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As dentistry changes, practitioners must adapt
America's dentists are stuck with a major, nagging toothache: Not enough people are going to the dentist; those who do don’t spend much. A combination of factors are reshaping the dentistry mold. Dental benefits by employers are eroding. Reimbursements rates by insurers are stagnant. Some patients are postponing — or giving up — their routine dental care. For many, it’s about scrambling to figure out a new future. For some, that means staggered scheduling and Saturday office hours in order to accommodate working adults, the folks mostly likely to have dental insurance. Or bringing in specialists as independent contractors, so that fewer patients have to be referred elsewhere for treatments.
Concussion study at UVa focuses on sports without helmets
As more and more information comes out about concussions in football players, one group of scientists at the University of Virginia wanted to find out more about those types of head injuries to players of sports without helmets. The UVa School of Medicine researchers is using a sensor that can be placed behind the ear that can measure impacts to the head.
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Top 5 LinkedIn tips for building your professional network
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More than 259 million members and counting, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. If you're not already using the site, it's never too late to get started. Having a professional online profile is beneficial not only to you as an individual but also to the reputation of your company. LinkedIn offers many features that can enhance your professional life, in and out of the office. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Study: Basketball had highest rate of dental traumatic injuries
During football and basketball seasons dentists know they can expect safety-minded parents to be asking about mouth guards for their kids. Fortunately, mouth guard use has been mandated for high school football players since 1962. The NCAA subsequently adopted the same policy for college football in 1973. In addition to football, the mandate extends to other contact sports as well, including hockey, boxing and lacrosse. So which sport is the worst offender? Basketball.
Reduce stress and drive dental practice growth with effective meetings
Through successful meetings, practices can enjoy one of the easiest ways to have an efficient and less stressful practice. When practices fail to hold consistent meetings, chaotic and less productive days are often the result. Here are some tips to create an effective meeting in the practice.
Does your hygienist motivate patients to accept treatment?
By Jill Nesbitt
If you’re not measuring to find out which of your hygienists is motivating your patients to accomplish treatment, then you could be making a big mistake by managing hygienists as if they were all the same. Talk with your hygienists about creating a tracking system to find out who is motivating patients to get treatment in your practice. Encouraging, tracking and appreciating your hygienists to motivate patients to schedule treatment is a powerful internal marketing method dental practices can use to fill schedules and improve production.
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Professionals praise health effects of fluoridation
Even today, health professionals still praise the decades-old practice of adding established amounts of fluoride to community water supplies as a way of preventing and controlling tooth decay. At the federal level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the surgeon general credit the addition of fluoride as important to improving oral health nationally. In fact, the CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Study: Off-the-shelf football gear offers same protection as custom-built
Special mouth guards and helmets marketed to help reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players a new report claims. The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season. The study says that consumers should be cautious of manufacturer's claims that their products offer a higher level of protection. Medical director of the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic John Leddy discusses the report's findings.
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'Anti-aging' dentistry claims to provide more youthful look
Could fixing a few aspects of your smile remove years from your face? A dentist in Beverly Hills, Calif. is claiming that anti-aging dentistry can make a person look younger. The procedure works by tweaking a few aspects of the patient's teeth, giving them fuller lips and less sagging skin.
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