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A faster way to diagnose antibiotic resistance
Scientific American
Antibiotic resistance, which transforms ordinary microbes into menaces that cannot be easily controlled, is exacting a growing toll on the human population. More than two million people in the U.S. develop drug-resistant infections each year and at least 23,000 of them die as a result. Yet most antibiotic resistant infections are only identified long after a patient has left the doctor's office.
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How to get team to help sole front office person with busy phones?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: Help! I work the front office for a single provider by myself. When we have multiple calls come into the practice at the same time, the team will not help me answer them. When I ask why they did not pick up the phone, they say they were busy or they thought I would get it. They do not always have a patient in the chair when this happens, so I know that can’t be their excuse. How do I make them understand the importance of helping me man the phone?
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Too old for cavities? Think again, dentists say
USA Today
Alice Boghosian, a dentist in Niles, Illinois, says she was working on an 87-year-old patient recently when she discovered a cavity and exclaimed, "You have got to be kidding me." Boghosian, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, was not surprised by the patient's age. She was surprised because the patient was her own mother. "Luckily, I was able to save the tooth," she says — something she cannot always do for her older patients.
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What your tongue says about your health
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Can we reveal our health by simply examining our tongues? It is not uncommon for doctors and other healthcare practitioners to ask their patients to open up and say "ahhh." A close look at the tongue (and everything else inside the mouth) can reveal a lot of hidden information about the overall state of our health.
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7 signs your dental practice is busy, but not productive
DentistryIQ
So what's your definition of "busy"? Is it a patient reception area that’s brimming with patients? A schedule that has you and your energized staff doing hallway sprints from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.? Is it a day that keeps you and your team at the top of your game and on track with your goals?
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Tips for engaging with patients and boosting your online presence
Inside Dentistry
In 2015, the idea that social media should play a role in a dentist’s marketing plan is not a new concept. As social media has exploded in popularity and influence over the past few years, it has become increasingly common — even necessary — for a dentist to have profiles on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Unfortunately, many dentists who have adopted social media as part of their overall marketing strategy have done so under the mistaken belief that social media's only purpose is to attract new patients.
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Texas fluoride vote 'victory for dental health'
American Dental Association
During the spring of 2014, a small but vocal activist group lobbying against fluoride appealed to the City Council, and in effect local media, finding a clear and outspoken ally in District 9 council member Sheffie Kadane, and a few other council members seemed to support their cause. The Dallas County Dental Society issued a statement to the council and local media in support of maintaining water fluoridation in our city and began an active campaign through letters, meetings and interviews to educate the city's leaders.
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Dental problems could be a sign of an eating disorder
The Baltimore Sun
People with eating disorders often mask their disease, making it hard for a primary physician to detect. But the dentist can see telltale signs, such as redness and ulcers, that patients can't hide. Dr. Gigi Meinecke, a practicing dentist and president of the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry, discusses how dentists can help treat people with eating disorders.
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Making teeth tough: Beavers show way to improve our enamel
ScienceDaily
Beavers don't brush their teeth or drink fluoridated water, but a new study reports beavers do have protection against tooth decay built into the chemical structure of their teeth: iron. This pigmented enamel, the researchers found, is both harder and more resistant to acid than regular enamel, including that treated with fluoride. This discovery is among others that could lead to a better understanding of human tooth decay, earlier detection of the disease and improving on current fluoride treatments.
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