Study: Saliva test may detect Zika virus
August 23, 2017 -- With the transmission of the Zika virus a concern in 70 countries, including the U.S., an accurate, quick, and cost-effective test is needed to see if a patient has contracted the virus. A saliva-based test may be effective, and dentists may play a key role in the future surveillance and detection of the virus, according to a study and commentary published on August 21 in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
Are porous implants as stable as threaded ones?
August 23, 2017 -- Threaded implants are thought to provide both better primary stability and connection to bone than porous implants, but research to back that up is lacking. A new study examined the mechanical stability of the two implants and found that porous ones appeared to provide sufficient support by increasing contact between bone and the implant.  Discuss
Data Trends: What's your practice's referral rate?
August 22, 2017 -- What's your new-patient referral rate? You know how important it is for new patients to become returning patients, but how does your practice's referral rate compare with other practices in the U.S.? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the data and finds out that referral rates are rising.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for online marketing: Is it time for a website upgrade?
August 21, 2017 -- How old is your current website? If it's older than 3 years, you and your team should do a top-to-bottom review, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin. Look for outdated content, missing services, old photos, lack of photos or images, broken links, etc. This gives you a good start on improving the site.  Discuss
Study measures noise in intraoral scanners to determine accuracy
August 21, 2017 -- When you are preparing a tooth to receive a crown, your intraoral scanner has to have a high degree of accuracy. But, when comparing scanners for your office, how do you know which would be the most accurate for your purposes? Researchers put two scanners through their paces to find out.  Discuss
Calif.'s state oral health plan begins to take shape
August 18, 2017 -- After two years of planning, California has finally offered a look at what the state's oral health plan may be like. The state's dental director, Dr. Jayanth Kumar, outlined broad concepts and frameworks for the plan in the August 2017 edition of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Data Trends: Are U.S. practices taking more images?
August 17, 2017 -- There was a time in the not-so-distant past when taking radiographs as part of a dental examination was commonplace. However, with fears about radiation and changing insurance policies, U.S. practices took fewer images in 2016 than in any recent year. Why? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the data.  Discuss
Creating the ultimate new-patient experience
August 17, 2017 -- New patients -- you need more of them to grow your practices, but they're harder to get and keep than ever before. In his new series focusing on this important aspect of patient growth, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes that it is critical that your new-patient experience be consistently amazing for every patient every time.  Discuss
What is your patient's mouth worth?
August 16, 2017 -- Your patients may take for granted that they can eat almost anything they want and enjoy the taste and chewing satisfaction of the food. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg wonders if patients would take better care of their oral health if a value and a cost were assigned.  Discuss
What's the rush?
August 16, 2017 -- We've all the heard the phrase "time flies when you're having fun." You find that your energy level is up, your mind is firing on all cylinders, and even your interactions are more positive. Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier offers five steps to keep that feeling going and to use it to help your practice grow.  Discuss
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