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Woman sues, claiming dental office sent unsolicited texts
January 24, 2020 -- A woman in Florida is suing a dental practice, claiming it used an automatic telephone dialing system to send her and other patients thousands of unsolicited texts, like "We are open today!" She says the barrage of messages was a nuisance, invaded her privacy, and violated U.S. robocall laws.  Discuss
An important note to remember about your toothpaste choice
January 24, 2020 -- Toothpastes have become like Hallmark holidays -- there's one for everything, such as for caries prevention, tartar control, teeth sensitivity, and whitening. For our patients' sake, it's time to become educated, especially about relative dentin abrasivity, advises Dr. David Rice.  Discuss
HR advice on one of last week's most-read articles
January 24, 2020 -- Last week, one of the most-read articles on DrBicuspid.com was about the Wisconsin dental assistant who claims she was fired after her pro-President Trump comments on Facebook led to a bad review of the dental practice where she worked. Paul Edwards of CEDR HR Solutions offers a human resources point of view of the case.  Discuss
2020 health trends -- and what dentists can do about them
January 23, 2020 -- Rising levels of chronic disease, a workforce increasingly plagued by ill health, and skyrocketing medical costs -- these are just some of the health trends to watch in the next decade, according to a commentary in the January edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Dental associations' opposition to advanced practice providers is bad for dentists, patients
January 23, 2020 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss writes that it's time for dentistry to emulate the medical profession and support the licensure of advanced practice providers to improve access to care, lower costs, increase productivity, and enhance professional and public satisfaction.  Discuss
Assisted hygiene and the assistant's cornerstone role
January 23, 2020 -- The possibilities for growth and influence are endless for dental assistants who work in a practice set to measure patient care, patient education, and case acceptance. Assistants can be a key motivator, elevating the patient experience and, ultimately, the success of the practice, writes professional development coach Lisa Wadsworth, RDH.  Discuss
How to help patients see value in the care you provide
January 22, 2020 -- Many patients just don't make dental care a priority or fully understand the importance of routine checkups or recommended treatment. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie shares her tips on how to help patients see the value of the care you provide -- and grow your practice in the process.  Discuss
What is the weather policy in your practice?
January 22, 2020 -- The weather forecasters are predicting a "snowmageddon" this week in parts of the U.S. You have a full day of restorative and hygiene patients scheduled. What to do? In times like this, you have to think about the safety of both your team and your patients, advises Dr. Sheri Doniger.  Discuss
Va. dentist driving drunk with 'pharmacy on wheels' arrested
January 22, 2020 -- A dentist in Virginia was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he crashed his truck and got into a tussle with responding police. Prosecutors described the vehicle as a "pharmacy on wheels" because he was found carrying a bag filled with 150 pills, according to news reports.  Discuss
Dentist who pulled teeth while on hoverboard is convicted
January 21, 2020 -- An Alaska dentist who was filmed pulling a sedated woman's teeth while riding a hoverboard has been convicted of reckless endangerment and Medicaid fraud, according to a press release issued by the Alaska Department of Law.  Discuss
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