Qualities of a safe workplace according to hygienists June 14, 2019 -- What qualities make for a safety-focused dental practice? Nearly 400 hygienists shared their thoughts in a recently published study. Both the number of hours worked and number of patients seen per day had a big impact on perceived patient safety. Discuss
Do orthodontics affect patients' long-term outlook? June 14, 2019 -- One reason cited for starting orthodontic treatment is the belief that it will help patients feel more positive about themselves later in life. Researchers surveyed more than 440 30-year-olds and found that other factors may play a larger role in patients' long-term outlook. Discuss
Does bristle configuration affect dentin abrasion? June 13, 2019 -- Researchers simulated 10 years of brushing with manual toothbrushes to find out if the bristle configuration put users at increased risk of dentin abrasion and developing noncarious cervical lesions. What they found out might change what you recommend to your patients. Discuss
How to build a case for medical reimbursement claims: Part 1 June 13, 2019 -- Filing for reimbursement from medical insurers for dental procedures is a different process than filing for reimbursement from dental insurers. Dental practice consultant Christine Taxin explains how to build a case for medical reimbursement in the first of a two-part series. Discuss
Calif. dentist charged with 75 counts of billing fraud June 13, 2019 -- A California dentist has been charged with insurance fraud for submitting reimbursement claims to private insurance companies for dental work that allegedly was never performed. The dentist submitted claims for nearly $600,000 covering 623 root canals in 75 patients, according to state authorities.
Periodontal disease linked to prediabetes, puberty June 12, 2019 -- Periodontal health may be related to everything from prediabetes to puberty. Researchers who evaluated some of these connections presented their findings at the American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions in San Francisco. Discuss
Review examines how to cut sugary beverage consumption June 12, 2019 -- What methods are effective in reducing the consumption of sugary drinks? Researchers reviewed the evidence and found that some practical methods made an impact. They reported their findings in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews on June 12. Discuss
Can computer-guided navigation teach implant placement? June 12, 2019 -- When it comes to implant placement, developments in computer‐guided dynamic navigation systems may offer dental students a new training approach. Researchers put one of these systems to the test to see if it could improve implant surgical training. Discuss