ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Oct. 14, 2014

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 website uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. The ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit updates include links to these games. More

Opinion: 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. During this event, I had the pleasure of hearing Mark Scharenbroich give a talk centered around some of the beliefs he discusses in his book, "Nice Bike."More

Risk of pneumonia in the elderly doubled by sleeping in dentures
Medical News Today
Poor oral health and hygiene are increasingly recognized as major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. To identify modifiable oral health-related risk factors, lead researcher Toshimitsu Iinuma, Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan, and a team of researchers prospectively investigated associations between a constellation of oral health behaviors and incidences of pneumonia in the community-living of elders 85 years of age or older. More

Improving dental patient care and simultaneously reducing practice risk
Two worthy goals for any dental practice are to improve the quality of care delivered to patients and reduce the risk to the practice from unplanned or unforeseen occurrences, which could threaten the financial stability of the practice and the licensure of providers.More

Brush like your life depends on it
Dental Economics
Edentulous individuals do not have to worry about oral-systemic interconnections: fact or fiction? Since there are no teeth, periodontal disease cannot possibly develop; therefore oral-systemic links cannot develop by that mechanism. There are, however, the direct effects of periodontal pathogens on the vasculature. But without teeth and the subgingival environment around them, can anaerobic bacteria exist and thrive in the mouth? More

Compare your dental practice collections with national averages
By Jill Nesbitt
Take a look at your aging report in your dental software. Find the report that shows you the percentage breakdown for each category: current, over 30 days, over 60 days, over 90 days. What are your percentages for each category? How does your office compare with the national averages shared above? More

Feng Shui and the dental practice: Successful before and after offices
People not only crave feeling safe and comfortable at home, but they will spend their money at businesses that genuinely care about their experience from the moment they walk through the door. Not only that, but they'll go home and tell their friends and family about it.More

Combatting periodontal pathogens
Periodontitis is a common ailment. If the inflammation remains untreated, it could lead to tooth loss. However, it is also suspected of triggering many other diseases, like cardiopulmonary diseases. Researchers are studying the interactions, and developing compounds to combat the causative agents.More

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. It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of the cancers are located in the back of the throat and is transmitted through oral sex.More

Today's popular all-ceramic materials: Tips for success
Inside Dental Asssting
Years ago, before there were many strong and natural-looking all-ceramic materials on the market, the decision of which material to choose was much easier to make — a dentist chose either a porcelain-fused-to-metal or a full-gold crown. More

EPA proposes amalgam separator rule
American Dental Association
The Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed amalgam separator standards for dental offices and said it expects to finalize a rule in September 2015. More

The surge in US healthcare jobs: Looking ahead to 2022
By Dorothy L. Tengler
On Monday, Oct. 6, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 800 points, closing below 10,000 for the first time since 2004. America was in recession. More

Is a market crash coming? The dental indicator says yes
Bloomberg Businessweek
If you're looking to predict where the economy is heading, look under your nose — right at your teeth. When times get tight, dental care slips. Tracking the performance of the nation's dental industry, then, may suggest broader themes in the overall economy. Sikka Software provides business healthcare applications to small and midsize practices, including dentists' offices. More

Tooth tattoo trend puts Suburban Dental Lab in national spotlight
What do champagne glasses, dogs, stars, spiders, and Corvettes have in common? They’re all tooth tattoos that have been created by the lab techs and artists at Suburban Dental Laboratory in Connecticut, a 59-year-old family-owned business that never envisioned itself at the forefront of tooth art, but is loving the challenge and attention it has brought the lab.More