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TOP DENTAL NEWS
Utah tops lists of states with most dentists per capita
August 6, 2019 -- Utah is the U.S. state with the most dentists per capita, according to new data from personal finance website WalletHub. Utah had three times more dentists per capita than the last-ranked state, Louisiana.  Discuss
Don't make these 3 mistakes when hiring an office manager
August 6, 2019 -- One key component in a practice's success is having a qualified office manager. But what do you do if your present office manager leaves or your practice has grown to where you need to hire one? Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers practice advice to help you avoid three common mistakes.  Discuss
Are dentists obligated to treat unvaccinated kids?
August 5, 2019 -- Are dentists obligated to treat children without vaccinations? This is a question that the staff of The Dentists Insurance Company hears frequently. They explored the ethical and legal considerations in the August issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for payments: Make treatment affordable
August 5, 2019 -- Some practices wrongly assume that only a small portion of patients can afford elective treatment and, therefore, present cosmetic dentistry only to these select few. Many people are willing to pay for elective treatment if they are aware of all the available financial options, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his weekly Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Review: Oral health education from nurses, others is effective
August 5, 2019 -- Educational, preventive dental programs are being presented to new mothers by nondental practitioners as a way to reduce the prevalence of early childhood caries. Researchers reviewed the literature and found these programs can improve the oral health of those involved.  Discuss
Metals top list of common allergens at the dental office
August 2, 2019 -- Which dental materials are responsible for the most contact allergies? Researchers looked at patient data and found metals topped the list, but other common culprits included composites and cosmetic materials.  Discuss
CDA: Pause before postpayment chart review
August 2, 2019 -- Has your practice received a phone call from an insurance plan asking to conduct a postpayment chart review? Are you a contracted provider for that plan? The California Dental Association (CDA) provides an overview of this situation and recommends pausing before agreeing to a review if you are a noncontracted provider.  Discuss
Is probing the best measurement for peri-implant health?
August 2, 2019 -- Pocket probing depth and bleeding on probing are useful for assessing periodontal conditions, but are these the best measurements to evaluate the health of peri-implant tissue? Researchers conducted a literature review and suggested using a different evaluation process.  Discuss
Dentist fined after firing dental assistant for texting
August 1, 2019 -- A dentist from British Columbia has been ordered to pay roughly $5,500 after she fired a dental assistant for texting during a meeting. A Canadian agency ruled the offense did not qualify as just cause to not compensate the employee for her six years of service.  Discuss
Study supports clear aligners for orthognathic surgery patients
August 1, 2019 -- Patients needing orthognathic surgery generally have orthodontic treatment before and after. Researchers compared the outcomes for patients who used clear-aligner therapy with those who used conventional orthodontic hardware. Their findings might open up new treatment options for patients.  Discuss
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