Top 10 dental stories of 2011; the darker side of Medicaid clinics

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

It's that time of year again, when media outlets the world over roll out their "top 10" lists on everything from the best/worst movies and sports moments of 2011 to gadgets, wines, restaurants, stocks, words, apps, resolutions, predictions, and celebrity breakups (Google "top 10" -- you'll be amazed at what comes up!). So why should be any different?

Click here for our recap of dentistry's highs and lows in 2011 and to see what you determined were the 10 most popular stories of the year.

Meanwhile, some interstate Medicaid dental clinics that cater primarily to low-income families have been accused of gaming the system for financial gain, putting those who work there and those who seek treatment from them at a serious disadvantage. According to Dr. Michael Davis, it's time for the dental community to intervene to protect patients and practitioners alike. Read more in his Second Opinion op-ed piece.

And the standard before-and-after photographs of dental patients are taken primarily to create a visual record of each patient and their treatment. But one dental practitioner who has more than a passing interest in photography maintains that, in this day and age, creating patient images is about much more than simple record keeping.

Read why he thinks an artistic approach to patient photography has become increasingly important in this latest Imaging & CAD/CAM Community feature.

Finally, from everyone here at, we wish you a healthy and prosperous new year!

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