TOP DENTAL NEWS
DSO Dental Care Alliance would pay $3M in proposed settlement
August 5, 2022 -- A judge in Georgia signed off on a proposed agreement that calls for dental service organization (DSO) Dental Care Alliance (DCA) to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2020 cyberattack that affected about 1 million patients and employees. Read More
Is there a better way to treat severe periodontitis?
August 5, 2022 -- Combining conventional scaling with an anti-infective drug treatment may improve outcomes for patients with severe periodontitis, according to a commentary published on August 1 in Periodontology 2000. Read More
2 practice processes to weather the unpredictable
August 5, 2022 -- In the face of unpredictable runaway inflation and talk of a looming recession, Bete Johnson outlines two processes that offer comforting predictability in the areas of practice management that dentists and their team can directly control: patient satisfaction and collections. Read More
Legal Case: Are you ready to perform sedation dentistry?
August 4, 2022 -- "Dr. E," a general dentist in practice for more than 30 years, took advantage of her state's sedation dentistry laws by attending a weekend course on dental sedation management. Not long after, a patient died in her practice, followed by a demand for settlement. Dr. Marc Leffler, Esq., breaks down the case. Read More
Attempts to quit smoking drop for first time in a decade
August 4, 2022 -- The percentage of smokers who attempted to quit cigarettes dropped for the first time in a decade, according to a study published on August 1 in JAMA Network Open. Researchers attributed the phenomenon to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
Patients willing to pay more for convenient restorations
August 3, 2022 -- Patients in need of restorations value reduced wait times, no post-treatment pain, and other conveniences over longevity, according to recent research published in the Journal of Dental Research. What's more, they may be willing to pay for their preferences. Read More
Dentists call to action: Understanding mental health
August 3, 2022 -- From reimbursement concerns to challenging patients, dental professionals face a multitude of stressors in their daily work. When these stressors are accompanied by perfectionism and prioritizing patients above all else, it can lead to burnout and mental health disorders. Read More
Imaging aids in treatment of man's fused 3rd molar
August 2, 2022 -- Imaging assisted in the treatment of a man's third molar that had fused with a supernumerary tooth, according to a case report published July 27 in the American Journal of Case Reports. The man was diagnosed with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis with apical periodontitis. Read More
Hygienists' mental health worse than dentists during COVID-19
August 2, 2022 -- In the first known U.S. survey to analyze the long-term mental health of dental professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists and hygienists frequently reported poor mental health during peaks of COVID-19 transmission. However, hygienists had higher rates of anxiety and depression. Read More
Evidence lacks on benefit of school dental screenings for kids
August 1, 2022 -- Will children visit the dentist more often if they undergo oral health screenings at school? There's not enough research that shows screenings improve dental attendance, according to a review published on July 27 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Read More