Woman loses vision in one eye due to tooth infection-induced cellulitis
October 22, 2021 -- A 54-year-old woman lost vision in one eye after developing orbital cellulitis following a tooth extraction, according to a recent case report published in Advances in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
5 things to consider when buying used dental equipment
October 22, 2021 -- Purchasing refurbished or used dental equipment has less guidance than purchasing brand new equipment. You may be worried about the item's history and why the seller has brought it into the market. Purchasing manager Ayat Huseen gives five tips to ensure you don't get a raw deal. Read More
Second Opinion: Data needed now for dental Medicare plan
October 21, 2021 -- Political lobbying around Medicare dental benefits misses one key point: Seniors need dental benefits now. In this Second Opinion piece, Dr. Margaret Scarlett writes why data collection is essential to creating an immediate program that works for Medicare beneficiaries and small business dentists. Read More
Dentists overprescribe opioids despite knowledge of alternatives
October 21, 2021 -- Dentists continue to overprescribe opioids to their patients despite being aware of the effectiveness of nonopioid analgesics for managing dental pain, according to the results of a Georgetown University survey published on October 21 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Can unbiased hiring help fix the pay gap?
October 21, 2021 -- October 21 is Latina equal pay day -- the day when the average annual pay for Latina women working full-time equals what white, non-Hispanic men earned the year prior. To mark the event, we spoke with DentalPost CEO Tonya Lanthier, RDH, about pay gaps and the importance of diverse dental teams. Read More
Patients see the dentist less often after a hospital stay
October 20, 2021 -- Patients are less likely to visit a dentist after a hospital stay, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. They are slightly less likely to undergo certain types of dental procedures, including periodontic, endodontic, and oral surgery services. Read More
Hygienists brace to battle dentists over practice laws
October 20, 2021 -- This year, the Illinois Legislature considered measures to allow hygienists to clean the teeth of certain patients without a dentist. But when the Illinois State Dental Society met with key lawmakers, the proposals seemed doomed. The situation is indicative of legislative dynamics around the U.S. Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: How much cash do you need?
October 20, 2021 -- Dental practices typically don't have to think about cash in the way they think about losing a team member or an unhappy patient. But having enough cash on hand can ensure the success and longevity of a practice, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. Read More
It's 'irresponsible' not to know your dentistry data
October 20, 2021 -- Dentists must pay attention to key performance indicators such as production, overhead, and income, to name a few -- otherwise, they're operating blind, according to dental experts. In addition, they should check the data on a regular basis. Read More
Fuse: Your guide to key performance indicators
October 20, 2021 -- If you graduated with your doctorate in dentistry ready for practice but not for business, you're not alone. Approximately 30% of dentists in practice today are unfamiliar with the "numbers" side of their dental practice, making business training an on-the-job learning experience. Fuse, backed by Patterson Dental's expertise, is built to help. Read More
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