CDA: Dentists should stay vigilant after getting vaccine
January 27, 2021 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) is telling dentists in the state to stay vigilant about infection control procedures even after their staff has received the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination does not eliminate the obligations of dental practice owners to maintain workplace safety standards.  Discuss
What it takes to sustain and grow dental practice values during COVID-19
January 27, 2021 -- To prosper, dental practices need to be innovative, have good training available for staff, and foster good communication on matters of safety and progress, writes Bruce Bryen, CPA, CVA. This approach will make a dental practice successful with or without the COVID-19 pandemic and will increase the practice's value, he believes.  Discuss
What COVID-19 therapy may be linked to higher risk of MRONJ?
January 27, 2021 -- A drug used to treat patients with COVID-19 may also put them at higher risk of developing medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ), according to a letter to the editor published on January 22 in the British Dental Journal.  Discuss
6 solutions to get to the root of accountability in the dental practice
January 26, 2021 -- Accountability is a word most often thrown around when trying to pinpoint the reason for a failure, writes Dr. James Anderson. We don't ask who is accountable when things are great because we know we are working together in synchrony as a team. How do we change that perception of accountability? Anderson offers some advice.  Discuss
How you can ensure your Eaglesoft software is running at an optimal level
January 26, 2021 -- When you think about things that could improve productivity in 2021, it's likely your team could be using your practice management software in much more efficient ways. With that in mind, if you're using Eaglesoft, Ann-Marie DePalma thinks it could be time to schedule a software checkup and evaluation.  Discuss
Ga. dentists sign on to governor's COVID-19 vaccine plan
January 26, 2021 -- Dentists in Georgia are voicing their support for a plan issued by Gov. Brian Kemp to enlist dentists to help administer vaccinations for COVID-19. The Georgia Dental Association also plans to ask dentists to volunteer to administer shots.  Discuss
Imaging leads to removal of 3-cm toy from dementia patient
January 25, 2021 -- Imaging helped physicians identify and remove a spinning top toy from an 83-year-old woman in Florida who had end-stage dementia and an oral fixation. Details of the case were published on January 20 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Finding, hiring, and keeping dental team members is a big problem
January 25, 2021 -- When the COVID-19 disruption hit the dental industry, many team members saw it as a chance to hit the reset button, taking time to reexamine whether they wanted to stay in their current practice or even in the dental field. Now, dental practices are scrambling to fill vacancies, and it's a challenge that isn't going away anytime soon.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for increasing efficiency
January 25, 2021 -- As we move through the post-COVID-19 era, it's safe to assume that many practices will see patient volume decrease. We will learn a lot more in the future, but patient volume is a factor that is negatively affecting production in the present. The good news is that specific systems-based strategies can improve patient volume, even if it will still be lower for a while, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Which states are safest from COVID-19?
January 22, 2021 -- The health of the economy relies heavily on whether people in the U.S. feel safe to return to work, shopping, and other activities as the nation tucks into its second year of the pandemic. As more people get vaccinated, more states will lift COVID-19-related restrictions.  Discuss
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