Can facial and neck dimensions predict sleep apnea?
April 11, 2017 -- Could measuring certain facial and neck dimensions predict which patients are at increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea? One researcher is exploring a possible connection in adults and presented her findings at the recent International Association for Dental Research annual meeting.
6 tips for building a dynamic team
April 11, 2017 -- It is no secret that the real strength of a dental practice is the team, but it can be difficult to build a team that creates a great experience for your patients. Dental marketing manager Shen Chao has observed how dental teams are built and offers six practical tips to help you build your team.
Saliva peptide may help implant integration
April 10, 2017 -- A peptide found in saliva may be the key to helping implants integrate with surrounding cells faster. Researchers found that oral cavity cells exposed to this specific peptide spread and adhered to titanium significantly better than those without it.
Do's and don'ts for leadership: Bring your 'A' game to the practice every day
April 10, 2017 -- If your practice were a basketball team, you would be both the head coach and the star player. As such, you've got to motivate your staff members with your words and also your actions, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Your team, consciously and unconsciously, will model their attitude and behavior based on your example.
CDC: 4% of U.S. adults have high-risk oral HPV
April 10, 2017 -- New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 4% of all U.S. adults ages 18 to 69 have a form of HPV that puts them at an increased risk for head and neck cancers.
Can improving oral health prolong life after menopause?
April 7, 2017 -- Are postmenopausal women with periodontitis or edentulism at greater risk of cardiovascular disease and death? A large prospective study examined the risk of cardiovascular disease and death in this population, with the results suggesting that improving oral health could lengthen life.
Sheri's Solutions: Flossing debate
April 7, 2017 -- Most of the mainstream media may have moved on when it comes to the debate over the effectiveness of flossing, but the importance of flossing remains a constant, writes Dr. Sheri Doniger. In her latest Sheri's Solutions, she describes recent patient conversations around the benefits of flossing and a recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
4 trends for dental care in the emergency department
April 6, 2017 -- Some people take an ambulance to the hospital for tooth pain, emergency department (ED) visits seem to be increasing, and ED problems are not limited to the U.S. At least, that's according to research presented at the recent 2017 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Study: Microdroplet device better for plaque reduction
April 5, 2017 -- Flossing is an important component of personal oral healthcare. However, getting patients to floss regularly has been shown to be difficult. In a new study, researchers asked patients if they were more comfortable using dental floss or a microdroplet device, while also measuring which was more successful at reducing plaque and gingivitis.
Get smart with case acceptance
April 5, 2017 -- When you talk with your patients about treatment acceptance, how often do they say yes? You might think your failure rate is below 20%, but Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants suggests taking a look at your patient files to see. He has some ideas to help you improve your case acceptance rate.
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