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Treading softly around maternity leave
Nearly all doctors and their office managers eventually have an employee who is pregnant and needs to take a maternity leave of absence. Scheduling this leave can prompt special concern at busy, small- to medium-sized practices, where staffing is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle while juggling. How much time should be allowed? Is this paid or unpaid leave? What if an employee is unclear about returning to work? What if, heaven forbid, a pregnant employee is also one of your problem employees?
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What your dental team can learn from Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder
Dental Practice Management
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the record-setting Most Valuable Player of the NBA. He sets an example for his teammates, his fans, and everyone to perform at their best, to keep striving for greatness, and never stop improving. Durant won the MVP this season not only for his excellent basketball skills – he also won because of his leadership skills. It takes a great leader to empower and motivate a high-performing team.
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I'm being embezzled? It can't be her, she's my best dental practice employee!
I’ve lost track of how many dental practice embezzlements I’ve investigated over the last 25 years, says David Harris, the world's foremost expert on dental practice embezzlement. First, let's quantify the problem. Published statistics suggest that dentists have a 60 percent probability of being victimized at some point during their career. Average amounts stolen exceed $100,000, and remediation costs add to the total loss.
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US task force: Doctors should give toddlers fluoride treatments
HealthDay via Medical Xpress
Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Specifically, the task force suggested Monday that primary care physicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation, such as drops, tablets or lozenges, for children 6 months and older whose water supply doesn't have enough fluoride.
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Short brush, proven toothpaste, and all organic
Designed to be used with a pinch grip by using one or two fingers and your thumb, this brush helps to create healthy brushing habits. As a result, the brush helps to prevent gingival recession and enamel wear by limiting the amount of pressure that can be applied while brushing. The Toof-inger Brush simply repurposes the standard size of the toothbrush handle, shortening it by about inches. The shorter size and the two-finger grip make this brush easy to control at any brushing orientation.
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Could root canals soon be a thing of the past?
Nobody likes having to undergo a root canal, but these painful procedures could soon be a thing of the past. The trick: laser light and stem cells. Researchers at Harvard University found that exposing the cells on the inside of a tooth to weak laser light stimulates the growth of dentin, the substance that makes up much of a tooth's structure.
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Evidence shows benefits of red wine
Dentistry Today
Red wine should be consumed by everyone old enough to drink it, according to a new study. The study indicates that red wine and a grape seed extract could thwart cavities. If the information is true, natural products may be developed that protect against dental disease with fewer side effects than wine.
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What retirement plans are best for dentists?
QUESTION: I’m looking into retirement plans for my dental practice, but I just don't know which one to go with. Can you please help?
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Correcting common tooth spacing problems
Your smile has never been picture-perfect, but you’ve always secretly admired the way that your friends, family, and even stranger smile. You wished you could have that kind of smile. Alas, the cost to close the gap between your teeth is way out of your reach, right? Not so fast. Most people give up on having a perfect set of chompers before they even talk to a dentist. The truth is, there’s a lot you can do, very inexpensively, at any age.
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Technology in pediatric dentistry — it's new to us!
Dental Economics
With the advent of new materials in pediatric dentistry, new research in pulp therapy, and the use of new technology, the way we do pediatric dentistry should have evolved as well. In terms of technology, it may not all be brand new, but the way we can apply it to pediatric dentistry to make the child's dental experience better may be new to many of us.

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Most adults and children worldwide suffer from dental caries
Inside Dentistry
Oral diseases are among the most common, yet they receive little attention in many countries, especially those with poor healthcare systems. On World Oral Health Day, FDI World Dental Federation presented the latest findings on oral health at the British Dental Association in London.

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Dental emergencies increasingly covered by NHS hospitals
According to figures collated by the Conservative party, more than 22,000 people had to be admitted to hospital for emergency dental treatment in 2008. Why? Because it's so difficult to access NHS dentists.

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Researchers use light to coax stem cells to repair teeth
Inside Dental Technology
A Harvard-led team is the first to demonstrate the ability to use low-power light to trigger stem cells inside the body to regenerate tissue, an advance they reported in Science Translational Medicine. The research, led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Mooney, Ph.D., lays the foundation for a host of clinical applications in restorative dentistry and regenerative medicine more broadly, such as wound healing, bone regeneration, and more.
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Dentist's license suspended after patient dies having 20 teeth extracted
The Associated Press via FOX News
The state of Connecticut has suspended the license of an Enfield dentist after the death of a patient who was having 20 teeth extracted. The Journal Inquirer reports that Dr. Rashmi Patel faces a June 18 hearing before the Connecticut State Dental Commission. The state alleges Patel's actions led to the death of patient Judith Gan. The 64-year-old was having extractions and implants performed on Feb. 17 when she became unresponsive.
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2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship. The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) launched the scholarship program in 2013, as a way to help dental assistants realize their professional development plans.

The ADAA/DANB Scholarship will be awarded to dental assistants who demonstrate a strong commitment to career growth and lifelong learning. The winner(s) will be able to use the scholarship funds for professional activities such as continuing dental education, DANB exams or certification, some expenses associated with ADAA Fellowship or Mastership, or registration for a dental conference, among other possible activities.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants should download and complete the application and submit a letter of intent, along with any required documentation. The scholarship is open to all ADAA members and student members in good standing.

Applications will be accepted through July 15.

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