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Speeding driver uses 'autopilot' mode to floss, gets ticket
January 17, 2020 -- A Tesla driver in Canada may think twice before he decides again to work on his oral health while behind the wheel. The man was charged with careless driving after police caught him using both hands to floss his teeth while cruising on "autopilot," according to news reports.  Discuss
Pa. mom arrested for allowing kids' teeth to blacken
January 17, 2020 -- A mother in Pennsylvania was arraigned on January 14 on felony child endangerment charges for not getting dental treatment for her two 4-year-old sons. She allegedly knew her sons needed dental surgery but didn't take them for treatment, allowing their teeth to decay and blacken, according to news reports.
Colgate creates first-ever recyclable toothpaste tube
January 17, 2020 -- Colgate-Palmolive has created the first recyclable toothpaste tube, which is set to debut in the U.S. in 2020 under its brand Tom's of Maine. The company also plans to share the technology behind the new tube with its competitors.  Discuss
Wis. dental assistant claims fired for pro-Trump comments
January 16, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Wisconsin says she was fired when a bad review, claiming her employer had workers who spew racist comments, surfaced on the office's social media. She believes her own pro-President Trump comments on Facebook led to the review and firing, according to news reports.  Discuss
Report: Smoking costs add up in healthcare tally
January 16, 2020 -- Smoking costs more than $300 billion each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But which U.S. states bear the brunt of these costs? Personal finance website WalletHub ran the data and found that Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York had the highest total annual costs per adult smoker.  Discuss
Proper introduction of associate dentist crucial to patient relationships
January 16, 2020 -- If you're considering hiring an associate dentist for your practice, it's important to heed some key advice when making this critical move. Dr. James Anderson explains why a proper introduction of a new associate to your patients is vital and shares tips on how to do so.  Discuss
Former LSU quarterback turned dentist back in the spotlight
January 16, 2020 -- When Louisiana State University (LSU) earned its fourth-ever NCAA Division I football national championship on Monday night with a 42-25 win over Clemson, a Colorado dentist found himself not only smiling but back in the news again.  Discuss
5 ways to build teamwork into your practice culture
January 15, 2020 -- Teamwork is an essential component of running a successful practice. Cultivating a great team is beneficial for your quality of life at work -- and also your bottom line. Mike Monfredi, the practice manager at Monfredi Family Dentistry, details five ways to build teamwork into your practice culture.  Discuss
When is ideal care inappropriate?
January 15, 2020 -- When is ideal care not the best care we can deliver? This is one of the more important clinical questions we can ask ourselves, writes Dr. David Rice. He describes certain situations and patients for which ideal may not be the best treatment course.  Discuss
Ask the Dentrix Expert: Locating the correct AR number
January 15, 2020 -- This is the first in a new, year-long series that is designed to help dentists and team members understand their practice management software better. Dayna Johnson, a certified Dentrix trainer and founder of Novonee.com, offers helpful information on locating the correct accounts receivable number.  Discuss
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