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Are periodontists where they're needed? Yes and no
December 13, 2018 -- Where are the periodontists? As the number of people with periodontitis continues to increase in the U.S., are periodontal specialists located where they're most needed? To find out, researchers examined the geographic proximity of periodontal offices throughout the U.S. to the homes of the people who need their care.  Discuss
Why do our kids have tooth decay?
December 12, 2018 -- It's a question dentists and hygienists hear every day whether they are in the office or not: Why do our kids have so much tooth decay? Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that the roots of the issue are nutrition and activity.  Discuss
Does CBCT top panoramic images for accuracy?
December 12, 2018 -- Researchers asked residents in oral surgery and orthodontics to make a diagnosis for nine different conditions by first looking at a panoramic radiograph and then at a cone-beam CT (CBCT) image. They reported on which modality was more accurate and the factors that might influence imaging decisions in a new study.  Discuss
Case report: Anesthesia-free subgingival restoration
December 11, 2018 -- Dr. Joshua Weintraub reports on the case of a 67-year-old man found to have recurrent subgingival decay under an old composite restoration on examination. He describes performing a gingivectomy and restoring the tooth using a laser for treatment.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for answering patient calls: Use the phone to your advantage
December 10, 2018 -- The telephone is your practice's main connection for bringing in new patients. Your front desk coordinator must always use answering the phone as an opportunity to welcome new callers enthusiastically, build value for the practice, gather information, and schedule an appointment, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
What determines nickel-titanium rotary instrument usage?
December 10, 2018 -- Why are some practitioners using nickel-titanium rotary instruments and some not? What might encourage practitioners to try these instruments? Researchers surveyed endodontists and general dentists to find out the answers to these and other questions.  Discuss
New resource offers guidance on opioids for pregnant women
December 7, 2018 -- What considerations should you have when prescribing opioids for pregnant women? The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center created a new guide to help dentists answer this very question.  Discuss
4 tips to improve collections in your practice
December 6, 2018 -- Getting patients to pay on time can be quite a challenge for any practice. And beyond the stress and hassle in collections, the lack of cash flow can affect a practice's ability to expand. In her latest column, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers four practical tips to improve collections and your practice's finances.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Disruptive patient and incomplete restorative work
December 5, 2018 -- In their latest Legal Cases column, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler present a case in which a patient became disruptive and had to be removed from the dental office by the police after incomplete restorative work. Read on to learn how the case was resolved and what you can do to help your practice.  Discuss
JAMA: Nearly a quarter of U.S. dentists were born abroad
December 4, 2018 -- The need for healthcare professionals is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages, so researchers explored the current field of U.S. health professions, including dentistry, and how country of origin and citizen status vary among them. Almost a quarter of U.S. dentists were born in other countries, they reported in a new research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
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