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Is biohacking the answer?
May 30, 2018 -- The term biohacking has come into vogue, whether referring to foods and drinks, supplements, technology, or the numerous genetic tests on the market. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg keeps an open mind about possible advances but wonders if some less complicated solutions might exist.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for focusing more on elective procedures
May 29, 2018 -- Elective procedures offer your practice the opportunity to increase your production and decrease your reliance on compensation from insurance providers. Set a target of making cosmetic and other elective services account for at least 30% of total production, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
How should CBCT be used in implant dentistry?
May 29, 2018 -- Is cone-beam CT (CBCT) ready to be used in implant dentistry? In a new review, researchers examined published studies on CBCT and provided up-to-date recommendations for its use.  Discuss
Beyond brushing, flossing, and fluoride: 3 strategies to fight caries
May 25, 2018 -- You tell your patients to brush and floss and also praise the merits of fluoride, so why are they still coming back with cavitated lesions? Dr. Brian Novy, discussed three strategies to restore balance to the mouth at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2018 meeting.  Discuss
Using the (driving) force to unite your office
May 25, 2018 -- One of the most memorable concepts introduced in the "Star Wars" movies is that of a force that connects everyone. Now, practice management consultant Jen Butler isn't writing using this force, or something like it, to fool stormtroopers but rather to bring together your front- and back-office staff to improve communications, production, and collections.  Discuss
When a toothache isn't really a toothache
May 24, 2018 -- A patient comes into your practice complaining of a toothache, but what happens when the pain isn't originating where the patient feels it? Two orofacial pain experts shared what the red flags are for pain that isn't dental in nature at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2018 meeting.  Discuss
Can physician assistants help address oral health needs?
May 24, 2018 -- Seeking to address the lack of available oral healthcare for tens of millions of people in the U.S., the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) launched an initiative in 2010 to improve physician assistants' awareness of oral health issues. Researchers reported on the progress being made at this week's AAPA annual meeting.  Discuss
Dental never events: Moving beyond wrong-tooth extraction
May 23, 2018 -- Can you identify the "never events" in dentistry -- patient care incidents that safety experts agree should never happen? The concept of these never events is familiar in medicine, but its use in dentistry is more limited. An international team of researchers developed a list of dental never events that goes beyond wrong-tooth extraction.  Discuss
Does CAD/CAM prep cause tooth volume loss?
May 23, 2018 -- One concern when using CAD/CAM milled restorations for mandibular first molars is the potential loss of volume during preparation compared with conventionally fabricated restorations. But does this concern stand up to scrutiny? A new study put five types of restorations through their paces to find out.  Discuss
KPIs 101: Make the most of practice management software
May 22, 2018 -- You likely use practice management software, but do you know how to make the most of it? Practice management expert Lee Bentz outlined how dental practices can analyze their success using key performance indicators (KPIs) at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2018 meeting.  Discuss
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