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Ultrasound finds early perio disease
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High-frequency, high-resolution ultrasound shows "great potential" as a noninvasive, non-ionizing imaging technique for the early diagnosis of severe periodontal disease, according to researchers from West Virginia University. "Although medical specialties have recognized the importance of using ultrasonic imaging, dentistry is only beginning to discover its benefit," they wrote. "This has particularly been important in the field of periodontics." (May require free registration to view article.) More



Tooth regeneration gel could replace painful fillings
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Dentists soon could hang up their drills. A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a thin, flexible film and placed next to a cavity, encourages cells inside teeth to regenerate in about a month, according to a new study in the journal ACS Nano. This technology is the first of its kind. The new gel or thin film could eliminate the need to fill painful cavities or drill deep into the root canal of an infected tooth. More

Tooth loss may lead to reduced cognitive ability
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Researchers recently have published a study that analyzes the effects periodontal disease and tooth loss have on the decline of cognitive abilities. The outcome determined there may be a link that undoubtedly will give patients and dentists a cause for increased effort associated with a person's dental health. The researchers went through male veterans' dental records that had been part of a dental study conducted by the VA during the 1960s and 70s. More



St. Louis VA Medical Center dental infections: Nearly 2,000 at risk
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A failure in cleaning dental instruments properly at the John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital may have but 1,812 dental clinic patients at risk. The patients started getting certified letters, advising them they may have been exposed to viruses: hepatitis and HIV. Dr. Gina Michael, the association chief of staff at the hospital, says the failure happened because some dental technicians thought they were doing the right thing by washing the dental tools themselves. More

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3 essential lessons for every new dentist
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After years of schooling, thousands of dollars in tuition, hours upon hours of clinics and exams, and tests and on and on, finally you entered the working world as a dentist. Just you and the patients. Wouldn't it be great if it really could be that simple? But when dental school was over, the learning process only had begun. Moreover, there are at least three key lessons that probably barely were touched upon in the dental school curriculum. More

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No-show rates lowest when patients called by human being
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A recent study suggests that patients may be more likely to show up for their appointments if they get a telephone call from the office — a call from an actual person, not a machine. "Connecting to a live person, they may feel more of a responsibility to show up," said Dr. Amay Parikh, a fellow at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. More

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How would you rate your staff member support?
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A notion out there says that when you find the right employee, they should perform according to the standards you set for them and their position. Sounds reasonable, right? For those of you who paused at that initial comment, something didn't sound exactly right, did it? Unfortunately, what is practiced all too often is a "I hired you; now show me what you can do" attitude. Certainly, taken to the extreme, it's a sure prescription for employee turnover. To a more realistic sense, it leads to underperformance, low morale, dissatisfaction and, ultimately, disgruntlement. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Optimizing your insurance systems
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We all hate the "I" word: insurance. The mere mention of the word leads to eye rolls and heavy sighs. But just like taxes, to survive in the dental industry your office will have to deal with the insurance world. It doesn't matter if you are married to big insurance by accepting all the plans, latched on by having primarily Medicaid patients, dipped your toe in the pool with only one or two plans, or are out of network but still file and accept assignment of benefits from your patients' plans — it's a necessary evil that has crept into your practice. More



Report urges more curbs on medical ghostwriting
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Should more light be shed on the relationships between drug makers and certain prominent doctors who publish scientific articles about their medicines? A new Congressional report calls on medical journals, medical schools and even the National Institutes of Health to take additional measures to ensure the integrity of the scientific articles many doctors rely on to make treatment decisions for their patients. The report, issued recently by Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, focuses on medical ghostwriting. More


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