Sheri's Solutions: The invitation
August 15, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger discusses how to make potential new patients feel welcome. She notes that when patients feel as if they received an invitation to our practices, they feel as if they are joining a family of patients rather than becoming a number.
Lack of instruction consistency hinders toothbrushing
August 14, 2014 -- Toothbrushing is the most basic practice for maintaining oral health, but what is the best way to do it? A new analysis of brushing instructions provided by dental associations, research, textbooks, and toothbrush and dentifrice companies in 10 different countries found there is very little consensus. That should be of concern to dentistry, in the opinion of the study authors.
Study: Editing HPV's genes kills cancer cells
August 14, 2014 -- Researchers have hijacked a defense system normally used by bacteria to fend off viral infections and redirected it against human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical, head and neck, and other cancers, according to a new study in the Journal of Virology.
'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces
August 13, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A new material that changes shape on heating could help heal bone lesions caused by injuries, tumor removal, or birth defects such as cleft palates, according to research presented at this week's American Chemical Society meeting.
Scams played on dentists: Part 3 -- The insurance industry
August 13, 2014 -- In the final part of this series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This part discusses the insurance industry and concludes the series on the scams played on dentists.
High-acidity drinks can permanently damage kids' teeth
August 13, 2014 -- Australian researchers are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks, and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a "triple threat" of permanent damage to young people's teeth, based on the findings of a tooth enamel erosion study in the Journal of Dentistry.
Study: Use electromyography first instead of MRI for TMDs
August 12, 2014 -- A new study has evaluated how effective surface electromyography is in diagnosing temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) with differing pathology, finding that it can help produce an accurate diagnosis that doesn't require a costly MRI exam.
Federal auditors blame Texas agency for poor oversight of ortho services
August 11, 2014 -- In the latest development in the ongoing Texas Medicaid scandal, a federal report by the U.S. Office of Inspector General has laid the responsibility for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on dental and orthodontic procedures that may have been medically unnecessary squarely on the Texas state agency that oversaw the program.
PET may artificially boost HNC survival rates
August 11, 2014 -- The use of positron emission tomography (PET) is associated with a stage migration phenomenon in locally advanced head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, according to a recent report in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.