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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
Sugary drinks account for majority of kids' drink sales
October 16, 2019 -- Sugary drinks accounted for almost two-thirds of children's drink sales in 2018, according to a report published on October 16. Beverage manufacturers also spent millions of dollars advertising sugar-sweetened beverages to children last year.  Discuss
DIY orthodontics takes hit with new Calif. law requiring x-rays
October 15, 2019 -- California has become the first state in the U.S. to pass a law that aims to better protect patients who undergo direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatments, such as those offered by SmileDirectClub, by requiring x-rays and more before moving ahead with care.  Discuss
CDC names vaping-related illness, issues new guidance
October 15, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its initial recommendations for healthcare providers on how to deal with vaping-associated illness, which the CDC has now named e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).  Discuss
3 largest DSOs add practices
October 15, 2019 -- In DrBicuspid.com's latest list of the largest dental service organizations (DSOs) in the U.S., the three largest ones have continued to add affiliated practices. Heartland Dental, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental have all added about 40 practices since the last list was published in April 2019.  Discuss
Propofol shows promise for conscious sedation
October 14, 2019 -- Propofol is one of the most used drugs for general anesthesia, but the findings of a new study suggest that the medication may also be beneficial for conscious sedation. Researchers from the U.K. found that propofol helped anxious adolescents successfully receive dental treatment while awake.  Discuss
New research of oral anomalies aids understanding of schizophrenia
October 14, 2019 -- The causes of schizophrenia are not entirely understood, but healthcare practitioners are increasingly intrigued by the links between this complicated condition and human physical and neurological development. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Gary Hack details his team's recent research and offers hope for improving the dental experience for these patients.  Discuss
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