Week in Review: Baby with 2nd mouth | HR advice for COVID-19 | Another oral-systemic connection

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

It's the final weekend of June, as well as the final weekend of the first half of the calendar year. This is a great time to ensure you have your goals for the second half of 2020 firmed up and communicated to everyone on your team.

It's also a great time to check out some of the top articles on DrBicuspid.com over the past week, including one of the most read in our site's history, which drew comments from all over the world.

Imaging, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography, helped clinicians determine that a mass located on the chin of a newborn girl was actually a second oral cavity, according to a fascinating case report. The cavity contained unerupted teeth and an accessory tongue that moved in sync with her oral tongue.

Speaking of imaging, that is one area in which practitioners always seem to be looking to improve their skills. Sometimes, little tips and tricks can lead to better images on the first take. Dr. Lea Al Matny shared some advice this week that can likely make a difference in your dental practice's imaging proficiency.

Here's a question for you: If a dental team member contracts COVID-19 in the dental practice, could the employer and/or business owner be held liable? It's a hot topic right now and one that has dentists and team members talking, so we asked dental human resources expert Tim Twigg for his thoughts and advice. This is a timely and must-read article for all dentists.

With a focus on COVID-19 and safety, the recent struggle over personal protective equipment is just one issue that dental practices have faced since reopening. Inevitably, there will be plenty more. The bottom line is that the strategy you use to approach any conflict will affect its resolution. That is a belief Dr. Alan Stern shared with our readers this week.

Finally, how about another example of the oral-systemic connection? Failing to take care of oral health could result in more than cavities and other dental problems. Inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, may be linked to poor oral health, according to a recent study.

Thank you, as always, for reading DrBicuspid.com. Here's to a great second half of the year for you, personally and professionally!