More than 6M likely without dental coverage due to COVID-19
September 18, 2020 -- About half of those who lost dental insurance when they became unemployed due to COVID-19 are expected to remain uninsured. Higher rates can be expected in states that didn't expand Medicaid, according to a study published on August 28 in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
The value and use of diagnosis codes in the dental practice
September 18, 2020 -- The use of ICD-10 diagnosis codes in dental practice is still in the infancy period, according to Dr. David DePorter. However, the growing use is directly related to increases in government-related dental benefits programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. DePorter has some advice to share on the potential benefits of diagnosis code use in the dental practice.  Discuss
Why 'mask mouth' could be a sweet spot for your treatment planning
September 18, 2020 -- Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, discusses the hot topic of "mask mouth" and how it could be a boon for your practice in terms of treatment planning. It's all about having patients think logically as well as with their emotions, Dr. Rice explains in his latest video.  Discuss
The link between 3rd molars and periodontal disease
September 17, 2020 -- Adult African Americans, Hispanics, and those with socioeconomic disadvantages are more likely to have retained their wisdom teeth, making them more at risk for periodontal disease, according to a study published online on September 14 in Public Health.  Discuss
How can you adjust your practice's schedule in Eaglesoft?
September 17, 2020 -- Much has changed for dental practices when it comes to their schedules in the COVID-19 era. How can you ensure your Eaglesoft practice management software is correctly tacking these changes and optimizing your schedule? Ann-Marie DePalma offers some tips and advice.  Discuss
Podcast: Why this dentist is passionate about crown and bridge
September 17, 2020 -- Dr. Edward Feinberg believes that a number of dentists don't have confidence in their crown and bridge skills and have turned away from this time-honored procedure. In this podcast, he discusses why he believes crown and bridge should be a part of your dental practice's treatment mix, in addition to what dental assistants can do to become a bigger part of the procedure's success.  Discuss
3 production targets your practice needs to hit
September 16, 2020 -- In times of crisis, the dental practice must focus on both short-term survival and long-term success. This means that production becomes the single most important factor in terms of day-to-day operations, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. In this article, he gives three production targets on which to focus your efforts and boost your bottom line.  Discuss
One-third of U.S. adults unsure or won't get COVID-19 vaccine
September 16, 2020 -- About 14% of people in the U.S. "probably" or "definitely" will not get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, and another 17% remain unsure, according to a study published online on August 20 in Vaccine.  Discuss
Case study: Using technology to restore a tooth with a failing amalgam
September 16, 2020 -- Dr. Karyn Halpern discusses the case of a 65-year-old man who presented for a hygiene visit and exam with a large, failing distal-occlusal amalgam. She describes her approach to restoring the tooth, aiming to utilize the best materials and techniques for long-term results.  Discuss
Tongue ulcers may be linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection
September 15, 2020 -- Patients who experienced mild or no upper respiratory symptoms developed tongue ulcers within a few days of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in a new analysis, described in a letter to the editor on September 5 in Oral Diseases.  Discuss
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