CDA Presents: Pain control and its complexities
September 11, 2014 -- During last week's California Dental Association's CDA Presents conference, Dr. Steven Ganzberg explained the complexities of pain management and how much of what we know about pain has been learned in the last 50 years.
5 key metrics of practice health
September 11, 2014 -- Dr. Marc Schlenoff proposes a method of breaking broad practice metrics into smaller, more proactive measurements that will enable more immediate feedback. This will enable the dentist to make smaller but meaningful changes that will, in turn, positively impact the more global goals.
Stop starting to reduce stress
September 10, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler urges you to think about your "I'm gonna start ..." statements, which can create disappointment, guilt, and even stress. Her advice is to focus on small steps and specifics. Go slow to go fast, she writes.
Highlights of CDA Presents in San Francisco
September 10, 2014 -- Last week, the California Dental Association (CDA) hosted the Northern California edition of CDA Presents in San Francisco. The conference featured clinical presentations, continuing education, and new product launches for the thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors.
CDA Presents: Sleep apnea recognition starts in your office
September 9, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - In a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents conference, Dr. Steve Carstensen of Bellevue, WA, spoke on the importance of recognizing sleep apnea in patients who may not know they suffer from it. He also offered suggestions on how to treat this condition, such as oral appliance therapy.
Study: Unusual immune cell needed to prevent oral thrush
September 9, 2014 -- An unusual kind of immune cell in the tongue appears to play a pivotal role in preventing thrush, according to a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The findings may suggest why some patients are more susceptible to this oral yeast infection and could lead to the development of treatments in these highly vulnerable patients.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: Conduct a business analysis
September 8, 2014 -- In the challenging new dental economy, it's more important than ever that dentists take a more business-like approach to running their practices, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Before implementing new management systems and growth strategies, practice leaders need to know exactly where they stand.
Dentists fight Calif. malpractice insurance ballot measure
September 8, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - For almost 40 years, malpractice insurance premiums in California have remained stable due to a cap on noneconomic damage awards. But a new ballot measure threatens to quadruple the award limit and possibly put prescribers in a difficult ethical situation. DrBicuspid.com spoke with Daniel G. Davidson, DMD, about the measure and what dentists are doing to prevent its passage.
CDA Presents: Mind your body to avoid back, neck problems
September 8, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Dental professionals should make regular exercise and good posture part of their daily routines to avoid back and neck problems, according to a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents conference.
CDA Presents: How will ACA affect dental insurance, dentists, patients?
September 5, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have far-reaching impact on dental insurance, dentists, and patients, according to a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents conference. More low-income children and adults will be covered, and insurers will scrutinize claims to see if dentists are following established protocols for improved outcomes.