Dental cleanings have never been, will never be nonessential for patients
October 20, 2020 -- Dr. James Anderson looks back at the closure of dental practices forced by COVID-19, as well as which dental procedures were considered "essential" during that time. With preventive cleanings and other hygiene-focused procedures not on that list, Anderson wonders what message that sent to dental patients -- and what dental practices need to be doing now to reverse those thoughts.  Discuss
Ovarian cyst containing jaw, 8 teeth removed from teen in NY
October 19, 2020 -- A 5 x 3-cm mandibular structure and eight teeth were found inside an asymptomatic ovarian dermoid cyst that was removed from a 15-year-old girl in New York, according to a case report published online on October 9 in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  Discuss
6 DSO trends to watch as 2020 comes to a close
October 19, 2020 -- Dental service organizations (DSOs) have continued to evolve through the years, and that certainly includes what has happened in 2020. How did the COVID-19 business disruption affect DSOs, and what lies ahead for them as the days tick toward 2021? Dr. Anthony Stefanou gives his view and offers advice about what is happening and could happen in the DSO space.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for problem-solving
October 19, 2020 -- Shutdowns, low patient volume, and so on have forced practices to become resilient and creative. And now is no time to stop. Living through this pandemic is like being on a roller coaster, and leaders who are willing to work to come up with effective solutions will have a much easier ride, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Is SS-OCT the future of dental disease detection without radiation?
October 16, 2020 -- Swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) offers a cross-sectional, high-resolution view of teeth, allowing dentists to diagnose caries, cracks, and more without exposing patients to radiation, according to an article published in the November issue of Japanese Dental Science Review.  Discuss
3 community marketing ideas to try before the end of 2020
October 16, 2020 -- Are you looking for ways to expand your dental practice's marketing reach as you plan for the end of the year and beyond? Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari shares three ways for you to get more involved in your community, as well as reach more potential patients and instruct them on the importance of oral health.  Discuss
The power and ritual of the morning meeting
October 16, 2020 -- Even though the concept of the 10-minute morning meeting was introduced about 40 years ago, it's still relevant today, says Dr. Roger P. Levin. However, he also believes the agenda and focus of the meeting must change in the wake of COVID-19. In this article, he gives advice on how to make your morning meetings more successful.  Discuss
Podcast: A history lesson involving a presidential cover-up to hide oral cancer
October 15, 2020 -- Author Matthew Algeo joins Editor-in-Chief Kevin Henry for a podcast to discuss the fascinating case of President Grover Cleveland and the oral cancer surgery that he went to great lengths to cover up. It's an intriguing tale of deception with a dental connection.  Discuss
Study shows 1% of dentists had COVID-19, indicating low risk in offices
October 15, 2020 -- The prevalence of COVID-19 among U.S. dentists is estimated to be approximately 1%, indicating that infection control measures likely are enough to cut exposure risk at practices, according to a study published on October 15 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Why investing in technology during a pandemic was the right move for this dentist
October 15, 2020 -- Dr. Johnasina Cummings describes her investment in technology during the pandemic as, "I just jumped in and didn't wade in the water." She discusses how CAD/CAM and intraoral scanning have made a difference in her attitude and clinical skills, in addition to "creating a buzz" for her team and patients.  Discuss
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