Misinformation about root canals still lives on social media
November 19, 2019 -- A film that revived junk science, claiming root canals cause serious illnesses like cancer, was removed from streaming platforms this past spring after backlash from the dental community, but it continues to live on social media, according to Poynter Institute's nonprofit project PolitiFact.
Can hypnosis reduce opioid use? Maybe
November 19, 2019 -- Can hypnosis and other mind-body therapies reduce the number of opioids needed to treat pain after dental surgery? Maybe, according to the findings of a systematic review recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Dental assistant sues after fired for protesting lack of breaks
November 18, 2019 -- A dental assistant in Oregon who claims she was fired for complaining about having to work long hours without breaks, aggravating her diabetes, is suing her former employer and others for $3 million, according to news reports.  Discuss
Formlabs launches Formlabs Dental, new 3D printer
November 18, 2019 -- After making an impact in the dental lab space for a number of years, Formlabs has now launched a new dental business unit, Formlabs Dental. With the creation of the new business unit, Formlabs intends to make a splash in the growing 3D market for dental practices and the opportunities that are to come for the technology in the next decade.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for team motivation: Inspire your team
November 18, 2019 -- How well your team performs is often a direct reflection of how inspired they are. Practice owners must take on the mantle of motivating their teams if they want them to serve patients exceptionally well, take pride in their work, and contribute to practice success, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Dentist must pay $86K for giving patient ill-suited braces
November 15, 2019 -- A court in Ireland has ordered a dentist to pay approximately $86,000 to a woman who experienced teeth movement and years of pain and discomfort due to poor dental work, stemming from a discounted set of braces, according to news reports.  Discuss
Podcast: What the ADA's change in its oral cancer policy means for your practice
November 15, 2019 -- The ADA recently expanded its policy on oral cancer detection to include oropharyngeal cancer, so now is an excellent time to look at how your patients are being examined in your practice for signs of oral cancer.  Discuss
How integrated dental care can help your patients and practice
November 15, 2019 -- Integrated healthcare that includes dental, medical, pharmacy, vision, and behavior health provides a better picture of a patient's whole health, leading to better care, lower costs, and improved overall patient satisfaction. Scott Towers, Anthem's president for dental, explains the ways integrated care can help your patients and your professional practice.  Discuss
Gold, ivory false teeth from 1800s valued at $9K for sale
November 14, 2019 -- False teeth crafted of hippo or walrus ivory, set in gold, and estimated to be from the early 1800s will be up for auction in November. The teeth are valued at about $9,000, according to Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers.  Discuss
Hire for attitude, aptitude, and alignment of core values
November 14, 2019 -- It's that time again -- you need to hire another team member. Before you write your job ad, take time to define your practice philosophy and the values that you bring to the community and your practice. Hire people with the right attitude and aptitude but who also share your philosophy and values, or you will not be happy in the long run, advises Dr. James Anderson.  Discuss
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