Gum disease bacteria may up heart disease risk in RA patients
November 30, 2020 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have elevated rates of periodontal and cardiovascular disease, suggesting that their immune responses to gum disease bacteria may be linked to higher heart disease risk, according to a study published on November 17 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.  Discuss
The huge effect your team has on case acceptance
November 30, 2020 -- Successful practices everywhere are discovering how data can improve patient care, office production, and team culture, writes Curtis Marshall. In this article, he explains how data can affect your practice and show which team members are truly making a difference on the bottom line.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for watching your overhead
November 30, 2020 -- Practices must watch their overhead more carefully than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even a 1% rise in overhead represents the loss of $1,000 of income on every $100,000 of production, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Do you know how hard COVID-19 is hitting dentists' wallets?
November 25, 2020 -- In addition to patient volume stalling in November, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many dentists spending more to operate practices, with about 40% of them either breaking even or losing money, according to the latest data from the ADA's Health Policy Institute.  Discuss
Why now is the time to invest more in your hygiene schedule
November 25, 2020 -- Dr. Robert Maguire has a simple message: If you haven't modified your hygiene schedule and systems, your patients' needs as well as other safety protocols are being overlooked. Knowing that the dentist and hygienists are the major producers in the practice, are you allowing enough time for adequate patient care?  Discuss
Why cross-training is important for your practice
November 25, 2020 -- If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it is to be prepared, writes dental office manager Claudia LaSmith. In this article, she discusses how cross-training dental team members has benefited her North Carolina practice, as well as the difference it could make for your patients and the bottom line.  Discuss
What store-bought mouthwashes kill SARS-CoV-2 in half a minute?
November 24, 2020 -- Over-the-counter mouthwashes containing cetylpyridinium chloride or ethanol/ethyl lauroyl arginate killed SARS-CoV-2 within 30 seconds of exposure to the virus in lab tests, according to a study published on November 13 on the preprint server bioRxiv.  Discuss
The importance of educating patients during a pandemic
November 24, 2020 -- Keeping the team on track during a crisis requires leadership, focus, and a defined culture of the message you wish to convey to patients and the community, writes Dr. James Anderson. In this article, he discusses the important messages that should be communicated to both parties as the pandemic continues in our society.  Discuss
Subscription revenue and why you need it for your dental practice
November 24, 2020 -- Dental patients are increasingly looking for ways to streamline their purchases and make transactions easier. When it comes to software and online purchases, those transactions are more often moving to a subscription-based model, where patients put their purchases on autopilot. Jordon Comstock details how this can benefit your dental practice's bottom line.  Discuss
Is your patient a virus superspreader? It may be the teeth
November 23, 2020 -- Patients who have a full set of teeth and a clogged nose may be more likely to spread viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, according to a study published on November 12 in the Physics of Fluids.  Discuss
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