Dental fear associated with pain, caries
March 19, 2018 -- Fear of the dentist may have broad consequences for oral health, according to the findings of a new study. Children who expressed dental fear were more likely to experience caries, pain, and a poor perception of their own dental health.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for new patients: Improve the new patient experience
March 19, 2018 -- Ensure that more new patients become loyal, long-term ones by creating a positive initial experience for them. Each aspect of the new patient experience should be planned and scripted for maximum effectiveness, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. Practices that exceed expectations during patient interactions will continue to grow and be successful.  Discuss
What do practitioners need to talk about HPV with patients?
March 16, 2018 -- Time to have that talk? Dental practitioners are well-positioned to help patients prevent cancers related to human papilloma virus (HPV) but can find it difficult to communicate about the topic. A new study examined the role of practitioners in this area and what might help them do a better job.  Discuss
7 ideas to move to higher-reimbursement patients
March 16, 2018 -- Is your practice meeting your production and collection goals? Is your schedule full, but your per-hour reimbursement lower than you would like? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has seen clients in this situation and offers seven practical tips to shift your practice to higher-reimbursement patients.  Discuss
4 ways to create a Starbucks-style experience
March 15, 2018 -- What are the four core values of your practice? Amol Nirgudkar of Patient Prism suggests taking a page out of the Starbucks playbook and focusing on these four values: quality, service, ambiance, and culture. He details how you can apply this approach to your practice.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Implant placement into the maxillary sinus
March 14, 2018 -- A group practice's dentists proposed a treatment plan of three implants for a 60-year-old man with missing teeth. However, after the implants were placed, an x-ray showed one of the implants projected beyond the bony floor of the patient's sinuses. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler write, sometimes there is a difference between acceptable clinical practice and what a jury may see.  Discuss
Should you recommend flossing to your patients? It depends
March 14, 2018 -- How does flossing compare with other interdental oral hygiene aids for maintaining periodontal health? Could the longstanding dominance of floss be heading for a further tumble? Researchers analyzed the existing evidence in a new study and reached some interesting conclusions.  Discuss
Infographic: 12M U.S. kids live with untreated decay
March 13, 2018 -- More than 12 million children experienced untreated coronal caries between 2011 and 2014, even in the era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The statistic comes from a new study that looked at demographic and socioeconomic factors associated with untreated decay.  Discuss
CDC investigates cluster of dentists with lung disease
March 13, 2018 -- A March 9 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detailed a cluster of nine cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis among dental personnel treated at one care center in Virginia from 2000 to 2015. Occupational exposure to dental materials may be the culprit behind these cases, the authors speculated.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for better team communication: Improve practice communication
March 12, 2018 -- The success of your practice depends on how well you communicate with patients, but that begins with how well you communicate with each other. Always keep everyone informed and help each other maintain a positive attitude, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Patients will appreciate it.  Discuss
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