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18,000-year-old pup with full set of teeth unveiled
December 4, 2019 -- Russian scientists have unveiled a prehistoric puppy, which is believed to be about 18,000 years old, that was found in Siberian permafrost. The baby pup emerged in near-perfect condition, retaining its teeth, nails, eyelashes, whiskers, and plenty of fur, according to news reports.  Discuss
Oral surgeon must pay $520K for risky dental practices
December 3, 2019 -- An oral surgeon in New Jersey, who engaged in what the licensing board called "hit and run dentistry" because it left patients injured and in debt, lost his license and must pay about $520,000 in fines and restitution.  Discuss
Dentist to pay $58K for not removing patient's baby teeth
December 3, 2019 -- A dentist in the U.K. has agreed to pay approximately $58,000 for an out-of-court settlement with a former patient for failing to recognize that she never grew several adult teeth, according to news reports.  Discuss
Sikka Software, Sphere unveil Sikka Payments platform
December 3, 2019 -- NEW YORK CITY - Sikka Software and Sphere have launched a new payment platform, Sikka Payments, to assist dentists with their cash flow management and patients with their payment options. The platform is designed to equip patients with a pay-anywhere capability and automate the payment and reconciliation process for providers.  Discuss
Fluoride exposure in infancy linked to lower nonverbal IQ
December 2, 2019 -- Another study has linked early fluoride exposure to lower IQ scores later in life. Researchers from the U.S. and Canada found fluoride intake from reconstituted infant formula was linked to significantly decreased nonverbal IQ scores in preschool-aged children.  Discuss
Solving patients' biggest payment complaints
December 2, 2019 -- It seems simple enough. The dentist provides services necessary for the patient's dental health, and the patient agrees to pay for the services. However, this scenario can quickly change from agreement to argument if specific rules are not followed. Dr. James Anderson discusses some common patient complaints regarding payments and offers advice on how to avoid them.  Discuss
Report: Midwestern cities rank highest for excess
December 2, 2019 -- Total the number of smokers, coffee drinkers, and the number of fast-food restaurants in a city and you have one formula to identify a population in need of dental care -- and potential for periodontal disease. Personal finance website WalletHub ranked U.S. cities for "vice and excess" and found three midwestern U.S. cities ranked highest.  Discuss
Naval dental school failed to read 1,800 CBCT scans
November 27, 2019 -- Radiologists at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, MD, failed to examine about 2,000 dental cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans during a seven-year period, resulting in at least one treatment delay, according to news reports.  Discuss
ADA files class-action lawsuit against Delta Dental
November 27, 2019 -- The American Dental Association (ADA) has announced that it has filed a class-action lawsuit against Delta Dental plans and the Delta Dental Plans Association.  Discuss
2 dentists sentenced for $460K tax-cheating scheme
November 27, 2019 -- Two Washington dentists, who a judge said were fueled by "pure greed," were sentenced to prison for seven days and ordered to perform 400 hours of community service for participating in an approximately $460,000 tax-cheating scheme.  Discuss
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