Proximity to periodontal care doesn't equate to access
January 29, 2019 -- Recently published research that found a majority of U.S. adults live in close proximity to a periodontal practice sounds like good news. But living close to a periodontists' office does not mean patients have access to needed care, writes Dr. Richard Kao, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, in this Second Opinion.  Discuss
Which technologies are best for removing filling material?
January 28, 2019 -- No shaping file system completely removes root canal filling material during retreatment, but ultrasonic irrigation and other treatments may help remove additional material. To determine the best devices for this task, researchers compared retreatment with two shaping file systems and two irrigation devices to discover which removed more material.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for maintaining a good work-life balance
January 28, 2019 -- One of the perks of dentistry is that it can offer practice owners enough flexibility to achieve a great work-life balance. Unfortunately, not every dentist takes advantage of this. Be sure to create a practice schedule that maximizes production and enhances your life, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Opioid overdoses eclipse car crashes for accidental deaths
January 25, 2019 -- Americans are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to new data from the National Safety Council. 2017 was the first year that the odds of death from an opioid overdose surpassed car crashes in the organization's analysis.  Discuss
The damage stress can cause in your practice
January 25, 2019 -- Mistakes and accidents happen in a dental practice -- even yours. Some of these mistakes might be simple human error, but others may be caused by stress. Practice management consultant Jen Butler details some of the consequences stress may have on a dental practice.  Discuss
CAMBRA gets an update for its 21st anniversary
January 24, 2019 -- A little more than two decades ago, John Featherstone, PhD, set out to create a one-page tool to prevent caries. The result, caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) has come to redefine how the newest generation of dentists think about dental decay.  Discuss
A way to talk with your patients about nutrition
January 23, 2019 -- The awareness by practitioners and patients of the importance of proper nutrition in maintaining oral health may be growing, but actually talking with your patients about their nutrition can be a difficult conversation. In his latest column, periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg offers a way to make these conversations a little easier.  Discuss
Are CAD/CAM resin crowns at risk for retention loss?
January 23, 2019 -- The use of CAD/CAM composite resin crowns for premolars is a growing practice, but there are concerns that these crowns lose retention or fracture over time. Researchers evaluated more than 500 crowns to find out if these concerns are valid.  Discuss
Optical pH measurement system could detect caries risk
January 22, 2019 -- Researchers have developed a new device for predicting a patient's risk of developing caries. Results of a pilot study suggest that although the device avoids the problems of previous dye-based pH measurement techniques, it requires some modifications before it will show up in your office.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for keeping control of inventory
January 22, 2019 -- As a dental practice leader, you must always be in control of your inventory. Having too much inventory can lead to high overhead and low revenue, while a shortage can negatively affect your daily business tasks. Taking time to ensure that your practice has the proper inventory levels will help increase practice success, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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