Low doses of Botox may help TMJ pain without bone loss
September 23, 2020 -- Short-term, low doses of botulinum toxin (Botox) can be used to manage pain related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) without causing jawbone loss, according to a study published on September 3 in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.  Discuss
Create a culture of safety before education to ensure patients' trust
September 23, 2020 -- With COVID-19 now a part our society, how are you ensuring that your patients and team members feel safe? Dr. James Anderson offers some advice about what must be done to create a sense of safety for all in the practice, and why that's important for your business.  Discuss
One consultant's top 3 reports you should be reviewing
September 23, 2020 -- A recently posed question started Lynne Leggett, founder and CEO of Victory Dental Management, thinking about which reports can benefit dental practices for the rest of 2020 and beyond. So much data are available. How do you know which reports can help you the most? She offers some advice.  Discuss
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 moving forward.  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
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