Does laser therapy boost healing after tooth extraction?
October 30, 2018 -- Using a laser for wound healing after tooth extraction remains controversial. A new review looked at the evidence and found that laser treatment improved would healing but with some important caveats.  Discuss
Chronic periodontitis may be linked to Alzheimer's disease
October 29, 2018 -- Scientists may have discovered a link between periodontal disease and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. A new study found chronic periodontal infection was associated with brain inflammation and neurodegeneration in mice.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for office decor: Create an attractive office
October 29, 2018 -- Believe or not, the image and appearance of your practice influence your level of case acceptance and patient satisfaction. To ensure that your office is attracting patients and not turning them off, look at your office objectively, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Check for worn and outdated furnishings or decor -- and replace everything that detracts from the practice's image as a modern, professional office.  Discuss
Book excerpt: Responsible Dental Ownership
October 26, 2018 -- is pleased to bring you an excerpt from Alex Zlatin's new book Responsible Dental Ownership. Zlatin details the practical challenges any current or future practice owner faces. In this excerpt, he focuses on finding the right place to maximize talent and enthusiasm.  Discuss
7 concepts to help you become a business badass
October 26, 2018 -- Maybe you've wondered what it would be like to open your own practice. In short, what does it take to go from being someone who knows little about business to someone who is an expert? Practice management consultant Jen Butler offers seven concepts to help you go from business cupcake to badass.  Discuss
How much titanium does peri-implantitis tissue contain?
October 25, 2018 -- Titanium exposure and scaling have become suspects in the worsening of peri-implantitis, but the actual concentration of titanium in tissues surrounding an implant has remained unclear. To learn more, researchers examined the titanium contained in tissue from patients with severe peri-implantitis.  Discuss
Kevin Henry: South African hygienists treat more than teeth
October 25, 2018 -- Dental journalist Kevin Henry spoke at the 2018 Dental and Oral Health Congress and Exhibition of the South African Dental Association. In the second part of an exclusive series for, he details the differences in how hygienists practice in South Africa and the U.S.  Discuss
Nitrous oxide and ibuprofen may dull pulpitis pain in kids
October 24, 2018 -- A combination of nitrous oxide and ibuprofen may help dull the pain of children undergoing vital pulp therapy for irreversible pulpitis. A new study found that the combination significantly bolstered children's pain relief compared with those who received ibuprofen alone.  Discuss
Review questions research on ergonomic interventions
October 24, 2018 -- You've probably heard about an ergonomic intervention for dentists and hygienists, such as a new curette or workstation modifications, and wondered if there really was any evidence that the intervention was effective. Researchers had the same question and conducted a review to find out.  Discuss
Study identifies keys to oral healthcare integration
October 23, 2018 -- Awareness is increasingly spreading for the need to integrate oral healthcare into primary care treatments and evaluations. Researchers interviewed more than 90 healthcare practitioners to find out what the barriers are to this integration and how they can be overcome.  Discuss
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