Dental HR expert: Can dental business owners be held liable if an employee contracts COVID-19?
June 25, 2020 -- If a dental team member contracts COVID-19 in the dental practice, could the employer and/or business owner be held liable? It's a hot topic right now and one that has dentists and team members talking, so we asked dental human resources expert Tim Twigg for his thoughts and advice.  Discuss
Everyday imaging issues in the dental practice and how to solve them
June 25, 2020 -- One area that practitioners are always looking to perfect is imaging. Sometimes, little tips and tricks can lead to better images on the first take. Dr. Lea Al Matny shares some advice that can make a difference in your dental practice.  Discuss
Poor oral health linked to colitis, Crohn's disease in mice
June 25, 2020 -- Failing to take care of oral health could result in more than cavities and other dental problems. Inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, may be linked to poor oral health, according to an animal study published on June 16 in Cell.  Discuss
Masks don't 100% protect you -- and coughing makes it worse
June 24, 2020 -- Wearing a mask doesn't eliminate airborne droplet transmission of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 or completely shield the wearer from droplets expelled by others, according to a new study published on June 16 in Physics of Fluids. In addition, mild coughing further cuts protection.  Discuss
3 tips to help you establish performance measurements in your practice
June 24, 2020 -- The second half of the calendar year is drawing closer, and Sally McKenzie believes that if you don't have a performance measurement system in place, now is the time to change that. She offers three tips to help you get started.  Discuss
3 steps to resolving dental teams' clashes over PPE
June 24, 2020 -- The recent struggle over personal protective equipment (PPE) is just one that dental practices have faced since reopening. Inevitably, there will be plenty more. The bottom line is that the strategy you use to approach any conflict will affect its resolution, writes Dr. Alan Stern.  Discuss
Podcast: Dental infection control expert Mary Govoni on the latest CDC guidance for dentistry
June 23, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for dental practices. However, it has created some confusion and the ADA has offered some differing thoughts. In this podcast, we get the answers to important questions about the guidance from dental infection control expert Mary Govoni.  Discuss
The concept of the quarterly practice appraisal that every dentist should know
June 23, 2020 -- As small business owners, it may be a good idea (and perfect timing) to think about a concept that is sensible and adhered to by corporations but rarely, if ever, considered by dental practice owners. Dr. Anthony Stefanou shares his thoughts on the importance of a quarterly practice appraisal.  Discuss
Dr. David Rice previews a series on the 7 deadly sins of smile design
June 23, 2020 -- Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, discusses what he will be covering during an upcoming series on our site. What do dentists and dental team members need to know about smile design? There's more to creating a great smile than just which materials you should use.  Discuss
Imaging reveals baby girl in SC born with 2nd mouth
June 22, 2020 -- Imaging, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography, helped clinicians determine that a mass located on the chin of a newborn girl was a second oral cavity, according to a recent case report. The cavity contained unerupted teeth and an accessory tongue that moved in sync with her oral tongue.  Discuss
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