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CDC: Caries prevalence drops in U.S. kids
September 17, 2019 -- The prevalence of caries in primary teeth decreased nearly five percentage points in U.S. children ages 2 to 5 from 2011 to 2016 compared with 1999 to 2004, according to the new "Oral Health Surveillance Report 2019" from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) released on September 12.  Discuss
Zirconia implants pretty, but no better than titanium
September 16, 2019 -- A zirconia implant looks better, but research has yet to show that it is a suitable alternative to dental fixtures made with titanium, according to a review published in Dental Materials on September 6.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts of attitude: Encourage positive attitudes
September 16, 2019 -- Staff attitude is often the fundamental element that determines how patients perceive the practice and whether they remain loyal, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip. An upbeat, energized team will have a far more positive effect on patients. There will always be challenging days, but having a good attitude impresses patients and inspires your fellow team members.  Discuss
The new target that enables ransomware hackers to paralyze dozens of towns and businesses at once
September 13, 2019 -- Recent attacks on dental clinics illustrate a new and worrisome frontier in ransomware -- the targeting of managed service providers, to which local governments, medical clinics, and other small- and medium-sized businesses outsource their IT needs.  Discuss
Snack taxes could be more effective than soda taxes
September 13, 2019 -- You've likely heard about taxes on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, but what about one on sugary snacks? A new study from BMJ found that raising the price of cookies, cakes, and other sweets could benefit public health.  Discuss
Can blood tests detect dental fear in kids?
September 13, 2019 -- Could data from blood tests be used to determine which children might have an unusually high fear of dental procedures? Researchers used blood tests to determine that dental fear is directly linked to levels of salivary cortisol and amylase levels in children between the ages of 6 and 9, according to a study published in BMC Oral Health.  Discuss
Digital technologies are often assets in orthodontics
September 12, 2019 -- When patients visit orthodontists, they often seek much more than better smiles. Digital technologies such as 3D printing can provide patients with visuals that help them achieve more realistic expectations of their treatment and outcomes, according to a talk at the recent 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco.  Discuss
Study shows evidence of herd protection against oral HPV
September 12, 2019 -- HPV vaccination rates continue to rise, and it may be to everyone's benefit. Researchers discovered evidence of herd protection against oral HPV infections. They detailed their findings in a study published on September 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Video from ADA 2019: Dayna Johnson on solo practices' bright future
September 12, 2019 -- We hear a lot about the growth of dental service organizations (DSOs), but recent statistics indicate that less than 10% of dentists in the U.S. practice at DSOs. That so many dentists are solo practitioners is one reason Dayna Johnson, founder of Novonee, believes these practices have a bright future. She spoke with DrBicuspid.com at the 2019 ADA FDI World Congress about this and other topics.  Discuss
Orthodontist pleads not guilty to charges of bribing Ark. lawmaker
September 11, 2019 -- An orthodontist who is accused of paying $157,000 in kickbacks and providing free dental work to an Arkansas lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the latest reports.  Discuss
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