Getting to the root of dentinal defects
June 23, 2017 -- Do newer instruments for preparing root canals induce small dentinal defects that can lead to root fractures, or have improvements in nickel titanium alloys alleviated this potential problem? Since the evidence is unclear, a new study used microcomputed tomography to analyze dentinal defects in root canals prepared with various instruments.
Exercise may help patients with dental phobia
June 23, 2017 -- Moderate exercise right before an appointment may help patients with severe dental phobia, a new study has found. Patients who walked at a moderate pace for 30 minutes experienced significantly decreased anxiety before, during, and after dental treatment.
Patients with type 2 diabetes more likely to develop periodontitis
June 22, 2017 -- Periodontal disease is a major complication of diabetes mellitus. But are patients with type 2 diabetes more likely to develop periodontal disease than those with type 1 diabetes? Researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients were more likely to have periodontitis and gingivitis, and they presented their findings at the recent American Diabetes Association's annual meeting.
Which intraoral scanner is better for implants?
June 22, 2017 -- Intraoral scanners have been predicted to entirely displace conventional impressions in the near future. But which scanners are the most accurate for implants? In a new study, researchers put four scanners through their paces to find out.
The causes of root sensitivity
June 21, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg recently consulted with a patient with a long-standing problem with tooth-root sensitivity. Many patients may not be aware of the possible causes or may be inadvertently triggering this problem with too-aggressive flossing or brushing. Dr. Danenberg offers some ideas for talking with your patients about this issue.
The importance of being all-in with new patients
June 21, 2017 -- As was shown during the NBA Finals, for a team to succeed, it has to be all-in. But what does this mean for your practice and your patients. Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier asks, are you really doing everything you can for your practice? Are you all-in?
Handpieces may spread harmful microorganisms
June 20, 2017 -- Syringes, scalers, and high-speed handpieces could be spreading harmful microorganisms in your dental practice, according to the findings of a recent systematic review that evaluated where pathogenic bioaerosols come from and what risk they pose to dental staff and patients.
8 steps to consider before offering patient payment plans
June 20, 2017 -- Having your staff try to wrangle payment from a patient can be a drain on everyone. But what if you offered your patients some alternatives to paying their balance at time of service? Corban Tenney of BillingTree looks at eight steps you should consider to make the payment plan process as easy, and secure, for everyone as possible.
Can early-life family income influence lifelong dental pain?
June 19, 2017 -- Lower socioeconomic status is known to negatively affect various health outcomes, but scant information is available on its relationship to dental pain. To learn more, researchers of a new study investigated the effects of family income early in life and parental education on dental pain in adulthood.
Do's and don'ts for hygiene growth: Contact overdue patients
June 19, 2017 -- Too many practices lose patients because the office fails to reach out to them after missing an appointment. If you wait for patients to call you, you'll be waiting a long time. Instead, make it a priority to reschedule patients who missed an appointment. The sooner you can get them back on the schedule, the more likely they will remain a patient.
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