4 myths about emergency patients shattered by COVID-19
July 15, 2020 -- Before COVID-19, the term "emergency patient" might have had a negative connotation for many dental professionals. However, the pandemic and subsequent closures changed how dental practices should be viewing these patients and their potential future with the practice, writes Renee Hense.  Discuss
Podcast: One dentist shares her journey into the realm of sleep dentistry
July 15, 2020 -- In this podcast, we talk to Dr. Michelle Weddle about how she incorporated sleep dentistry into her New Jersey practice. We ask her about everything from her team's involvement to what advice she would give her colleagues on diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in their patients.  Discuss
PVP-I rinse, throat spray kill 99% of SARS-CoV-2 in seconds
July 15, 2020 -- Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) products, including a gargle and mouthwash and a throat spray, can kill 99.99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 30 seconds, according to a brief report published on July 8 in Infectious Diseases and Therapy.  Discuss
'You can't make me!' How to deal with the patient who refuses to wear a mask
July 14, 2020 -- What would you do if a patient walked into your practice and refused to adhere to your guidelines for safety? It happened in one dental practice in a video that has gone viral. Would you be prepared? How would you respond? We asked four dental consultants for their thoughts and advice.  Discuss
A fingernail stuck in a boy's mouth shows need for intervention
July 14, 2020 -- A doctor had to remove a fingernail that became lodged in between the gum tissue and front tooth of a 10-year-old boy, highlighting the need for clinicians to monitor and discourage nail biting, according to a case report published on June 7 in BMJ Case Reports.  Discuss
What are the different types of alerts in Eaglesoft, and how do I create a new alert?
July 14, 2020 -- Ann-Marie DePalma answers a question from a reader about the various types of alerts that can be triggered in Eaglesoft and what they mean, as well as how a new type of alert can be created that can help ensure patient safety.  Discuss
What COVID-19 is revealing about dental practices
July 13, 2020 -- The peak number of patients that dentists can see daily has shrunk considerably due to new protocols implemented to control the spread of COVID-19. However, patient volumes remain close to maximum levels, suggesting offices weren't very efficient before the pandemic.  Discuss
7 key factors to use when determining the value of a dental practice
July 13, 2020 -- While dental practice valuations are inherently complex, it is possible to break down the value of a practice into an easy-to-understand format to help you make decisions that can have huge financial effects on your life. Jordon Comstock shares what he believes is important for dentists to know about these key numbers.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for getting through COVID-19
July 13, 2020 -- Practices must look to advisers to help them through the recovery. Reopening and starting with a business-as-usual attitude will not work. Practices need to know how to effectively navigate weekly measurements, payment prioritization, expense negotiation, and a host of other factors, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Podcast: What one Colo. man wants everyone to know about HPV
July 10, 2020 -- In this podcast, we sit down with Jay Middleton, an avid biker who recently learned he has cancer resulting from HPV. He talks about his diagnosis, how it's changed things at his dental practice, and the one thing he has begun to champion about fighting this disease.  Discuss
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