Study: Opioid prescriptions by dentists linked to abuse risk
December 3, 2018 -- Opioid prescriptions by dentists and oral surgeons may lead to a statistically significant increased risk of persistent opioid use and abuse for adolescents and young adults, according to a major new study in JAMA Internal Medicine on December 3.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for debt management: Set goals for tackling debt
December 3, 2018 -- You probably didn't learn about debt management in dental school, but it's essential to your success. Mounting debt nipping at your heels will drain both your finances and your passion for dentistry. Set debt management goals early and tackle them often, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
3 ways to avoid stressing out in the office
November 30, 2018 -- Stress can manifest itself in many ways, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. She analyzes some of these manifestations for dentists and hygienists and offers some possible solutions for finding ways to reduce everyone's stress levels.  Discuss
5 practical ways to increase your practice's revenue
November 29, 2018 -- If your practice's revenue has plateaued in recent years, you are likely looking for new means of increasing revenue. In his latest monthly column based on the most thought-provoking topics from the Dental Business Study Clubs, Dr. Roger P. Levin offers five practical ideas to do just that.  Discuss
How did I contract multiple myeloma?
November 28, 2018 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg announced to his blog readers in September that he'd been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. In this column, he raises questions every dental team member should ask themselves about the health risks they may face while serving their patients and their community.  Discuss
How do results with narrow-diameter implants measure up?
November 28, 2018 -- How well do narrow-diameter implants perform compared with regular-diameter ones? Are crestal bone loss and survival rates similar? Since research is limited and contradictory in this area, one investigator performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to learn more.  Discuss
CDC: Number of U.S. adult smokers hits record low
November 27, 2018 -- Although teen tobacco use is on the rise, the number of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes has reached a record low, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, about 1 in 5 U.S. adults still uses tobacco products.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for being a good listener
November 26, 2018 -- Listening is a difficult skill to master, especially in a busy practice. Listening involves more than just hearing what patients or fellow team members are saying, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin. You also need to be aware of why they're saying it -- and be able to "hear" what they're not saying.  Discuss
Does a hybrid toothbrush offer the best of both worlds?
November 26, 2018 -- For patients who can't decide between a manual and powered toothbrush, a hybrid design that combines both modes may be ideal. But how effective is such a product at reducing plaque compared with a regular powered toothbrush, and how much do users like it? To learn more, researchers investigated.  Discuss
Survey: Most U.S. dentists support adding dental to Medicare
November 21, 2018 -- A majority of respondents to a survey of 20,000 U.S. dentists support adding dental coverage to Medicare, according to research from the ADA's Health Policy Institute and Oral Health America. The survey findings were presented at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.  Discuss
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