Practice Management
Number of pediatric dentists projected to increase by 60%
July 16, 2019 -- The number of U.S. pediatric dentists is expected to grow by more than 60% through 2030, according to new research commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Without major policy shifts, this drastic increase in supply could overtake demand for services.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for work-life balance: Improve your practice and your life
July 15, 2019 -- Owning and operating a practice can be all-consuming, especially in these supercompetitive times. Too many dentists live and breathe dentistry 24/7. You became a dentist to care for patients but also to enjoy a rewarding life. Take good care of your patients and yourself, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
New product: Dentsply Sirona launches data transmission portal
July 15, 2019 -- Dentsply Sirona has launched a new portal for the secure transmission of scan data and case information.
New product: Quip launches consumer dental platform
July 15, 2019 -- Oral health company Quip has launched a new platform that allows consumers to book and pay for dental services.
Private insurance boosts preventive care in older patients
July 12, 2019 -- Researchers found that having private dental insurance increased preventive service use by older patients by 25%. Adding a dental benefit to Medicare could significantly increase dental service use in this population, they noted.  Discuss
3 steps to help your practice avoid ransomware
July 11, 2019 -- How can you reduce the risk that your practice will be infected by ransomware? Alex Zlatin, the CEO of a dental software company and author, offers three practical steps every practice can take today to help avoid this situation.  Discuss
Kids' dental anxiety increases as they age
July 10, 2019 -- More children experience dental anxiety at age 9 than at age 7, according to a new study. Researchers also found that factors such as tooth pain, fear of drills, and parental dental fear contributed to this anxiety.  Discuss
Talking to patients about real beauty
July 10, 2019 -- When patients say that they only want you to crown or repair their front teeth because that's what people see while ignoring gum disease elsewhere in the mouth, it might be time to have a deeper conversation about "beauty," writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg.  Discuss
Want to improve patient safety? Make a checklist
July 9, 2019 -- Checklists may be a practical and efficient way to improve patient safety in the dental office. Two safety experts explained why in the July issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Medicaid-accepting dentists inclined to promote fluoridation
July 9, 2019 -- Pediatric dentists who accepted at least one new Medicaid-insured child each month showed greater willingness to advocate for community water fluoridation programs in a recent study.  Discuss
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