Asking dental hygienists for their thoughts on the present, future of their profession
August 4, 2020 -- has launched "RDHs in the real world," a look into what dental hygienists are really thinking right now. We're asking hygienists for their thoughts and opinions on current events as well as what they see for the future of their profession. You will learn about their answers in future articles.  Discuss
Case report showcases benefits of oral surgery via diode laser
August 4, 2020 -- Diode laser-assisted oral surgery offers many advantages when removing benign, premalignant, or malignant lesions or venous malformations from patients' oral cavities, according to a case report published on July 20 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Dementia, mild cognitive decline linked to gum disease
August 3, 2020 -- Dementia and mild cognitive impairment may be linked to periodontal disease, specifically the type of gum damage that results in tooth loss, according to a study published online July 29 in Neurology.  Discuss
Podcast: COVID-19, the oral-systemic link, and the medical history form
August 3, 2020 -- In this podcast, we talk to Tom Viola, RPh, who battled COVID-19 earlier this year. With his perspective and knowledge of pharmacology, we talk about COVID-19's impact on dentistry, the importance of the medical history form, the oral-systemic link, and many topics in between.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for maintaining patients
August 3, 2020 -- How you communicate with your patients will strongly determine the speed of your recovery. Once patients understand the protective measures you are taking, most will be comfortable returning to the office. You must be ready to handle their care in the best ways for them and your practice, says Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Could this Lego-inspired technology be part of dentistry's future?
July 31, 2020 -- Scientists in Oregon are developing a new 3D-printed technology inspired by Lego toys. The tiny, 3D-printed bricks are designed to help heal broken bones and could one day even lead to lab-made organs for transplantation. They could potentially have an impact on dentistry as well.  Discuss
Smile design sins: How not to kill your reputation with veneers
July 31, 2020 -- Whether it's porcelain veneers or composite bonding, anterior restorative treatment will make your reputation -- or destroy it, writes Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for In this installment of his seven deadly sins of smile design series, Dr. Rice focuses on the veneers and the importance of tissue.  Discuss
The haunting question always asked after a cyberattack
July 31, 2020 -- Cyberattacks are up 120% since February, and Debi Carr says that small healthcare practices are prime targets. She discusses why a strong security management plan can help protect a practice from an attack and, more importantly, help it to recover quickly.  Discuss
7 tips to help you avoid bad hires
July 30, 2020 -- Few people enjoy the hiring process in the dental practice, which is one reason why dentists seem to move through it at lightning speed. Sally McKenzie offers some advice on how to find the right candidate, rather than simply looking to fill the position quickly.  Discuss
Dental HR expert: Can employers force employees to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver?
July 30, 2020 -- In the human resources world, dental HR expert Tim Twigg says simply that "employees cannot waive their rights under the law." He dives into the concept of employees signing a COVID-19 liability waiver and what dentists as well as those employees need to know about it.  Discuss
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