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HRSA awards $85M to expand access to oral health services
September 18, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded about $85.3 million to nearly 300 government-funded health centers to expand their oral health service capacity through new and enhanced infrastructure.  Discuss
7 questions most dentists don't ask their marketing firm
September 18, 2019 -- As a practice owner, you want your marketing to convey the right image of your practice, writes Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari. But how do you know that a marketing firm is right for you? She specifies seven questions to help you wisely spend your marketing budget.  Discuss
U.S. men less knowledgeable about HPV than women
September 18, 2019 -- U.S. men are generally less knowledgeable than same-age U.S. women about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and the relationship between HPV and cancer, according to a study published on September 16 in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings highlight the importance of effective communication between practitioners and patients about the vaccine.  Discuss
Kids with type 1 diabetes have more caries
September 18, 2019 -- Two-thirds of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes have dental caries, according to a systematic review published in BMC Oral Health on September 14 that analyzed cases that spanned 20 years. The authors recommended that these patients be screened for early signs of caries and receive preventive treatment during routine dental examinations.  Discuss
Kids' bad breath linked to specific salivary enzyme
September 17, 2019 -- An increase in the activity of a specific salivary enzyme, β-galactosidases, is linked to bad breath in children, according to a recent study in the September issue of the European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry.  Discuss
CDA: No one-size-fits-all when it comes to dental benefit contracting
September 17, 2019 -- How do you decide whether to add or drop participation with a dental benefit plan/network? Cindy Hartwell of California Dental Association (CDA) Practice Support provides a look at some of the issues involved in the decision and cautions not making the decision solely based on fees.  Discuss
CDC: Caries prevalence drops in U.S. kids
September 17, 2019 -- The prevalence of caries in primary teeth decreased nearly five percentage points in U.S. children ages 2 to 5 from 2011 to 2016 compared with 1999 to 2004, according to the new "Oral Health Surveillance Report 2019" from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) released on September 12.  Discuss
Zirconia implants pretty, but no better than titanium
September 16, 2019 -- A zirconia implant looks better, but research has yet to show that it is a suitable alternative to dental fixtures made with titanium, according to a review published in Dental Materials on September 6.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts of attitude: Encourage positive attitudes
September 16, 2019 -- Staff attitude is often the fundamental element that determines how patients perceive the practice and whether they remain loyal, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip. An upbeat, energized team will have a far more positive effect on patients. There will always be challenging days, but having a good attitude impresses patients and inspires your fellow team members.  Discuss
The new target that enables ransomware hackers to paralyze dozens of towns and businesses at once
September 13, 2019 -- Recent attacks on dental clinics illustrate a new and worrisome frontier in ransomware -- the targeting of managed service providers, to which local governments, medical clinics, and other small- and medium-sized businesses outsource their IT needs.  Discuss
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