Calif. mulls midlevel provider bill; radiation protection devices pay off

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Is California poised to become the next state in the U.S. to consider adopting a midlevel provider model? State legislators are debating a bill that would allow the state to appoint a dental director and begin studying the use of "alternative dental care providers" to help ensure access to oral healthcare services for everyone in the state.

Click here to read which California dental groups oppose the measure, which support it, and why.

In Imaging & CAD/CAM Community news, using leaded glasses and thyroid collars during cone-beam CT imaging can significantly reduce patient exposure to radiation without hurting the diagnostic quality, according to two studies presented at the recent American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology annual meeting. Read more.

And in his latest Ask Marty Q&A, Dr. Marty Jablow shares his thoughts on Kerr Dental's SonicFill bulk fill composite system.

Finally, a gap in a recent Saturday schedule allowed Dr. Sheri Doniger to reflect on the challenges of finding balance in a busy life. Read more in her latest Dental Diaries entry.

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