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Fla. dental assistant arrested for assaulting sedated teen
February 19, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Florida was arrested on February 13 for allegedly sexually assaulting a sedated 18-year-old girl that he was prepping for third-molar extractions, according to news reports.  Discuss
Fla. dental board closes investigation into SmileDirectClub
February 19, 2020 -- The Florida Board of Dentistry has closed its investigation into SmileDirectClub's business model and marketing practices, landing the clear-aligner company another victory against traditional orthodontics.  Discuss
8 reasons to try email encryption, electronic claim solutions
February 19, 2020 -- You likely have a solid understanding of why it's beneficial to migrate away from manual, paper-based processes in your practice, but have you considered a safe way to implement your day-to-day communications? Christine Alfano of Vyne shares eight reasons why you should adopt encrypted email and electronic claims attachment services.  Discuss
Review suggests cavities, periodontitis share common origin
February 19, 2020 -- Sugar, sweet drinks, and other fermentable carbohydrates may promote the development of both cavities and periodontal disease, according to recent research. These diseases may both emerge in response to nutritional imbalances in your patient's mouth.  Discuss
Google must reveal author of bad review of dental practice
February 18, 2020 -- A court in Australia gave a dentist, who claims he was defamed in an anonymous online review, permission to order Google to turn over the personal details about the person who wrote it, according to news reports.  Discuss
Utah, La. at different ends of U.S. dental rankings
February 18, 2020 -- Louisiana has the fewest dentists per 100,000 residents in the U.S., suggesting an opportunity for entrepreneurial dentists or dental service organizations. On the opposite side of the scale, Utah is the state with the most dentists per capita. These and other findings were announced in the latest report on the state of U.S. dental care by personal finance website WalletHub.  Discuss
Smokers given free cessation kits made more attempts to quit
February 18, 2020 -- What would it take for you to try to kick the habit? Free two-week nicotine replacement therapy starter kits given by primary care doctors to smokers increased their attempts to quit, according to a recently published study in Addiction.  Discuss
5 things we can expect from AI in the coming decade
February 17, 2020 -- The promise of artificial intelligence (AI) has long been on the horizon. In the last several years, we've started to see the first AI-powered solutions for dentistry hit the market, but we're told the best is still to come. Dr. Kyle Stanley highlights five things we can expect from AI in the coming decade.  Discuss
Old CT image shows screw in 5-year-old's jaw, ends in surgery
February 17, 2020 -- A mother in Colorado is considering suing after she discovered a CT image that showed a large screw embedded in the jaw of her 5-year-old daughter, which likely was left there during a surgery when she was an infant, according to news reports.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for building value: Create more value during the patient experience
February 17, 2020 -- Even in today's strong economy, patients want the best value every time they spend their money. They have been conditioned by retailers to seek deals based on either lower cost or higher value. In response to this new consumer psychology, provide greater value to patients by providing a superior experience, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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