Dentist helps Olympic athletes go for gold August 18, 2016 -- When a U.S. Olympic archer who uses his mouth to hold his bow back fractured one of his front teeth and needed care so he could compete in Rio, a volunteer dentist from the Academy for Sports Dentistry stepped in to help.
4 ways to keep your patients engaged between visits August 18, 2016 -- Today, one of the most important things you can do is to stay in touch with your patients between their dental appointments. With the internet at your fingertips, you can drive patient engagement in multiple ways, from social media contests to email marketing. Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote offers ways you can keep your patients engaged.
20 ways to overdeliver to your patients August 17, 2016 -- A patient-centric practice means more than just saying you're going to go the extra mile for your patients -- it means actually putting this philosophy into practice, according to Scheduling Institute's Jay Geier. Here he offers 20 ideas to help your practice become more patient-centric.
Study: Hospital oral healthcare not a focus for nurses August 17, 2016 -- Older people who have been hospitalized aren't getting the oral care they need, according to a new study by Canadian researchers who shadowed nurses on five inpatient units. Clinical oral healthcare guidelines are not being followed for these patients, and more focus is needed to prevent plaque buildup and complications such as pneumonia.
Legal Cases: TMJ dysfunction following crown and bridge work August 16, 2016 -- A 63-year-old man with many fillings, previous endodontic treatment, and three-unit bridges presented to his dentist with headaches, tight jaw muscles, and teeth grinding. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document, sometimes practicing to the dentist's ability is the best course of action for all involved.
ICD codes are coming: Here's what you need to know August 15, 2016 -- It's only a matter of time before you'll need to use ICD-10 diagnostic codes in your dental practice. In part one of a two-part series, coding experts Dr. Charles Blair and Glenda Hood explain why diagnostic codes are relevant for dentistry.
ADA VP sees benefit of flossing controversy August 12, 2016 -- Both consumers and dental professionals were left scratching their heads last week after the publication of an article by Associated Press that questioned the evidence behind flossing. But the vice president of the ADA's Scientific Institute is excited about the possibility that dentists can have a meaningful conversation with their patients about oral healthcare.
3 massive mistakes that keep dentists stressed August 11, 2016 -- If you could isolate three behaviors that keep dentists stressed, what would you name? Difficult patients? Revenue issues? Staffing concerns? All those are legitimate, but when you dig down, as stress management expert Jen Butler has, you find much of your stress comes from three mistakes. Learn what they are and how to not make them anymore.
Flossing: The holy grail of dentistry? August 11, 2016 -- Following the recent heated controversy over the scientific merits of flossing, DrBicuspid.com queried its informed readers to get their input about the issue. "Plaque control is considered the holy grail in dentistry," noted a dental instructor, while a dentist said flossing could become a blame game between dentists and patients.