Vt. tops list of states with best pay for dental assistants
July 20, 2021 -- Vermont tops the list of states with the best hourly pay rates for dental assistants, according to a new survey conducted by the Dental Assisting National Board. Delaware, Washington, Arkansas, and Massachusetts rounded out the top five spots. Read More
Vaping associated with untreated caries
July 20, 2021 -- Vaping electronic cigarettes was associated with an increase of untreated caries, according to research published on July 14 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. While the study couldn't establish causality, the findings suggest vaping may be a major risk factor for caries. Read More
Dental care before heart surgery does not up complication risk
July 19, 2021 -- Patients who undergo dental treatments prior to cardiovascular surgeries do not face an increased risk of oral health complications, medical adverse events, or death. The findings were published on July 13 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Study finds new type of inflammatory response to plaque
July 19, 2021 -- A study published July 6 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America found a new type of inflammatory response to dental plaque buildup. It also may answer why some people are more prone than others to tooth loss and other inflammation-related complications. Read More
Do's and don'ts for scripting patient interactions
July 19, 2021 -- What to say and how to say it are crucial elements of successful patient relationships. Scripting helps the doctor and the team communicate accurate information in a positive manner, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
U.S. files COVID-19 whistleblower suit against Texas dentists
July 16, 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Texas dental practice and its owners on behalf of two employees who claim they were retaliated against for reporting COVID-19 safety concerns, according to a department release issued July 15. Read More
Advocacy group decries using mouth lock for weight loss
July 16, 2021 -- An oral weight-loss dental device that locks the jaw to force users onto a liquid-only diet is drawing fire from an advocacy group that said it promotes a "starvation diet" and is adding to the "shame and stigma" already surrounding weight loss. Read More
Why oral health should be considered a priority in athletes
July 16, 2021 -- With the Olympics debuting later this month, it's the perfect time to stop and reflect on the importance of oral health for peak athletic performance. In this piece, Martijn Verhulst, PhD, explores the key ways dental health affects both elite and amateur athletes. Read More
Leadership, purpose are the core of dental practices today
July 15, 2021 -- The pandemic made it clear that the culture of leadership today must encompass compassion, safety, and resiliency. Dr. James V. Anderson discusses how you can embrace these traits so your practice and team thrive. Read More
Second Opinion: Don't forget about this honor society
July 15, 2021 -- In her June article, contributing writer Dr. Teresa Yang named four of the most distinguished dental honor societies. In this follow-up piece, Dr. Dan Ninan profiles one more premier honor society, the Academy of Dentistry International. Read More
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