Dentists must fight superhygienist law
October 30, 2008 -- By failing to block the creation of a "midlevel practitioner" in Minnesota, organized dentistry has allowed the profession to become degraded, says Dr. Helaine Smith in her column, The Mouth Physician. The law will exploit, rather than help, the underserved, she argues.  Discuss
Keep your patients safe: How to handle medical emergencies
October 30, 2008 -- If one of your patients has a life-threatening allergic reaction while in your office, are you prepared? Here are some tips from Stanley Malamed, D.D.S., a leading authority on emergency medicine in the dental office.  Discuss
Minnesota hammers out regulations for superhygienists
October 29, 2008 -- A Minnesota health task force is drafting regulations for a new class of oral health workers whose job description will likely lie somewhere between that of a hygienist and a dentist. A May law mandated the creation of an oral health practitioner in Minnesota by January 1, 2011.  Discuss
Christensen 'embarrassed' by U.S. dentistry
October 28, 2008 -- The granddad of U.S. dentistry is ashamed of his family. "What we do in America is embarrassing," Gordon Christensen, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., said at the ADA meeting in San Antonio this month.  Discuss
Pennsylvania board bars dentists from dating patients
October 27, 2008 -- New regulations regarding what constitutes "sexual misconduct" for Pennsylvania dental professionals have the state dental association up in arms. They say the rules are "onerous" and will hurt the recruitment of practitioners to a state that is already suffering a shortage.  Discuss
Peking University opens world-class stomatology facility
October 27, 2008 -- Multislice CT, cone-beam CT, ultrasound, state-of-the-art clinical stations -- this new school in Beijing is a dental student's dream.  Discuss
Practice management software update
October 24, 2008 -- Practice management software has become a critical component of the modern dental office. Here's what the leading vendors showcased at the recent ADA meeting in San Antonio.  Discuss
3D versus 2D imaging: It's hard to go back
October 24, 2008 -- In his latest Talking Pictures column, Dr. Ted Parks says that knowing what he knows now about the power of 3D imaging, it's sometimes difficult to base a clinical decision on 2D imaging.  Discuss
'Wait and watch' not the best approach for third molars
October 23, 2008 -- When it comes to asymptomatic impacted third molars in adults, many dentists prefer to leave well enough alone and just monitor the tooth until problems develop. But is that decision best for the patient or simply easiest for the doctor?  Discuss
Can the ADA do more to educate the public?
October 21, 2008 -- Many patients don't understand the importance of oral health, and the ADA is not doing enough to educate the public, says Dr. Helaine Smith in her latest The Mouth Physician column. She argues that the organization could run more public service ads.  Discuss
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