Law makes Maine hygienists independent
May 6, 2008 -- A law passed April 15 allows hygienists in Maine to serve patients at any location without supervision by dentists. This legislation has expanded the scope of practice in the state, and may improve access to care for people who do not have a dentist.  Discuss
CDA Show Report: Volunteer your services
May 3, 2008 -- ANAHEIM, Calif. - Are you eager to help the needy but flummoxed by the hassles? In a heart-warming session at the California Dental Association (CDA) Spring Scientific Session on Saturday, pediatric dentist Gregory Psaltis, D.D.S., and hygienist Dayna Dayton, R.D.H., of Olympia, Wash., offered practical tips for reaching out a helping hand without causing yourself a headache.  Discuss
CDA Show Report: More perfect x-rays
May 2, 2008 -- ANAHEIM, Calif. - On Friday at the California Dental Association (CDA) Spring Scientific Session, Brad Potter, D.D.S., M.S., a University of Colorado dean and oral and maxillofacial radiology specialist, offered helpful tips on how to get perfect x-rays, addressing such issues as contrast and density, distance, angles, taking bitewings, and patient comfort.  Discuss
CDA Show Report: Product breakthroughs enhance patient and practice management
May 2, 2008 -- ANAHEIM, CA - The exhibit hall at the 2008 California Dental Association (CDA) meeting opened for business today, and crowds packed three halls at the Anaheim Convention Center, hoping to discover the next new product or service that will keep their businesses booming and their patients smiling. From improving practice management to imaging in multiple dimensions, hundreds of new products were on display to see and test out.  Discuss
CDA Show Report: Don't give up on endodontics
May 1, 2008 -- ANAHEIM, Calif. - Infected tooth? Replace it! With the rapid improvement in implantology, that kind of thinking comes easily, but in many cases, endodontics still offers a better alternative, Jerome H. Stroumza, D.D.S., M.S., D.Sc., told an audience Thursday at the California Dental Association (CDA) Spring Scientific Session. Dr. Stroumza discussed the factors you should consider when deciding on whether endodontics is right for your patient.  Discuss
CDA Show Report: Simple tips to make your practice more profitable
May 1, 2008 -- ANAHEIM, CA - At the California Dental Association (CDA) Spring Scientific Session, Sandy Pardue, a consultant, lecturer, and published author offered real-world advice on making dental practices more profitable and tips to maximize productivity and practice growth.  Discuss
U.S. oral health declining, says NY Times
April 30, 2008 -- In a recent story on dental health aid therapists, the New York Times noted that a 2007 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that dental health in the U.S. was worsening for the first time since statistics began to be kept. But the gloomy pronouncement may be in error.  Discuss
CDA 2008 Spring Scientific Session preview
April 29, 2008 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) Spring Scientific Session starts Thursday in Anaheim, and features four days of lectures; hands-on training on the latest trends, technologies, and techniques; and an exhibition floor with more than 600 participating companies. The team will be there covering the hottest sessions with daily reports, but here's a preview of the topics that will be covered at this year's conference.  Discuss
New lawsuits follow clinic's $10 million settlement
April 29, 2008 -- After settling a multimillion dollar federal case, North Carolina dentists specializing in Medicaid patients now face lawsuits from 13 patients.  Discuss
Do you need cone-beam CT? Part I
April 29, 2008 -- Cone-beam CT offers a huge leap forward in dental imaging. For the first time, you can make 3D images in your own office. But the new machines carry price tags of $150,000 to $250,000. Worth the investment? In this first of two parts, we examine just exactly what the new technology offers and who should take advantage of it.  Discuss
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