Sedation death of Calif. boy sparks state investigation
May 17, 2019 -- The Dental Board of California is investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who died after being sedated for a dental procedure at a practice in Oakland. The boy was undergoing an extraction under sedation but stopped breathing after experiencing complications, according to a post by relatives.  Discuss
Live from CDA: 1st day wrapup
May 17, 2019 -- ANAHEIM,CA - Editor-in-Chief Tony Edwards and Associate Editor Theresa Pablos bring you a first-day summary video from the 2019 California Dental Association's CDA Presents meeting.  Discuss
Survey results suggest link between RA patients and perio disease
May 17, 2019 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontal disease are both inflammatory, chronic, and progressive, but is there a link between the two? Researchers surveyed hundreds of patients with RA to find out.
CDA Presents 2019: Look for hidden caries risk factors
May 16, 2019 -- A patient claims to brush and floss, but the decay keeps coming back. What gives? Jean Creasey, DDS, spoke about caries risk factors, including not-so-obvious ones, at the 2019 California Dental Association's CDA Presents meeting in Anaheim, CA.  Discuss
5 ways to improve your bonus system
May 16, 2019 -- Employees like bonuses. Who wouldn't? Bonuses are something you can win with nothing to lose. And when your staff wins a bonus, you'll win as well because overall practice performance is guaranteed to improve. As Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest column, having a practical bonus system benefits the entire practice.  Discuss
Study tests imaging modalities' accuracy on root canal anatomy
May 15, 2019 -- Correctly identifying the anatomy of a root canal is crucial for successful endodontic therapy. Researchers tested cone-beam CT and periapical radiography to see if either was more accurate than microcomputed tomography. They reported that practitioners should be aware of each modality's limitations.  Discuss
Second Opinion: 3 failures of dentistry
May 14, 2019 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that dentists positively contribute to the health of our patients in many ways. In this Second Opinion, however, he details his ideas about how dentists and dentistry, as a whole, fall short in some key areas and how to address these shortcomings.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for building a small group practice
May 13, 2019 -- Adding additional practices comes with financial, management, and logistical factors that all need to be carefully considered. Additional practices always have a direct impact on the career and financial well-being of the dentist. It's best to know all the ramifications of owning a small group practice before you begin building one, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Can MRI compete with CBCT to identify tooth fractures?
May 10, 2019 -- While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often used for injuries of the knee and other body parts, researchers wanted to see if recent improvements in the modality meant it could be used to identify root cracks and fractures in teeth. They compared it with cone-beam CT (CBCT) to find out.  Discuss
How a dental patient led to a scientific breakthrough
May 9, 2019 -- A patient with tooth enamel defects helped scientists discover a key aspect of enamel mineralization. The findings may one day help researchers better understand cell behavior and mitochondrial function.  Discuss
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