Week in Review: Physicians and dental issues | 10 tips for practice growth | CAD/CAM abutments

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Previous research has indicated a link between higher levels of tooth decay and children who are neglected. But if a child sees a physician, not a dentist, can the physician recognize the oral health signs that might suggest neglect is taking place? The results of a new study suggest this is not the case. Learn more here.

Dental trauma requires prompt treatment to save teeth, yet 20% of emergency department physicians are not confident treating dental emergencies in children, according to a new study published in Pediatric Emergency Care. Read more here.

It is likely not a surprise to you that medical practitioners aren't confident when they are confronted with dental situations. But I think we can all agree that when a lack of awareness of oral health issues means potentially missing an opportunity to help a neglected child, it's time for things to change.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, there's a difference between how you grow a practice and how you make it profitable, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. In her latest column, she counts down the essential tips on how to grow your practice. Here's a hint: It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to see a sizable return. Learn more here.

Do digitized mucosal margins match the actual clinical presentation in patients? The results of a new study suggest they do. Researchers scanned and studied more than 250 implants and concluded that CAD/CAM appears to be a reliable tool for creating abutments. Read more here.

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