Week in Review: 4 hygienist team challenges | OTC opioids | DSO leadership

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Any dental practice can have communication and teamwork issues, such as gossiping, passive-aggressive behavior, favoritism, and more. How do you address these issues? Practice management consultant Jen Butler takes a look at four such issues and offers practical actions you can take today. Learn more here.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, the abuse of prescription opioids is an epidemic all healthcare practitioners are fighting. But what about nonprescription opioids? Pharmacist Tom Viola details why you should pay attention if your patients tell you they are taking a popular over-the-counter (OTC) antidiarrheal drug. Read more here.

Melissa Marquez began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant. After working in private practice, she is now a senior vice president for a growing dental service organization (DSO). Her thoughts about where the industry is going come from the perspective of someone who understands both sides of the debate. Learn more here.

Ever wish you could have a "Spare the Air" day for your dental office or lab? Could particles in the air inside your office be harmful to everyone's health? A new study analyzed the size and concentration of nanoparticles in the air of typical dental facilities and came to some worrying conclusions. Read more here.

We are pleased to report that funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program was extended for 10 years in the new U.S. government budget bill signed today by President Donald Trump. Just a few weeks ago funding was extended for six years in a short-term government funding bill, but this additional four years should put to rest any short-term concerns about the program's viability.

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