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Perio treatment has hidden benefit for diabetes patients
December 6, 2017 -- Nonsurgical periodontal treatment may positively impact the lives of patients with diabetes, even when it does not directly improve diabetes indicators. The findings come from a new study investigating the effects of scaling and root planing on patients with type 2 diabetes.  Discuss
Tap water study shows higher blood lead, fewer caries in kids
December 5, 2017 -- U.S. children and adolescents who drank tap water had a higher prevalence of elevated blood lead levels but a much lower rate of dental caries than those who did not drink tap water, according to a new survey. The researchers suggest large parts of the U.S. population do not believe their drinking water is safe.  Discuss
Hold on: How your on-hold message affects your practice
December 5, 2017 -- You've probably talked with your team about not putting patients on hold when they call your office, but sometimes it is necessary to do so. But rather than considering this lost time to reach your patients, you can use hold time to your practice's advantage to boost profitability and customer service, according to Mark Williamson, CEO of an audio branding agency.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Failure to diagnose squamous cell carcinoma of the anterior mandibular region
December 4, 2017 -- A 45-year-old law-enforcement officer presented to an oral surgeon when his general dentist found a white lesion near a recent lower incisor extraction. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler discuss in their latest Legal Cases column, this patient's treatment and case are a reminder that chart entries are crucial to patient care and for legal documentation.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice finances: Get a clearer idea of where you're headed
December 4, 2017 -- Did you have a good fiscal year? Remember, you're the CEO of your practice, so it's up to you to know how your practice is progressing toward its profitability goals. If your financial picture is unclear, now's the time to bring everything into focus, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
5 takeaways about oral health in Texas
December 1, 2017 -- Texas policymakers, researchers, and public health stakeholders met virtually on November 16 to discuss oral health in the Lone Star State. Topics ranged from a record number of kids with public insurance visiting the dentist to a 1993 lawsuit that transformed reimbursement rates.  Discuss
Dentists still stressed and depressed: Is there good news?
December 1, 2017 -- Are private practice owners or group practice dentists more stressed? Practice management consultant Jen Butler looked at the responses from two surveys more than a decade apart, and she comes to some interesting conclusions.  Discuss
Case report: 2-visit implant placement and final restoration
November 30, 2017 -- Digital technology has drastically changed the world around us, and implant dentistry is no exception, writes Ross Enfinger, DMD. Gone are the days of freehand implant placement and compromised soft-tissue outcomes with less than ideal restorative results. Dr. Enfinger presents a case report of an implant placement performed in two visits using CAD/CAM and other technologies.  Discuss
Can a radiation-free imaging device detect early caries lesions?
November 29, 2017 -- Detecting early caries lesions is difficult under the best of circumstances, and current imaging methods have shortcomings. But does a relatively new radiation-free photo-optical device compare with bitewing radiographs in finding these lesions? A new study compared these approaches.  Discuss
4 steps to set your 2018 goals
November 29, 2017 -- Goals give you a defined destination, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. Sometimes it may seem challenging to determine your goals -- and to commit to them. He shares a few steps that will help ensure you are setting the right type of goals to get you on the road in 2018.  Discuss
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