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TOP DENTAL NEWS
The future is now: Part 1 -- VR is poised to revolutionize dentistry
April 20, 2018 -- Ready dentist one? Virtual reality (VR) is poised to change the way dentists learn, practice, and interact with patients. See how this technology is taking hold in schools and clinic -- it may change the dental clinic experience sooner than you think.  Discuss
What are the consequences of early first-molar extraction?
April 20, 2018 -- What factors should dentists consider before extracting a badly decayed first permanent molar in a child, and what are the consequences of removing or restoring it? Since there's no clear consensus among practitioners, researchers turned to the literature for answers.  Discuss
New report ranks kids' dental health in U.S. states
April 19, 2018 -- Which U.S. states are the best and the worst for children's dental and overall health? An April 18 report from a personal finance website has a surprising answer to which state is ranked the best for dental health for children.  Discuss
OHA report: State of oral health is mixed for seniors
April 18, 2018 -- The state of dental care for older Americans is mixed, according to a new report from Oral Health America (OHA). While 25 U.S. states received a poor overall score on key oral health performance measures, the number of people covered by community water fluoridation increased from 2016 to 2018.  Discuss
Investigating the link between gut and gum health
April 18, 2018 -- Inflammatory bowel disease doesn't sound much like an oral health issue, but studies show a possible link between this and gum health. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg would like to know more about this relationship, so rather than just read about it, he's in the process of creating a double-blind, randomized clinical study. Curious? Read on to see how your practice might be able to help.  Discuss
JADA: Oral health varies by immigration status
April 17, 2018 -- Immigrants in the U.S. experience significantly worse oral health than individuals who were born in the country, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The findings imply a need for dentists to better reach immigrant communities, according to the researchers.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for your practice's cellphone policy
April 16, 2018 -- Practices should direct patients and other practice visitors on what they can do -- and where -- with their cellphones. Employing a policy that allows for the quiet use of smartphones can help all patients handle tasks conveniently and wait for their appointments undisturbed, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Do certain techniques or materials produce better dentures?
April 16, 2018 -- What are the best techniques and materials for making final impressions for complete and removable partial dentures? As there is no clinical consensus, researchers conducted a review of the published literature and published their findings in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  Discuss
How to talk with parents and kids about HPV vaccination
April 13, 2018 -- Have you talked to patients about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine today? The American Academy of Pediatrics hopes so. The association is leading the charge to get kids vaccinated against HPV, but it needs the help of dental professionals to succeed.  Discuss
What is the role of a hygiene department?
April 13, 2018 -- A hygiene department should be the economic engine of your practice, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. Ensuring that doctors and hygienists are working toward the same goals is crucial for a practice's success.  Discuss
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