Dental assistant sues for burns, pregnancy loss from autoclave blowup
November 11, 2019 -- A dental assistant is suing a dental surgery practice in Texas where she worked, as well as the practice's owners and a manufacturer, after equipment that sterilizes dental instruments exploded, leaving her with serious burns, hearing loss, and a lost pregnancy.  Discuss
Md. dentist arrested for sharing child porn at work
November 11, 2019 -- A dentist was arrested for possessing and sharing multiple images of child pornography through an online social network while working at a family dental practice in Parkville, MD, according to news reports.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for replacing lost production and profit
November 11, 2019 -- Today's dental practices must act as real-world businesses to increase production and profit. Nearly all dental practices can increase production exponentially if they employ the right business models. Dr. Roger P. Levin recommends focusing on internal marketing and prioritizing patient retention for replacing lost production and profit.  Discuss
Man nearly dies after dentures get stuck in throat for hours
November 8, 2019 -- A 75-year-old man in China almost choked to death after accidentally swallowing his dentures while eating a meal. The dentures were lodged in his throat for about eight hours before they were removed during emergency surgery, according to news reports.  Discuss
Lifelong exposure to fluoride reduces caries in kids
November 8, 2019 -- PHILADELPHIA - Lifetime exposure to community water fluoridation is effective in reducing dental caries in the permanent teeth of teens and tweens, according to studying findings presented at the American Public Health Association 2019 annual meeting.  Discuss
Only 3 out of 5 women get teeth cleaned during pregnancy
November 8, 2019 -- Approximately 90% of women know that taking care of their teeth and gums during pregnancy is important, yet only about 60% go for dental cleanings, according to a new study published on November 6 in BMC Oral Health.  Discuss
Podcast: How to start talking to patients about the oral-systemic connection
November 7, 2019 -- There is no question that there is a direct link between oral health and overall health. However, many dental professionals may have difficulty communicating that connection to patients. In this podcast, dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, talks about how to start the conversation and the important role dental professionals play in patients' oral and overall health.  Discuss
Tips to properly market your dental practice
November 7, 2019 -- Marketing your practice takes focus, commitment, and dollars. But it's priceless in terms of raising awareness among new and potential patients, as well as increasing profit for your practice. Dr. Richard Barry explains how targeted and consistent marketing can help your business and offers tips you can use.  Discuss
Why bonus plans may not be the best way to reward employees
November 7, 2019 -- The financial perks bonuses offer are supposed to encourage employees to improve their performance and contribute to practice success, but the reality is that bonus plans may have the opposite effect. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie explains why bonuses are not the best way to reward your team.  Discuss
Saliva from humans, primates may differ now due to diet, germs
November 7, 2019 -- Increased meat consumption, cooking, agriculture, and diseases likely led to significant differences in the saliva of humans and their closest evolutionary relatives, gorillas and chimpanzees, according to a recent study.  Discuss
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