Sleep apnea may affect COVID-19 severity
September 22, 2020 -- Patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea may be at increased risk for more severe complications from COVID-19, according to a new study published on September 8 in Sleep Medicine Reviews.  Discuss
Was COVID-19 a 'perfect storm' for bacterial contamination inside dental unit waterlines?
September 22, 2020 -- With September being Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, it seems like the perfect time to discuss dental unit waterline (DUWL) safety and what dental practices should know. Did the COVID-19 shutdown create an ideal scenario for bacteria to grow in your DUWLs? Kellie Thimmes of ProEdge Dental Water Labs answers that question.  Discuss
How 3 dentists remained nimble and resilient during the COVID-19 disruption
September 22, 2020 -- Dr. Teresa Yang interviewed three California dentists about how they have personally and professionally navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on their businesses. They also talked about some of the changes they have made in their practices in the postpandemic days.  Discuss
How could COVID-19 change the dental hygiene profession for good?
September 21, 2020 -- From workforce shortages to changes in infection control protocols, dental hygienists have taken a one-two punch from the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the long term, it may change their roles in practices and offer them new opportunities.  Discuss
Q&A with Dr. Sam Low on COVID-19 and inflammation, plus personalizing the oral-systemic link
September 21, 2020 -- In a one-on-one interview, Dr. Sam Low chatted with Editor-in-Chief Kevin Henry about the importance of the oral-systemic link and personalizing it for each patient, as well as how COVID-19 is showing us why inflammation is one of the biggest issues the dental team must tackle with patients.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for staying positive
September 21, 2020 -- During these challenging times, it can be difficult to remain upbeat. However, if you want to move forward, you must adopt a positive mindset. Without a positive attitude, you will never be able to motivate yourself or your staff to provide excellent care and customer service day in and day out, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
More than 6M likely without dental coverage due to COVID-19
September 18, 2020 -- About half of those who lost dental insurance when they became unemployed due to COVID-19 are expected to remain uninsured. Higher rates can be expected in states that didn't expand Medicaid, according to a study published on August 28 in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
The value and use of diagnosis codes in the dental practice
September 18, 2020 -- The use of ICD-10 diagnosis codes in dental practice is still in the infancy period, according to Dr. David DePorter. However, the growing use is directly related to increases in government-related dental benefits programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. DePorter has some advice to share on the potential benefits of diagnosis code use in the dental practice.  Discuss
Why 'mask mouth' could be a sweet spot for your treatment planning
September 18, 2020 -- Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, discusses the hot topic of "mask mouth" and how it could be a boon for your practice in terms of treatment planning. It's all about having patients think logically as well as with their emotions, Dr. Rice explains in his latest video.  Discuss
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
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