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DentalCodeology: CDT 2014 shifts and coding tips that every dental practice should know
Dental Practice Management
Creating codes to embrace new technologies, materials, and procedures can lead to earlier arrest and prevention of oral disease and positively influence systemic health. For the past decade, the CDT codes were updated every two years. To facilitate a fast-moving world, CDT is now updated every year. The existence of code does not mean a patient has coverage under a policy, yet without a code, no coverage could be offered.
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Study: Junk food and poor oral health increase risk of premature heart disease
Inside Dental Assisting
The association between poor oral health and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should make the reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks, an important health policy target, say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
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EHRs provide long-term savings, convenience
American Dental Association
As technology advances and government regulations continue to encourage, or even push, the use of electronic health records, electronic forms are becoming standard in dental and medical practices.
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Many people at risk for type 2 diabetes but don't know it
Inside Dental Assisting
Only 3 in 10 adults 40 and older who have modifiable risk factors for diabetes think they have "a great deal" or “some” risk for diabetes, according to recent American Diabetes Association studies. In fact, 4 in 10 at-risk adults believe they have no risk for diabetes or prediabetes. Provider perceptions support this; only 1 in 4 believes at-risk patients are "extremely" or "very" knowledgeable about their elevated risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
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How to break through the stress and shift your practice's energy
Dental Products Report
Even the best and the brightest teams will fall short of their goals if they are not all on the same page. I've seen talented teams that are actually more of a group of people working alongside each other, but with competing priorities, plateau, unable to advance to the next level of success, says Ginny Hegarty, president of The Academy of Dental Management Consultants.
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Should we notify our dental patients a doctor is leaving?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I am in the process of buying out my partner of 19 years. Our practice is probably 50 percent crossed over, so I see her patients and she sees mine. The other 50 percent is our individual practice with those patients seeing us exclusively. My partner says she does not want to tell them, as they "will not know the difference." I feel we should at least post a letter in the office. Your suggestion will be appreciated.
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'How much longer is she/he going to be?'
Dental Economics
She stares you down at the front desk, makes sure you are looking as she moves her head downward with a jerk to look at her watch and back up at you before she loses the opportunity for eye contact. She then rolls her eyes, stands slowly, and moves like a predator toward the front desk and asks, "How much longer is he [or she] going to be?" Have you been in this uncomfortable position in the practice? It does not matter if the patient says it with his or her body language or in an audible voice. We know the telltale signs. Since 93 percent of all communication is nonverbal, shouldn't we try to prevent the patient's actual complaint at the front desk in front of other patients?
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Google+: A must for dental practices
Dental Health Magazine
Whether or not you've heard of Google+, you have definitely heard of Google. As the number one online search engine in the world, Google has designed a suite of companion services, which includes everything from email to online calendars to social networking tools.
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New candy eats 'bad' bacteria in the mouth, benefitting teeth
Medical News Today
Our mouths are a delicate balance of good and bad bacteria. When we clean our teeth, the aim is to knock out cavity-causing bacteria, while allowing beneficial oral bacteria to thrive. Now, researchers have developed a sugar-free candy, which contains dead bacteria that bind to bad bacteria, potentially reducing cavities.
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How experts identify crash victims through dental records
ABC News
Teeth are incredibly durable. They can withstand heat up to 1,200 degrees, said Dr. Roy Sonkin, the forensic dentist who is the deputy borough chief forensic odontologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. Consequently, they are often the only identifiable feature left if a victim perishes in a car crash, such as the one that killed actor Paul Walker over the weekend, or if remains are exposed to the elements for a long period of time.
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CALL FOR ADAA FOUNDATION BOARD NOMINEES
The ADAA Foundation is seeking ADAA member nominees for appointment to its Board of Directors. Nominees should have held a leadership role at the local, state or national level and have volunteer or community service experience, preferably in fundraising.For more information, click here.
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Customized letters: Driving a response
By Jill Nesbitt
How do you follow up with patients who do not schedule the treatment you recommend? Call them? Send an email? Send a letter? Drive to their house? What response are you receiving? Do the patients return the call, reply to your email? Perhaps it's time to look again at the content of your letter.

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Intention (for today's dental assistants)
By Lori Paschall, President, 2013-2014, American Dental Assistants Association via Dentistry IQ
What are your intentions? These are four simple, yet powerful words. When I joined this association, my intention was to find a way to meet people when I moved from Florida to South Carolina. I accomplished this goal and as I continued to avail myself of the opportunities in my local society, unbeknownst to me, my intentions changed.

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This chic dental office will make you long for your next cleaning
Slate
Many of us think of the dentist's office as a sterile torture chamber, not a place for visual inspiration. But one interior design-savvy Parisian dentist says that her patients arrive for a checkup and end up asking for decorating tips.

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Looking to share your dental assisting expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of ADAA Online 24/7, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ADAA, your knowledge of the dental assisting industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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ADA brochure discusses antibiotics in dentistry
Compendium
The ADA patient education brochure Antibiotics and Dental Treatment (W307) can help to clarify who should take antibiotics before dental treatment and who should not. In dentistry, where the long observed standard has been to prescribe antibiotics for dental patients with orthopedic implants and for those with certain heart conditions (as a precaution to ward off infective endocarditis), it's a better move, in most cases, to bypass antibiotic prophylaxis, experts say.
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New laser procedure treats gum disease with less pain
Fox News
Years ago, 78-year-old Florence Lee underwent surgery for periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. And her experience was horrible. "I had pain during the procedure, I had pain after the procedure and I was frightened," Lee said.
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The top 5 reasons why people get canker sores
Dentistry IQ
Canker sores can happen to anyone, at any age. Although simple canker sores are mostly common in the age group of 10 to 20, complex canker sores can happen at any age. Complex canker sores are rare but people with a history of simple canker sores are prone to them.
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