Week in Review: Voters support dental therapists; blogging for practice growth; and nail biting

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

In a new survey, interviewers asked thousands of registered U.S. voters if they would like a new type of midlevel dental provider similar to a nurse practitioner, and 80% of respondents said yes. However, critics are concerned that dental therapists will not provide the same standard of care as a dentist. Read more here.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, if you are looking for a way to keep your patients engaged and also reach potential new patients, Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote suggests writing a blog to help add new information to your website. She offers five tips to help you get started and keep blogging. Read more here.

Dr. Pooria Shahin writes that, as dentists, we are all too familiar with particular oral health problems that could have been avoided with better dental hygiene. In his first column for DrBicuspid.com, he offers a thorough overview of one condition, nail biting, along with three helpful treatment suggestions. Read more here.

Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that dental disease is a label, just as cardiovascular disease and other diseases are a label. However, the label says nothing about what really has caused this specific disease. He urges a new focus on the causes of dental disease, not the labels. Read his latest column here.

I hope your first week of 2017 has gone well. Next week, we'll be announcing the winners of our latest Dental Excellence Awards.

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