COVID-19, dental insurance, and more: The top 3rd-quarter articles on DrBicuspid

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At, our goal is to bring you the latest information that can benefit you, your team, your patients, and your business. Judging from what you read in the third quarter, articles focused on COVID-19 and the oral-systemic link were of the utmost importance to you.

Looking back at the articles we published from July through September, one thing was clear: COVID-19 and its effects on our society and your business are still very much at the front of your mind.

I wanted to provide with you with 10 articles that were among the most popular during that time frame, so you can see which ones you might have missed -- and which ones could still add value to your plans (or just provide some good reading) as we race toward the end of 2020.

Articles on COVID-19

1. Dental teams not at risk of getting COVID-19 at work, study finds

Our most popular article of the time period looked at how dental teams in Italy handled their jobs during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in that country -- and how they stayed safe by following proper infection control guidelines.

2. Which mouthwashes inactivated SARS-CoV-2 the best?

Over-the-counter mouthwashes may inactivate SARS-CoV-2, reducing the viral load in patients' mouths for a short period of time and potentially cutting the risk of transmission, researchers found.

3. Mouth rash may be new sign of SARS-CoV-2

A rash inside the mouth may be the newest symptom of SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a research letter. The mucocutaneous lesions appeared in patients at a mean of about 12 days after other virus symptoms began.

4. Photos: Compression treats COVID-19 patient's chest-length tongue

Clinicians used lingual compression to assist a 40-year-old woman who experienced a severely enlarged tongue, almost stretching to her chest, following prone positioning as part of COVID-19 treatment.

5. What COVID-19 is revealing about dental practices

The peak number of patients that dentists can see daily has shrunk considerably due to new protocols implemented to control the spread of COVID-19. However, patient volumes remain close to maximum levels, suggesting offices weren't very efficient before the pandemic, according to this article.

Reactions to COVID-19 within the industry, society

6. 'We don't want to die.' RDHs open up to us in latest survey results

We asked dental hygienists across the U.S. for their thoughts on the current and future states of their profession and the dental industry. In this article, we unveiled some of the concerns we heard from hygienists about returning to work and their "new normal."

7. 'You can't make me!' How to deal with the patient who refuses to wear a mask

What would you do if a patient walked into your practice and refused to adhere to your guidelines for safety? It happened in one dental practice in a video that went viral. Would you be prepared? How would you respond? We asked four dental consultants for their thoughts and advice.

Practice management issues

8. The (potentially) big 2020 problem you don't see coming

Are you looking at your hygiene schedule for the next month? Curtis Marshall is asking dentists and dental hygienists to look a month ahead and see what holes there are. You may be surprised at the number, but don't be overly concerned: There is still time to make your fourth quarter a strong end to the year.

9. 3 candidates to avoid during the current hiring crisis

The flirt. The oversharer. The unenthusiastic. If any of these three types of people show up to your practice for a job interview, make sure you don't fall for their traps, writes Corinne Jameson-Kuehl, RDH.

10. More than 6M likely without dental coverage due to COVID-19

About half of those who lost dental insurance when they became unemployed due to COVID-19 are expected to remain uninsured. Higher rates can be expected in states that didn't expand Medicaid, according to this recent study.

The comments and observations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of, nor should they be construed as an endorsement or admonishment of any particular idea, vendor, or organization.

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