APHA analyzes healthcare reform's impact on dentistry
October 30, 2012 -- In addition to mandatory pediatric care, the Affordable Care Act provides billions of dollars for oral health education and expansion of federal clinics that provide dental benefits. But some experts believe the November 6 elections could drastically change how healthcare reform plays out. Read More
Digital dentistry: The future is now
October 29, 2012 -- Numerous presentations at the recent ADA 2012 Annual Session focused on how to successfully integrate digital technologies into a dental practice, and several key opinion leaders shared their thoughts on specific products and services and why now is an optimum time to consider "going digital." Read More
AAPHD applauds ADA House of Delegates vote
October 29, 2012 -- As they left the ADA's annual meeting last week, leaders of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) were breathing a collective sigh of relief. Resolution 17, a measure some saw as a threat to their organization and specialty, failed to win approval from the House of Delegates. Read More
Surgical recovery longer for propofol-ketamine
October 29, 2012 -- A study comparing the differences in the effectiveness of propofol-remifentanil and propofol-ketamine for third-molar extraction surgery found that they provided strikingly similar deep sedation. However, recovery times were significantly longer for the ketamine combination. Read More
Expert: Go green, but don't compromise patient safety
October 26, 2012 -- The trend of green practices is growing, but when it comes to infection control, patient safety takes priority over environmental concerns, according to a presentation by Mary Govoni, RDH, MBA, at the ADA Annual Session. She offers several tips to help dental offices make smart product choices. Read More
Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. James Metz on sleep apnea
October 25, 2012 -- After losing 100 pounds in 2004 and alleviating his own obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), James E. Metz, DDS, vowed to help eradicate OSA on a global scale. Dr. Metz discussed dentists' role in detecting OSA, the need to collaborate with physicians, and some of the challenges of treating the condition. Read More
ADA to cut services at Chicago library
October 24, 2012 -- The ADA House of Delegates has approved a proposal to cut services provided at its Chicago library, including the elimination of walk-in services and loaning books and materials. The vote came October 23 as part of the ADA Annual Session. Read More
Digital restorative dentistry becomes a practical solution
October 24, 2012 -- With equipment costs dropping and technology improvements coming at a breakneck pace, digital impressioning is becoming an increasingly attractive and affordable option for general dentists, according to a presentation by the head of technology at the University of the Pacific dental school during the ADA Annual Session. Read More
Acupuncture eases xerostomia in head/neck cancer patients
October 24, 2012 -- Acupuncture can relieve the symptoms of xerostomia in patients who undergo radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, according to a new study in Annals of Oncology. Read More
Multiple factors hurting U.S. dentists' profitability
October 23, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The economic downturn has contributed to the continuing decline of dentists' incomes, according to a panel on October 18 at the ADA Annual Session. But other factors include the loss of dental insurance, reimbursements cuts by some insurance companies, and the mushrooming number of dental graduates. Read More
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