Study links metabolic syndrome, middle-aged tooth loss
June 6, 2019 -- Patients with at least one sign of metabolic syndrome may be at an increased risk for tooth loss, according to the findings of a recent study. The research is the latest to link periodontal and systemic health.  Discuss
3 reasons your hygiene production is down
June 5, 2019 -- You look at your schedule and see patients lined up for weeks, but when you are examining your practice's bottom line, you see that your hygiene department's production is down. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers three reasons why this might be happening and steps you can take to fix it.  Discuss
Study compares manual, power toothbrushes for oral cleanliness
June 4, 2019 -- Numerous studies have been conducted on plaque reduction after toothbrush use, but what about on oral cleanliness? Researchers studied the oral cleanliness results with participants who used either a manual or a power toothbrush and concluded that maybe it's not the toothbrush that is responsible for the outcome.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for planning for a smooth retirement
June 3, 2019 -- Retirement planning is one of those subjects nobody wants to think about until it's too late. But the financial choices you make now can have a huge impact later, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. The better financial shape you can get in now, the smoother your journey will be going forward.  Discuss
Study finds U.S. dentists prescribe too many antibiotics
May 31, 2019 -- A new study in JAMA Network Open found that almost 81% of antibiotics prescribed by U.S. dentists for infection prophylaxis before dental visits were unnecessary. The researchers examined data from more than 91,000 commercially insured patients to make this determination.  Discuss
Sandblasted finish may lead to implant success
May 31, 2019 -- When it comes to implant failure, which type of implant is less likely to fail: smooth or sandblasted? A new study had surprising results.  Discuss
CDC: Most older U.S. adults lack dental insurance
May 30, 2019 -- Less than 30% of U.S. adults 65 years and older had dental insurance in 2017, according to a new data brief released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on May 29. The research looked at dental insurance status, economic status, and more.  Discuss
Tips for a green practice: Video interview with Dr. Lisa Knowles
May 30, 2019 -- When it comes to creating a green dental practice, it's all about the little things, according to Dr. Lisa Knowles. She spoke with about sustainable dentistry at the California Dental Association's recent 2019 CDA Presents meeting in Anaheim, CA.  Discuss
Second Opinion: My experience with narcotic pain medications
May 29, 2019 -- As a periodontist, Dr. Alvin Danenberg used to prescribe narcotic medication for patients who required it. Now after recovering from a fractured vertebra, Dr. Danenberg shares what it's like to have narcotics coursing through his body and what dentists can learn from his experience.  Discuss
Study compares strength of CAD/CAM provisional restorations
May 29, 2019 -- New technologies and materials have made it easier to create and repair restorations, but do these CAD/CAM materials hold up as well as more-established materials? Researchers put four of them through their paces.  Discuss
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