What are the risks of counterfeit or DIY dental materials?
March 3, 2021 -- A Washington dentist elected not to follow the standard of care with endodontic cold vitality testing for patients. He allegedly swapped an approved refrigerant with an off-label product used to dust off computer keyboards. In this column, Dr. Michael W. Davis warns dentists to not make the same mistake. Read More
Fewer opioids prescribed in 3rd-molar surgeries with bupivacaine
March 3, 2021 -- Oral surgeons prescribed 59% fewer total opioids for patients who received liposomal bupivacaine (LB) during third-molar extractions than for those who did not receive LB, according to a study published on February 22 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
State of U.S. oral health: 4 dental trends to watch
March 2, 2021 -- The U.S. spent $135 billion on dental services in 2018, according to a March 2 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the health status of the nation. The whopping sum was just one of several dental trends outlined in the report. Read More
New OSHA standards, unannounced inspections may be coming
March 2, 2021 -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon issue new infectious disease standards that include unannounced inspections at dental practices, according to a February 26 session at the virtual 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Saliva tests may be effective in diagnosing COVID-19
March 1, 2021 -- Saliva may be a reliable and cost-efficient way to diagnose COVID-19, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Saliva-based tests were found to be roughly as reliable as nasopharynx or throat swabs. Read More
Do's and don'ts for 5-star customer service
March 1, 2021 -- Dentistry is a service-based business, so customer service is always an important part of providing care. Keep in mind that people gravitate to places where they feel good, appreciated, and important, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Dental ethics show value in the time of COVID-19
February 26, 2021 -- The ethical principles that helped dentists through the 1918 flu pandemic can also guide dentists today, noted dental ethics expert Nanette Elster. Elster spoke with about ethical decisions during COVID-19 -- a topic she's also discussing at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
One-third of countries allow dentists to give COVID-19 vaccines
February 26, 2021 -- One-third of countries around the globe have granted dentists permission to administer COVID-19 vaccines as part of national rollouts, according to results from a survey released on February 24 from the FDI World Dental Federation's COVID-19 Task Team. Read More
A mid-Midwinter update from the DrBicuspid editors
February 26, 2021 -- The Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting is just about halfway through. Editor-in-Chief Theresa Pablos and Associate Editor Melissa Busch took a break from their coverage to provide an update on the clinical content, virtual format, and what to expect on the website next week. Read More
National Tooth Fairy Day: Baby teeth worth more than ever
February 26, 2021 -- Children are raking in more cash than ever for their primary teeth. As National Tooth Fairy Day approaches, taking place on February 28, dental teams may want to share the going rates for baby teeth based on where they live in the U.S. Read More
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