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Cerebral palsy tied to worse oral health for kids
February 15, 2019 -- Children with cerebral palsy may have more dental caries and a lower oral health-related quality of life, according to the findings of a recent study. These findings may have to do with movement and eating limitations associated with the neurological condition.  Discuss
5 things you should know about leadership
February 14, 2019 -- Do you know what it takes to be a great leader? Having a solid understanding of leadership can help you better guide and motivate your team, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest column. He details five components of leadership to help you improve in your role as a practice leader.  Discuss
CAST index in kids shows link to parental education
February 13, 2019 -- Is the Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST) index useful for evaluating a large group of children? Moreover, are the results linked to familial factors, such as parental oral health knowledge, education, or socioeconomic status? To learn more, researchers assessed hundreds of 6- and 7-year-olds.  Discuss
Which digital alignment technique is most accurate?
February 13, 2019 -- Digital 3D scanners are revolutionary tools for measuring changes in orthodontics, periodontics, and tooth wear. As little research has focused on obtaining the proper alignment from the data, researchers compared three different alignment techniques to see which was most accurate.  Discuss
Teledentistry: Creating the ideal referral relationship
February 12, 2019 -- When a doctor refers a patient to a specialist, the patient is left to schedule the appointment at the other practice. Rather than having the patient do the work, Jill Shue of Custom Dental Solutions outlines a plan using teledentistry to make needed treatment more likely to occur.  Discuss
Clear aligners vs braces: Which one comes out on top?
February 11, 2019 -- When you have to decide between clear aligners and traditional braces, which treatment option is best for your patients? Researchers reviewed multiple scientific studies to evaluate the pros and cons of both tooth movement techniques.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for keeping current patients
February 11, 2019 -- As the years go by, dentists often become very friendly and close with patients. While this is wonderful, it can also create a false sense of security. Remember, patients don't owe you anything and may go to another office at any time. Always employ strategies that help cater to patients, build value for your practice, and encourage patients to remain at the practice, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
More education, monitoring needed to improve hand hygiene
February 8, 2019 -- Newly trained dentists know how to wash their hands, right? Apparently not, according to a new study. Investigators observed hygiene practices of postgraduate-year dentists, with the results suggesting that more education on correct hand-washing procedures and greater monitoring of hand hygiene behavior are needed.  Discuss
Parents believe opioids are more effective than alternatives
February 7, 2019 -- Parents are well aware of the risks associated with opioids, including addiction and overdose. Yet many still believe opioids are more effective at relieving pain after surgery than alternative medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Discuss
3 reasons you should be using scripts for patient calls
February 7, 2019 -- When patients call your practice, they're interested in learning something about your practice and in making an appointment. However, if their questions can't be answered, they may go elsewhere, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. She offers three practical reasons your team should use scripts for patient calls.  Discuss
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