Do's and don'ts for patient questions: Be prepared for questions
August 20, 2018 -- If patients are going to spend time and money in your office, they will understandably want to know more about you and your services. Anticipate questions and prepare to address them enthusiastically and thoroughly. Many patients will have similar questions, so it helps to be ready with scripted answers to the most common inquiries, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Can a high-tech toothbrush improve teens' oral health?
August 20, 2018 -- How can you get adolescents to brush longer and more effectively? Using an interactive power toothbrush could improve oral health habits and reduce plaque levels in this finicky population, according to a new study.  Discuss
Study links oral and respiratory health in aging patients
August 17, 2018 -- Aging patients who constantly aspirate saliva can swallow microbiota that can contribute to these patients developing pneumonia. A new large study examined how varying oral health conditions contributed to differences in tongue microbiota in these patients.  Discuss
Why is it so difficult to estimate access to dental care?
August 16, 2018 -- Why is it so hard to accurately estimate access to dental care? Researchers published new critiques of an ADA Health Policy Institute analysis on geographic access to dental care. The critiques provide insight into why it's hard, but may not be impossible, to provide accurate estimates.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Dental therapists, teledentistry, and the ultimate win-win
August 15, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Patti DiGangi, RDH, tackles the issues surrounding the recent approval of dental therapists in Arizona. DiGangi considers the arguments made against dental therapists and addresses them with a focus on access to care and practice profitability.  Discuss
New studies link perio health to kidney health
August 15, 2018 -- Periodontal health has again been linked to kidney health in two new studies presented at the recent 2018 International Association of Dental Research meeting in London. The studies found a significant association between chronic kidney disease and signs of poor periodontal health.  Discuss
Western Dental details launch of pediatric brand
August 14, 2018 -- Aiming to increase access to care for pediatric patients, the dental service organization Western Dental recently announced the launch of a pediatric dentistry brand, Western Dental Kids. Western's chief dental officer tells about the need to address access-to-care issues  Discuss
Second Opinion: Make back-to-school appointments count
August 14, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Joseph Castellano, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, notes that the back-to-school time frame is often hectic for parents, their children, and dental practices. He writes about how to use this time to remind pediatric patients, and their parents, to focus on their oral healthcare.  Discuss
Record number of kids participate in Medicaid/CHIP
August 13, 2018 -- A record number of eligible children are participating in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to new data from Health Affairs. As of 2016, nearly 94% of eligible children were enrolled in the programs.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for staff absences
August 13, 2018 -- Summer is here and everyone -- including your staff -- is taking time off. This can cause some anxiety about things falling apart at the office, but there's no need to panic if you plan ahead, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Come up with a game plan for the times when every team member is absent, inform and train your staff, and make sure everyone is on the same page.  Discuss
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