Fluoride and adolescents' bones; building a Safety Net; and Zuckerberg on early adoption

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

I'm just back from the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston. It was great to get to meet many of the people who were there and get their thoughts on dentistry and on DrBicuspid.com. I'd like to thank everyone at the Massachusetts Dental Society for a smooth-running meeting.

While more Americans than ever have access to fluoridated water, controversy follows every municipality's decision to end or continue the practice. Now, researchers from the University of Iowa have published a study investigating the possible impact that fluoridated water has on the bones of young people. Read Associate Editor Rob Goszkowski's article here.

A practicing dentist since 1974, the executive director of Safety Net Solutions, Dr. Mark Doherty, has found success building health centers to serve underserved populations. In an interview from the Yankee Dental Congress, he discusses how his organization uses metrics to fulfill margin and mission. Read more of my interview with Dr. Doherty here.

Dr. Edward Zuckerberg has always had an interest in new technology and has lectured extensively on integrating it with dental practices. But perhaps the most impactful tech has been digital imaging. Here, he discusses how early adoption helped his practice. Read Associate Editor Rob Goszkowski's fascinating interview here.

South Carolina health officials and dental providers are hopeful that state lawmakers will reinstate dental Medicaid coverage for low-income adults, saying it will save emergency room costs and help people with painful oral infections who have nowhere else to turn. Read Features Editor Donna Domino's article here.

Seeing the commitment you have to serving your patients is inspiring. Seeing the many new products that will add to your practice is exciting. I hope to meet many more of you in Chicago later this month.

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