and fungus and meets infection-control guidelines. But a new study found that patients and dental staff remain exposed to the risk of infections even after water lines have been flushed using industry-standard sterilization techniques.
ADA 2016: 4 steps to screen for childhood obesity -- Part 2 October 26, 2016 -- Screening for obesity within the dental practice can help prevent at-risk kids from developing chronic diseases later in life, according to a session on nutrition at the recent 2016 ADA annual meeting. However, the speakers also recognize that weight can be a difficult topic for dental providers to broach. Part two of this series focuses on four steps dental providers can use to screen kids for obesity.
5 qualities of a great team October 26, 2016 -- Maybe you aren't managing a Major League Baseball team, but you are managing a team. As Jay Geier of the Scheduling Institute writes, building a team in which everyone contributes and is involved requires tools and training, but every team has the potential to become a dream team.
ADA 2016: Why dentists should screen kids for obesity -- Part 1 October 25, 2016 -- Did you know elementary school-aged kids see their dentist more often than their primary care provider? That's why it's important for dental professionals to screen kids for obesity, according to a well-attended session on nutrition at the recent 2016 ADA annual meeting. Part one of this two-part series focuses on why dental providers can -- and should -- do weight assessments.
The Naked Dentist: Communication advances technology October 25, 2016 -- It's not always easy to ask for help, especially when it comes to using new technologies. As Curtis Marshall writes in his latest Naked Dentist column, sometimes it just takes some open, honest communication and asking for help to overcome obstacles.
Legal Cases: Placement of implants projecting into the maxillary sinus October 24, 2016 -- A 61-year-old man presented to a large group practice where a prosthodontist proposed a treatment plan of four implants. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document in their latest Legal Cases series, having a plan of action isn't enough -- it has to be written in the patient's chart.
Dos and don'ts for patient relationships: Partner with patients to provide better care October 24, 2016 -- You may talk about how committed you are to your patients, but do you demonstrate it in every interaction with everyone who comes to your practice? Make your commitment clear by treating patients like partners in maintaining, restoring, and improving their oral health, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.