The (potentially) big 2020 problem you don't see coming
July 16, 2020 -- Curtis Marshall is encouraging dentists and dental hygienists to look at their hygiene schedules in the fourth quarter of the year. What they see, he believes, could be surprising. What's his advice? Take care of your future practice by planning now to succeed in October.  Discuss
The EPA amalgam rule: 16 years in making, 3 years to comply -- so what now?
July 16, 2020 -- Earlier this week, a rule went into effect that will impact every dental practice in the U.S. Alexander Bischoff takes a look at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) amalgam rule, what it means for you, what you need to know, and why it must now be a part of your weekly routine.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Less insurance dependence is key to success
July 16, 2020 -- Chelsea Acosta Patel believes many dentists were rethinking their strategy prior to the pandemic, and now many have decided to take action. She explains why this is the time to implement a strategy to attract more uninsured patients to lower your dependence on insurance and help make your practice run more efficiently and be more profitable.  Discuss
4 myths about emergency patients shattered by COVID-19
July 15, 2020 -- Before COVID-19, the term "emergency patient" might have had a negative connotation for many dental professionals. However, the pandemic and subsequent closures changed how dental practices should be viewing these patients and their potential future with the practice, writes Renee Hense.  Discuss
Podcast: One dentist shares her journey into the realm of sleep dentistry
July 15, 2020 -- In this podcast, we talk to Dr. Michelle Weddle about how she incorporated sleep dentistry into her New Jersey practice. We ask her about everything from her team's involvement to what advice she would give her colleagues on diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in their patients.  Discuss
PVP-I rinse, throat spray kill 99% of SARS-CoV-2 in seconds
July 15, 2020 -- Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) products, including a gargle and mouthwash and a throat spray, can kill 99.99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 30 seconds, according to a brief report published on July 8 in Infectious Diseases and Therapy.  Discuss
'You can't make me!' How to deal with the patient who refuses to wear a mask
July 14, 2020 -- What would you do if a patient walked into your practice and refused to adhere to your guidelines for safety? It happened in one dental practice in a video that has gone viral. Would you be prepared? How would you respond? We asked four dental consultants for their thoughts and advice.  Discuss
A fingernail stuck in a boy's mouth shows need for intervention
July 14, 2020 -- A doctor had to remove a fingernail that became lodged in between the gum tissue and front tooth of a 10-year-old boy, highlighting the need for clinicians to monitor and discourage nail biting, according to a case report published on June 7 in BMJ Case Reports.  Discuss
What are the different types of alerts in Eaglesoft, and how do I create a new alert?
July 14, 2020 -- Ann-Marie DePalma answers a question from a reader about the various types of alerts that can be triggered in Eaglesoft and what they mean, as well as how a new type of alert can be created that can help ensure patient safety.  Discuss
What COVID-19 is revealing about dental practices
July 13, 2020 -- The peak number of patients that dentists can see daily has shrunk considerably due to new protocols implemented to control the spread of COVID-19. However, patient volumes remain close to maximum levels, suggesting offices weren't very efficient before the pandemic.  Discuss
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