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Number of pediatric dentists projected to increase by 60%
July 16, 2019 -- The number of U.S. pediatric dentists is expected to grow by more than 60% through 2030, according to new research commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Without major policy shifts, this drastic increase in supply could overtake demand for services.  Discuss
What factors predict root caries in your patients?
July 16, 2019 -- Root caries is a multifactorial disease that can be prevented. So how can you identify patients who might be at risk? After reviewing almost 20 years of studies, researchers found that older patients who are tobacco users are among the most at risk.  Discuss
For patients, root canals are like pulling teeth
July 15, 2019 -- What's the worst dental procedure? It may not be root canals. The treatment faired about the same as extractions and prosthodontic services in a recent study examining oral health-related quality of life.  Discuss
Which stops caries better in preschoolers: ART or SDF?
July 15, 2019 -- Atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) is known as an inexpensive way to treat early childhood caries, but silver diamine fluoride (SDF) also has been investigated as a low-cost method. Researchers conducted a study to find out which method is more effective when treatment access is limited.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for work-life balance: Improve your practice and your life
July 15, 2019 -- Owning and operating a practice can be all-consuming, especially in these supercompetitive times. Too many dentists live and breathe dentistry 24/7. You became a dentist to care for patients but also to enjoy a rewarding life. Take good care of your patients and yourself, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Sugary beverages linked to higher cancer risk
July 12, 2019 -- Drinking sugary beverages may be associated with an increased risk of cancer, according to the findings of a study published in BMJ on July 10. The evidence suggests sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juice, may contribute to the overall cancer rate.
Private insurance boosts preventive care in older patients
July 12, 2019 -- Researchers found that having private dental insurance increased preventive service use by older patients by 25%. Adding a dental benefit to Medicare could significantly increase dental service use in this population, they noted.  Discuss
Study compares methods of denture impression fabrication
July 12, 2019 -- Completing a final impression during the fabrication of complete dentures can be time-consuming. Researchers compared a method using the denture's baseplate and one using custom trays and found that the baseplate method was faster and had similar clinical outcomes.  Discuss
3 steps to help your practice avoid ransomware
July 11, 2019 -- How can you reduce the risk that your practice will be infected by ransomware? Alex Zlatin, the CEO of a dental software company and author, offers three practical steps every practice can take today to help avoid this situation.  Discuss
47 new genes linked to dental diseases
July 11, 2019 -- An international team of researchers has identified dozens of new genes associated with oral health and dental diseases. Their findings suggest many dental traits are heritable.  Discuss
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