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Popular hospital-grade disinfectants do not kill HPV
Inside Dental Assisting
Commonly used disinfectants do not kill human papillomavirus (HPV) that makes possible non-sexual transmission of the virus, thus creating a need for hospital policy changes, according to researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and Brigham Young University.
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Should team report dentist's incompetence?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: Our office has a dilemma. The dentist we work for is doing inferior work. The hygienists are reluctant to recommend any work to patients knowing the quality will be poor. The patients are not happy and some have left. Those that stay and have work done have poor quality fillings, ill-fitting crowns, and are always coming back because a filling fell out or broke. This happens sometimes even within hours or days of having the work done. The dentist is 50-years-old and we know he has poor eyesight (which he was supposed to have corrected) and we have yet to see a change. We have addressed these issues with him numerous times and have stated our concerns, but it doesn't seem to change anything. We know we need to do something but we’re afraid we might lose our jobs. Do we legally have an obligation to report him, and if so, to who? Please help!
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ADA: Fluoride should be given to kids earlier
CBS News
Dentists are now recommending fluoride toothpaste for kids earlier than ever — as soon as a baby's first tooth comes in. Previously, the American Dental Association (ADA) had recommended kids younger than 2 years old have their teeth brushed with water, before moving onto a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste through the time they're 6 years old.
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HIPAA: What do you want out of my dental practice now?
Dentistry IQ
Dental practices have been grappling with HIPAA compliance for over 10 years. Ask any dentist, office manager, receptionist, dental assistant, dental hygienist, dentist spouse, IT professional, or consultant about HIPAA and you will likely receive a negative response. No doubt that negative response relates to the challenges of HIPAA compliance, which includes ongoing training, voluminous policies and procedures, never-ending documentation, complicated risks assessment, and convoluted risk management plans.
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Photos tell the story — and save the day
By Guy Levy, DDS
Recently, we had an excellent young dentist fill in for us when we were out of town. By all accounts, he performed well and received praise from both the patients and the staff — except for one patient. Thankfully, a camera was able to save the day.
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Risks of dentistry to personal health
RDH
The report that came out from Business Insider is something everyone in dentistry should pay attention to. Dentistry ranked second among the most unhealthy jobs in America. Using the Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network, an analysis was done of the six health risks in each of the 974 occupations that the organization follows.
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13 awful things that happen if you don't brush and floss your teeth
Business Insider
Can't ever find the time to take care of your teeth? About half of Americans don't floss daily, and one in five don't brush twice daily — so you're not alone. But you may want to reconsider.
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Question: Should dental practitioners perform a cancer exam on every patient?
Inside Dentistry
The short answer — absolutely. A visual oral cancer screening on every patient, every time is standard operating procedure because it is painless, quick, and essentially free to complete.
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How dentists can collaborate with physicians to bridge the oral-systemic gap
Dental Practice Management
Physicians need to refer to dental professionals as we do other medical specialists. In fact, if it were not for dental professionals, I would not be able to offer this guarantee to my patients, says Dr. Charles Whitney, M.D.
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3 things your dental practice can learn from Starbucks
Dental Practice Management
What does Starbucks have that That Place Next Door doesn't have? Why are people drawn to one place, even if it means that they have to stand in line and wait to be served? And, finally, what can a dental office learn from the Starbucks model to get loyal patients who are willing to go to any length for their service?

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Top 15 electric toothbrushes of 2014
WorlDental.org
In response to popular demand, WorlDental.org compiled a list of the top 15 (based on average Amazon reviews) electric toothbrushes of 2014. Check back soon for in-depth reviews of each brand. Also, check out our post on the Top 10 Oral Care Products of 2014.

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The hidden costs of comfort
Dental Economics
Habits allow us to enter into a comfort zone where we're not as engaged with the task at hand, where we can accomplish something with little conscious attention or deliberate effort. Of course, some habits are bad for us. Smoking cigarettes, indulging in desserts or unhealthy foods, etc., all provide temporary comfort but at a long-term cost to our health. This is where film radiography comes in.

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Scientists chip away at mystery of what lives in our mouths
ScienceDaily
Scientists have pieced together sections of DNA from 12 individual cells to sequence the genome of a bacterium known to live in healthy human mouths. With this new data, the researchers were able to reinforce a theory that genes in a closely related bacterium could be culprits in its ability to cause severe gum disease.
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ADA brochures educate patients on periodontal disease
American Dental Association
The ADA series of brochures on periodontal disease may be just the reinforcement needed to get patients on board with treatment plans. The three best-selling patient education brochures below address different aspects of periodontal disease.
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