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The difference between treating symptoms and treating disease
April 26, 2017 -- Do you have patients like this? Three separate doctors were treating a patient when he came to see Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He had bleeding gums, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, plus other health issues. What he needed was for his practitioners to treat the root problems, not just the symptoms, writes Dr. Danenberg.
7 strategies to attract new patients to your practice
April 26, 2017 -- Rather than waiting and hoping for new patients, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier advocates taking action to help attract these patients. He offers seven strategies ranging from improving how your practice looks to creating an office culture to help your practice grow.
What you need to know about 3D printing in dentistry
April 25, 2017 -- Want to print teeth for your patients? Dentists discussed how 3D printing is changing dentistry at the recent 3DHeals 2017 conference in San Francisco. Printing teeth and dentures may be just beyond our capabilities at present, but as costs come down it will become a reality in the near future.
Second Opinion: Georgia bill addresses preventive care needs
April 25, 2017 -- During the last hours of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session in March, legislators passed a bill allowing dental hygienists to work under the general supervision of a dentist. In this Second Opinion, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, details the intent of the legislation and how it will aid low-income children in Georgia.
Which material kills the most biofilms in root canal systems?
April 24, 2017 -- The buildup of biofilms can delay the healing process in a root canal system. Killing these biofilms often requires treatment beyond irrigation and instrumentation. In a new study, researchers tested five endodontic filling materials and found that two were more effective at killing biofilms than the others.
Do's and don'ts for practice management: Measure, measure, measure
April 24, 2017 -- "What gets measured gets done" said business guru Peter Drucker. By tracking performance, you'll know where your practice is performing well and what areas should be targeted for improvement, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip. If you don't measure performance, you're just operating in the dark.
New implant coating reduces bacterial growth, adhesion
April 21, 2017 -- Silver and hydroxyapatite nanoparticles may be the key to reducing the implant failure rate. A new, biocompatible implant coated with the two materials effectively prevented biofilm growth and adhesion in a recent study.
Why don't female dentists earn as much money as men?
April 20, 2017 -- Why is there a persistent gap in earnings between male and female dentists? Researchers examined this issue in dentists, compared with physicians and lawyers, and found that the difference has decreased among them all but remains. However, a greater proportion of the gap is still unexplained among dentists, an amount that has held steady over time.
Which patient characteristics lead to CBCT motion artifacts?
April 20, 2017 -- When patients move or squirm during cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans, motion artifacts can appear on the image, reducing image quality and making treatment planning difficult. A new study looked at which patient characteristics contributed to causing motion artifacts.
6 tips to help your practice meet its full potential
April 19, 2017 -- You're ready for a change. Your practice is nowhere near where you want it to be, and most days you find yourself dealing with broken appointments, staff conflict, patient complaints, and a host of other issues that take you away from what you do best: treating patients. Yes, you know you can do better. Sally McKenzie offers six tips to help your practice reach its potential.
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