Dentists can aid in detecting signs of domestic violence
May 2, 2019 -- Up to 75% of head and neck trauma associated with domestic violence includes an oral injury. This means dentists could be the first healthcare providers able to identify and report evidence of domestic assault, according to a recent article.  Discuss
Does periodontal disease cause systemic disease?
May 1, 2019 -- What might seem to be a simple question with a direct answer has many shades of gray, according to periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. While periodontal disease is a focus of infection around the teeth, it has its origin in an area that is remote from the mouth, he writes in his latest column.  Discuss
Researchers test materials' hardness, resistance to chipping
May 1, 2019 -- Knowing the mechanical properties of CAD/CAM materials allows practitioners to choose the right ones for successful restorations. Researchers put four such materials through their paces to see which were the toughest and most resistant to chipping.  Discuss
Dental insurance is changing -- here's why that matters
May 1, 2019 -- Dental benefits aren't as affordable as they used to be, according to new data presented in a webinar on April 25. In recent years, employers have begun shifting the cost of dental insurance and premiums to employees, making dental care increasingly unaffordable for working Americans.  Discuss
New poster stresses need for more e-cigarette research
April 30, 2019 -- Another warning about the potentially harmful effects of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has been issued. A new poster from a prestigious European conference details what is contained in e-cigarettes, and the authors urge more research on this subject.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for holding your team accountable
April 29, 2019 -- True accountability is giving people the tools to help them develop as professionals so that they can do their jobs. Unfortunately, most leaders don't understand how to instill a sense of accountability in their teams. But if you desire to have a great team, accountability is key. And it begins with you, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Patient communication improves perio treatment outcomes
April 29, 2019 -- Talking with patients about their periodontal disease risk may encourage them to become active participants in their oral care, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology.  Discuss
Kids' dental diseases linked to later cardio trouble
April 26, 2019 -- Experiencing dental disease as a child may be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease later in life, according to the findings of a long-term study published on April 26. The study findings cast doubt on the arbitrary divide between oral health and overall health, experts noted.  Discuss
Smartphone app helps patients brush better in new study
April 25, 2019 -- A smartphone application could be the perfect tool to help your patients brush better. A new study found that patients who used an application with brushing feedback experienced a 70% reduction in plaque within just four weeks.  Discuss
Floss, interdental cleaners show benefit in new review
April 24, 2019 -- Dentists and hygienists tell their patients every day to use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between their teeth. However, how much evidence is there that these devices, plus toothbrushing, do their jobs well? Researchers updated a comprehensive review of these devices' effectiveness to find out.  Discuss
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