Week in Review: Excellence Award winners | Texting & teens' oral health | Electronic payments

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Dental Excellence Awards. Please join us in honoring the best new products in dentistry in 11 different categories.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, we took a look at two key aspects of practice management: patient communication and billing.

Do you have many teenage patients in your practice? If you want to encourage them to brush and floss regularly, you may want to text them. In a new study, teenage orthodontics patients who received daily text reminders showed remarkably improved oral hygiene within a few weeks.

Patients who are frustrated with a practice's billing processes may decide to find a new dental home, according to recent research. How can your practice ensure this doesn't happen? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners suggests accepting electronic payments. She offers three reasons why your practice should consider this option.

One of the long-running issues in oral healthcare is that of community water fluoridation. In a new study, researchers found the number of caries treatments and their associated Medicaid costs soared after Juneau, AK, stopped adding fluoride to its water supply.

On behalf of everyone here at DrBicuspid.com, I want to wish you a happy and safe holiday season. We're taking some time off ourselves, publishing on a limited schedule over the holidays. We'll be back with a full slate on Wednesday, January 2.

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