FDA meeting to focus on safety of dental amalgam, implants
October 2, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public meeting in November to discuss ongoing efforts to evaluate dental amalgam and metal-containing implants and to address potential safety questions.  Discuss
Interdental brushes top flossing for plaque removal
October 1, 2019 -- How effective are interdental cleaning devices at preventing caries and periodontal disease? Researchers conducted a literature review and found that interdental brushes were more effective than flossing or wood sticks in removing interdental plaque.  Discuss
3 suggestions to make sure your entire team is on the bus
October 1, 2019 -- No matter how much effort you put in toward improving your practice, you can't do it alone. You need a team that shares your goals, writes Benjamin Lancaster of Alphaeon Credit. In effect, he writes, you want to make sure your team is on the bus and moving in the same direction.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for delegating responsibilities
September 30, 2019 -- While it may make you feel better to have your hand in everything, as the practice's primary producer you can raise production dramatically by delegating all nonclinical responsibilities to staff members, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Delegating will also give your practice greater flexibility in daily operations and empower your team members to excel and take pride in their work.  Discuss
CDA: Prepare for CDT 2020 dental code changes
September 30, 2019 -- Is your practice prepared for the additions, revisions, and deletions that will go into effect on January 1, 2020, to the Codes on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT)? This primer from CDA Practice Support will help your practice be ready for the changes.  Discuss
Study: Electric-activated method whitens teeth faster
September 27, 2019 -- Using an electrokinetic flow method to whiten teeth offers a faster, equally effective alternative to other available light-diffusing treatments, according to a study published September 20 in Dental Materials.  Discuss
Why knowing what's happening in your practice isn't enough: Part 1
September 27, 2019 -- If the first step in helping a patient is by asking them where it hurts, why shouldn't the same procedure apply to your practice? Curtis Marshall of Dental Intelligence writes that many practice owners don't identify the pain points in their practice. In the first of a two-part series, he helps identify these pain points and how to fix them.  Discuss
Special needs patients require unique anesthetic approaches
September 27, 2019 -- Safe, successful dental treatments in special needs patients depend on choosing the right anesthetic methods and equipment and having a skilled staff, according to the author of a recent study. Utilizing the appropriate anesthetic approach and taking serious precautions can reduce complications in these patients.  Discuss
Review shows link between gum disease and hypertension
September 26, 2019 -- Having gum disease puts people at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a review published on September 24 in the European Society of Cardiology's journal, Cardiovascular Research.  Discuss
Readiness to serve includes dental fitness, good oral health
September 26, 2019 -- Since 2000, nearly 11% of all medical evacuations from combat environments were because of dental emergencies, so the U.S. military now encourages all personnel to practice good oral health and hygiene. A new profile of dental services available at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center shows how military practitioners work to keep service members ready for deployment.  Discuss
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