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The link between 3rd molars and periodontal disease
September 17, 2020 -- Adult African Americans, Hispanics, and those with socioeconomic disadvantages are more likely to have retained their wisdom teeth, making them more at risk for periodontal disease, according to a study published online on September 14 in Public Health.  Discuss
How can you adjust your practice's schedule in Eaglesoft?
September 17, 2020 -- Much has changed for dental practices when it comes to their schedules in the COVID-19 era. How can you ensure your Eaglesoft practice management software is correctly tacking these changes and optimizing your schedule? Ann-Marie DePalma offers some tips and advice.  Discuss
Podcast: Why this dentist is passionate about crown and bridge
September 17, 2020 -- Dr. Edward Feinberg believes that a number of dentists don't have confidence in their crown and bridge skills and have turned away from this time-honored procedure. In this podcast, he discusses why he believes crown and bridge should be a part of your dental practice's treatment mix, in addition to what dental assistants can do to become a bigger part of the procedure's success.  Discuss
3 production targets your practice needs to hit
September 16, 2020 -- In times of crisis, the dental practice must focus on both short-term survival and long-term success. This means that production becomes the single most important factor in terms of day-to-day operations, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. In this article, he gives three production targets on which to focus your efforts and boost your bottom line.  Discuss
One-third of U.S. adults unsure or won't get COVID-19 vaccine
September 16, 2020 -- About 14% of people in the U.S. "probably" or "definitely" will not get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, and another 17% remain unsure, according to a study published online on August 20 in Vaccine.  Discuss
Case study: Using technology to restore a tooth with a failing amalgam
September 16, 2020 -- Dr. Karyn Halpern discusses the case of a 65-year-old man who presented for a hygiene visit and exam with a large, failing distal-occlusal amalgam. She describes her approach to restoring the tooth, aiming to utilize the best materials and techniques for long-term results.  Discuss
Tongue ulcers may be linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection
September 15, 2020 -- Patients who experienced mild or no upper respiratory symptoms developed tongue ulcers within a few days of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in a new analysis, described in a letter to the editor on September 5 in Oral Diseases.  Discuss
A hygienist responds to a study on COVID-19 and the dental practice
September 15, 2020 -- Amanda Hill, RDH, BSDH, looked at one of our most popular recent articles and believes there is more to be discussed, including the role of dental hygienists. However, COVID-19 has brought a much-needed awareness to infection control, she said, and this study shows that screening patients and following the recommended precautions are key to safely navigating the pandemic.  Discuss
Study shows link between periodontal disease and increased risk of colorectal cancer
September 15, 2020 -- A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research indicates that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Previous studies have pointed to associations between periodontal disease and other types of cancer. Tom Viola, RPh, breaks down the information.  Discuss
COVID-19 patient's tonsil abscess cured without exposing others
September 14, 2020 -- Clinicians have successfully used antibiotics and steroids, instead of an aerosol-generating procedure, to treat a COVID-19-positive man's peritonsillar abscess. Details were published on September 7 in BMJ Case Reports.  Discuss
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