2008 was exciting ... and sometimes harrowing
December 29, 2008 -- A $3.9 million sedation death lawsuit. An anesthesia-reversal drug approved. New worries about x-ray damage. All in all it was a dramatic year in dentistry, with two trends driving most of the excitement.  Discuss
Dentist by day, comic by night
December 24, 2008 -- For comedian Jimmy Earll, everyday life provides plenty of fodder for his stand-up routines. But for his alter ego -- a practicing dentist in an underserved area of rural Northern California -- helping families in need is no laughing matter.  Discuss
Kodak unveils large field-of-view CBCT system
December 23, 2008 -- Until recently, Kodak Dental Imaging was the exclusive dealer for the Imtec Iluma large field-of-view cone-beam CT (CBCT) system. Now Kodak has launched a competing product, according to Dr. Allan Farman's latest Talking Pictures column.  Discuss
Study finds flossing instruction useless
December 22, 2008 -- As you read this, a dental professional somewhere is telling a patient to floss. Every minute of every day, the reminding goes on. And most of it is a waste of time, according to a new study.  Discuss
General dentists don't know enough pediatrics
December 19, 2008 -- Many dentists don't understand the latest concepts of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Helaine Smith argues in her column, The Mouth Physician. Children should have their first appointment before 6 months of age, and dentists must identify and treat those at highest risk.  Discuss
Can paper scans replace films for insurance claims?
December 18, 2008 -- A recent study by the ADA concluded that paper-based scans of radiographic images are suitable for insurance purposes in most cases. For some in the dental community, however, the issue isn't what kind of images should be submitted to insurers, but how often it is necessary.  Discuss
Inflammation links periodontal and systemic diseases
December 17, 2008 -- Researchers have long been aware of the relationship between periodontal and systemic diseases such as atherosclerosis. Now they are looking into whether inflammation could be the reason behind it and what this could mean for the dental practice.  Discuss
Dentin sealing technique gains momentum
December 16, 2008 -- The approach contradicts what most dentists learned in dental school. And it can add another step to the process of placing an indirect restoration. But a growing chorus of researchers, taking their lead from Pascal Magne, D.M.D., Ph.D., says it's well worthwhile to seal dentin before placing a temporary.  Discuss
Are word mistakes losing you cases?
December 15, 2008 -- If you know what trigger words to avoid, you can communicate far more effectively, get much higher case acceptance, and create a much better experience for your patients, says marketing guru Richard Geller in his column, Marketing Madness.  Discuss
Delaware, North Carolina dentists top earnings list
December 12, 2008 -- If you want to make more money, move to North Carolina. That's one conclusion you could draw from a new report analyzing income for dentists and other top U.S. earners. Another conclusion: Avoid Barnstable Town, MA.  Discuss
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