Campaign urges careful imaging; Levin on handoffs; voting ends soon for Excellence Awards

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The upcoming Image Gently in Dentistry campaign reminds dentists that children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Dr. Allan Farman provides guidelines for pediatric imaging and emphasizes that dental professionals should image gently and image wisely. Read more about this important campaign here.

Anywhere a number of people work together as a team, every person has assigned tasks, all of which are combined to get the desired organizational results. There are inevitably transitions from one area of responsibility to another. These "handoffs" are critical points. For the sake of office efficiency, productivity, and patient satisfaction, they must be as smooth as possible, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.

Mouse models of human oral cancer treated with capsazepine showed dramatic tumor shrinkage without damage to surrounding tissues, according to a study in Oral Oncology. Capsazepine's anticancer effects may stem from its ability to increase oxidative damage in tumors, Texas researchers said. Read more here.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and general jaw pain, fatigue, and soreness can stall dental procedures, and the Restful Jaw Company has created a device in response. It can be employed for long procedures that require patients to hold their mouth open for an extended duration and for patients sensitive to jaw pain and fatigue, such as those with TMD. Read more here.

There are only a few days left to place nominations for the 2014 Dental Excellence Awards. Please join many of your colleagues as we honor excellence in 11 categories across all areas of dentistry. To submit your nominations, click here or go to nominations.drbicuspid.com.

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