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Simple oral hygiene regime appears effective after stroke
December 12, 2017 -- Controlling dental plaque after a patient has a stroke may be lifesaving, but the best way to do so is still unclear. A new study compared the results of different oral hygiene and plaque control methods, including the use of chlorhexidine gel, in stroke patients and found that basic routines were effective.  Discuss
Winners lose more than losers
December 12, 2017 -- It may seem counterintutive, but winners lose more than losers. Why? Because they are willing to look at why they lost and get back in the game. In his latest Naked Dentist column, Curtis Marshall of Dental Intel looks at a practice in Michigan that embodies the approach of learning from their mistakes when it comes to presenting implant treatment.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Concentrating on what you are good at
December 11, 2017 -- Dr. Eric Garver started his dental career in his father's small private practice. However, after two attempts at practice ownership, he realized he needed a role that better suited his personality and his skills. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Garver relates how a part-time position at a dental service organization helped him find a path that would allow him to help other dentists.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for creating a happy work environment: Be a great doctor -- and a great leader
December 11, 2017 -- Every day you strive to provide great dental care, but as the practice leader, you are also responsible for helping to keep your team happy, enthusiastic, and inspired. Keep in mind that the way you lead your staff can have a tremendous positive or negative influence on the morale and performance of staff members, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
U.S. dental spending jumps 5% to $124B in 2016
December 8, 2017 -- Spending on dental and oral healthcare in the U.S. increased to more than $124 billion in 2016, up from $118.9 billion in 2015, according to a new study in Health Affairs. The 4.6% increase in spending outpaced the 4.3% overall healthcare spending increase.  Discuss
5 reasons production is down
December 8, 2017 -- It is December and you are probably looking at your practice's year-end numbers. If your production numbers are down, it can impact your bottom line and also your team's morale. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie has five reasons your production numbers might be lower and what you can do to improve them.  Discuss
Does perio treatment benefit cardiovascular disease patients?
December 7, 2017 -- Periodontal treatment is beneficial for patients with cardiovascular disease, right? Not so fast. A systematic review of high-quality research on the topic found scarce evidence that it could prevent cardiovascular disease recurrence and no proof of the therapy's effectiveness for primary prevention.  Discuss
5 questions patients ask about gum disease
December 6, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg receives questions from patients all over the world about gum disease. While patients' specific conditions vary, in general the conversations seem to revolve around these five questions. How do you address these patient questions?  Discuss
Perio treatment has hidden benefit for diabetes patients
December 6, 2017 -- Nonsurgical periodontal treatment may positively impact the lives of patients with diabetes, even when it does not directly improve diabetes indicators. The findings come from a new study investigating the effects of scaling and root planing on patients with type 2 diabetes.  Discuss
Tap water study shows higher blood lead, fewer caries in kids
December 5, 2017 -- U.S. children and adolescents who drank tap water had a higher prevalence of elevated blood lead levels but a much lower rate of dental caries than those who did not drink tap water, according to a new survey. The researchers suggest large parts of the U.S. population do not believe their drinking water is safe.  Discuss
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