TOP DENTAL NEWS
General dentists don't know enough pediatrics
December 19, 2008 -- Many dentists don't understand the latest concepts of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Helaine Smith argues in her column, The Mouth Physician. Children should have their first appointment before 6 months of age, and dentists must identify and treat those at highest risk.  Discuss
Can paper scans replace films for insurance claims?
December 18, 2008 -- A recent study by the ADA concluded that paper-based scans of radiographic images are suitable for insurance purposes in most cases. For some in the dental community, however, the issue isn't what kind of images should be submitted to insurers, but how often it is necessary.  Discuss
Inflammation links periodontal and systemic diseases
December 17, 2008 -- Researchers have long been aware of the relationship between periodontal and systemic diseases such as atherosclerosis. Now they are looking into whether inflammation could be the reason behind it and what this could mean for the dental practice.  Discuss
Dentin sealing technique gains momentum
December 16, 2008 -- The approach contradicts what most dentists learned in dental school. And it can add another step to the process of placing an indirect restoration. But a growing chorus of researchers, taking their lead from Pascal Magne, D.M.D., Ph.D., says it's well worthwhile to seal dentin before placing a temporary.  Discuss
Are word mistakes losing you cases?
December 15, 2008 -- If you know what trigger words to avoid, you can communicate far more effectively, get much higher case acceptance, and create a much better experience for your patients, says marketing guru Richard Geller in his column, Marketing Madness.  Discuss
Delaware, North Carolina dentists top earnings list
December 12, 2008 -- If you want to make more money, move to North Carolina. That's one conclusion you could draw from a new report analyzing income for dentists and other top U.S. earners. Another conclusion: Avoid Barnstable Town, MA.  Discuss
Time to reconsider the full-mouth series?
December 12, 2008 -- A recent demonstration of radiology software in Japan begs the question: If you reduce the number of images in a full-mouth series and thus decrease patient dose, is too much diagnostic data lost? In his latest Talking Pictures column, Dr. Allan Farman offers his perspective.  Discuss
ADA updates guidelines for patients at risk of osteonecrosis
December 11, 2008 -- While the chances of patients developing osteonecrosis of the jaw from oral bisphosphonate therapy remains low, patients at risk should still receive special consideration from dentists, according to a new report from the ADA.  Discuss
Lawsuit puts imported dental work under scrutiny
December 10, 2008 -- An Ohio woman has filed a malpractice lawsuit against a large, multistate dental practice and two of its dentists, charging that dental restoration products allegedly imported from China have left her permanently injured and disabled.  Discuss
Orthodontic patients benefit from teledentistry
December 9, 2008 -- A pilot study in Washington has shown that teledentistry can bridge the gap between orthodontists and underprivileged children who need their services. But observers say there can be technical challenges and that, so far, it doesn't reduce the cost.  Discuss
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