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As 2014 comes to a close, ASD would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ASD Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 14.


5 must-track metrics for practice profitability
By Sasha Viasasha
From May 14: Today's healthcare landscape is complex and constantly changing. Collecting data is essential for analyzing practice revenue and determining what changes can be made to increase profitability. The secret is to collect the right data to successfully determine what needs to be changed. Here are five key metrics practices should follow to achieve financial success.
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4 essential steps to HIPAA success
Dentistry IQ
From Jan. 8: Complying with HIPAA, the law that provides national standards to protect the privacy of personal health information, has been a challenge since 1996 for hundreds of thousands of independent healthcare providers. The most recent updates to HIPAA — known as the Omnibus Rule — haven't made it any easier. HIPAA compliance is a complex process that requires a serious commitment of time and effort. It's not fun and there are no quick fixes.
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A sports fan spectacular
ASD
From Feb. 6: Dr. Xavier J. Gutierrez recounts his experiences in St. Louis, a trip he won at the ASD Convention.
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Sporting mouthguards: Preventing sports-induced orofacial injuries
AGD Impact
From Oct. 22: School and community sports provide lifelong benefits for athletes, offering them the opportunity to achieve physical fitness and improve their overall health. However, many of these high-impact activities, such as football, soccer, ice hockey, wrestling, boxing and lacrosse, pose serious health risks as well. Impact during these sports can lead to chipped or lost teeth, facial lacerations, broken bones and other injuries.
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Intelligent mouthguard may lead to concussion-proof helmets
WKYC-TV
From May 28: There is no football helmet on the market that can definitively prevent concussions. And researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say it may take many years to design one. However, they are hoping that a device Kent State University football players will start using this summer may give them the information needed to design that perfect helmet.
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Role of mouthguards in reducing mild traumatic brain injury in athletes
AGD
From May 28: There is continued speculation on the value of mouthguards (MGs) in preventing mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)/concussion injuries. The purpose of this randomized prospective study was to compare the impact of pressure-laminated (LM), custom-made, properly fitted MGs to over-the-counter (OTC) MGs on the MTBI/concussion incidence in high school football athletes over a season of play. Four-hundred-twelve players from six high school football teams were included in the study.
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Most common dental injuries in youth sports
TheraBreath
From Aug. 6: If you had to guess, what sports do you think cause the most dental damage when it comes to oral health for kids? Yes, football has long been a looming culprit of knocked-out teeth and bleeding mouths, and with football season quickly approaching, it's time to suit up against injuries.
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Designing a safety checklist for dental implant placement
Journal of the American Dental Association
From Feb. 6: Complications during and after dental implant placement can be a hindrance to successful treatment. Checklists are emerging as useful tools in error reduction in various fields. The authors selected a Delphi panel to explore the appropriate clinical practices involved in implant placement, with the objective of formulating a safety checklist that would aid in reducing errors.
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Can mouthguards really prevent concussions?
Dr.Bicuspid.com
From March 5: 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. Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D., the inventor of the SISU Mouth Guard, has been asked numerous times if a mouthguard protects against concussions. "Preliminary laboratory studies from the '60s decreased forces transferred to the skull and decreased intracranial pressure from impacts to the jaws when a mouthguard was in place," Akervall said."
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Canada's Olympic 'medical Mafia' helps protect athletes and their teeth
The Globe and Mail
From Feb. 19: The bodies of the athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics are gorgeous. Shame about the teeth. A shocking number of the world's top athletes arrive at the Games with teeth practically falling out of their heads or, in some cases, actually falling out. Blame high-energy drinks that can act like sandpaper on tooth enamel, chronic lack of dental attention — not all come from rich countries — or injuries that were never properly fixed.
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