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Study confirms long-term perio treatment works
July 31, 2019 -- The science is in: Long-term periodontal therapy appears to prevent tooth loss and tissue damage. A new study found that decades-long periodontal treatment at a general dentist's office helped patients maintain healthy gums.  Discuss
Biological dentistry: Part 2 -- 10 questions to ask
July 31, 2019 -- In the conclusion of his series on biological dentistry, periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg lists 10 questions he urges other practitioners and patients to ask a provider using the label biological dentist. Dr. Danenberg also offers his suggested answers to these questions and how they impact patient care.  Discuss
Study: General dentists less likely to refer to orthodontist
July 31, 2019 -- Are general or pediatric dentists better at identifying when a patient needs orthodontic treatment? Which group is more likely to refer a patient to an orthodontist? In a new study, researchers showed pretreatment orthodontic patient records to both general and pediatric dentists to find out.  Discuss
Dentists find high mercury levels when removing amalgam
July 30, 2019 -- Mercury exposure during amalgam removal procedures may be seven times higher than the limits recommended by some occupational safety organizations, a new study has found. The research findings suggest minuscule amalgam particles may be able to generate staggering amounts of mercury vapor.  Discuss
4 steps to more productive scheduling
July 30, 2019 -- The entire day of a dental practice revolves around the appointment schedule. Yet many practices experience chaotic days far too frequently. Dayna Johnson, founder of Rae Dental Management, offers some practical and productive scheduling tips for practices that use Dentrix.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for consultations: Work on case presentation
July 29, 2019 -- It takes time for even the most experienced dentists to master case presentation skills. Case presentation has to be learned, practiced, and mastered if doctors are committed to taking the next step toward greater profitability. A little short-term frustration will be offset by long-term gains to the practice, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What you need to know about service dogs at the office
July 29, 2019 -- A patient shows up at your dental office with a service dog -- what should you do? Dr. Robert Wilson Jr. explored the ethical and legal implications for patients with service animals in a feature published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
JADA: Sealed primary molars less likely to develop caries
July 26, 2019 -- Sealed primary molars were less likely to develop pit-and-fissure caries in a new study, published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Researchers also found sealants delayed the need for restorative work on these teeth.  Discuss
Study finds dental visits decline with age
July 26, 2019 -- The number of dental visits decline as people age and dramatically drop after age 80, according to a new study. The researchers worry that the lack of preventive dental care could lead to tooth decay and loss for these patients.  Discuss
5 little things you should do every day
July 25, 2019 -- You've heard many times that it's the little things in life that matter. Dr. Roger P. Levin writes that it is often these little things that make a difference to patients and will help keep your practice thriving. He offers five practical ideas to make patients feel appreciated and be loyal.  Discuss
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