Study: Dentists prescribe only 2% of opioids
January 26, 2018 -- The amount of opioids prescribed by all healthcare practitioners in the U.S. has increased over the last 15 years, but the total quantity of opioids prescribed by dentists has declined, according to a new study. As of 2012, dental professionals prescribed only about 2% of the total quantity of opioids.
Study: Sleep apnea increases risk of stroke recurrence
January 26, 2018 -- Stroke survivors who also have sleep apnea are more likely to experience another stroke or even die, according to study presented this week at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference. The researchers highlighted several risk factors in their presentation.  Discuss
5 tips to maximize collections in your practice
January 25, 2018 -- Collections may be one of the most important aspects to your practice's success. But while practice owners understand this fact, it does not make the process any easier or more pleasant. Andy Cleveland of Dental Practice Ninjas looks at long-term data on accounts receivable and offers five practical tips to help your office improve on collections.
Does bariatric surgery increase caries risk?
January 24, 2018 -- Bariatric surgery is a good option for treating obesity in certain patients, but it can cause some gastrointestinal complications and oral problems. Does it increase the risk of developing caries? The authors of a new review looked for answers.  Discuss
What do you tell your patients about essential oils?
January 24, 2018 -- Have your patients asked you about the use of so-called essential oils? Used in the mouth, these oils may be as effective as chlorhexidine at killing bacteria, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He notes, however, that you should be aware of potential issues when you discuss them with your patients.  Discuss
Regular dental care linked to reduced stroke incidence
January 23, 2018 -- Regular dental care may be able to significantly lower patients' stroke risk, according to a January 15 study published in the journal Stroke. This research furthers the scientific evidence that cardiovascular health is deeply connected to oral health.
6 tips for handling negative online patient reviews
January 23, 2018 -- Even the most caring and skilled clinician will inevitably receive a negative online review, writes Dr. Michael W. Davis. While such a review might appear for many different reasons, properly handling these reviews can help your practice. He offers six tips to help you deal with this problematic issue.  Discuss
Report: Effects of e-cigs on oral health still uncertain
January 23, 2018 -- Switching to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may offer some oral health benefits for smokers, according to a new report released on January 23 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. However, the long-term effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown.  Discuss
Preventive approach for caries works in real world
January 22, 2018 -- An approach to stopping caries that emphasizes prevention works in real-world dental practices, according to a new study published on January 22 in Advances in Dental Research. The strategy, caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA), takes a proactive approach by targeting patients believed to have a high risk for caries.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for an impressive office: Revamp your office
January 22, 2018 -- When you invite patients into your practice, it is as if you're inviting them into your home. Your office should be an attractive, modern space that is clean and well-maintained, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin. He shares some tips in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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