The 5 worst actions your treatment coordinator can take
September 15, 2017 -- Treatment presentation is difficult at the best of times. Talking to a patient about money for a treatment that person isn't excited about requires a set of unique skills. Practice management consultant Jen Butler outlines the five worst actions your treatment coordinator can do in this situation. She also shares the best thing to say to your patient.  Discuss
Some chlorhexidine mouthwashes may be better than others
September 14, 2017 -- Chlorhexidine is known for reducing plaque, but how do mouthwashes with varying chlorhexidine concentration levels compare? Researchers tested three chlorhexidine solutions to see which was better at combating plaque and gingivitis, and they found some unexpected differences.
Rotary better than manual instruments for endo retreatment
September 14, 2017 -- Researchers tested two rotary instruments and one manual file side by side to see which was able to remove the most residual filling material after failed endodontic therapy. The comparison resulted in a striking clinical preference.  Discuss
How to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts
September 14, 2017 -- Want to help the victims of Hurricane Irma but don't know how? has compiled a list of organizations and businesses with relief efforts to help the victims of flooding and tornadoes in Florida and other areas.  Discuss
The truth about implementing CAMBRA
September 13, 2017 -- Drilling and filling may remove caries, but conventional dentistry doesn't address the underlying mechanisms that lead to the disease in the first place. That's why the profession has slowly begun to embrace prevention measures, such as Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), according to Gwendolyn Essex, RDH.  Discuss
Are periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis linked?
September 13, 2017 -- At first glance, periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis may not seem to have anything in common. However, periodontist Alvin Danenberg digs into the research and finds they may have more common ground than first thought.  Discuss
Data Trends: Why are more diagnostic services being done?
September 12, 2017 -- How many diagnostic services does your practice perform each month? Is it 350? 450? More? Fewer? How does your practice's number of diagnostic services performed each month compare with other practices in the U.S.? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the data.  Discuss
Are middle-aged Americans taking care of their mouths?
September 12, 2017 -- Almost 40% of U.S. adults between the ages of 50 and 64 cited pain and other health problems because of an oral health issue in a recent poll. Perhaps more worrying is that 13% of respondents said they expected Medicare or Medicaid to cover their dental care when they are older. Learn more about the results and what they mean to your practice.  Discuss
JADA report: Fewer dentists own practices
September 11, 2017 -- Fewer dentists owned a dental practice in 2015 than in 2005, according to an article in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Author Marko Vujicic, PhD, from the ADA Health Policy Institute, explored how this trend is poised to change dentistry.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for customer service: Convenience matters
September 11, 2017 -- You can be the greatest dentist in the world and have the friendliest staff, but if your hours aren't convenient, patients will choose to go elsewhere. People are busier than ever before, and it's harder for many patients to make it to the dentist during normal business hours. If you're having trouble growing your practice, your office hours be an issue, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
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