Second Opinion: Financial barriers to care still main concern
November 24, 2014 -- In this response to Dr. Frank Catalanotto's recent Second Opinion on the ADA's barriers to care research brief, Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of the ADA's Health Policy Institute, presents the reasoning why, while supply-related barriers are an issue, financial-related barriers are a more crucial development.
Q&A: Dr. Edward J. Moody Jr. on pediatric sedation issues
November 24, 2014 -- With sedation of pediatric patients remaining an issue for the larger dental community. invited Edward H. Moody Jr., DDS, the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, to offer some insight on when to sedate and when to refer, as well as other relevant, practical information. Dr. Moody emphasizes the need for communication among all practitioners, patients, and parents and knowing your limits as a practitioner.
Dos and don'ts for customer service: Upgrade your amenities
November 24, 2014 -- In some dental practices, little thought has been given to the question of what amenities to make available to patients in the reception area. Other practices may have paid attention to this issue. Either way, they're falling short on customer service. By welcoming patients to your office with thoughtful little extras, you can strengthen their loyalty to the practice tremendously, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
HPV legislation doesn't increase vaccination among adolescents
November 21, 2014 -- U.S. legislation that requires or encourages young people to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been unsuccessful in getting more of them vaccinated, according to new research presented at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.
Study: Salivary mucins play a key role in fighting caries
November 20, 2014 -- Salivary mucins, key components of mucus, actively protect teeth from Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that causes caries, according to a new study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Global Oral Cancer Forum: An international approach for care, prevention
November 20, 2014 -- The newly formed Global Oral Cancer Forum recruits international participants to share the issues they face; learn about innovations, models, or ideas to curb growing rates of the disease; and help patients who have treatment complications. The group will gather in New York in September 2015, bringing together international multidisciplinary teams that demonstrate passion and dedication to oral cancer.
Trifecta of Troubles: Part 2 -- A dentist's hands are more than technical appendages
November 19, 2014 -- In the second of her three-part series discussing a head, hands, and heart approach in dentistry, Dr. Lisa Knowles focuses on the hands -- specifically what dentists do with hands.
Heart infection rises as dentists prescribe fewer prophylactic antibiotics
November 19, 2014 -- In a new study, U.K. scientists report that the incidence of life-threatening heart infection has increased significantly in England since the introduction of the 2008 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, as dentists have written fewer prescriptions for prophylactic antibiotics before invasive procedures.
Cardiologists have knowledge gaps about perio disease
November 18, 2014 -- A new study that looked at cardiologists' knowledge of the relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease found that many were unclear about the cause of periodontal disease. But they would like to have more information about the potential link between the two conditions, the researchers found.
New study reviews calcium-enriched cement as endodontic option
November 18, 2014 -- A new review study published in Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics analyzed the effectiveness of calcium-enriched mixture cement in endodontic applications. Bioceramic materials were mostly used for dental implants before they were introduced for pulp capping, apexogenesis, apexification, and furcation repair.
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