ADA updates guidelines for patients at risk of osteonecrosis
December 11, 2008 -- While the chances of patients developing osteonecrosis of the jaw from oral bisphosphonate therapy remains low, patients at risk should still receive special consideration from dentists, according to a new report from the ADA.  Discuss
Lawsuit puts imported dental work under scrutiny
December 10, 2008 -- An Ohio woman has filed a malpractice lawsuit against a large, multistate dental practice and two of its dentists, charging that dental restoration products allegedly imported from China have left her permanently injured and disabled.  Discuss
Orthodontic patients benefit from teledentistry
December 9, 2008 -- A pilot study in Washington has shown that teledentistry can bridge the gap between orthodontists and underprivileged children who need their services. But observers say there can be technical challenges and that, so far, it doesn't reduce the cost.  Discuss
In defense of cosmetic dentistry
December 8, 2008 -- There's nothing unethical about making teeth look better, argues Dr. Helaine Smith in her column, The Mouth Physician. Restoring appearances can also mean restoring strength. One key is paying proper attention to occlusion.  Discuss
Student wins $1.7M for dental school dismissal
December 5, 2008 -- A former University of Michigan School of Dentistry student was awarded $1.7 million by a federal jury after they ruled she was unfairly expelled from the school in 2005.  Discuss
Psychotropic meds and the dental patient: Part II
December 5, 2008 -- Do SSRIs and benzodiazepines mix? What about lithium and NSAIDs? Keeping track of the dozens of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants being prescribed these days -- and their potential interactions with other medications -- can be a challenge for any dental practice. Here are some tips.  Discuss
Direct mail and e-mail: Does the 'campaign effect' really work?
December 4, 2008 -- Can repeated direct mails and e-mails to the same prospect list effectively build your business? In his latest Marketing Madness column, Richard Geller outlines how the "campaign effect" works and how it can work for you.  Discuss
Psychotropic meds and the dental patient: Part I
December 3, 2008 -- From antidepressants such as Paxil and Zoloft to anticonvulsants such as lithium, the number of psychotropic drugs being prescribed in the U.S. is growing at an alarming rate. Keeping track of them and their potential side effects and interactions can be a challenge for any dental practice.  Discuss
New ADA president grapples with access crisis
December 2, 2008 -- The ADA faces intense pressure to help solve the oral healthcare crisis. "We've got to do more than we've done in the past, and it's got to be better than in the past," says newly elected president John Findley, D.D.S.  Discuss
Where dentists are lacking, M.D.s dive in
December 1, 2008 -- When the crowns fell off her two front teeth, Karen Crawford knew she could not afford to replace them. So, she tried to Super Glue them back on. After that didn't work, she turned to her family physician and became part of a growing trend.  Discuss
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