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DENTAL INDUSTRY NEWS
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Communication key to treating menopausal women
DrBicuspid.com
If you were told that half of your patients could lose 40 percent of their total bone mass, putting them at risk for losing teeth, you would no doubt do everything in your power to reverse these clinical changes. As Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, points out, this can happen to half your patients: women. And the cause is menopause and its related effects.
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Dental experts join Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about oral cancer
American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons via News-Medical.Net
When oral and oropharyngeal cancers are detected and treated early in their development, survival rates can improve significantly. Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your oral health professional remain the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages.
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US Supreme Court rules providers can't sue states over Medicaid rates
DrBicuspid.com
Dentists and other private healthcare providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicare reimbursement rates, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued March 31. This ruling means that dentists and other healthcare providers will have to find a nonjudiciary route to raise reimbursement levels.
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Dentists push back against bill that would allow 'dental therapists' to practice
Vermont Public Radio
Dental problems will send about 6,000 Vermonters to the emergency room this year. And advocates say it's because low-income patients can't find a dentist to treat them. But the Vermont State Dental Society says a plan to improve access by adding a new class of dental professional is a move in the wrong direction.
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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE


Treating a common gum condition could reduce risk of heart attacks in kidney disease patients
Medical News Today
Treating a common gum condition in chronic kidney disease patients could significantly reduce their risk of potentially fatal heart disease, Aston University researchers say. Over 10 percent of the adult population have CKD and those affected often have poor health outcomes due to an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease compared to the general population. CKD progressively worsens kidney function, raises blood pressure, and can cause progressive vascular injury and heart disease.
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Headlines from the Crossroads of Perio and Tech

In anticipation of the AAP's upcoming 2015 Spring Conference, "Embracing Technology to Enhance Your Clinical Practice," This Week in Perio brings you a special roundup of headlines on technology's impact on periodontics, from clinical practice to practice management. Don't miss the AAP's 2015 Spring Conference, to be held May 2-3 in Chicago. Click here for more information.

  • Dentists will soon be able to 3D print you a new tooth in minutes
  • The importance of including dental website bios: Stop making excuses!


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    WHAT YOUR PATIENTS ARE READING


    Why growing numbers of Americans are embarrassed to smile
    The Huffington Post
    Fifteen years ago this spring, Surgeon General David Satcher issued a call to action to address what he called America's "silent epidemic" — the growing incidence of dental disease in this country. Unfortunately, we as a nation have not made much progress over the last decade and a half.
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    The ugly truth about your toothbrush
    WebMD
    As you reach for your toothbrush each morning, you may not realize what's hanging out on its bristles. "Toothbrushes can become contaminated with oral microbial organisms whenever they are placed in the mouth," Dr. Sharon Cooper said. Viruses and bacteria from an infected person's mouth can live for weeks on a toothbrush surface, and continue to cause illness, Cooper said, a clinical associate professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
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    Should you get screened for oral cancer?
    The Huffington Post
    About 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year with oral cancer, a form of head and neck cancer found inside the mouth, including on the tongue, floor of the mouth and cheeks. Oral cancer can be deadly; historically, the cure rates for oral cancers diagnosed in advanced stages have been very low. That's why finding them early is so important.
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    PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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    Do's and don'ts for patient referrals: Tracking and thanking
    DrBicuspid.com
    Word of mouth has always been an important source of prospective patients for dental offices. In today's economy, consumers often conduct thorough research before spending, and people are more likely than ever to ask their friends and families for recommendations and consult social media before choosing a dentist.
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    Is your dental practice losing money? Find out why in this infographic
    DentistryiQ
    According to statistics from DentalMarketing.net, you could be losing tens of thousands of dollars per year. Did you know that more than 37 percent of phone calls to your practice happen after hours and on weekends? Eighty-five percent of them will not call back, and 75 percent of them will not leave a voice message, and this is no good for your practice's new patient numbers.
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