Study: MLPs may effectively screen for common dental diseases in low-risk patients
March 6, 2015 -- Dental therapists may be able to effectively screen for caries and periodontal disease in low-risk patients, according to a new U.K. study. The researchers found that these midlevel providers (MLPs) detected common dental diseases almost as often as dentists.
CDA, others advocate for improved Medi-Cal reimbursement rates
March 4, 2015 -- In a hearing on Wednesday in Sacramento, CA, the president of the California Dental Association (CDA) and other experts testified that California's very low Medi-Cal reimbursement rates had become an access-to-care issue when it comes to the state's children receiving necessary dental treatment.
1st week in March recognizes dental assistants
March 4, 2015 -- This week, March 1-7, is Dental Assistant Recognition Week. This year's theme, according to the American Dental Assistants Association is "Embracing the Changes in the Profession."
Dos and don'ts for financial management: Avoid overcontrolling overhead
March 2, 2015 -- Keeping practice overhead under control is essential, but that doesn't mean all cuts are good. Many line items in your operating budget have a direct bearing on daily performance, the quality of care, and overall practice success. Dr. Roger P. Levin writes that the challenge is identifying and stripping away unnecessary spending without impairing your ability to meet your own performance standards.
Success secret of one of the most successful people ever!
March 2, 2015 -- In their latest column, the Madow Brothers share one of Jerry Seinfeld's strategies for success. The genius behind this strategy is that monster-sized goals can overwhelm you, but achieving things in small increments is a less intimidating system. Things magically get done. Just don't break the chain.
Chicago Midwinter 2015: Good ergonomics can preserve your dental career
February 27, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Good ergonomics can preserve the longevity of your dental career, according to a presentation at the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Being mindful of your working techniques can enhance your dexterity and preserve your strength while avoiding neck and back pain.
ADA: Insurance marketplaces offer more pediatric dental benefits
February 27, 2015 -- The medical plans in the U.S. health insurance marketplaces are offering more embedded pediatric and family dental benefits than ever, according to a new research brief by the ADA Health Policy Institute. Since 2014, the plans offering pediatric dental benefits increased nearly 10%, the researchers found.
Patterson launches educational campaign on gray-market products
February 27, 2015 -- Patterson Dental has launched an educational campaign to help protect dentists and their patients from purchasing or using potentially unsafe dental products, or gray-market products. The initiative will largely be orchestrated through its new website,
Chicago Midwinter 2015 opening sees new product launches
February 26, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Lasers, tablet technology, and new printers were among the new products introduced on the first day of the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Companies including Convergent, AMD Lasers, BaseVac, Millenium Dental, and 3D Systems launched new or upgraded products.
Benefits of private practice ownership
February 26, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Michael W. Davis advocates for younger dentists going into private practice and considering practice ownership. He points out the advantages, and the possible pitfalls, of owning and growing a practice.
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