3 things you missed at Greater New York
December 10, 2013 -- This year's Greater New York Dental Meeting reflected change and optimism in the industry. Vendors were generally pleased with the foot traffic in the exhibition hall, international practitioners had a significant presence, and digital imaging's takeover of dentistry was clear.
Smile Center settles 'excessive' treatment suit
December 9, 2013 -- The Texas-based Smile Center dental chain has settled lawsuits that accused the company of performing unnecessary and excessive treatments on children to "bilk" Medicaid of millions of dollars. The lawsuits involved 253 patients, including children who later developed complications that required emergency medical care.
Sheri's Solutions: Integration of care
December 9, 2013 -- When do you call a patient's medical physician? Contacting a patient's medical providers is a prudent protocol, and the circle of care is more comprehensive when other healthcare providers are included in your patient's treatment, according to Dr. Sheri Doniger.
FTC endorses CODA standards for dental therapists
December 6, 2013 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is endorsing the proposed accreditation standards for dental therapists by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), saying the therapists could improve access to, and enhance competition for, dental care. But the agency also recommended removing "unnecessary language" about their supervision and practice scope, which could "undermine" improved access.
Pediatric dentistry: Parental guidance suggested
December 5, 2013 -- NEW YORK - Dr. Fred Ferguson hosted a session on Tuesday at the Greater New York Dental Meeting where he outlined the negative impact that reactive dentistry, spurred by an ineffective U.S. healthcare system, has on pediatric dental patients. Then he offered solutions.
Disability insurance: Get some financial peace of mind
December 4, 2013 -- As a new dentist, many different types of insurance can make up your safety net. But make sure you have the right kinds of insurance and in the right amounts, according to Tom Paumier, DDS, the chair of the ADA Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs.
Christensen: The time is now to add implants to your practice
December 3, 2013 -- NEW YORK - Dr. Gordon Christensen shared plenty of advice and a couple of warnings about dental implants during his presentation on Monday at the Greater New York Dental Meeting. Dr. Christensen believes the U.S. lags behind in clinicians performing implants.
Sheri's Solutions: 'You upset the wrong person'
December 3, 2013 -- Have you ever "fired" a patient? How do you handle patients who consistently cancel their appointments or are no-shows? Dr. Sheri Doniger describes how she handled one such patient at her practice, and what you need to consider when terminating the professional relationship with a patient.
ACOG: Dental x-rays, prophies OK during pregnancy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has determined that teeth cleaning and x-rays are safe for pregnant women and is urging all obstetricians and gynecologists to recommend routine oral health assessments during a patient's first prenatal visit. Read more.