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3 reasons you should only discuss essential treatment first
October 2, 2017 -- How often have you finished an exam on a new patient, presented a comprehensive treatment program, and then never saw that patient again. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie suggests that the issue might be that your new patient is overwhelmed and does not trust you yet. She recommends starting with essential treatment and going from there.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for branding: Stand out in a crowded field
October 2, 2017 -- Competition keeps increasing for new patients. Dental service organizations and smaller group practices continue to expand. What is your brand message, and how do you get it out there? In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin offers some advice on how to stand out among the crowd.  Discuss
AAP: More studies needed for CBCT guidelines
September 29, 2017 -- There is a critical mass of evidence supporting the use of cone-beam CT (CBCT) for periodontitis management and periodontal-orthodontic therapy for skeletally mature patients, but there are still too few studies to issue definitive practice guidelines, according to an American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) panel of experts.  Discuss
Workplace noise causes health problems for dental team
September 29, 2017 -- Is the noise in your office or laboratory affecting you? Researchers assessed noise levels in both environments and found that the presence of certain types of sound and the degree of exposure were linked to various short- and long-term mental and physical effects.  Discuss
Caffeine may be opioid alternative for implant therapy
September 28, 2017 -- Can caffeine help solve the opioid crisis? Research suggests that acetaminophen with caffeine may be a viable alternative to opioids after dental implant treatment.  Discuss
Another bill to repeal, replace Obamacare has failed
September 27, 2017 -- The latest attempt to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will not be put to a vote, U.S. Senate Republicans said on September 26. The Graham-Cassidy bill would have changed the way state Medicaid programs are funded, which could have affected recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
Case report: 71-year-old patient with bleeding gums
September 27, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg was asked to evaluate a 71-year-old patient with bleeding gums who had not responded to a daily hygiene regimen. The patient walked out after the first visit with Dr. Danenberg but returned months later when prescription medicines did not improve his gums. How this patient's health was improved illustrates that sometimes solutions occur away from the office.  Discuss
Study explores link between periodontitis and RA
September 26, 2017 -- Periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are both chronic inflammatory diseases and share other similarities. But is there a causative relationship? A new study examines the evidence.  Discuss
Survey: How many U.S. companies offer dental benefits?
September 26, 2017 -- Have you ever wondered what percentage of U.S. companies actually offer dental insurance benefits to their employees, who are your patients? Does the data support the belief that most U.S. companies do offer these benefits? A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation asked what percentage of U.S. companies offer separate dental benefits and what percentage of the cost do these companies cover.  Discuss
Data Trends: Gross production per chair down since 2010
September 25, 2017 -- What is your gross production per chair per hour this year? How does it compare with a few years ago? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software finds that data show that production at U.S. practices has not rebounded this decade.  Discuss
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