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Foster kids face barriers to good oral health

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Youths with a history of foster care are more at risk of having poor oral health and are less likely to see a dentist for a specific dental problem or for routine care than those who have not been in foster care, according to a study published online June 2 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Do's and don'ts for making changes in your practice

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Everything around us has changed, and dentistry must change with it, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. To be successful in today's new environment, dentists will need to improve their operations, management, and marketing systems.

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Good-looking teeth are in fashion thanks to Zoom

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Having the best-looking teeth is now fashionable thanks to a spike in virtual meetings, the rise of online dental influencers, and high-end oral care products, according to a recent article from the Guardian. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: COVID-19 gives cosmetic dentistry a boost.

What you need to know about at-home teeth whiteners

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Stroll down the dental aisle at your local grocery store and you'll see an array of products promising to whiten your teeth. It's enough to cause decision paralysis, writes Dr. Teresa Yang. In this article, she breaks down the effectiveness of three over-the-counter whitening products.

Observing rudeness while burned out equals dental errors

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Witnessing rude behavior while feeling burned out may affect the mechanical skills of dental students, resulting in critical errors, according to a study published on June 6 in the Journal of Dental Education. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: Twitter can be useful for dental education. 'We

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Periodontal disease cost U.S. $154B in 2018

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Periodontal disease comes with a high cost: The U.S. lost $154.1 billion in 2018 due to the condition, according to an analysis published on May 30 in the Journal of Periodontology. The loss was even worse in Europe, where periodontal disease cost the region nearly 158.6

Becoming a proactive leader in the wake of a crisis

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Being a proactive dentist means always looking for opportunities to enrich the practice. To recognize opportunities and be bold, one must be prepared with knowledge from the past, present, and future. Dr. James V. Anderson offers tips to help you do just that.

Dental hygienists experience verbal, sexual harassment at work

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Dental hygienists experience a variety of inappropriate behaviors at work, including verbal attacks, sexual innuendos, and evaluation of their appearance, according to a study published on June 6 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Dental Practice Made Simple: Setting Production Goals

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One way to help you meet your practice performance goals is to set annual and daily production goals, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. By increasing your practice production, you are ultimately increasing your practice performance.

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Pregnancy testing before sedation could manage risk

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Implementing point-of-care pregnancy testing before dental procedures that involve the use of intravenous sedation could help manage practice risk, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Handheld vs. conventional x-ray: 3 things to consider

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Handheld intraoral x-ray units should not replace conventional fixed dental x-ray machines, according to an editorial published on June 6 in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.

Orthodontic wire leads to appendicitis in 11-year-old girl

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A 2.7-cm orthodontic wire caused appendicitis in an 11-year-old girl in California, according to a report published in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. Imaging revealed the wire and helped clinicians make the diagnosis.

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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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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Dental Dose: Why lidocaine is the golden child of dentistry

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Everybody loves lidocaine. It is a great anesthetic agent. It has so many advantages that it's hard to keep track of them all. But should lidocaine be held in as high regard as it is? Tom Viola, RPh, breaks it down in the latest episode of Dental Dose.

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Higher doses of radiotherapy in kids linked to oral complications

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Childhood head and neck cancer survivors who undergo higher doses of radiation therapy face greater risks of developing salivary and dental complications, according to a review published May 29 in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.

Antibody study shows higher COVID-19 risk for dental teams

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Dental professionals in the U.K. had an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 during the pandemic's first wave, according to a study published on June 3 in the Journal of Dental Research.

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Twitter Can be Useful for Dental Education

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Twitter can be useful for dental education, according to a review published in the Journal of Dental Education. The social media network's open access platform, limited advertisements, and free registration make it an appealing tool for students' interactive learning, the authors wrote.

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.

Poor oral health hides case of immunoglobulin G4-related disease

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A 38-year-old man was diagnosed with a rare case of immunoglobulin G4-related periodontitis after presenting with severely enlarged gums. The case was published on May 28 in BMC Oral Health. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: WHO declares oral health a global health priority.

Dental Practice Made Simple: Reactivating patients

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Reactivating patients is the No. 1 factor for increasing practice production today, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in the first episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. But what does that mean and how can you put reactivation into place?

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Best practices bring positive results

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Have you ever wondered why a particular day in the office was better than any other day that week? It's not just a fluke. Dr. James Anderson breaks down the steps to help you have more "best practice" days in your office.

Feeling burned out? Here's what to do about it

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Researchers had noticed an increasing trend of dental professionals and dental students reporting burnout. So when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, it only exacerbated the phenomenon of burnout among dental professionals and other types of healthcare workers.

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AAE supports vital pulp therapy for mature teeth

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The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) supports vital pulp therapy as a treatment option for patients who have adult teeth with injured pulps and fully formed roots, according to a position statement released on May 24.

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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Do's and don'ts for building trust

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Successful practices are built on trust. However, for most people, building trust doesn't come naturally. Practice leaders and staff must continually follow a set of rules or principles to gain the trust needed for success, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.

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Dental graduate medical costs are a growing investment

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Dental graduate medical education is a growing public investment that policy may need to address, according to a study published on May 27 in JAMA Network Open. The Medicare program spends millions each year supporting dental education programs, despite limited support for Medicare beneficiaries.

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New salivary protein wiki paves way for novel therapies

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Researchers have developed a new public platform to identify and curate data on the thousands of proteins in saliva, potentially paving the way for saliva-based diagnostics, precision dentistry, and personalized treatments for oral and systemic diseases.

Spanish researchers quantify the perfect celebrity smile

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It turns out celebrity smiles differ quite a bit from the grins of us regular folk. Photos of smiling celebrities showed numerous deviations from the smiles of Spanish dental students in a study published on May 19 in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

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WHO declares oral health a global health priority

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Oral health may no longer be low on the list of global health priorities. At a May 27 meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), health ministries around the world approved a resolution that puts achieving better oral health back on the global agenda.

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Teledentistry Cuts Costs, Helps Triage Dental Patients

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Medicaid patients who consulted with a dentist remotely in 2018 did not delay treatment or experience more serious emergency problems, and the cost for care was less, according to a research brief released in May by the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

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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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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Dentists continue to have lower COVID-19 rates

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Dentists continue to have lower COVID-19 rates than other front-line health professionals more than a year after the pandemic appeared in the U.S., according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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AAOMS delegates to vote on new anesthesia requirements in fall

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Delegates of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) may adopt new rules for in-office anesthesia to ensure patient safety, according to a short communication published on May 19 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dental coding is becoming more complex

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There are 28 new dental codes for 2021. Dr. James Anderson outlines five of the most notable, in addition to detailing why it's important for every practice to have an updated codebook every year. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: Best practices bring positive results.

Case report: Dorsal tongue ulcer in COVID-19 patient

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A dental team in Afghanistan identified a dorsal tongue ulcer in a 62-year-old man who later tested positive for COVID-19. The man's painful lesion persisted for weeks, and he also experienced asymptomatic geographic tongue, according to details published on May 20 in BMC Oral Health.

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Dentalpalooza marks shift back to in-person conferences

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On June 4, Dentalpalooza will take place at an outdoor community event space located next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. All eyes are on the organizers to see what in-person dental conferences could look like in 2021 and beyond.

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Develop an emergency plan for selling your practice

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You never know when an emergency will strike -- whether it's an unexpected death or a global pandemic. Dan Croft outlines why it's important to prepare for an emergency sale to ensure your practice gets its fair market value.

U.S. orthodontic spending climbs 70% over 2 decades

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In 2016, patients in the U.S. spent about $20 billion on orthodontic treatments, according to a study published on May 17 in BMC Oral Health. This represents approximately 70% growth over spending in 1996 and was also the most spent during the 20-year study period.

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Do's and don'ts for resolving patient complaints

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When it comes to patient complaints, it's not a matter of "if" but "when." And while it's no fun dealing with an unhappy patient, it's far better to accept that it will happen and be prepared, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.

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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.

Dental Dose: The risky combination of vaping and cannabis

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Cannabis on its own can cause oral and overall health problems. But add in an electronic cigarette dispenser, and those issues can be compounded, according to Tom Viola, RPh, in the latest episode of Dental Dose.

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