Delaying oral cancer treatment by weeks raises death risk
October 22, 2020 -- Survival rates drop significantly when patients who use tobacco and are diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas delay treatment for more than six weeks, according to a study published on October 13 in Head & Neck.  Discuss
The 2 inner competencies of great leaders
October 22, 2020 -- Leaders who lack emotional empathy and empathetic concern drive hard to make their numbers -- and they often do. But without empathetic concern, they also drive people out of their organization, writes Dr. Marc Cooper. He offers advice on the key components needed to find the right balance when leading others.  Discuss
How did patients' dental habits change during COVID-19?
October 21, 2020 -- Patients in the U.S. did not neglect their oral healthcare while navigating the continued threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to survey results released on October 15 by the Delta Dental Plans Association, a nonprofit group of the 39 Delta Dental companies.  Discuss
Starting a DSO or IDSO: What a dentist needs to begin
October 21, 2020 -- What is needed to form a successful dental service organization (DSO)? What foundation is necessary for a DSO that brings in an invisible money partner (IDSO)? Bruce Bryen, CPA, CVA, offers his thoughts and advice on the multiple steps it takes to ensure success when it comes to putting a group practice system together.  Discuss
How can you adjust unassigned credits in Eaglesoft?
October 21, 2020 -- In Eaglesoft, any payments or adjustments, whether by the patient or insurance, must be attached to a service. When this does not happen, an unassigned credit is created. So what do you need to know about this and how can it be corrected? Ann-Marie DePalma offers some tips and advice.  Discuss
5 things you can do to make your next hiring move a success
October 20, 2020 -- Many dental practices are currently looking to hire a new team member. In this article, consultant Lynne Leggett shares her advice on what is needed for a successful interview and hiring process. She also shares one of the biggest mistakes she sees when dental practices are ready to hire a new team member.  Discuss
Dentistry's recovery has stalled; what do dentists face now?
October 20, 2020 -- Now that 99% of dental practices in the U.S. have reopened following COVID-19 shutdowns, dentists and dental service organizations can't hire assistants and hygienists, according to data released on October 16 by the ADA's Health Policy Institute.  Discuss
Dental cleanings have never been, will never be nonessential for patients
October 20, 2020 -- Dr. James Anderson looks back at the closure of dental practices forced by COVID-19, as well as which dental procedures were considered "essential" during that time. With preventive cleanings and other hygiene-focused procedures not on that list, Anderson wonders what message that sent to dental patients -- and what dental practices need to be doing now to reverse those thoughts.  Discuss
Ovarian cyst containing jaw, 8 teeth removed from teen in NY
October 19, 2020 -- A 5 x 3-cm mandibular structure and eight teeth were found inside an asymptomatic ovarian dermoid cyst that was removed from a 15-year-old girl in New York, according to a case report published online on October 9 in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  Discuss
6 DSO trends to watch as 2020 comes to a close
October 19, 2020 -- Dental service organizations (DSOs) have continued to evolve through the years, and that certainly includes what has happened in 2020. How did the COVID-19 business disruption affect DSOs, and what lies ahead for them as the days tick toward 2021? Dr. Anthony Stefanou gives his view and offers advice about what is happening and could happen in the DSO space.  Discuss
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