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DrBicuspid.com to honor Dental Excellence Award winners
February 23, 2018 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to honor the winners of the Dental Excellence Awards, highlighting the best new products and services in dentistry. The awards will be presented on Friday, February 23, at the 2018 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.  Discuss
Can biomarkers in saliva predict caries risk in kids?
February 22, 2018 -- Are biological markers present in saliva that might indicate that a child is at risk of developing caries? Not according to the results of a new study. However, the researchers went on to investigate whether a more complex analysis could better predict caries risk.  Discuss
Can CBCT accurately measure periodontal pockets?
February 22, 2018 -- An accurate measurement of a patient's periodontal pockets is needed for proper treatment planning. What if there were a way to image these pockets with cone-beam CT (CBCT) so you knew their depth more precisely? A new study took the first steps down this road.  Discuss
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2018: Part 2
February 21, 2018 -- One highlight of the upcoming 2018 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting is the vast exhibit hall with hundreds of companies showing thousands of products. To help you maximize your on the floor, we bring you the second part of our preview of new and recently introduced products to look for at the meeting.  Discuss
Advice can be found in the most unusual places
February 21, 2018 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg was recently encouraged by a fellow dentist to understand the science of evidence as it applies to taking care of a patient's mouth. As he writes, the only problem is that this dentist based his science on the view that the mouth is an island unto itself with little influence from anywhere else in the body.  Discuss
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2018: Part 1
February 20, 2018 -- A highlight of the upcoming 2018 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting will be the vast exhibit hall, where hundreds of companies will showcase their products. Here we bring you part one of our preview of new and recently introduced products to look for while you're walking through McCormick Place in Chicago.  Discuss
New products: Premier launches instrument line
February 15, 2018 -- Premier Dental Products has launched its new PremierAir line of hygiene and diagnostic instruments.  Discuss
Dentistry after dark? Floss Bar extends hygienist hours
February 14, 2018 -- A new start-up wants to expand dental office hours to nights and weekends. The company, called Floss Bar, allows patients to schedule an appointment with a hygienist during hours when dental offices typically aren't in use.  Discuss
Data show perio production rising in U.S. practices
February 12, 2018 -- Research suggests a major link between periodontal disease and wider health issues, and data show almost half of U.S. adults have some form of gum disease. So how is your practice responding? Dr. David Black looks at the per-practice data on periodontal treatment and offers some ideas to help your practice increase production.  Discuss
4 team challenges of being a hygienist
February 9, 2018 -- As a hygienist, it's common to experience difficulties working within a team. And when you want to be liked by and friendly with your teammates, it can be hard to know what to do in certain situations. Practice management consultant Jen Butler looks at four of these challenges and how to respond.  Discuss
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Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities

In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Read more.