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Embracing digital dentistry
Inside Dental Technology
In both the dental laboratory and clinical environments, computer-assisted technology along with new materials are leading to a paradigm shift in what many practitioners and technicians regard as standard of care for patients. The case described uses digital solutions for smile design, patient communication, minimal tooth preparation, scanning, digitally generated models, and a nanohybrid transitional mock-up (bonded functional esthetic prototype. It also highlights a novel technique for digitally generated alveolar models duplicated in refractory dies layered with feldspathic porcelain for the optimum esthetic outcome.
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American Dental Association responds to Senate report
American Dental Association
Corporate pressure or requirements that dentist employees perform unnecessary procedures in order to maximize profits, as alleged in a Senate report, would represent "a clear violation of the ethical codes of the profession as set forth in the ADA Code of Professional Conduct," the American Dental Association said.
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Make an effort to attend the next IDS
Dentistry IQ
Every two years in the late winter or early spring, the world's largest dental meeting happens in Cologne, Germany. This year it happened in early March, and the weather was brutally cold, writes Dr. Joe Blaes, editor of Dental Economics. I arrived in a snowstorm that lasted all that day and into the next night. But the storm did not prevent the PennWell dental team from finding a favorite restaurant and Cologne's own Kolsch beer. I tried the pork knuckle (a featured dinner) for the first time, and it was delicious. I slept well that first night.
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Tools to prevent the spread of infectious diseases
Inside Dental Assisting
As the world braces to understand the impact of emerging infectious diseases, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is developing instructional tools to ensure the dental community is equipped to respond to these threats. A leader in infection control and patient and provider safety, OSAP has created free web-based toolkits available for download at www.OSAP.org. These toolkits provide targeted and resource-rich education for the dental field, designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
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YOU can be the difference in the dental profession
Dentistry IQ
You can't see it or hear it, but I am clapping right now, writes Kevin Henry, editor of Dental Assisting Digest. I'm sending a round of applause to each of you who has helped with our annual salary survey. As I write this on the morning of July 24, 775 of you have taken the time to answer our survey. I can't thank you enough. Of course, I want more (hey, who doesn't?). I'm looking to hit the magical number of 1,000 this year … and we can't do that without your help.
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Negotiating successful payment arrangements: 4 easy steps to succeed every time
By Jan Keller
Wouldn't it be nice if every payment arrangement interaction between your office and your patients went smoothly, with no awkwardness or misunderstandings? The bottom line is, you can make that happen. "Perfect" payment arrangements are possible if you follow these four easy steps: information gathering, preparation, negotiation and documentation. Let's look at each step in a little more detail.
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More dentists using online surveys for patient reviews
DrBicuspid
More than a third of dental practices are using online surveys to solicit new patient reviews, according to a survey by 1-800-DENTIST. The study by the company's online marketing software, PatientActivator, showed that more than half of dental practices nationwide are now asking patients to review them, according to a press release. The most common method of requesting reviews is asking patients while they are in the office, the study found.
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How to keep your schedule full and avoid costly no-shows
By Jan Keller
Other than legitimate last-minute issues, what causes patients to cancel without notice, or no-show altogether? What many practices don't understand is that it is often the absence of "value" placed on the appointment by the patient, leading them to believe "It's no big deal, I can reschedule," or "They'll call me back if I really need the treatment."

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5 important steps dental patients can take to protect themselves from infection
NAPSI via Imperial Valley News
Recent news reports about unsafe practices at a number of U.S.dental offices have raised concerns about dental infection control procedures and caused patients to question the safety of the dental offices they visit.

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The 8 o'clock patient
DrBicuspid
It is 8 a.m. on a typical weekday. You have been in the office since 7:15, checking charts, having your team meeting, getting your "game" day planned. So where is your confirmed 8 a.m. patient? The minutes tick by without a word. Now it is 8:15.

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Minnesota sets 2015 mandate for dental EHRs
DrBicuspid.com
Minnesota looks to be the first state in the U.S. to require all healthcare providers, including dentists, to have certified, interoperable electronic health records (EHRs) in place by 2015. Could this be a trend that other states will follow?
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Brush your teeth, boost your brainpower
Men's Health News
Murky memory? Inspect your mouth: In a new study in the European Journal of Oral Sciences, researchers found that people with fewer natural teeth performed worse on mental exercises, regardless of their age.
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ADAAF ANNOUNCES CONTEST FOR STATES


The contest, which started in January and goes through Sept. 15 — the state that contributes the most money to the Foundation during that time will win their entire delegate registrations paid by the ADAAF! Click here for more details!



Modern dentistry may benefit from discovery of an evolutionary compromise for long tooth preservation
Medical News Today
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, have conducted stress analyses on gorilla teeth of differing wear stages. Their findings show that different features of the occlusal surface antagonize tensile stresses in the tooth to tooth contact during the chewing process.
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Erosion of tooth enamel from soda pop is permanent
Medical News Today
You may be saving calories by drinking diet soda, but when it comes to enamel erosion of your teeth, it's no better than regular soda. In the last 25 years, Kim McFarland, D.D.S., associate professor in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, has seen an increase in the number of dental patients with erosion of the tooth enamel - the protective layer of the tooth. Once erosion occurs, it can't be reversed and affects people their whole life.
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