TOP DENTAL NEWS
Loss of taste, smell likely signs of COVID-19
March 26, 2020 -- Patients who experience loss of taste and smell but are otherwise asymptomatic may be carriers of the novel coronavirus, causing the rapid spread of the outbreak, according to the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.  Discuss
4 factors affecting which jobs dental assistants take
March 26, 2020 -- How do you get those dental assistants who are willing to go above and beyond for your practice each day? Find out what job factors matter the most when dental assistants are considering positions, and adjust accordingly to land the best and the brightest, writes Robynn Rixse, president of the American Dental Assistants Association.  Discuss
Teledentistry 101: How to get started, billing codes, questions, and more
March 25, 2020 -- In her latest podcast, dental insurance expert Teresa Duncan breaks down what dentists and dental team members need to know about implementing teledentistry into their practices, including answers to frequently asked questions.  Discuss
4 ways to stay productive during the COVID-19 crisis
March 25, 2020 -- These days, many dental practices are seeing their business slowed because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, but Dr. Sheri Doniger shares four ways to ensure your practice and team members stay productive.  Discuss
Teeth tell the stories of people's most impactful life events
March 25, 2020 -- Teeth provide a true, permanent historical record of a person's major life events, including pregnancy, illness, relocation, and incarceration, according to a new study published March 25 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
How teledentistry can help during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
March 24, 2020 -- During these unsettling times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that we, as dental healthcare providers, provide the essential care necessary to our patients and communities through teledentistry, writes Dr. James Anderson.  Discuss
Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Novel coronavirus remains stable on surfaces
March 24, 2020 -- The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 remains stable for several hours to days when it is aerosolized or on surfaces, according to a letter to the editor published online March 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
Want to reduce cavities? Maybe use cannabinoids
March 23, 2020 -- Chemicals found in cannabis or cannabinoids may be more effective at reducing bacteria associated with dental plaque than well-established synthetic oral care products, according to a recent study published in Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for staying connected with patients
March 23, 2020 -- Connecting with patients is critical to maintaining your patient base, so you must be creative when it comes to staying in touch, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Try a mix of both traditional outreach methods and newer methods on social media. Stay in touch with patients often and you'll build long-lasting relationships that contribute to practice success.  Discuss