Hygiene Sponsored by Keystone Industries
Survey your patients for higher hygiene numbers
July 13, 2018 -- Is there a way to help start the conversation with your patients about needed treatment and also boost your practice's hygiene production numbers? Practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests having your patients fill out a hygiene practice survey, which will help your practice zone in on patient concerns while opening the treatment discussion.  Discuss
The real cost of inadequate exams
July 11, 2018 -- An inadequate exam can have repercussions for patients beyond their immediate oral care issue, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He relates a phone call he received from a friend with pain in his upper left molar area.  Discuss
Poor oral hygiene linked to increased heart disease risk
July 10, 2018 -- Poor oral health has been once again linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD). A recent study found that adults with periodontitis and poor oral hygiene habits may be at an increased risk for heart troubles.  Discuss
Texas lags behind in oral health for seniors
July 2, 2018 -- Texas has some work to do if it wants to improve the oral health for older adults in the state. Bianca Rogers, a public affairs manager for Oral Health America, gave tips on how the state can improve key metrics related to oral health for this population during a June 26 webinar.  Discuss
Young Innovations acquires handpiece manufacturer
July 2, 2018 -- Dental supply manufacturer Young Innovations announced it has acquired Johnson-Promident.  Discuss
Patient conversations go beyond oral health
June 29, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that he is fortunate to have patients who are willing to ask him detailed questions about both their oral and overall health. Recently, he had a patient ask about intermittent fasting as this patient wanted to lose a little weight. Dr. Danenberg recounts this example of how a dental practice can offer more than just care of the oral cavity.  Discuss
New product: Beyes launches autoclave
June 29, 2018 -- Beyes Dental Canada has launched the Masteri class B automatic cycle autoclave unit.  Discuss
PDS Foundation to provide care for Special Olympics
June 28, 2018 -- The Pacific Dental Services (PDS) Foundation has partnered with the Special Olympics to provide oral healthcare to athletes competing in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.  Discuss
10 areas of hygiene profitability and the obstacles they bring
June 27, 2018 -- If your practice's goal is for your hygiene department to produce about a third of your total product, then simply focusing on prophies and x-rays every six months is not going to get you to your goal, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. She offers 10 areas where you can boost your hygiene production and the answers to three common objections you are likely to hear.  Discuss
Second Opinion: A crucial study on fluoride produces silence
June 26, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation, looks at the response to studies about fluoride's safety. Dr. Johnson addresses the need for those in the public health community to respond when fluoride's use is challenged.  Discuss
Hot Topic
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.

Conferences
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
August 10
Baltimore, Maryland United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
October 12
Denver, Colorado United States
75th Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Oral Biology (AIOB)
October 26-28
Palm Springs, California United States
2019 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
January 17-19, 2019
Denver, Colorado United States