Top 5 columns from 2016

2016 12 28 17 05 57 851 Top 5 400 takes a look back at some of the most-read columns and practice management articles from 2016, as measured by page views. These columns focus on a wide variety of topics, from the future of dentistry to legal cases and practice management.

  1. Dentists make too much money -- Benjamin Burris, DDS

April 13, 2016 -- Everyone wants to know what is coming next. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Benjamin Burris explains how he would like to see increased access to care and better service for patients. He also sees that increased competition and market disruption are almost inevitable, unless dentists do a better job of policing themselves and serving their patients.

  • Legal Cases: Stroke following local anesthesia injection -- William S. Spiegel and Marc R. Leffler, DDS
  • May 5, 2016 -- A healthy 25-year-old woman rode her bicycle to an appointment for a lower molar filling. After injected anesthesia and a successful procedure, the patient rode her bike home. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document, what happened next is a reminder that even seemingly healthy patients may have underlying health issues.

  • Never believe your patients -- Lisa Knowles, DDS
  • April 27, 2016 -- Has this happened at your practice? The patient in your chair is certain that pain emanates from a certain tooth, but you can't find anything that would be causing that pain, until you search other areas of the mouth. This has happened to Dr. Lisa Knowles, and she's developed three tips to help her diagnose these patients with clarity.

  • Can cannabinoids treat gum disease? -- Alvin Danenberg, DDS
  • October 5, 2016 -- As a periodontist, Dr. Alvin Danenberg understands that new research is just information until it is tested and proved in human studies. However, a new study on cannabidiol has piqued his interest. In this column, he wonders if this substance might be a future treatment for periodontal disease.

  • HIPAA compliance: Part 1 -- 5 important requirements -- Jeff Broudy
  • August 24, 2016 -- Does your practice have an information technology managed service agreement? If so, does it cover your practice's HIPAA compliance? In the first of a two-part series, Jeff Broudy, CEO of a HIPAA-compliance firm, discusses five HIPAA requirements that are not often covered by your agreement.

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