Managing an inheritance February 9, 2017 -- An inheritance may come at a difficult time for you and your family. However, as these bequests can greatly influence your financial planning, having a plan in place can be helpful. As financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains, there are different strategies depending on what type of inheritance is received.
Should Medicare include dental coverage? Experts weigh in February 8, 2017 -- Since Medicare was created in 1965, the U.S. has put a man on the moon and a rover on Mars, the internet was created, and 3D-printed restorations went from science fiction to clinical practice. Some experts think it's time for Medicare to change, too, by finally covering dental care.
7 things that require zero talent February 8, 2017 -- It isn't just talent that makes an excellent team member. In fact, skills can be taught, while characteristics such as passion and integrity come from within a person, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. His latest column details seven key attributes that have nothing to do with talent but can add tremendous value to your practice.
Sustained antimicrobial-release implant curbs biofilms February 7, 2017 -- What if you could prevent infectious biofilms on your patient's implants? Researchers have shown in the laboratory that sustained chlorhexidine release through a porous titanium-silica material prevented and eradicated biofilm formation, which may lead to a new option for preventing implant infections.
Infographic: A look at U.S. sugary drink consumption February 6, 2017 -- Most Americans drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The finding is concerning because sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet and can lead to dental caries and erosion.
Do's and don'ts for practice growth: Does a second office make sense? February 6, 2017 -- Many dentists think about opening a satellite office at some point in their career. Before you make such a move, come up with a realistic idea of what it will take to achieve the intended results, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.
Smoking may affect optimal timing of implant loading February 3, 2017 -- Smoking may not affect the success rate of dental implants, but it could have an effect on the ideal timing for implant loading, according to a recent study. Researchers found that the survival rate of posterior mandible implants was the same in heavy smokers and nonsmokers, but bone healing around implants was slower in smokers.
Is tooth location a key to endodontic restoration survival? February 3, 2017 -- What factors are responsible for the survival of a tooth treated endodontically using a titanium post and a bonded amalgam restoration? While the remaining tooth structure is the key component, what other factors play a role? Researchers undertook a long-term evaluation that considered multiple influences.
Second Opinion: Wash. lawmakers should regulate dental chains February 2, 2017 -- In this Second Opinion, the president of the Washington State Dental Association spells out the case for new legislation in that state that would prohibit dental service organizations from interfering in a dentist's clinical judgment and provide state authority for monitoring these organizations.
Which NiTi rotary instrument is best for canal shaping? February 2, 2017 -- Major advancements have been made in nickel titanium (NiTi) rotary instruments in recent years. But which type of rotary instrumentation works best? In a study in BMC Oral Health, researchers tested three types of NiTi instruments for shaping root canals, finding one that was superior.