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Podcast: Periodontal classifications and their role in documentation and claims
May 21, 2020 -- Staging is part of the periodontal guidelines to be used in your patient's clinical diagnosis. This should be present in your notes. But what if you're unclear on how to record it, much less discuss it with patients? Teresa Duncan and Rachel Wall, RDH, help answer your questions in this podcast.  Discuss
Survey reveals PPE changes, concerns for dental practices
May 20, 2020 -- A survey of 300 dental practices across the U.S. by the Willeford Group earlier this week revealed some surprising findings regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) usage and preparedness, as well as what comes next for many dental practices as they reopen.  Discuss
The correlation between COVID-19, periodontal disease, and diet
May 20, 2020 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg discusses how the body's immune system is the connection between COVID-19, periodontal disease, and diet and why this is an important correlation for dentists and dental team members to understand and discuss.  Discuss
Imaging aids removal of rare ectopic molar in maxillary sinus
May 20, 2020 -- Imaging, specifically cone-beam CT, helped clinicians remove an ectopic third molar and an infected cyst from a patient's maxillary sinus, which is a rare site for a tooth to erupt, according to a recent case report published on the open-access platform F1000Research.  Discuss
6 steps to reduce the tension between dentists and dental hygienists
May 19, 2020 -- With dentists and hygienists feuding online and tensions running high, perhaps it's time to take a step back, inhale deeply, and practice nondefensive listening, says Amanda Hill, RDH, BSDH.  Discuss
3-cm swallowed dental needle removed from patient's neck
May 19, 2020 -- Clinicians removed a 3-cm needle from a patient who swallowed it, likely during a dental procedure, according to a recent case report published in the April issue of the Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.  Discuss
Unmasking the Phantom of the Operatory: Taking the fear out of offering complete dentistry
May 19, 2020 -- Dr. Paul Homoly believes that, as tragic as the coronavirus crisis has been, it has created an excellent opportunity for dentists and team members to rethink their relationship with complete dentistry. In this video, he gives advice for how not to be afraid to offer it as practices begin to reopen.  Discuss
ADA HPI: Attitudes, risk assessment are drivers in reopening
May 18, 2020 -- About half of dental practices in states that were given the green light to provide elective dental care have reopened, despite having no or limited supplies of recommended personal protective equipment, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI).  Discuss
Q&A with Dr. Steven Katz on the power of a simple phone call
May 18, 2020 -- In an age when Zoom conferences and electronic communication have become the norm, Dr. Steven Katz still believes there is plenty of power in a personal phone call. We sat down with the dentist from New York state to talk about how he has kept in touch with his patients during his practice's closure.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for reopening
May 18, 2020 -- Things may seem uncertain during a crisis, but eventually they will get better. Practices reopening after the worst of the novel coronavirus pandemic must be ready to treat patients and get their practices back on track, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
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