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CDC survey: U.S. kids brush at 1 year but use too much toothpaste
February 6, 2019 -- Almost 80% of U.S. children and adolescents began brushing their teeth at or before their first birthday, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, nearly 40% of children ages 3 to 6 are using too much toothpaste when they brush.  Discuss
Sometimes you have to go outside the box
February 6, 2019 -- Talking with patients about the connections between oral health and overall health is a keystone of periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's practice. While some patients might not agree with your recommendations, this willingness to go outside the box can help.  Discuss
New codes and fee assessments go hand in hand
February 5, 2019 -- Practice management consultant Teresa Duncan asks her clients an important question around the turn of the year: Have you re-evaluated the fees your office charges? If your office's lab and other fees have increased over the past year, then it's time to reconsider what you are charging patients.  Discuss
Wisc. tops U.S. dental health in new report
February 4, 2019 -- Which U.S. states have the most and fewest dentists per capita? Which have the best and worst overall dental health? A January 31 report from a personal finance website has the answers to those questions.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for effectively motivating patients
February 4, 2019 -- Every interaction with patients is an opportunity to motivate them toward something. When you approach patients, keep practice objectives in mind so that you can go beyond merely providing information and exchanging pleasantries, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. By being intentional, you can more effectively influence patients to accept treatment, show up for appointments, comply with instructions, and refer new patients.  Discuss
Children's oral health and screening laws: 5 key takeaways
February 1, 2019 -- The District of Columbia and 14 U.S. states have passed laws encouraging children to get dental screenings before the school year. However, these laws struggle to have a measurable impact, according to a report published on January 31.  Discuss
Regular NSAID use may increase some HNC survival rates
February 1, 2019 -- Regular use of aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain medication may increase the survival rates for certain head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, according to a new study. However, researchers caution that there are no specific regimen recommendations at this time.  Discuss
Bartering your dental services? Get it in writing
January 31, 2019 -- You may think that bartering services for dental treatment is in the past, but it's not, according to the risk management staff of The Dentists Insurance Company. In this Second Opinion highlighting legal issues, they remind DrBicuspid.com readers that while bartering is not new, you still need to protect yourself and your practice.  Discuss
Water fluoridation may reduce caries disparities
January 30, 2019 -- Community water fluoridation may reduce dental caries disparities due to income levels, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics on January 28. Researchers found low-income children were less likely to experience caries in their primary teeth if they lived in fluoridated counties.  Discuss
Liquid medications pose risk for cancer patients' oral health
January 30, 2019 -- Patients receiving treatment for cancer face many obstacles, including possible damage to their oral health from the sucrose in the liquid medications they take. Dental hygienist Jill Meyer-Lippert shares some practical advice for helping these patients maintain and improve their oral health.  Discuss
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