Fluoride exposure in infancy linked to lower nonverbal IQ
December 2, 2019 -- Another study has linked early fluoride exposure to lower IQ scores later in life. Researchers from the U.S. and Canada found fluoride intake from reconstituted infant formula was linked to significantly decreased nonverbal IQ scores in preschool-aged children.  Discuss
Solving patients' biggest payment complaints
December 2, 2019 -- It seems simple enough. The dentist provides services necessary for the patient's dental health, and the patient agrees to pay for the services. However, this scenario can quickly change from agreement to argument if specific rules are not followed. Dr. James Anderson discusses some common patient complaints regarding payments and offers advice on how to avoid them.  Discuss
Report: Midwestern cities rank highest for excess
December 2, 2019 -- Total the number of smokers, coffee drinkers, and the number of fast-food restaurants in a city and you have one formula to identify a population in need of dental care -- and potential for periodontal disease. Personal finance website WalletHub ranked U.S. cities for "vice and excess" and found three midwestern U.S. cities ranked highest.  Discuss
Naval dental school failed to read 1,800 CBCT scans
November 27, 2019 -- Radiologists at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, MD, failed to examine about 2,000 dental cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans during a seven-year period, resulting in at least one treatment delay, according to news reports.  Discuss
ADA files class-action lawsuit against Delta Dental
November 27, 2019 -- The American Dental Association (ADA) has announced that it has filed a class-action lawsuit against Delta Dental plans and the Delta Dental Plans Association.  Discuss
2 dentists sentenced for $460K tax-cheating scheme
November 27, 2019 -- Two Washington dentists, who a judge said were fueled by "pure greed," were sentenced to prison for seven days and ordered to perform 400 hours of community service for participating in an approximately $460,000 tax-cheating scheme.  Discuss
Could this app shake up the dental industry?
November 27, 2019 -- Technology company Bento has launched an app designed to bring accessible, affordable, and transparent oral care to every American. Could it be an app that impacts the dental industry?  Discuss
Patient to receive $51K for untreated tooth decay
November 26, 2019 -- Dentists in the U.K. reached an out-of-court settlement, agreeing to pay approximately $51,000, with a former patient who lived with "unbearable" pain because his tooth decay was never detected or treated, according to news reports.  Discuss
Infographic: A closer look at obesity in the U.S.
November 26, 2019 -- Nearly 40% of the U.S. population is now classified as obese, but the rate of obesity varies widely across different U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Personal finance website WalletHub compiled nutrition and obesity data in the U.S. to better map the differences among the states.  Discuss
The keys to a successful associate buy-in
November 26, 2019 -- It's a wonderful time to be an entrepreneurial dentist, whether you're a junior dentist looking to buy into a practice or a senior dentist looking to sell or expand your practice. In this column, William Barrett and Casey Gocel of the law firm Mandelbaum Salsburg look at minority interest transactions -- better known as buy-ins. These types of transactions can be extremely advantageous to both sellers and buyers.  Discuss
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