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Black diamonds: The case for silver nitrate and silver fluoride -- Part 2
February 25, 2015 -- In part one of this series, Dr. John Frachella looked at the history of using silver nitrate and silver fluoride for pediatric caries treatment. In the conclusion, he looks at the larger treatment issues and public health concerns that need to be addressed.
Case report details alternative approach for patients with advanced tooth wear
February 25, 2015 -- When a patient with advanced tooth wear needs extensive restoration at increased occlusal vertical dimension, how do you handle it clinically? Do you prepare all the teeth in a single day and place full-arch interim prostheses? Many practitioners do, but this can be tiring for both the patient and clinician. A new case report in the Journal of Prosthodontics looks at an alternative approach.
Researchers propose new staging model for HPV+ oropharyngeal cancer
February 24, 2015 -- Canadian researchers are proposing a new tumor-staging model for predicting outcomes and guiding treatments for patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancer, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Since HPV-related cancer differs significantly from smoking-related cancer, less-intensive treatment strategies may be more appropriate, the study found.
NDDA president: MLP experiments have failed
February 24, 2015 -- Dr. Paul Tronsgard, president of the North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA), puts forth his organization's plan to improve dental health for North Dakotans, citing data and the need to collaborate innovatively. He advocates for the defeat of a recently introduced state Senate bill that would allow midlevel providers (MLPs).
Dos and don'ts for scheduling: Superb scheduling equals smooth sailing
February 23, 2015 -- Scheduling is one of the most significant indicators of how your practice is functioning. An efficient scheduling system ensures a steady flow of patients and production throughout the day. Dr. Roger P. Levin shares ideas that will help you create the best schedule for your practice.
5 reasons people don't open your emails
February 23, 2015 -- The Madow Brothers ask: Are your patients opening your emails? Are you getting enough return from this important tool? In their latest column, they offer five good reasons your patients might not be opening your emails and offer specific ideas to help improve your open rates.
Tips to improve your collections
February 23, 2015 -- Are your collections at 98%? If not, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie has some practical tips to increase your practice's collection ratio, including some you probably haven't thought of before.
Review: At-home whitening methods as effective as LED + laser
February 20, 2015 -- At-home peroxide teeth-whitening techniques are just as, if not more, effective as LED and laser whitening methods, according to a literature review published in the Open Dentistry Journal.
The advantages of a DSO: Part 2 -- Focus on technology and best practices
February 19, 2015 -- In the second of this two-part series, the partners and associates from the law firm McGuireWoods look at some of the advantages of dental services organizations (DSOs), including technology, best clinical practices, capital, and more.
FDA's lack of transparency hurts dentists and their patients
February 19, 2015 -- The dental community should be a little more wary of articles detailing clinical trials published in peer-reviewed journals, according to a new review of clinical trials in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings of trials are sometimes published without any note of their scientific misconduct found by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the author found.
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