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Obamacare and the dental industry: A look at the expansion of pediatric dental care
DentistryIQ
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act came into full swing this year. In Part I of this series, DentistryIQ took a brief look at how the dental community has been positively affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In this article, the focus is on pediatric dentistry.
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Ebola: Dental professionals need to be prepared for all emerging diseases
DentistryIQ
My phone rang at 5 a.m., said Noel Kelsch, RDHAP, BS, a syndicated columnist, writer, speaker, and cartoonist. A panicked young voice on the other end came through loud and clear: "Noel, can you please tell my doctor that I cannot see the patient in my chair …" The caller was concerned about the possibility of the transmission of the Ebola Virus disease. She wanted to keep herself and others safe. Her intensions were good, but she needed resources to stay updated on emerging diseases.
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10 essential facts about Ebola (Everyday Health)
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Medicare — dental practices must make a decision
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: We have many elderly patients in our practice, most of them on Medicare. I've heard there are changes coming in the Medicare system in 2015 that will affect dentists, but have not heard much detail. As an office manager, I would like to find out more information to make sure I can help my provider and team prepare. What do I need to know?
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ADA 2014 highlights for dental offices
By Jill Nesbitt
After attending the American Dental Association conference in San Antonio last week, here are a few things I learned that those who work in dental offices might find helpful.
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Landmark cases in the UK rule in favor of dentistry
British Dental Health Foundation
The British County Court has ruled any tooth whitening technician who hands the patient a whitening tray is the practice of dentistry and must be done by the dentist. Caroline Sumpter brought the case against Megawhite, who claimed their advanced laser tooth whitening technicians did not have to be dentists.
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Just like your pets, dental patients need training for your practice to flourish
Dental Practice Management
Do you dream of a practice where patients pay their portion prior to treatment or on the day of service? Do you dream of having that perfect schedule where patients keep their appointments? Do you dream of never having to make another confirmation call again? Do you dream of having the new patient information forms before the patient walks through the door? Whatever your dream is in your practice, you can create it.
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Want whiter teeth? Fruit mixture is not the answer
ScienceDaily
It may seem like an all-natural way to whiten teeth, but a study shows that a strawberry and baking soda mixture does little beyond cleaning those choppers. The main reason: Strawberries lack the chemicals known to cause deeper, longer lasting teeth whitening, researchers say.
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Put down the phone and enjoy the moment
Dental Practice Management
Kevin Henry, editorial director for Advanstar Dental Media, writes: Prior to the recent American Dental Association Annual Session in San Antonio, I was fortunate to be invited to attend a symposium sponsored by CareCredit.

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HIPAA security is not a game
American Dental Association
True, there are privacy and security training games that could be useful for a dental practice. One security training module we looked at on the healthit.gov website uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice.

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Tobacco use tied to viral infections that trigger oral cancers
Science World Report
HPV16 is a sexually transmitted virus that is responsible for mouth and throat cancer worldwide. Over the past two decades, the rate of such cancer has increased by 225 percent in the United States.

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BPA exposure may contribute to asthma development in children
Dental Tribune International
In the past, bisphenol A, a endocrine-disrupting chemical that can also be found in dental composites and sealants, has been linked to a number of health conditions, including obesity, allergies and cancer. Now, researchers have found evidence that prenatal exposure to BPA is associated with diminished lung function and the development of persistent wheeze in children, which are indicators for asthma, one of the most common chronic childhood disorders.
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Study: Soda may age you as much as smoking
TIME
Nobody would mistake sugary soda for a health food, but a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health just found that a daily soda habit can age your immune cells almost two years. Senior study author Elissa Epel, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco, wanted to look at the mechanisms behind soda's storied link to conditions like diabetes, heart attack, obesity, and even higher rates of death.
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