Obamacare stays: Republicans pull healthcare bill
March 24, 2017 -- The American Health Care Act was pulled minutes before the U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on its future on March 24. If passed, the bill would have eliminated the requirement for insurance companies to provide 10 essential benefits, including pediatric dental coverage.
IADR 2017: SDF outperforms fluoride varnish on baby teeth
March 24, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Despite its flaws, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) may be the best option for arresting caries development in baby teeth. SDF was significantly more effective than fluoride varnish in preventing biofilm formation in a new study, presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
IADR 2017: Lower water fluoridation level effective in preventing caries
March 24, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Reducing community water fluoridation to 0.7 mg/L appears to be effective at reducing fluoride exposure while still preventing caries, according to research presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
IADR 2017: OCT detects more cracks than 2D microscopy
March 23, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - To detect cracks in ceramic restorations, an optical coherence tomography OCT) technique may be a better option than 2D microscopy, according to new research presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Which materials maintain their strength after grinding?
March 23, 2017 -- Maintaining a restorative material's strength after grinding and polishing is a key concern for practitioners using a chairside CAD/CAM process. However, between glass-ceramic materials and so-called softer materials, which retain the most strength after a grinding and polishing process? A new study has an answer.
IADR 2017: Which CAD/CAM restorative materials are the toughest?
March 22, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - When creating restorations using a CAD/CAM process, practitioners want to use the strongest, most fracture-resistant material available. Researchers tested a mix of five contemporary CAD/CAM materials to find out which resisted fractures the best and presented their findings on Wednesday at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Is there a silver lining for Medicaid dentistry under Trump?
March 22, 2017 -- With efforts underway to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act alongside proposed changes to Medicaid funding, many in the dental industry are in a state of flux. As Andrew Oreffice, a senior vice president at Benevis Practice Services writes, dental leaders are bracing for potentially sweeping changes to the Medicaid program, but maybe there is hope for positive change.
Study examines CBCT systems for root canal treatment planning
March 21, 2017 -- The first step in planning for root canal treatment is being able to clearly see the anatomy of the canal. A cone-beam CT (CBCT) system has many advantages, such as cost and field-of-view, over other imaging devices, but can it be used to help develop a treatment plan for patients who need endodontic treatment? Researchers sought to answer this question.
10 tips for communicating with your customers
March 21, 2017 -- All practices want their patients to come back and also tell all of their friends about the practice, writes Lisa Knowles, DDS. But the kind of customer service that brings your patients back doesn't just happen. In her latest column, she offers 10 tips to help improve your practice's relationships with your patients.
Missing teeth may be a risk factor for dementia
March 20, 2017 -- Missing teeth may be a risk factor for developing dementia, the researchers of a new study have found. The more teeth older adults were missing, the more likely they were to develop dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, in the next few years, according to their findings.
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