Week in Review: Perio classification | 2019 ADA meeting coverage | New Dental Exam feature

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

SAN FRANCISCO - Welcome from the 2019 ADA FDI World Congress, where thousands of dental practitioners have arrived to improve their clinical and practice management skills. We're featuring some of the highlights.

Updates to periodontitis and peri-implant disease classifications can help dentists improve the care of their patients, according to a presentation by Dr. Søren Jepsen at this week's conference. The new classification facilitates the use of precision dentistry, he said. Dr. Jepsen also noted that, for the first time, peri-implant diseases have been classified.

In other news this week, Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz discussed how improved patient engagement and greater productivity at dental practices can hinge on embracing new technologies. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz noted how bringing new technology into a practice empowers staff to take more responsibility, which leads to a boost in patient engagement and staff productivity.

Our coverage of the ADA FDI World Congress, as well the recent Academy of Dental Management Consultants annual meeting, also includes video interviews with several industry experts:

Our coverage continues next week.

New Dental Exam feature

I'm pleased to announce that we launched our new Dental Exam feature this week. Dental Exam is a free online, interactive study tool for the dental board exam that features selections of diagnostic images and sample questions similar to what you'd find on the board test.

Also, Dental Exam is formatted specifically for the upcoming Integrated National Board Dental Exam (INBDE), which will go into effect next year -- giving you a leg up on preparing for this important test.

Dental Exam is another benefit of your membership with DrBicuspid.com and is a feature you won't find anywhere else. Get started at dentalexam.drbicuspid.com.

Finally this week, you already tell your patients not to consume sugary drinks, but now you have more data to reinforce your message. Consuming sugary drinks was linked to an increased risk of death from all causes, according to a new study with more than 450,000 individuals. Passing along this information might help your patients think twice about having that soda.

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