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3 states vote to expand Medicaid
November 9, 2018 -- Voters in three U.S. states elected to expand Medicaid benefits in the midterm election on November 6. The expansion will provide healthcare coverage to thousands of more people in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah, but only beneficiaries in some states will gain access to dental benefits.  Discuss
Is better oral health knowledge the key to healthier gums?
November 8, 2018 -- What does oral health literacy have to do with periodontal health? Could improving oral health knowledge boost oral health? A new study examined the relationship between these issues and how it may affect treatment outcomes.  Discuss
U.S. voters decide on dental-related issues
November 7, 2018 -- U.S. citizens headed to the polls on November 6 to weigh in on a number of dental-related issues in the midterm election. Local and state ballot measures ranged from community water fluoridation to the future of soda taxes, and five dentists were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Discuss
4 ways a consultant can help grow your practice
November 7, 2018 -- If your practice is growing, there are probably aspects of it you'd like to improve. If your practice is struggling, it can be stressful, and you may not know how to fix the issues. In her latest column, Sally McKenzie offers four ways consultants can help dental practices solve issues and grow.  Discuss
Second Opinion: The case for ending the era of toxic teeth
November 6, 2018 -- Dr. Martin Gorman notes that there are issues with the continuing use of dental amalgam fillings containing mercury. In this Second Opinion, he details the published data concerning the use of mercury in fillings and calls for organized dentistry to get behind composite alternatives.  Discuss
U.S. fares better than similar countries for oral health
November 5, 2018 -- Researchers looked at data of nearly 15,000 people to compare actual and perceived oral health in four countries with fee-for-service dental care systems. They found the U.S. appears to fare better than similar countries when it comes to most metrics of dental health.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for customer service: Set the bar high
November 5, 2018 -- Your customer service is being judged not only against other dental and medical practices but also retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and other places patients visit. Go out of your way to increase patient satisfaction and patients will stay active and recommend your practice to others, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Do your patients know when to replace their toothbrushes?
November 2, 2018 -- Do you tell your patients when to replace their toothbrushes? Do you know when they should? Researchers of a new study looked at the relationship between toothbrush wear and plaque scores, and they recommended throwing out the practice of equating toothbrush wear with toothbrush age.  Discuss
Less than 2 weeks to go in Dental Excellence Award voting
November 2, 2018 -- It's your turn to join hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards. With tight races in many of the 11 categories, your vote matters.  Discuss
Study links periodontitis to higher blood pressure
November 1, 2018 -- Patients with periodontal disease have higher blood pressure than those without periodontitis, according to the findings of a large, new study. Periodontal disease may also interfere with the effectiveness of blood pressure medication, the researchers reported.  Discuss
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