Survey finds the most annoying sound has a dental connection
January 15, 2021 -- Don't you love it when your patients have strong enough teeth and gums to eat whatever they want, whenever they want? But while we may love to see people eating, we love it even more when it's done quietly. At least that's what a recent survey pointed out after investigating the sounds we find most annoying.  Discuss
What are the biggest vision errors that dentists make later in their careers?
January 15, 2021 -- As dentists move along in their careers, they often lose sight of what's coming next for them and their business. Dr. Jeanette Kern believes the most detrimental vision error for dentists is losing sight of their dreams or what success means to them. In this article, she offers advice on how to keep your vision and dreams in focus.  Discuss
What is the real cost of your patients smoking?
January 15, 2021 -- Cigarette smoking-related illnesses have led to more than 20 million deaths in the U.S. over the past 50 or so years. The societal and economic hits are just as costly, according to a report released on January 13 by the personal finance website WalletHub.  Discuss
Do your patients know the risk of hookah smoking?
January 14, 2021 -- Chronic smoking of shisha or tobacco extracts from a water pipe or hookah increases cell proliferation, invasion, and migration, all of which are traits of cancer cells, according to a study published on December 28 in the Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine.  Discuss
The importance of knowing what you really want as a new year begins
January 14, 2021 -- Amanda Hill, RDH, BSDH, says it's easy to get caught up in the great goal race or feel inadequate if your vision for 2021 doesn't sound as glamorous as someone else's. Why lose 10 pounds when you could lose 20? Why increase your revenue by 10% when you could double it? More is better, right? Well, not exactly. Before you hop on the bandwagon, she believes a little reflection and introspection are necessary.  Discuss
Ask the Dentrix Expert: How do I clean up old, outdated treatment plans?
January 14, 2021 -- If one of your business-related resolutions for 2021 is to clean up old and outdated treatment plans clogging up your system, there is a way to make that happen within your Dentrix practice management software. Dayna Johnson, a certified Dentrix trainer and founder of, offers advice on how to clean up old plans and keep things clean in your software in the new year.  Discuss
Why the physician-dentist relationship is the biggest barrier to integration
January 13, 2021 -- There are many inherent differences and prejudices between dentists and physicians. How do you close the gap? How do you bring the dentist and physician into alignment so that the necessary care is delivered for mutually shared patients? These are the questions that would be most powerful to address now rather than later, writes Dr. Marc Cooper.  Discuss
New research shines light on risks for HPV-linked oral cancer
January 13, 2021 -- People who have had more than 10 oral sex partners face an approximately four times greater risk of developing HPV-associated mouth and throat cancer than those with fewer mates, according to a study published on January 11 in Cancer.  Discuss
4 more consultants share their best financial tips to start 2021
January 13, 2021 -- Every dental practice wants to start the new year off on the right foot. With that in mind, we asked dental practice management consultants for their best pieces of financial advice for dentists and dental practices as 2021 begins. We previously shared the advice of four individuals; here is what four more told us.  Discuss
Is a helmet key to protecting dentists, team members from SARS-CoV-2?
January 12, 2021 -- A newly designed open-faced, disposable helmet that is connected to an air filtration pump and can be worn by patients may minimize the transmission of infection, including SARS-CoV-2, to dental teams, according to a study published on January 12 in Physics of Fluids.  Discuss
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