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.
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
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.