Did COVID-19 trigger a patient's severe lip necrosis?
October 9, 2020 -- The presence of COVID-19 likely led a woman, who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, to develop severe hemorrhagic necrosis on her lips. This could show a link between blood diseases and SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a case report published on September 30 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.  Discuss
Eddie Van Halen's death another reminder of oral cancer's reach into society
October 9, 2020 -- The death of rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen earlier this week has once again brought oral cancer into the spotlight. But why does it ever fade from the front of our minds? As dental professionals, perhaps it's time to take a renewed vow to educate your patients about its dangers and form even stronger alliances with those on the medical side of the equation.  Discuss
In Curve Hero, how to find the number of patients acquired since the COVID-19 disruption
October 9, 2020 -- How has your practice performed in terms of patient growth since the COVID-19 disruption? It's a question many practices are asking. For those with the practice management software Curve Hero, trainer Tracey Thompson offers some tips and advice on how to answer this elusive question.  Discuss
Dentists, do you know which drugs do not mix with remdesivir?
October 8, 2020 -- The antiviral drug remdesivir is making headlines again now that it is part of President Donald Trump's treatment for COVID-19. As the U.S. follows Trump's recovery, dentists may want to learn how remdesivir interacts with drugs they commonly prescribe to patients.  Discuss
Let's talk about production and problem-solving in your practice
October 8, 2020 -- For Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, the end of the year represents a potential "perfect storm" in the dental practice. It starts with communicating with your patients (before and during their visit) and it could end with happier and healthier patients. He gives some advice on how to get started, including what it means for the dental hygienist.  Discuss
With another EPA amalgam rule deadline coming, here's what you need to know
October 8, 2020 -- The deadline for submitting your dental practice's one-time compliance report for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amalgam rule to the control authority is October 12. What does this mean for your practice? What are the potential penalties for not meeting the deadline? Alexander Bischoff breaks it all down and explains what you need to be doing right now.  Discuss
What happened to Chinese dental teams at the COVID-19 epicenter
October 7, 2020 -- Dental teams at an oral medicine hospital in China did not develop COVID-19 while providing emergency dental treatment during the pandemic, likely due to increased infection control measures, according to a study published on September 27 in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
The 14 'splinters' this dentist warns patients to keep in mind
October 7, 2020 -- In this article, Dr. Alvin Danenberg describes why he talks to dental patients about the "splinters" that might be in their mouths and what they need to combat them. He hopes the words he shares here will give his fellow dentists some ideas on how to discuss these issues with their own patients.  Discuss
The changing landscape of dental/medical billing
October 7, 2020 -- Some general dental practices refuse to accept medical/dental embedded plans because of their lack of knowledge of documenting these claims. It used to be rare to encounter billing for a medical policy in a general practice, but not any longer and certainly not in the future, writes Dr. James Anderson, who highlights recent changes.  Discuss
Dry mouth and loss of taste, smell may be early, only COVID-19 signs
October 6, 2020 -- Dry mouth, loss of taste, olfactory dysfunction, or a combination of these symptoms may be the sole or initial signs of COVID-19, according to a new study published on September 15 in the American Journal of Otolaryngology.  Discuss
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