Book Review: Ethically Challenged captures private equity intrusion
August 17, 2022 -- In her new book Ethically Challenged: Private Equity Storms US Health Care, Laura Katz Olsen presents a thorough investigation and analysis of private equity's involvement in the U.S. healthcare system, writes Dr. Michael W. Davis in this book review. Read More
Dental abscess germ causes rare carotid artery aneurysm
August 16, 2022 -- A 53-year-old woman was treated for a rare mycotic internal carotid artery aneurysm that developed when a dental abscess-linked germ infected the artery, according to a case report published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations, and Techniques. Read More
NSAIDs or acetaminophen: Which med is best for orthodontic pain?
August 16, 2022 -- Over-the-counter analgesics can effectively treat orthodontic pain, according to a review published on August 11 in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. The analysis found no significant differences in pain relief between common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen. Read More
Perceived discrimination impacts oral health of older adults
August 15, 2022 -- Perceived discrimination has a significant negative impact on the oral health of older patients, according to a study of Brazilian adults published recently in the Journal of Dentistry. To promote successful aging, providers must identify disparities to avoid perpetuating health inequalities. Read More
Get ready for CDT codes to change again
August 15, 2022 -- As we hit the peak of summer, you're likely not yet thinking about winter and the upcoming new year. But now is the time to learn about new Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) changes before they take effect on January 1, 2023, writes Dr. James V. Anderson. Read More
Do's and don'ts for increasing production
August 15, 2022 -- Since the dental economy became more challenging, most dentists have been looking for ways to increase production. There is one approach that can yield excellent results, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Virtual reality can decrease pain for pediatric patients
August 12, 2022 -- Want to reduce pain for your pediatric patients during painful or uncomfortable procedures? Try distracting them. In a study of pediatric patients, using virtual reality as a distraction reduced pain during rubber dam placement, according to a study published on August 6 in the International Dental Journal. Read More
It's time to redefine what it means to be a leader
August 12, 2022 -- When it comes to leadership, you can't simply apply statistics and numbers. It can't be taught in a webinar or an all-day seminar, and what makes a great leader is changing over time. Dr. Roger P. Levin discusses how you can be a leader for a new era of dental practice. Read More
Painkillers for acute pain may cause hurt in the long run
August 11, 2022 -- Challenging prior notions about inflammation and pain, researchers discovered a robust inflammatory response that appears to protect against chronic pain rather than contribute to it. The findings suggest suppressing inflammation to treat acute pain may hinder long-term pain relief. Read More
2 negative impacts of AI in dentistry
August 11, 2022 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) has quietly crept into every aspect of life, including the dental office. While AI offers many benefits to practices, researchers are warning dental professionals to be wary of AI's potential negative effects in a commentary published on August 9 in the Journal of Dental Sciences. Read More