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How a flow chart can help your practice
June 14, 2018 -- Is there a way to help your office improve patient and communication, get your team members all on the same clinical page, and improve your bottom line? Practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests to many of her clients that they use a perio flow chart to help. In her latest column, she outlines the benefits these charts can bring to your practice.  Discuss
FDA launches water line safety page
June 14, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new page on its website about dental unit water line safety.  Discuss
Green tea mouthwash may help patients with gingivitis
June 13, 2018 -- Green tea-based mouthwashes may rival chlorhexidine for some patients, a systematic review found. Patients with plaque-induced gingivitis who used a green tea-based mouthwash had plaque and gingival markers that were similar to those of patients who used chlorhexidine.  Discuss
Why do we have more tooth decay now?
June 13, 2018 -- The question of why there are more tooth decay and gum disease now than in the past isn't an easy one to answer, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He tells his patients that while flossing and brushing are crucial, other factors are just as important.  Discuss
Study: Triclosan may increase colon cancer risk
June 8, 2018 -- The effects of triclosan on human health should be urgently re-examined, according to the authors of a new preclinical study that found the chemical might increase the risk of colon cancer and other harmful consequences. The findings were published in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
How to flag ailing peri-implant tissue before it's too late
June 6, 2018 -- Peri-implant tissue quality has typically been evaluated in a binary fashion -- either an implant is failing or it's not. But a method that focuses on peri-implant tissue stability and detects early signs of deterioration could be useful. Enter the peri-implant tissue score, a long-term monitoring tool designed for general dental practices.  Discuss
Sheri's Solutions: Practice transitions and patients
June 6, 2018 -- When a small, private practice is sold to a group practice, adjustments are needed on all sides, writes Dr. Sheri Doniger in her latest Sheri's Solutions column. Dr. Doniger uses the example of time allotted to existing and new patients for appointments to illustrate the need for communication to ensure excellent patient care.  Discuss
Study: Stronger link between periodontitis and diabetes in men
June 4, 2018 -- Are men and women with type 2 diabetes just as likely to have periodontal disease? Periodontitis and type 2 diabetes share a connection, but men and women are diagnosed with them at different rates, so investigators sought to determine whether there was a link.  Discuss
2 questions may accurately identify oral health problems
June 1, 2018 -- A simple, two-question survey appears to accurately identify adults with oral health problems, according to researchers from New York. The survey may be the first step to helping nondental providers refer high-risk adults to dentists for proper evaluation.  Discuss
Why aren't perio risk assessment tools more widely used?
May 31, 2018 -- Dental practitioners in solo and small group practices don't widely use periodontal disease risk assessment tools even though they say they're open to using them, according to a new study. Researchers delved into the reasons why and provided recommendations for overcoming barriers to their use.  Discuss
Hot Topic
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities

In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Read more.

Conferences
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
August 10
Baltimore, Maryland United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
October 12
Denver, Colorado United States
75th Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Oral Biology (AIOB)
October 26-28
Palm Springs, California United States
2019 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
January 17-19, 2019
Denver, Colorado United States