Study: Fluoride varnish as effective as sealant for caries prevention April 19, 2017 -- Preventing caries on occlusal surfaces of molars is a key preventive care objective in all patients, but especially for children and those from lower socioeconomic groups. A new study compared fluoride varnish and pit-and-fissure sealant for caries prevention in these children.
How do oral disorders affect your patients' lives? April 18, 2017 -- When patients come to your office with oral lichen planus, actinic keratosis, erythroplakia, or another oral potentially malignant disorder, they may be experiencing physical and psychological distress in addition to pain. A new study examined how these disorders can affect patients' lives.
Optimizing workflow with proper office design April 18, 2017 -- Designing your dental clinic involves more than cost and aesthetics -- it needs to have the right accommodations, flow, and layout to ensure patient comfort, while also helping staff members go about their day-to-day activities. Bruce Johnstone from Apex Design Build discusses how good design can boost your practice's bottom line.
Do's and don'ts for financial management: Where does the money go? April 17, 2017 -- The Levin Group target for general practice overhead is 59%, but most practices are at 75%, according to recent data. That's a huge difference. Reducing high overhead by even percentage points can yield significant savings to practices, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his latest Practice Success tip, he offers tips on how to track where your money goes and reduce overhead.
Are patients satisfied with noninvasive treatment? April 14, 2017 -- Research supports the benefits of minimally invasive dentistry for noncavitated carious lesions, but can providing such care damage your professional reputation and lower patient satisfaction? In a new study, patients who received noninvasive treatment were just as satisfied as those who underwent invasive treatment.
April 2017 new-product roundup from DrBicuspid.com April 14, 2017 -- In March and April, companies have introduced new products ranging from an endodontics chair to new toothpastes and more. Here is our monthly roundup of new products from companies such as Philips Sonicare, Sanofi, Boyd Industries, and others.
Chlorhexidine mouthwash effectively reduces plaque April 13, 2017 -- Rinsing with chlorhexidine for several weeks is an effective way to reduce plaque, according to a new systematic review. Those who used the rinse had significantly lower levels of plaque and also reduced gingival inflammation and bleeding, researchers found.
Stress can play havoc with your patient's mouth April 12, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg recently talked with a colleague about the havoc emotional stress can cause in a patient's mouth. To illustrate the havoc, he describes the case of a woman who experienced terrible abuse at her work and also how significant stress reduction improved her mental -- and oral -- health.
Want a successful practice? Turn off the radio April 12, 2017 -- With more than 1,300 different news-talk radio stations in the U.S., it is easy to get caught up in what you can't control and let it impact how you run your practice. Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier understands that temptation, but counsels his clients to focus on what they can control. Doing so will help you see opportunities to grow your practice.