Week in Review: Another oral-systemic connection | Tips on hiring and filling your schedule

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Where did August go? It's crazy to think this is the last Saturday of the month. Here's hoping your practice had a solid month from a business standpoint and that you're already prepping for the final four months of 2020. Don't forget to check those schedules in October and November to see if there are any gaping holes that need to be filled. If you need some ideas on how to do that, we have the perfect article for you to read.

Of course, if you're going to have a successful business, you need to have the right employees. Dental consultant Malika Azargoon shared four tips on how your practice can up its hiring game during the pandemic. The right people with the right attitude is always an excellent combination for success.

Let's switch over to the clinical side of your business now. We'll start with another new insight into the oral-systemic connection.

A bacterium linked to gum disease may promote the growth of a pathogen that causes bacterial vaginosis. The bacterium is likely introduced into the vagina during oral sex, researchers recently explained.

In a heartbreaking story that has a happy ending thanks to technology, a recent case report documented an infant born with multiple rare dermoid cysts in the floor of her mouth, forcing her tongue backward and causing dysphagia. She underwent two surgeries before she turned 1 year old due to doctors missing smaller cysts. The photos of the struggle and subsequent surgery are amazing, in my opinion.

Finally, do you need another reason to tell your patients to stop vaping? Well, a recent study found that vaping is linked to a substantially increased risk of COVID-19 among teenagers and young adults. The study, led by researchers at Stanford University, showed that young people who vaped were five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who didn't vape.

As always, thank you for reading DrBicuspid.com. Here's to finishing August strong on Monday and starting September even stronger on Tuesday!

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