A bright future for oral and maxillofacial surgery?
October 21, 2009 -- TORONTO - Oral surgeons need to adapt quickly to new technologies and be proactive in healthcare reform if they are to successfully maneuver the challenges facing their field, according to a symposium at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons meeting last week. Read More
Making a business case for quality dental care
October 20, 2009 -- It's time for patients to become part of the dental care equation and for dentists to make sure this happens, said former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona at the Institute for Oral Health conference on quality care last week. If patients shopping for dental care understand its importance, they will drive quality and cost, he said. Read More
Patient's death blamed on dental Medicaid cuts
October 19, 2009 -- A Michigan woman with severe periodontitis died this month because the state eliminated adult dental Medicaid benefits, according to the director of a chain of clinics that attempted to arrange her treatment. Read More
U.S. Congress mulls malpractice liability reform
October 19, 2009 -- Would you practice differently if you didn't have to worry as much about getting sued? You would if you're like the average U.S. healthcare practitioner, according to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Read More
AAOMS 'hot topic': Burning mouth syndrome
October 16, 2009 -- TORONTO - Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a painful and chronic condition that frequently leads to anxiety, depression, and frustration -- for patients and dentists alike. But progress is being made in both our understanding and treatment of BMS, according to a presentation at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) annual meeting yesterday. Read More
In search of the fountain of youth
October 15, 2009 -- When he wrote "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," was F. Scott Fitzgerald actually taking literary license with the rare condition progeria? A dentist takes a closer look at the role dental research can play in helping to understand the origins of progeria -- and the aging process itself. Read More
Has the economy changed your patient base?
October 14, 2009 -- The recession is impacting the ability of many patients to seek and afford dental care. But there are a number of affordable resources dental practices can implement to streamline operations and enhance productivity during these challenging times. Read More
Sedation DOCS give surprising advice
October 13, 2009 -- Encourage smokers to smoke. Put patients in wheelchairs, even if they can walk. And if they get really upset, administer peppermint LifeSavers. These are some of the surprising tips recently offered by sedation experts from DOCS Education. Read More
Lasers continue to make waves in periodontology
October 12, 2009 -- The American Academy of Periodontology's recent adoption of the ADA's cautionary policy on laser treatment of periodontitis has added new fuel to the long-standing debate over the effectiveness of laser-assisted new attachment procedure. Read More
U.S. Congress panel faults dental Medicaid
October 9, 2009 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services isn't doing enough to stop dental disease in poor children, members of Congress said this week, citing a report by the Government Accountability Office. Read More
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