Ore. clinic admits dirty instruments used on patients
December 11, 2019 -- A healthcare provider that manages a health clinic in Oregon has admitted that a dentist there used instruments that weren't properly sterilized on six patients in November, according to a local news report.  Discuss
One hygienist's perspective of working for a DSO
December 11, 2019 -- What it is really like to work for a dental service organization (DSO)? In the first in a new series that will feature various team members from group practices, dental hygienist Steven JC Dunn offers a real, firsthand account of what it's like to work inside a DSO.  Discuss
Ransomware attack leaves 100 dental practices struggling
December 11, 2019 -- A company in Colorado that specializes in providing IT services to dental practices experienced a ransomware attack that has been plaguing operations at about 100 dental offices since November, according to news reports.  Discuss
Acupuncture eases radiation-induced dry mouth
December 11, 2019 -- Acupuncture should be considered as a preventive measure for radiation-induced dry mouth in patients undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, based on the findings of a new study published on December 6 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Oral surgeon to pay $625K for slicing kid's lingual nerve
December 10, 2019 -- An oral surgeon in Virginia and her employer must pay $625,000 to a 12-year-old girl following third-molar surgery in which her lingual nerve was severed and that left her with lifelong issues, including the inability to taste.  Discuss
What do dental professionals really want out of trade shows?
December 10, 2019 -- Attendance for the Greater New York Dental Meeting was once again high, but getting attendees into the exhibit hall continues to be a difficult task. The people who attend dental trade shows are changing in terms of demographics and mindset, so what do these professionals want out of trade shows?  Discuss
Review links metabolic syndrome with tooth loss
December 10, 2019 -- A new review published in the December edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association has linked metabolic syndrome with tooth loss. People with metabolic syndrome had fewer teeth and were more likely to have nonfunctional dentition, the review found.  Discuss
Woman causes stir with ad for $400 braces for kids
December 9, 2019 -- An ad by a woman in Florida who claims she can give a child braces and 12 months of treatments for $400 has medical professionals and the public cringing, according to news reports.  Discuss
Biolase rolls out the Epic Hygiene laser at GNYDM
December 9, 2019 -- While at the recent Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), was one of the first to see the new Epic Hygiene laser from Biolase. The laser has now officially been granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance.  Discuss
Is cellphone use linked to rise in head, neck injuries?
December 9, 2019 -- The number of head and neck injuries related to cellphone use has increased steadily over a recent 20-year period, according to a study published December 5 in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.  Discuss
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