Sheri's Solutions: Flossing debate April 7, 2017 -- Most of the mainstream media may have moved on when it comes to the debate over the effectiveness of flossing, but the importance of flossing remains a constant, writes Dr. Sheri Doniger. In her latest Sheri's Solutions, she describes recent patient conversations around the benefits of flossing and a recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
4 trends for dental care in the emergency department April 6, 2017 -- Some people take an ambulance to the hospital for tooth pain, emergency department (ED) visits seem to be increasing, and ED problems are not limited to the U.S. At least, that's according to research presented at the recent 2017 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) annual meeting.
Get smart with case acceptance April 5, 2017 -- When you talk with your patients about treatment acceptance, how often do they say yes? You might think your failure rate is below 20%, but Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants suggests taking a look at your patient files to see. He has some ideas to help you improve your case acceptance rate.
Legal Cases: Mandibular fracture after implant placement April 4, 2017 -- You use a health history form with every patient. You discuss this form and their health with them and receive their agreement, But, as William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler write in their latest Legal Cases series, it is impossible to get every condition onto a form. Learn what happened to a new-to-practice prosthodontist who placed implants in a 68-year-old patient.
Study finds Medicaid expansion produces mixed results April 3, 2017 -- When a U.S. state expands Medicaid eligibility to include dental benefits, does this actually increase the number of low-income adults who see a dentist in that state? What does this expanded eligibility mean for low-income parents of children in these states? These questions were the focus of a new study in Health Affairs.
Health policy debate needs to protect children's benefits March 31, 2017 -- These past few weeks have been a roller-coaster ride for anyone following the health policy debates in Congress, writes Deborah Vishnevsky of the Children's Dental Health Project. In this Second Opinion, she recaps recent events and makes a case for continuing oral healthcare benefits for children.
Survey: Dental offices have shortest patient wait time March 31, 2017 -- Your patients may have some anxiety about visiting your office, but at least they don't have to wait long. A new survey reported that patients seeing a general dentist have the shortest wait time on average of any U.S. doctor's office.
Survey: Only 29% of patients screened for oral cancer March 31, 2017 -- Only 29% of U.S. patients reported being screened for oral cancer at their last visit to the dental office, according to a new survey released by the Oral Cancer Foundation, the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Vigilant Biosciences, and Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer.
How effective is teledentistry in nursing homes? March 30, 2017 -- Teledentistry has been suggested as a solution to combat the dental neglect increasingly prevalent among elderly residents of long-term care facilities. But is the technology ready for its close-up? A new study compared teledentistry to face-to-face examination for diagnosing dental pathology.