Dental Dose: The brief history of cocaine in dentistry
June 18, 2021 -- In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cocaine was an anesthetic agent of choice in dentistry, explains Tom Viola, RPh, in the latest episode of Dental Dose. But perhaps more surprising, cocaine has accepted medical uses as an anesthetic agent to this day. Read More
Rare 4-cm mucocele removed from child's submandibular gland
June 18, 2021 -- Clinicians removed a rare 4-cm mucocele that extended from the submandibular gland to the floor of the mouth of a 9-year-old girl. The case was published on June 16 in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. Read More
Long-awaited sequel to surgeon general's oral health report is coming
June 17, 2021 -- The U.S. surgeon general's 2000 report on oral health was a milestone in the country's effort to improve oral health nationwide. So what's taking so long for a follow-up to be released? After some delays, the wait may be coming to an end. Read More
What you need to know about dental honor societies
June 17, 2021 -- Unless you've had a mentor involved in a dental honor society, chances are you have only heard of them in passing or know they have something to do with the alphabet soup of letters behind a dentist's name. Dr. Teresa Yang gives an overview of four such societies and their fellowship requirements. Read More
Kids skip the dentist after general anesthesia procedures
June 17, 2021 -- Researchers from Scotland found a significant drop in dental care visits after children in the U.K. underwent general anesthesia for dental procedures in a recent study. The findings were published on June 4 in the European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry. Read More
OSHA releases standard to protect health workers from COVID
June 16, 2021 -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a proposed emergency temporary standard to protect health workers in hospital settings from COVID-19. Most dental practices will be exempt from the rules, but those providing services in hospital settings or treating patients with COVID-19 will be covered. Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: The daily meeting
June 16, 2021 -- The 10-minute daily meeting is one of the most important things you can do each day, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. Read More
Philadelphia's soda tax still works 2 years later
June 16, 2021 -- Two years after Philadelphia implemented its soda tax, the volume of purchased sweetened drinks has declined by 42% and sugar consumption has fallen by 34% per person, according to a June 15 paper in JAMA Network Open. Read More
What will it take to get a dental benefit added to U.S. healthcare?
June 15, 2021 -- Though a growing body of research shows the connection between good oral health and overall health, developing a national agenda for oral health policy and management in the U.S. has been an uphill battle for decades. Oral health professionals may need to get creative to make this happen. Read More
When is the patient overdue?
June 15, 2021 -- After years of analyzing thousands of dental practices and providing consulting solutions, Levin Group found most practices don't measure overdue patients in the most advantageous manner. Dr. Roger P. Levin defines an overdue patient and gives tips for help with reactivation. Read More
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