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Er:YAG lasers change dentin's surface, chemical composition
August 15, 2017 -- Hard-tissue lasers have been praised as a replacement to drills for basic restorative procedures, which is why researchers decided to take a closer look at how one type, the erbium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Er:YAG) laser, affected dentin's physical and chemical properties.  Discuss
Do surface roughness changes predict enamel loss?
August 15, 2017 -- If enamel erosion could be accurately measured, preventive measures could be taken to preserve tooth enamel. Researchers sought to find out if roughness data from one location could be used to measure the erosion activity on a tooth. Their results may lead the way to an in vivo test and preventive treatments.  Discuss
The answer to higher case acceptance
August 14, 2017 -- What's the biggest obstacle to patient case acceptance? Is it money or insurance? Is it scheduling issues? Maybe patients' lack of understanding about how important oral healthcare is for their overall health? Or maybe it is none of those things. Practice management consultant Jen Butler has the answer.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for implant case presentation: Play the long game
August 14, 2017 -- For most patients, agreeing to implant treatment takes multiple case presentations. Implants are expensive, requiring significant out-of-pocket costs. In addition, they involve surgery, as in dental surgery. Those are two words that few people want to hear, yet the benefits of implants are numerous and life-changing. Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his tips for successful implant case presentation.  Discuss
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities
August 11, 2017 -- In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for employee motivation: Recognition matters
August 10, 2017 -- When was the last time you complimented someone on your team? Was it last week, last month, last year -- or can you even remember? Hopefully, it was recently because team members thrive in an atmosphere where their efforts are recognized and appreciated, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Study finds SDF safe and effective on kids' teeth
August 10, 2017 -- Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) was found to be safe and 100% effective in stopping active caries in primary teeth of at-risk children and was also well-accepted by their parents in a new study, published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.  Discuss
Periodontal disease linked to increased cancer risk
August 9, 2017 -- Periodontal disease is associated with a 14% increase in cancer risk among older women, according to the results of a new study. Periodontal disease also significantly increased the risk of specific cancers, including breast and esophageal cancers.  Discuss
Case report: Orthodontic brace wire found in bowel
August 9, 2017 -- You might have seen stray wires from orthodontia in a patient's mouth, but what about in their abdomen? A new report from BMJ Case Reports highlights the unusual case of a patient who swallowed part of an orthodontic wire but did not have health issues until a decade later.  Discuss
Do sealants deliver as promised for caries prevention?
August 8, 2017 -- Sealants are commonly used for caries prevention, but are they all effective? With new sealant materials on the market, researchers updated a previous comprehensive review to reflect new data and to see if they are effective.  Discuss
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