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Dental hygienist responsibilities in coding dental claims
February 1, 2023 -- While most dental hygienists cannot legally diagnose dental disease, they still have a legal responsibility to properly code what they do. Coding expert Estela Vargas shares tips for coding common dental hygiene treatments. Read More
OSA tied to low bone mineral density
February 1, 2023 -- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be associated with low bone mineral density in adults, a finding that could have implications for orthodontic treatment, according to research published recently in the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice. Read More
Common oral bacteria tied to brain microbleeds, stroke risk
January 31, 2023 -- Higher numbers of deep and lobar cerebral microbleeds were found in stroke patients who had Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) that were positive for the collagen-binding protein Cnm in their mouths. The study was published on January 27 in the European Journal of Neurology. Read More
U.K. counties to launch in-school toothbrushing initiative
January 31, 2023 -- Health directors in the U.K.'s Essex and Suffolk counties plan to bestow grants that will be used for a supervised toothbrushing in schools initiative, according to a BBC News report. The investment package will give 967,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to the Suffolk County Council. Read More
CDA reminds dental employers about importance of meal and rest breaks
January 31, 2023 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) is reminding dentist employers about the importance of complying with employee meal and rest break rules following the state's recent clarification about monetary compensation for employees who are not afforded such breaks. Read More
Cuspies 2023 winners showcase diversity of dentistry
January 30, 2023 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Cuspies awards. The people, products, and events that took home a trophy reflect the increasingly global and demographic diversity of the profession, as well as the mental health toll experienced by many dental professionals. Read More
What you need to know about anesthesia and the climate crisis
January 30, 2023 -- Clinicians can reduce the amount of anesthetic gas, including nitrous oxide, used during procedures without negatively affecting patient care and help fight global warming, according to research presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Advance 2023 event. Read More
Do's and don'ts for making your case with patients
January 30, 2023 -- Case acceptance isn't something that practice leaders can afford to approach in an "off-the-cuff" manner. There are specific steps one should take to improve patient understanding, facilitate clear communication, and increase patient case acceptance, explains Dr. Roger. P. Levin. Read More
12 charged for alleged practice scheme to defraud U.S. agencies
January 27, 2023 -- A dozen Pennsylvania dentists, practice owners, and employees were charged with numerous crimes for allegedly operating a scheme that attempted to defraud Medicaid, U.S. immigration authorities, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a justice department press release. Read More
Sheetz reviewing employee dental policy
January 27, 2023 -- Sheetz is reviewing an internal policy stating that employees cannot have any visible dental issues and that applicants with such issues are disqualified from employment, according to a January 24 report by Business Insider. Read More
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