U.S. overdose deaths top 100K for 1st time
November 24, 2021 -- For the first time, the U.S. reported more than 100,000 overdose deaths in 2021, and many were due to opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Read More
Solution-oriented patient care never goes out of style
November 24, 2021 -- Connie Kugel, RDH, didn't set out to become a dental hygienist, but a visit with a hygienist in college changed her mind. From that first visit through a career spanning dental practice, education, marketing, and research, Kugel knows solution-oriented patient care is key to hygienist success. Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: Proper coding
November 24, 2021 -- Dr. Roger P. Levin recently got a call from a client who was concerned he was being underpaid based on the codes he was using for dental insurance claims. Levin passes along the advice he gave the dentist in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. Read More
Should dental x-rays be used to assess age of migrant children?
November 23, 2021 -- Dental x-rays should not be used to estimate the age of unaccompanied children who arrive at the U.S. southwestern border seeking asylum, according to a commentary published on November 20 in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Read More
Tips and tricks from a hygienist with 30+ years of experience
November 23, 2021 -- October was National Dental Hygiene Month, and while the month is over, it's never too late to share some tricks and tips of the trade. Lynn Atkinson, RDH, lists three peer-to-peer education resources and three technologies that she recommends to hygienists. Read More
Is COVID-19 severity linked to tooth, alveolar bone loss?
November 22, 2021 -- COVID-19 severity may be associated with the presence of alveolar bone loss and tooth loss, the sequela of periodontitis, according to a new study published on November 19 in Advances in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Do's and don'ts for making changes
November 22, 2021 -- If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught practices anything, it is that they must be open to change. Rather than clinging to the way things were, take a positive approach to learning new skills and protocols, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Can dental images help prevent strokes?
November 19, 2021 -- Dental surgeons and oral radiologists may be able to detect a serious condition that can cause a stroke as an incidental finding on images taken prior to dental treatment, according to a study published on November 17 in the European Journal of Radiology. Read More
Obesity ups gum disease risk by making more bone-wrecking cells
November 19, 2021 -- Obesity causes chronic inflammation that increases the growth of bone-destroying cells during periodontitis, according to an animal study published in the Journal of Dental Research. The inflammation is linked to heightened bone loss around teeth. Read More
Technology Focus: This free app does periodontal staging, grading
November 19, 2021 -- OraPharma's new -- and free -- MyPerioHealth app takes the guesswork out of periodontal staging and grading. Dr. Richard Nagelberg shows off the app, which follows the American Academy of Periodontology guidelines, in the latest episode of Technology Focus. Read More
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