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April is National Facial Protection Month
ASD
Five of the nation's top dental associations want to remind young athletes to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring. Research estimates that about 2 percent of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Policy on Prevention of Sports-related Orofacial Injuries, sports accidents reportedly account for 10 to 39 percent of all dental injuries in children and are most often caused by direct hits with a hard object, such as a puck or ball and player-to-player contact. The dental associations offer the following five tips to help prevent facial injury.
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A season in the life of an NBA team dentist
By Edward R. Bick, DDS, PA
Dr. Edward Bick writes, "As a professional sports team dentist, there are two requirements I think are critical: communication skills and flexibility. Being a professional team dentist isn't all fun and games — pun intended. I make myself available whenever needed — regular office hours don't apply. For my situation, this also means being present at all home games or making arrangements for someone else to be there."
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NCAA players ignore advice on mouth guards, often at their own peril
The New York Times
As one of the three doctors who travel with the UCLA men’s basketball team, Ray Padilla had a seat behind the bench throughout the Bruins' run in the NCAA tournament. Being UCLA's team dentist for 16 years has its perks. It also brings its share of frustration. Padilla is considered one of the most outspoken medical professionals in the country when it comes to advising Division I men's basketball players to wear mouth guards during games. But his guidance continues to go unheeded.
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April is National Facial Protection Month
ASD
Five of the nation's top dental associations want to remind young athletes to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring. Research estimates that about 2 percent of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Policy on Prevention of Sports-related Orofacial Injuries, sports accidents reportedly account for 10 to 39 percent of all dental injuries in children and are most often caused by direct hits with a hard object, such as a puck or ball and player-to-player contact.

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A concussion monitor to measure hard knocks
The New York Times
On a frigid night recently in Randolph, N.J., the Jersey Wildcats junior hockey team flew across the home rink during practice at Aspen Ice Arena, sending ice into the air. Hockey is known for its collisions and concussions aren't unusual, but the players didn't seem particularly worried. On the backs of their heads were flashing green lights, signifying that all was well. The light is part of a head impact sensor called the Checklight, made by Reebok.

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Can mouthguards really prevent concussions?
Dr.Bicuspid.com
To answer the question posed in the title, to be perfectly blunt — no, they can't. The truth is that the whole notion of mouthguards protecting your head is just that — a notion.

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4 glaring gaps in your digital dental marketing campaign
Dentistry IQ
Competing for business in the modern dental world requires more than just hanging up a sign and opening your doors. Dentists are always looking for new ways to drive customers to their practices and the digital world seems to be at the forefront of dental marketing. If you're at a loss regarding where to start with your digital marketing campaign or if you’ve struggled to find any success, here are a few ideas that have proven successful for other dental practices.
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Losing patients to new dental insurance plan?
By Jill Nesbitt
Do you have a large employer in your town? Have you seen what happens when this employer changes dental insurance plans — especially if the company switches to a plan that you have not joined? People believe they can only go to the dentist when they have dental insurance. And even if you have taken care of a patient for 10 years, most will switch to another dentist when insurance changes occur. This is maddening for dentists who work hard to provide high-quality care and develop a nice relationship only to feel cut off at the knees by the insurance plan. So, what can you do?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of ASD Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ASD, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there’s no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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How Arizona's starting pitcher is setting an example with a well-protected smile
PR Newswire via Digital Journal
In April, the American Association of Orthodontists is partnering with Arizona's starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to promote National Facial Protection Month. An All-Star example of safety on the field, Corbin consistently wears a mouth guard from his position on the pitching mound and while at bat.
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How in-office restoration design can benefit your practice
By Guy Levy, DDS
Recently, I had two clinical situations that made me truly appreciate the value of my in-office restoration design and milling system. The first event started with a Facebook message and photo from a longtime patient "Judy." Her photos clearly showed the Emax crown that had previously restored the No. 30 implant in multiple pieces. The second clinical situation was similar. "Ed" called the office at 8 a.m. and reported No. 19 implant-retained crown was in his hand. Both patients and our team were thrilled to have these problems resolved so quickly and efficiently.
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Time to refinance small-business debt? 5 questions to ask
FOX Business
Many entrepreneurs got the cold shoulder from their banks during the credit crunch and turned to other, high-interest lenders or credit cards instead. Now could be a good time to forget about past snubs and try to get a bank loan to refinance costly debts, say experts. So how do you figure out if it's time for you to refinance now? Here are five key questions to ask yourself.
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