ADA brief on barriers to care misleading
November 17, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Frank Catalanotto comments on the ADA's recent brief on barriers to dental care. He writes that while this is an issue that needs further study, the brief's conclusions might be based on flawed methodology.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: Be your practice's CEO -- chief energy officer
November 17, 2014 -- It takes a considerable amount of energy to get through a normal day in a dental practice, and the demand is even greater on more stressful, chaotic days. As the practice leader, you need to ensure that your team's energy level remains high, and you can make that happen by using special staff-energizing techniques, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Hygiene production down? Here's how to fix it
November 17, 2014 -- Practice management expert Sally McKenzie offers her insight into how you can run a more successful practice. This column focuses on recognizing and fixing hygiene scheduling issues, and she provides tips to help you revive your hygiene department and grow your income.
Oral Health America urges addition of oral health to White House conference
November 14, 2014 -- Every 10 years the White House hosts a Conference on Aging that covers issues such as retirement security and healthy aging. As in past years, oral healthcare isn't on the agenda. To try to correct this serious oversight, Oral Health America is reaching out to the dental community to petition the conference organizers to add oral healthcare to the agenda.
Group Practice Models Course at ADA 2014 offered variations on a theme
November 13, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, gives an overview and review of the Group Practice Models Course at the ADA's 2014 Annual Meeting last month in San Antonio. Six panelists presented on variations of the group practice model.
Japanese mushroom may help treat HPV infection
November 13, 2014 -- A Japanese mushroom extract appears to be effective in eradicating human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a pilot clinical trial at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston
First Do No Harm: Part 2 -- The standard of care in eye protection
November 12, 2014 -- In the second part of this series, Noel Kelsch, RDHAP, writes that successful infection control and clinician safety depend on every clinician being ethical and following laws, regulations, recommendations, and the standard of care.
Study warns against using unsafe handheld x-ray devices
November 12, 2014 -- Handheld x-ray devices are used widely in dental practices across the U.S., but are they always safe? That depends on the device, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The study authors warn dental professionals to be cautious and use only those devices that have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.
5 things you need to know about IV sedation dentistry
November 11, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Laurence Fendrich writes that IV moderate sedation dentistry is extremely safe for the patient if administered correctly by a dentist who has been properly trained and certified to perform it.
Study: Surgery for sleep apnea improves asthma control
November 11, 2014 -- Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in children suffering from sleep apnea is associated with decreased asthma severity, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine.
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