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.
DSO customer service lags behind insurance, retail industries June 16, 2017 -- Patients appear dissatisfied with the dental service/support organization (DSO) experience, according to the results from a new survey. Those who received services from DSOs ranked their customer experience far below that of other industries, including insurance and retail.
7 ways to talk with your patients about flossing June 15, 2017 -- Do your patients continue to ask if they have to floss? U.S. researchers looked at the evidence for and against flossing, and they offered seven strategies for talking about it with your patients in hopes of improving their oral health.