FDA proposes limiting fluoride in bottled water
April 3, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule to lower the allowable level of fluoride in bottled water. The new level of 0.7 mg/L parts per million is the same as the standard set by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 for community water systems.  Discuss
Can guidelines reduce unneeded CT for dental infections?
April 2, 2019 -- Emergency physicians overuse conventional CT scans to rule out dangerous dental infections in patients, a recent study has found. Is a set of standardized guidelines the answer to reducing unnecessary radiation exposure for these patients?  Discuss
CDT code changes require practice flexibility: Part 2
April 2, 2019 -- In the second part of her series on updates to the Codes on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT codes), Christine Alfano of Vyne details some of the changes to codes that deal with preventive, periodontal, and other treatments.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for education: Create opportunities for learning
April 1, 2019 -- Whether it's for you, your staff, or your patients, educational opportunities are a great benefit to your practice, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip. Business education helps improve your management skills. Continuing education can keep your staff up to date with the latest technology and techniques, and dental education will help teach your patients the value of proper dental care.  Discuss
Do porcelain laminate veneers last well over the long term?
April 1, 2019 -- Porcelain laminate veneers can provide dependable, conservative treatment for anterior teeth with aesthetic problems. However, issues such as porcelain fracture and chipping can mar results, and long-term clinical data are limited. To learn more, researchers investigated the long-term performance of this restorative option.  Discuss
Second Opinion: An update on the Utah fluoride overfeed
March 29, 2019 -- In early February 2019, the residents of 50 homes in Sandy City, UT, experienced a brief "fluoride overfeed" that resulted from a combination of human error and a snowstorm that caused a power failure at the city's water plant. Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation Society, gives an update to the situation in this Second Opinion.
Seize the marketing advantage with teledentistry: Part 1
March 28, 2019 -- Teledentistry may have once been thought of as exclusively a public health service. However, as the technology has evolved and the costs involved lowered, the opportunity for this service to add to your practice's revenue has grown. Part 1 of this new series by Michael Ventriello will focus on why your practice should embrace teledentistry, and the second part will focus on how to do so.  Discuss
Poor oral health increases pancreatic cancer risk for black women
March 28, 2019 -- Poor oral health is associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a long-term study that included almost 60,000 African-American women. Periodontal disease also was a risk factor, as with women with this condition were 77% more likely to have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Discuss
Does fluoride concentration matter for decay prevention?
March 27, 2019 -- Data support the use of fluoride in toothpaste to prevent decay, but there is no standardization of fluoride levels in toothpaste. Researchers performed an updated, comprehensive review to see if the level of fluoride in toothpaste affected its ability to fight tooth decay.  Discuss
Mouth ulcers linked to inflammatory diseases, depression
March 26, 2019 -- Mouth ulcers may be closely linked to seemingly unrelated physical and psychological conditions, a new study has found. Genetic variants associated with canker sores are also related to inflammatory diseases and depressive symptoms.  Discuss
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