Blind Spots: Why your practice needs an annual meeting
April 23, 2014 -- Practice management consultant Jan Keller helps you explore, and work through, the blind spots in your practice. In her first column for, she explores the idea of an annual meeting for your practice: why every practice, no matter the size, should have one; who should participate; and how to get the most out of the meeting.
Novel method corrects dental artifacts in PET/MRI
April 23, 2014 -- Dental artifacts are a significant problem for positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) scans. But a new method using active shape models and landmarks has been successful in finding -- and correcting -- artifacts.
Caries risk 3 times higher for kids with enamel hypoplasia
April 22, 2014 -- An international team of researchers examined more than 1,700 Brazilian schoolchildren from different sociodemographic backgrounds to learn about the impact of developmental defects in enamel. The results could help spotlight patients who will need closer attention from clinicians early in life to help them maintain a healthy mouth.
7 tips to help your practice on Earth Day
April 22, 2014 -- As April 22 is Earth Day, brings you seven ideas to help your practice become more sustainable and maybe even increase your return on investment. Some of the ideas are perhaps obvious, like turning off your computers at night, but some highlight how far practices have yet to go to reduce the amount of waste produced.
Fla. dentist sues Heartland Dental over sale of practice
April 21, 2014 -- A Florida dentist is suing the Heartland Dental chain, claiming the company fired him after illegally taking over his practice through a complicated series of transactions and employment agreements. The suit is similar to a 2011 case in which a North Carolina dentist illegally sold his practice to Heartland.
Making in-office products an opportunity, not a crisis
April 21, 2014 -- One of the best opportunities for your patients to improve their oral health is to receive useful information at the dental office about home care products. As patients are looking to dental professionals for accurate and relevant information, doesn't it make sense for staff to have a better understanding of how to most effectively use the products?
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Branding your practice
April 21, 2014 -- Factors that make your practice special and unique are known as your competitive advantages, and they help determine your practice brand. They are a powerful way to convince patients in your community that your office is their best choice, according to Dr. Roger Levin.
Bipartisan protectionism rears its ugly head in the states
April 18, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Patrick Gleason, the director of state affairs for Americans for Tax Reform, looks at recent legislation in Texas and North Carolina concerning dental service organizations and how these bills may affect competition for dental services.
Study puts 2 types of powered toothbrushes to the test
April 17, 2014 -- Consumers are faced with a plethora of toothbrush choices, both manual and powered. Now a new study has compared two types of powered brushes -- an oscillating-rotating brush versus a sonic one -- and found a clear winner.
Researchers further understanding of dental bone diseases
April 17, 2014 -- The authors of new review published in the Journal of Dental Research hope to increase the understanding of dental, oral, and craniofacial manifestations of rare bone diseases and improve the ability to diagnose and treat these conditions. They identify four physiologic processes that cause these diseases and detail their dental manifestations.
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