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Written patient communication makes for better relationships
October 21, 2019 -- The most heated miscommunications in dental practices involve insurance benefits and financial arrangements with patients. Dr. James Anderson of eAssist explains the importance of written patient communication and offers tips for documenting this information.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for community outreach: Doing well by doing good
October 21, 2019 -- Doing well by doing good involves taking advantage of opportunities to give back and letting everyone know that you're a great community partner. And there's nothing wrong with enjoying the positive public relations that can come from these activities. It's a win-win situation for you and your community, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
SmileDirectClub sues Calif. dental board for harassment
October 18, 2019 -- SmileDirectClub has filed a lawsuit against the Dental Board of California, alleging it intentionally harassed the direct-to-consumer clear-aligner company's clinics in a planned effort to hinder its growth. The litigation further fans the flames between the burgeoning industry and traditional orthodontics.  Discuss
Colgate's Optic White fails to deeply whiten teeth, suit claims
October 18, 2019 -- A Nevada woman has filed a class-action suit against Colgate-Palmolive, claiming that Colgate's Optic White toothpaste is based on "false hope" because it fails to naturally, deeply whiten teeth as advertised.  Discuss
Case report: Repair of osseous defect on an implant
October 18, 2019 -- Dr. Daniel Haghighi reports on the case of a 70-year-old man who was experiencing pain around implant #5. He describes using a laser to maximize treatment efficacy and to manage the osseous tissue and soft-tissue defects.  Discuss
Radiation-free imaging system aids caries detection
October 18, 2019 -- Near-infrared light transillumination (NILT) does not expose patients to ionizing radiation, but is it an effective modality for detecting caries? Researchers tested NILT against direct digital radiography in almost 140 teeth to find out.  Discuss
FTC ruling reverberates through dental distributor segment
October 17, 2019 -- Benco Dental plans to appeal the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding that the dental product distributor and Patterson Companies conspired to undermine dental buying groups, which negotiate lower prices for smaller dental practices. The FTC ruling is also creating ripple effects through the dental industry.  Discuss
Study: Dental specialists prescribe millions of antibiotics
October 17, 2019 -- Dentists and other dental specialists wrote about 9 million antibiotic prescriptions to patients during a three-year period despite growing concerns of antibiotic resistance, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
YouTube is better for watching dental injuries than fixing them
October 17, 2019 -- YouTube is probably not the best source of information for managing dental trauma, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed 120 online videos and found the platform is better for seeing people knock their teeth out than learning how to manage an avulsed tooth.  Discuss
FTC hands out mixed ruling to Benco, Patterson, Schein
October 16, 2019 -- Henry Schein was cleared of conspiracy charges in an October 16 ruling by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). However, fellow defendants Patterson Companies and Benco were found to have conspired to refuse to offer discounted prices or otherwise compete for the business of buying groups of independent dentists.  Discuss
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