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Man's pulled wisdom tooth leads to dangerous lung abscess
December 8, 2021 -- A healthy 45-year-old man experienced respiratory failure due to a giant life-threatening lung abscess caused by oral bacteria stemming from a wisdom tooth extraction. The case report was published in the December issue of Chest. Read More
Ky. football player scores big with dental hygiene ad
December 8, 2021 -- College football standout Josh Paschal, a defensive end for the Kentucky Wildcats, has been dubbed a "game wrecker" for blowing out opposing teams' plays before they barely begin. Now, he's using those skills to defend children against tooth decay. Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: Tracking key numbers
December 8, 2021 -- Dentists can reference many key performance indicators to gauge the success of a practice, but only four are key numbers, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. He details why he recommends focusing on production, revenue/collections, new patients, and cash in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. Read More
U.S. kids' preventive dental care slipped during pandemic
December 7, 2021 -- Fewer children had dental exams or cleanings in 2020 than in the prior year, according to results released on December 3 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2019-2020 National Health Interview Survey. Read More
Large study links blood glucose levels to missing teeth
December 7, 2021 -- Adults older than 30 had fewer teeth if they had markers of poor glycemic control in blood lab results in a study published in Diabetology International. The research included insurance claims data from hundreds of thousands of people. Read More
Henry Schein agrees to pay $500K to settle opioid case
December 6, 2021 -- Henry Schein has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a case in which the wholesale distributor allegedly improperly distributed hundreds of thousands of painkillers to dentists and other doctors despite red flags of drug abuse, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More
Plant-heavy diets may be linked to lower risk of periodontitis
December 6, 2021 -- Patients who follow diets rich in plant-based foods but restrict refined grains and added sugars may be less likely to experience periodontitis, according to a study published recently in Nutrients. Read More
Woman's rare inflammatory disease mimics peri-implantitis
December 6, 2021 -- After years of treatment, lab results revealed that a 57-year-old woman did not have peri-implantitis but the rare inflammatory disease intraosseous sarcoidosis, according to a case report published on November 29 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Do's and don'ts for feedback
December 6, 2021 -- Whether from patients or team members, constructive feedback can help you increase efficiency, profitability, and career satisfaction. But if you react defensively or ignore suggestions for improvement, you'll eventually be cut off from this invaluable resource, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Is cold saline the key to less pain after root canals?
December 3, 2021 -- Using a cold saline solution as a final irrigating agent during root canal treatment may reduce patients' postoperative pain, according to a systematic review published on November 28 in the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice. Read More
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