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Your new year: How to make a strong start with patient reactivation
January 12, 2017 -- A full schedule is vital to the health of your practice; however, most practice owners vastly underestimate how much you have to work to keep the schedule full, writes Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants. He offers a comprehensive overview of how to enact a patient reactivation program.
ADA brief: Dentist earnings stable, but unused capacity still high
January 12, 2017 -- Earnings for general dentists in the U.S. remained stable in 2015, but they appear unlikely to return to prerecession growth levels, according to a new research brief by the ADA's Health Policy Institute. In addition, general dentists reported being busier in 2015, but there is still significant unused capacity in the dental care system, the authors noted.
Can Listerine prevent STIs? Researchers want to find out
January 11, 2017 -- In 1879, the manufacturers of Listerine claimed the antiseptic mouthwash could cure gonorrhea. Almost 140 years later, researchers found out that claim just might be true. Rinsing with Listerine significantly reduced the prevalence in the mouth and throat of the bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to a new study.
DrBicuspid.com announces the 2017 Dental Excellence Award winners
January 10, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Dental Excellence Awards. Please join us in honoring the best new products in dentistry. Awards will be presented at the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting in February.
Proposed U.K. soft drinks levy likely to reduce caries
January 10, 2017 -- A U.K. proposal to tax soft-drink manufacturers could reduce caries incidence by nearly 270,000 cases a year, according to a study in Lancet Public Health. However, the effects on health will depend on the industry's reaction to the levy, which could include reducing the amount of sugar in these drinks and increasing their prices, the authors concluded.
How an incarcerated patient changed my mind on sugar
January 10, 2017 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles took a three-week vacation -- from sugar, grains, and dairy. This cleanse and a recent interaction with an incarcerated teenager with a beautiful smile has her reconsidering how she communicates with her patients and their parents about oral healthcare.
Study offers new treatment for large caries
January 9, 2017 -- Is the way you treat large caries about to change? The findings of a new study in Scientific Reports suggest that using a degradable collagen sponge filled with a pharmaceutical first tested for treating Alzheimer's disease may stimulate natural dentine repair and eventually replace the need for fillings and cements.
Do's and don'ts for patient communication: Highlight practice technology
January 9, 2017 -- Dental patients may quickly become bored and confused if you go on and on about your incredible new technological wonder you've invested in. But that doesn't mean the subject is forbidden. You just have to translate it into a "lite" version focused on how it benefits the patient, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Oral cancer cases in men projected to increase in 2017
January 9, 2017 -- The number of new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx in men is expected to increase to more than 35,000 in the U.S. in 2017, according to a report on cancer mortality published by the American Cancer Society. The number of new cases of these cancers in women is expected to remain around 14,000.
5 tips for dental blogging your way to new patients
January 6, 2017 -- Looking for a way to keep your patients engaged and also reach potential new patients? Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote suggests adding a blog to help add new information to your website. She offers five tips to help you get started and keep blogging.
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