Study: Sugar taxes reduce caries, increase revenue September 30, 2016 -- Some cities and countries have instituted a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and more are considering one. However, there's never been an economic evaluation of these taxes and their impact on caries reduction and revenue. Researchers from Germany studied these factors and more to determine if such a tax is beneficial.
Judge rules lawsuit against dental giants can proceed September 29, 2016 -- A class-action lawsuit against three of the dental industry's biggest companies will be allowed to proceed after a U.S. District Court judge refused to dismiss the proposed litigation, according to multiple reports.
Can glass ionomer cements be altered to fight caries? September 29, 2016 -- Can the addition of a calcium phosphate to a glass ionomer cement decrease the amount of plaque-causing biofilms and perhaps reduce caries? Can this addition also alter the structure of these biofilms? A new study from PLOS One looks at this potential innovation.
In isolation: Which method is better for restorations? September 29, 2016 -- During a restorative treatment, the two most-used isolation methods are a rubber dam or a cotton roll. No matter which you use, the results of a new Cochrane Library review might have you re-examining how you control for moisture and microbes.
8 spaces your backstage is (probably) missing September 28, 2016 -- When patients walk into your office, what's the first thing they notice? The reception area, the front desk, or sign-in sheet and, hopefully, a smiling face from your team member. But as Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier asks, what about the spaces they don't see?
Pain: Is it dental or something else? September 28, 2016 -- Many patients go to the dentist seeking relief from pain. While most dental problems are readily identifiable, many aren't so obvious. An orofacial pain expert discussed the different types of oral pain and the appropriate treatments in a presentation at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2016 conference.
Study: Hygienists feel ready to practice independently September 27, 2016 -- Dental hygienists feel ready to practice independently in underserved communities, according to a new study. Enabling hygienists to practice preventive care without supervision from a dentist can help resolve oral health disparities, the study author suggests.
Highlights from CDA Presents 2016 in San Francisco September 27, 2016 -- The California Dental Association's CDA Presents in San Francisco is one of the largest annual dental meetings in the U.S. DrBicuspid.com was there, bringing you exclusive coverage on topics that affect your practice.
Insulin resistance is a risk factor for perio disease September 26, 2016 -- People with insulin resistance are more likely to have severe periodontitis than people without insulin resistance, according a new study. The authors found that insulin resistance can be considered a risk factor for periodontal disease, even for people with a normal weight.
Dos and don'ts for production growth: Help patients say 'yes' to implants September 26, 2016 -- Most patients now know about dental implants and why they may be better than alternative treatments in most cases. Yet the cost still stands as a formidable barrier for many patients. For their sake (and yours), you should try to ease the sticker shock for patients you know are good candidates from a clinical standpoint, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.