Medicaid-accepting dentists inclined to promote fluoridation
July 9, 2019 -- Pediatric dentists who accepted at least one new Medicaid-insured child each month showed greater willingness to advocate for community water fluoridation programs in a recent study.  Discuss
Shark tooth helps solve 25-year-old mystery
July 9, 2019 -- A piece of tooth helped a Florida man discover the type of shark that bit him more than two decades ago. Scientists ran a DNA test on the shark tooth, which the man retrieved from his foot.  Discuss
Case report: Removal of a porcelain-fused-to-zirconia crown
July 8, 2019 -- Dr. Timothy Anderson reports on the case of a 52-year-old man who needed to have a crown on tooth #15 removed. He describes using a laser for removing the crown and explains the advantages for both the practitioner and patient.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for sharpening your business skills
July 8, 2019 -- Just as clinical skills are essential for becoming a dentist, business skills are critical to success as a practice owner. The competition for new patients has intensified, so practice owners need to be more business-savvy than in the past. Take the necessary steps to bolster your business knowledge -- and results in 2019, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Study finds common oral surgeries aren't profitable
July 3, 2019 -- Some common oral surgery procedures are not profitable, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Without sedation, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can lose hundreds of dollars for popular procedures, including routine and surgical extractions.  Discuss
Study boosts Er,Cr:YSGG laser for peri-implantitis treatment
July 3, 2019 -- Is an erbium, chromium-doped yttrium, scandium, gallium, and garnet (Er,Cr:YSGG) laser effective for treating peri-implantitis? A new in vitro study showed that this laser eliminated two different colonies of bacteria on dental implants.  Discuss
CBCT study examines pediatric radiation dose
July 3, 2019 -- As cone-beam CT (CBCT) use increases in pediatric patients, understanding the amount of radiation received in dental and maxillofacial exams is crucial. Researchers measured dose in 22 areas and found that the salivary glands and oral mucosa had the highest measured radiation levels.  Discuss
More than 70% of U.S. adults support dental therapists
July 2, 2019 -- More than 70% of U.S. adults support the idea of dental therapists, according to new survey data from Pew Charitable Trusts and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The findings demonstrate adults with private and public insurance appear open to new healthcare models.  Discuss
Fluoride varnish has little new caries impact
July 2, 2019 -- Fluoride varnish is widely recommended because of its assumed anticavity benefits. When researchers conducted an analysis to see if those benefits were supported by the literature, they found that perhaps the benefits of the treatment are overstated.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for improving front desk operations
July 1, 2019 -- The front desk team is responsible for many of the practice's key business systems, including scheduling, collections, the new-patient experience, and customer service. Having updated, high-performance systems in place -- and training the front desk team on all those systems -- ensures a smoothly running practice, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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