Do patients with head and neck cancer get more opioids?
March 8, 2018 -- Patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer were significantly more likely to be prescribed opioid medications than patients diagnosed with lung or colon cancer in a new study, published on March 8. The findings highlight the need for healthcare professionals to be mindful of opioid prescriptions in this patient population.  Discuss
Could nanotechnology ease orthodontic surgery?
March 8, 2018 -- What if the invasiveness of orthodontic surgery could be supplanted by something kinder and gentler for patients with a severe malocclusion? Enter a novel developing technology that uses nanoparticles containing a deactivated form of collagenase to remodel oral tissue.  Discuss
What do you tell your patients about detoxification?
March 7, 2018 -- Patients spend billions of dollars each year in the U.S. on so-called detoxification products. When periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's patients ask him about the detoxification process and these products, he tries to consistently remind them that there are other methods that may be more effective and safer.  Discuss
Preventing the spread of infection in dental practices
March 6, 2018 -- As this flu season seems like it will never end, it's a good idea for practices to do what they can to prevent the spread of flu and other infections to patients and team members. Sarah Bell-West, PhD, details steps your practice can take to keep the flu in check.  Discuss
Christensen: 5 key takeaways about composite restorations
March 6, 2018 -- Dr. Gordon Christensen spoke about composite restorations at the recent 2018 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. During his well-attended lecture, Dr. Christensen gave his take on materials, procedures, and general restorative trends.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for education: Make business education a priority
March 5, 2018 -- The Great Recession and its aftermath have ushered in a host of permanent changes that have forever altered the dental profession. In this new competitive environment, the business of dentistry has taken on far greater importance than in the past. To be successful, dentists must continue to improve their business skills, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
How to help patients and society combat added sugars
March 5, 2018 -- Despite overwhelming evidence about the harms of added sugars, dentists don't always feel comfortable discussing nutrition with patients. So experts described the best strategies to counsel patients during a panel presentation at the recent 2018 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. They also discussed public health activism efforts around sugar-sweetened beverages.  Discuss
What are your clinical commandments?
March 2, 2018 -- Clinical commandments are a means of providing consistent, repeatable standards for your team and your patients. They help ensure everyone in your practice is on the same page and that your patients don't receive mixed messages. Practice management consultant Jen Butler offers practical tips to put these commandments into place.  Discuss
What do nurses know about pediatric oral health?
March 2, 2018 -- Nurse practitioners can be well-positioned to provide preventive oral healthcare to young children in rural areas or from low socioeconomic households who are unable to see a dentist. However, their oral health knowledge varies. A new study examined what nurse practitioners know about pediatric oral health and what affects this.  Discuss
Panel warns of sugary drink health effects
March 1, 2018 -- Health experts detailed the effects of sugary drinks during a panel presentation at the 2018 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. The panelists emphasized that these beverages can have oral and overall health consequences and that added sugars may come from surprising sources.  Discuss
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