Here's what to know about respiratory safety in 2022
May 12, 2022 -- ANAHEIM - The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the way dental practices think about respiratory safety. In an interview with Editor-in-Chief Theresa Pablos, Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, who will speak at the 2022 California Dental Association's (CDA) CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry meeting, discusses the issues that have arisen because of the pandemic and what dental professionals need to be aware of. Read More
How to code implant- and abutment-supported crowns
May 12, 2022 -- A standard Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature coding error is documenting and reporting implant- and abutment-supported crowns, writes coding expert Estela Vargas. Vargas explains the difference between these two types of crowns and shares why knowing the distinction is essential to avoiding denials and claim payment delays. Read More
ADA starting to recover from cyberattack
May 11, 2022 -- The ADA is "making significant progress" in restoring operations following a cybersecurity attack that left its communication and membership systems paralyzed for nearly three weeks, according to a statement the ADA gave to on May 11. Read More
Antibiotic use leads to woman's black hairy tongue
May 11, 2022 -- A 69-year-old woman developed black hairy tongue after taking an antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections, according to a recent case report published in the American Journal of Case Reports. Read More
The importance of creating a patient health history
May 11, 2022 -- The health history form is the starting point to building a lasting relationship with your patients. Dr. James V. Anderson shares tips about how to create a thorough health history form and related conversation. Read More
Does dentistry need to shake up its approach to gum disease?
May 10, 2022 -- Identifying patients at greater risk of having active and progressing periodontal disease remains challenging, so it may be time for a new approach, according to a commentary published on May 4 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
$424K grant will study how to get doctors to apply fluoride
May 10, 2022 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health awarded a $424,000 grant to researchers at Kennesaw State University in Georgia to assess and reduce barriers associated with pediatricians applying fluoride varnish to children's teeth. Read More
Addressing a growing crisis: Burnout among dentists
May 9, 2022 -- When Dr. Kyle Stanley lectures, he often asks his students if they've known someone professionally who died by suicide. Usually, about 70% of the audience raises their hands, highlighting just how prevalent it is. In this column, Stanley provides tips to help combat burnout and find support. Read More
Do's & don'ts for marketing communications
May 9, 2022 -- Every communication with patients and prospective patients is an opportunity to project the desired image of your practice, reinforce the relationship, and, ultimately, grow the business, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
U.S. adults don't know conditions linked to oral health
May 9, 2022 -- Though most adults in the U.S. consider oral health to be important to overall health, too many don't know which conditions are linked to poor oral health, according to a report published May 5 by Delta Dental Plans Association. Read More