Scaling titanium implants may worsen peri-implantitis January 16, 2017 -- When you use an ultrasonic scaler on your patient's titanium implants, your goal is to prevent peri-implantitis. But what if this action actually caused or aggravated it? A new study published in Scientific Reports examines this theory and whether the roughness of the implant surface has an effect.
Do's and don'ts for increasing production: Bounce back from treatment rejection January 16, 2017 -- When patients reject treatment you propose, it may not really signal the end of the discussion. It's hard to know what they're thinking, but there may be a money issue or other barriers. Your best course of action is clear: Remind them periodically of the treatment option you presented -- and its benefits, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Review: Is there an ideal material for apical sealing? January 13, 2017 -- While hundreds of studies have documented the safety and efficacy of filling materials most often used for apical sealing, researchers from China undertook a literature review to weigh the evidence behind the materials and see if one were ideal. Their conclusions highlight the need for rigorous research and follow-up.
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.
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.