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Decay already prevalent at kids' 1st dental visit

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More than 20% of children need restorative treatment by the time of their first dental exam, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The risk of treatment also increases with each year a child waits to see the dentist.

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Dental Practice Made Simple: How to handle the unhappy patient

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What do you say when a patient comes to the front desk unhappy? In the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple, Dr. Roger P. Levin said the right way to handle that situation is to embrace the patient and his or her complaints.

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Fluoride toothpaste, SDF make WHO's list of essential drugs

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Oral health is having its moment on a global scale. The World Health Organization (WHO) will add fluoride toothpaste, silver diamine fluoride (SDF), and glass ionomer cement to its lists of essential medications for adults and children.

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SmileCon was awesome. Is it enough to save large shows?

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LAS VEGAS - The ADA spent the past two years reimagining its annual meeting from the ground up. The result was a lively and invigorating three-day event filled with education, products, and interactive experiences. But will the changes be enough to draw large crowds in the post-COVID-19 era?

ADEA supports adding dental benefit to Medicare

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The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has come out in support of adding a dental benefit to Medicare. A month ago, ADEA told lawmakers that adding coverage under Medicare Part, which is part of a U.S. congressional budget proposal, would be problematic.

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Do's and don'ts for retaining staff

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The No. 1 challenge facing dentistry is staffing. Anyone will tell you that prevention is the best way of dealing with any type of crisis. So, the best way to avoid a shortage of dental staff is to prevent your current staff from leaving, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.

Starting your trajectory from entrepreneur to CEO

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One of Dr. Roger P. Levin's key insights is that practices typically move through four phases of development. In this first installment of a two-part series, he describes the successes and challenges of the first two phases: the entrepreneur stage and the rapid growth stage.

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Dental Dose: The USPSTF may change its aspirin guidance

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LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is considering changing its recommendations about the use of daily aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Dental Dose: Carbocaine's greatest strength is also its biggest weakness

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Dental Dose is back with the continuation of our series on local anesthetics. In this episode, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares what you need to know about mepivacaine -- often better known by the brand name Carbocaine.

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Hands on with the MouthWatch Plus+ intraoral camera

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LAS VEGAS - MouthWatch debuted its new MouthWatch Plus+ high-definition intraoral camera at the ADA's SmileCon 2021 meeting. The camera features improved picture resolution, frame rate, and color rendering compared to the company's original intraoral camera.

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This dentist-entrepreneur wants more dentists to invent products

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LAS VEGAS - Dr. Matthew Burton spoke on October 12 at the ADA's SmileCon 2021 meeting about the hurdles of performing class II restorations. When interviewed by DrBicuspid.com , his takeaway message was that the dental industry needs more clinicians to create tools and solutions.

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Hygienist who had COVID-19 and worked settles Iowa charges

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A dental hygienist accused of continuing to work while knowing she had COVID-19 agreed to pay a $100 fine to settle charges with the Iowa Dental Board, according to a final order recently issued by the board.

Getting to the root of endodontic treatment

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The restoration of endodontically treated teeth requires a good understanding of the root canal system and use of the right tools properly at the right time, according to a Monday session at the ADA's SmileCon 2021 meeting in Las Vegas.

How dentists can have it all -- money, freedom, and more

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Practicing with purpose, escaping dental school debt, maximizing profits, and living the best possible personal life can happen if dentists embrace technology and build strong dental teams, according to a session at the ADA's SmileCon 2021 meeting in Las Vegas.

More people floss daily after Medicaid expansion

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Expanding Medicaid programs to include dental benefits resulted in a double-digit increase in the percentage of low-income adults who flossed on a daily basis in a study published in JAMA Network Open. Medicaid dental benefits were also tied to fewer untreated decayed teeth.

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Dental Practice Made Simple: Raising Your Fees

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Have you raised your fees lately? If not, now is the time, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. A small increase can help your practice keep up with inflation for materials, technology, and staffing.

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Is prolonged N95 use affecting the health of your dental team?

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Continuous wear of N95 filtering facepiece respirators reduced blood oxygen saturation levels and increased the heart rates of dentists and dental assistants -- although the changes were within the range considered to be healthy, according to a July 17 paper in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Some dentists enrolled in Medicaid not treating beneficiaries

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A state may have a significant share of dentists enrolled in Medicaid, but that doesn't mean they are treating these low-income patients, according to a research brief presented on October 4 by the ADA's Health Policy Institute.

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18 ex-NBA players, spouse charged for $4M in dental, medical fraud

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An alleged scheme to defraud the National Basketball Association's (NBA) benefits plan by submitting $4 million in false dental and medical claims has led to charges against 18 former players and a spouse, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

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Do's and don'ts for answering the phone

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Even in the age of texts and emails, phone calls are still the practice's lifeline for new patients. Powerful verbal skills will help win over patients and turn calls into scheduled appointments, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.

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Now is the time to prepare for the student rush

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What we used to think of as typical returning dates for college students is not true anymore. As the mother of two college students, Lynne Leggett breaks down why now is the time to make sure you have your students scheduled for their regular checkups.

Tooth loss is a risk factor for dementia

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Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia, according to a meta-analysis published on July 8 in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. What's worse, the risk of cognitive decline increases with each lost tooth.

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Turmeric ingredient can spice up periodontitis treatment

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Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric that gives the spice its yellow color, may have a role in the treatment of periodontitis thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. A review article on the substance was published on June 26 in the Journal of Periodontal Research.

Dental Dose: Why ibuprofen works for dental pain

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There are many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the world of pharmacology, but ibuprofen stands out from the rest. Pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares the reasons why ibuprofen is the NSAID of choice for dental pain in the latest episode of Dental Dose.

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Ala. board settles FTC charges over teledentistry rules

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The Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama has agreed to settle charges filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission accusing it of violating U.S. antitrust law by unreasonably excluding cheaper teledentistry providers from competition.

Dentists more likely to see domestic abuse during pandemic

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Dentists are more likely to encounter victims of domestic abuse in their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article published on October 4 in BDJ In Practice.

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Do you know the link between oral and ocular health?

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Visual impairments and systemic causes of eye problems, including diabetes and heart disease, have been associated with a decline in oral health, according to a report released by the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

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Create a more realistic morning huddle

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During the week, we spend more time with our coworkers than our families. Lynne Leggett offers a morning huddle tip to help everyone share how they are doing personally. This brings the team closer together and ensures patients are getting the best from the team at each appointment.

Medicaid reimbursement rose for adults in 2020

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In 2020, the average Medicaid reimbursement in states that provide adult dental services was about 54% of private insurance reimbursement, an increase of four percentage points from 2017, according to a webinar hosted on October 4 by the ADA's Health Policy Institute.

Do's and don'ts for handling bad days

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Dentists have bad days sometimes. However, regardless of the circumstances, you must exercise good self-control, keeping negative feelings to yourself. Otherwise, the experience of patients as well as staff will be less pleasant, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.

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Adults remember losing baby teeth fondly

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For nearly 40% of adults, losing a baby tooth is their earliest dental memory -- and an event many remember fondly. The findings come from a survey released on May 26 by online market research platform DentaVox.

Do's and don'ts for educating patients about oral health

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Your goal is to provide excellent care every day, but you should also always take the opportunity to educate patients about their oral health. In fact, you should make it part of your practice mission, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.

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RI dentist can't work until vaccinated for COVID-19

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The State of Rhode Island Department of Health has ordered a dentist to stop treating patients until he gets vaccinated for COVID-19, which the state has required of all healthcare workers by October 1.

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What Are You Afraid of? Using Data to Overcome the Unknown

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Many of us are experiencing uncertainty, unanswered questions, and heightened anxiety. One way to help overcome the unknown is to use data as a guiding light, writes Curtis Marshall. In his column, he provides an overview of four key performance indicators every practice should know.

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3 factors in building a superior dental team

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Dentists don't have the opportunity to attend courses in management, entrepreneurship, and team building. In his monthly column, Dr. Roger P. Levin breaks down why it's important for dentists to understand the basic but essential concepts of a practice's mission, core values, and vision.

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Imaging, labs aid in treating teen with rare jaw tumor

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Imaging and lab work helped diagnose a central giant cell granuloma -- a rare, benign, aggressive tumor -- in a 17-year-old with jaw pain and swelling. The case was published on September 26 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.

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Do's and don'ts for offering home-care products

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You're the oral healthcare expert for your patients, so you can help them by not only providing sound advice but also products that meet your professional standards.

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Number of dentists per capita to grow 10% by 2040

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The number of dentists per capita in the U.S. is projected to rise by about 10% over the next 20 years as the number of new dentists entering practice outstrips slowing population growth, according to a research brief published on May 13 by the ADA Health Policy Institute.

Gingivitis tied to increased risk of future depression

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European researchers discovered a link between gingivitis and depression in a study published in the June 2021 edition of the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Patients with chronic gingivitis had almost double the risk of developing depression as those with healthy gums.

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6 strategies to up your leadership game

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Douglas MacArthur, one of the most distinguished U.S. military leaders, was not a dentist and never led a dental practice. But when consultants who coach dental professionals on how to make practices thrive think about leadership, many think of a quote attributed to MacArthur.

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3 common myths in laser dentistry

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How much do you know about laser technology? Dr. Samuel Low responds to three of the most prevailing myths about lasers and shares his insight into why lasers are versatile, economical tools for dental practices.

Financial management is key in rebound from COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic mandatory shutdowns hit dental practices hard. Dan Croft details five lessons from the pandemic that can help dental practices better manage their finances now and in the future. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: Technology can increase revenue, patient satisfaction.

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Do's and don'ts for case presentation

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When it comes to case presentation, it's not about you. It's not even about your practice. Your case presentation should always be first and foremost about the patient, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: Do's and don'ts for practice spending.

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