A hygienist responds to a study on COVID-19 and the dental practice
September 15, 2020 -- Amanda Hill, RDH, BSDH, looked at one of our most popular recent articles and believes there is more to be discussed, including the role of dental hygienists. However, COVID-19 has brought a much-needed awareness to infection control, she said, and this study shows that screening patients and following the recommended precautions are key to safely navigating the pandemic.  Discuss
Study shows link between periodontal disease and increased risk of colorectal cancer
September 15, 2020 -- A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research indicates that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Previous studies have pointed to associations between periodontal disease and other types of cancer. Tom Viola, RPh, breaks down the information.  Discuss
COVID-19 patient's tonsil abscess cured without exposing others
September 14, 2020 -- Clinicians have successfully used antibiotics and steroids, instead of an aerosol-generating procedure, to treat a COVID-19-positive man's peritonsillar abscess. Details were published on September 7 in BMJ Case Reports.  Discuss
A practice concierge: What does that mean, and is now the time to have one?
September 14, 2020 -- Would a practice concierge benefit your practice? Do you know what one does and how this role could help as you continue to rebound from the COVID-19 disruption? Dr. Gerilyn Alfe and Fred Joyal dive into the benefits of the practice concierge and why this person could solve some of your practice's production dilemmas.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for team communication
September 14, 2020 -- During this time, there will be lots of changes and upheaval in your practice. It is crucial that you and your team are on the same page. The only way you can do this is to stay in constant communication about everything going on in the practice, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Is a probiotic the key to better oral health?
September 11, 2020 -- Weissella cibaria strain CMU, a probiotic lactic acid bacterium, may improve gingival bleeding and reduce levels of periodontal germs linked to diabetes and other diseases, according to a study published on September 2 in BMC Oral Health.  Discuss
Thoughts on those patients with cracked teeth walking into your practice
September 11, 2020 -- Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, discusses a recent New York Times article detailing the rise of cracked teeth in the days after COVID-19 entered our society. He shares some advice that has worked well in his upstate New York practice.  Discuss
Podcast: What you need to know about anticoagulants, changes to them, and COVID-19
September 11, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with readers about recent changes in anticoagulants, how these changes can affect the dental patient and practice, and the relationship between anticoagulants and COVID-19.  Discuss
How to overcome the 'pandemic plateau' in your practice
September 10, 2020 -- What are some of the issues and challenges slowing down growth in dental practices as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 disruption? Dr. James Anderson looks at them and offers solutions that can help the business side of the dental practice continue to climb.  Discuss
Ask the Dentrix Expert: How do I find the number of total active patients?
September 10, 2020 -- How can a dental team member or dentist find the current number of total active patients in the practice? Dayna Johnson, a certified Dentrix trainer and founder of, offers some ideas and advice.  Discuss
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