IADR study: Is gingivitis likely in pregnant women? June 28, 2016 -- Women who are pregnant are likely to have moderate to severe gingivitis and may need regular care to maintain their oral health, according to a new study presented on June 23 at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) general session in Seoul, South Korea.
Restrictive covenants: The story of a young associate June 28, 2016 -- Attorney Joseph D. Jordan discusses one of the most difficult legal issues in practice: restrictive covenants. In this "case report," a newly graduated associate signed a restrictive covenant agreement that she presumed was nonenforceable. This column will help you learn from her costly and long-lasting mistake.
Dos and don'ts for financial management: Are you overdue for a collections upgrade? June 27, 2016 -- Unfortunately, many dentists overestimate their collection rate. Practices often lack efficient, step-by-step systems for preventing and collecting overdues, and doctors don't actually track the numbers. As smart business leaders will tell you, what doesn't get measured doesn't get done, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
8 ways to address conflict in a family-run practice June 27, 2016 -- If you own a family-run dental practice, you know how challenging it can be. In her second column on these practices, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers eight tips to keep your practice running smoothly and to keep all your employees positive and productive.
As the price soars, gold no longer glitters June 24, 2016 -- Once literally the gold standard for dental restorations, the precious metal has largely been replaced by ceramics as the material of choice for most dentists. The soaring cost of gold combined with the development of ceramic materials has led to a decline in gold's allure in dentistry.
How to leverage your offline connections June 23, 2016 -- DrBicuspid.com recently asked Dr. Roger P. Levin of Levin Group and Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote to share their thoughts about offline or community marketing. They discuss the real-world marketing of your practice, how to create goodwill in the community, and more.
A clinician's journey into the third dimension: Part 5 -- Clinical decisions made easy June 23, 2016 -- Combining 3D imaging with clinical findings yields indisputable evidence that becomes the foundation for a complete dental exam, Dr. Anthony Ramirez writes. In the latest installment of his series, he details two case reports in which innovative technology helped guide his treatment recommendations and facilitated better outcomes for his patients.
5 things I wish I knew as a teenager June 22, 2016 -- How often do you hear someone say, "If I only knew then what I know now"? After 30 years of working with tens of thousands of doctors, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier has heard it many times. During a recent speech, he realized that his advice for teenagers looking to make their mark also applies to dentists seeking to make their practices successful.
1 out of 5 adults shares opioid medication June 22, 2016 -- One out of five adults has shared prescribed opioid medication with another person, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Many study participants also didn't receive safe storage information from their provider or pharmacist.
Legal Cases: Brain abscess from alleged failure to treat perio disease June 21, 2016 -- A 47-year-old photographer with periodontal disease and active purulent discharge experienced a seizure eight days after periodontal treatment. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document, what happened next is a reminder that all antibiotic situations have to be evaluated carefully.