Week in Review: Intraoral scanners rated | Perio link to diabetes | Medical reimbursement

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Welcome to the Saturday edition of our Week in Review e-newsletter. As more of our readers are expanding their practice hours to include weekends, we thought we should do the same. Let us know what you think.

When you are using an oral scanner to scan for single crowns and short-span restorations, does it matter which oral scanner you use? In a major new study, researchers compared five intraoral scanners in six categories for precision and trueness. They found that one company's scanner rated best in five of six categories.

This week we brought you coverage from the American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions. In one poster presentation, researchers concluded that abnormal glucose tolerance might change oral microbiota, induce dental caries, and be a risk factor for periodontal disease. Another poster examined severe periodontitis, obesity, and blood glucose levels.

You might know that filing for reimbursement from medical insurers for dental procedures can have a higher reimbursement rate, but it is also a much different process than filing for reimbursement from dental insurers. Dental practice consultant Christine Taxin explains how to build a case for medical reimbursement in the first of a two-part series.

Finally this week, what makes for a safety-focused dental practice? Nearly 400 hygienists shared their thoughts in a recently published study. What had the biggest impact? Both the number of hours worked and number of patients seen per day, according to these hygienists.

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