Do's and don'ts for the office manager: Be inclusive March 20, 2017 -- As the office manager, you need to build a cohesive team. You can't let petty rivalries and grievances split staff members into factions. You have to set the example by not playing favorites and going out of your way to include everyone in practice activities, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
How to boost the oral health of Latino kids March 17, 2017 -- Why is the caries rate higher for Latino children compared with other kids in the U.S., and what strategies can help lower caries prevalence? Researchers partnered with a community organization to conduct focus groups with Latino parents, and they reached some intriguing conclusions about how to better meet the dental needs of these children.
Are power toothbrushes harming your patients' teeth? March 16, 2017 -- Power toothbrushes and whitening toothpastes are popular, but could they be too abrasive? A new study found that simulated long-term use of a power toothbrush combined with an abrasive whitening toothpaste produced significantly more dentin loss than with a manual toothbrush.
SDF with potassium reduces staining, caries recurrence March 16, 2017 -- You just placed a restoration and have a choice -- do you use silver diamine fluoride (SDF), reducing the risk of secondary caries but also staining the tooth, or do you leave it as is? New research suggests SDF with potassium iodide might be a compromise between the two options.
Searching for the cause of a patient's bad breath March 15, 2017 -- A patient scheduled a consultation with Dr. Alvin Danenberg the other day about her chronic bad breath. She had gone to her medical doctor years ago to figure out what was going on, only to be rebuked. The steps Dr. Danenberg took to help this patient are a reminder that there is always a cause, even if getting to that cause is tricky.
The selfless by-product of success March 15, 2017 -- For the past three years, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier has challenged his highest-level clients to increase the reach of their giving through mission trips abroad. Why? Because they come back from these trips completely changed. In his latest column, he writes about how you can make a difference in the lives of others.
Young dentists driving DSO expansion March 14, 2017 -- About 7% of dentists in the U.S. are affiliated with a dental service/support organization (DSO), according to new data from the ADA's Health Policy Institute. However, that percentage almost doubles for younger dentists under the age of 35.
Regular coding changes add pain in dental practice March 14, 2017 -- Claims and coding are of the utmost importance to practices, writes Lindy Benton of Vyne. Money powers every business, fuels growth, and affects our ability to serve prospective clients, whether they be patients or software customers. One thing is true for businesses large and small -- without a well-managed revenue cycle -- success, although possible, will be fleeting at best.
Study: Which implant sizes are more likely to fail? March 13, 2017 -- When it comes to dental implants, are those considered longer or shorter more likely to fail? Is an implant 3.8 mm in diameter less likely to fail than a 6.0-mm implant? The largest study on implant failure to date has answers.
Do's and don'ts for the hygienist: Create awareness of elective services March 13, 2017 -- Many patients have no idea about the full range of services, especially cosmetic procedures, provided by your practice -- unless you tell them. If you don't talk about cosmetic dentistry, how can you expect patients to be interested? After all, hygienists spend more time with patients than anyone else in the office, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.