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Study: Rare risk of chronic pain from dental implant surgery
Study: Rare risk of chronic pain from dental implant surgery
A new paper highlights cases of severe chronic mouth pain after dental implant surgery to replace missing teeth. The researchers, from the Dental Institute at King's College London, say the study is the first to report multiple cases of this rare, but ...
How to protect your practice's online reputation
How to protect your practice's online reputation
Building goodwill and a strong dental brand reputation takes a lot of time and effort. Once your brand has a rock solid reputation, though, the benefits are numerous. Your practice enjoys more new and loyal patients in addition to an increase in your r...
Researchers find association between oral bacteria and esophageal cancer
Researchers find association between oral bacteria and esophageal cancer
University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers have found a bacterial species responsible for gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is present in 61 percent of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The findings only detected P. g...
Tech items to transform your patients' dental experience
Tech items to transform your patients' dental experience
They say one in four people dread visiting the dentist. The good news is that dentists understand their patients' fears and take measures to make the experience better for them.
Overweight and obesity impact on periodontitis
Overweight and obesity impact on periodontitis
Overweight and obesity have been associated with increased periodontitis risk. However, uncertainty persists regarding the causal relationship of such conditions. In this study, participants were followed periodically since their birth. Anthropometric ...
Staying in the infection control zone: Studies verify the importance of environmental surfaces
Staying in the infection control zone: Studies verify the importance of environmental surfaces
Noel Brandon Kelsch, a syndicated columnist, writer, speaker and cartoonist, writes: "There are times in dentistry that we just go through the motions. Going through the motions without thought can really impact outcomes. One area in dentistry where we...
Dentists share optimistic outlook for the future
Dentists share optimistic outlook for the future
Despite the gloomy headlines, workers in the United States are optimistic about the futures in store for their employers - and dentists aren't immune from this rosy outlook. In a PayScale survey, more than 58 percent of general dentists reported strong...
Could drug-loaded dental implants offer pain-free chronic med delivery?
Could drug-loaded dental implants offer pain-free chronic med delivery?
Drug-loaded dental implants which release payload on-demand could alleviate invasive procedures associated with chronic diseases, scientists suggest.
Nano-shells deliver molecules that tell bone to repair itself
Nano-shells deliver molecules that tell bone to repair itself
Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a polymer sphere that delivers a molecule to bone wounds that tells cells already at the injury site to repair the damage. Using the polymer sphere to introduce the microRNA molecule into cells el...
Low sex hormones could lead to oral health issues in men
Low sex hormones could lead to oral health issues in men
More than 20 species of macaques, the most widely distributed nonhuman primates in the world, socialize in lively troops and make frequent appearances on National Geographic documentaries. But, what can we learn from one of our closest primate relative...
Post-extraction treatment: Did your bone graft fail, or did you fail your bone graft?
Post-extraction treatment: Did your bone graft fail, or did you fail your bone graft?
If patients are about to undergo a dental treatment, especially surgery, they often will inquire as to the success rate of the procedure to be performed. When a tooth is diagnosed as being hopeless and extraction is warranted, the success rates of toot...
Anti-microbial in common toothpaste doesn't impact gut, oral microbiome
Anti-microbial in common toothpaste doesn't impact gut, oral microbiome
Personal hygiene products such as soaps and toothpastes that contain the antibiotic triclosan do not have a major influence on microbial communities or endocrine function, according to a small, randomized trial. The study findings were published in mSp...
6 ways to ethically persuade a reluctant patient to follow a treatment plan
6 ways to ethically persuade a reluctant patient to follow a treatment plan
As written by dentist Dr. Christopher Phelps, "As a dentist, you probably haven't spent much time perfecting your persuasive speaking skills. After all, you're a doctor, not a salesman. Your job is to provide treatments to people in need, not to convin...
Pregnant women likely to have gingivitis
Pregnant women likely to have gingivitis
Women who are pregnant are likely to have moderate to severe gingivitis and may need regular care to maintain their oral health and avoid adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.
Geriatric solutions: Products provide creative solutions for older adults' oral care
Geriatric solutions: Products provide creative solutions for older adults' oral care
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one third of patients age 65 and older have untreated tooth decay. National data demonstrates that 7 percent of adults ages 65 and over have had tooth pain at least twice during t...
How you and your staff can positively increase dental patient satisfaction
How you and your staff can positively increase dental patient satisfaction
People tend to absorb and reflect the atmosphere and emotions around them. According to Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, people experience approximately 20,000 individual moments in a waking day. Each moment may only last a few seconds...
Pancreatic cancer risk tied to specific mouth bacteria
Pancreatic cancer risk tied to specific mouth bacteria
The presence of certain bacteria in the mouth may reveal increased risk for pancreatic cancer and enable earlier, more precise treatment. This is the main finding of a study led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlm...
2 exercises that can help keep dental professionals pain-free in 2016
2 exercises that can help keep dental professionals pain-free in 2016
When you think of January, it's usually the time that most of us resolve to get back into shape and/or do more to help ourselves stay healthy in the upcoming year. However, what most dental professionals don't realize is that, due to their unique muscl...
Study will determine whether electronic dental records can be used for clinical research
Study will determine whether electronic dental records can be used for clinical research
Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry will explore the feasibility of using electronic dental records data for clinical research. The study is thanks to a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the N...
Most adults on opioids keep their leftover pills
Most adults on opioids keep their leftover pills
Deaths from prescription opioid have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the dangers may stem from their simple availability, as a survey from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health s...
The next-generation note: Computerizing patient-centered information for the modern dental practi...
The next-generation note: Computerizing patient-centered information for the modern dental practi...
If you've heard that the adoption of the electronic dental record and related health informatic technologies among dentists has been sluggish, you'd be right. Dr. Titus Schleyer of the Center for Dental Informatics reports that despite decades of resea...
The dark side of HIPAA compliance: 3 things healthcare providers should know in 2016
The dark side of HIPAA compliance: 3 things healthcare providers should know in 2016
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been a thorn in the side of the healthcare industry since its inception some 20 years ago. The civil and criminal penalties associated with noncompliance apply to all HIPAA-covered ent...
How to use technology to manage your practice's reputation
How to use technology to manage your practice's reputation
As is true with all businesses, reputation is everything. Your practice's reputation is worth fighting for and investing in. You work hard to build up your practice when you first begin in this industry, but you need to work even harder to maintain th...
10 ways to handle parents of your pediatric patients
10 ways to handle parents of your pediatric patients
A well-appreciated team will generate the most pleasant dental experience. Happy parents make for a more relaxed environment for the patient, and the patient's well-being is your No. 1 priority.
Perio maintenance or managed neglect? Why are we watching and waiting before referring?
Perio maintenance or managed neglect? Why are we watching and waiting before referring?
Study after study show the connections between the health of the oral environment and the rest of the body. Yet, as a whole, dentistry referred more patients to the periodontist in the last 20 years of the last century than we have in the first 15 year...
Enamel offers clues to the body's growth cycles
Enamel offers clues to the body's growth cycles
Circadian rhythms guide the human body's day-to-day development, but they don't explain long-term maturation. New York University ollege of Dentistry researchers, however, have found a different biological cycle that could explain our variations in age...
New alcohol guidelines devised to fight cancer
New alcohol guidelines devised to fight cancer
Alcohol consumption at any level increases the risk or oral and other cancers alike, according to the chief medical officers of the United Kingdom, and those risks grow with the amount consumed. As a result, the U.K. has announced new guidelines for co...
Labor Department extends overtime benefits for salaried workers
Labor Department extends overtime benefits for salaried workers
The Labor Department has updated its rules on overtime wages for salaried employees. Effective Dec. 1, salaried workers who make $47,476 a year or less will be entitled to overtime pay after 40 hours.
How do you treat a patient with HIV? The same as everyone else
How do you treat a patient with HIV? The same as everyone else
More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with an HIV infection, with about 50,000 new infections each year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Yet some of these patients face unnecessary obstacles in finding d...
CDC releases summary of latest infection control practices in dental settings
CDC releases summary of latest infection control practices in dental settings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the "Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care." The new CDC summary addresses the fundamental elements needed to prevent transmission of ...
Gum disease may be treatable with bioceramic material
Gum disease may be treatable with bioceramic material
Periodontitis is a serious, chronic, noncommunicable gum disease that damages the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Estimates suggest it affects 15 to 20 percent of middle-aged adults. The disease starts when the bacterium Porphyromonas ging...
Anesthesia for older adults: Local anesthesia facilitates aggressive perio treatment
Anesthesia for older adults: Local anesthesia facilitates aggressive perio treatment
Older adults are one of the fastest-growing populations in the world. In fact, we soon will have more older people than children and more people at extreme old age than ever before as life expectancy increases. Since 1900, the percentage of Americans 6...
New findings may pave way for better treatment of dry mouth disorders
New findings may pave way for better treatment of dry mouth disorders
Interrupted secretion from salivary glands plays an important role in a number of oral diseases, such as xerostomia, a common medical condition in patients undergoing radiation to the head and neck, which can also occur as a side-effect of a wide varie...
New discovery helps strengthen bonding of titanium implants to bone
New discovery helps strengthen bonding of titanium implants to bone
Scientists at the University of the West of England in Bristol have discovered a new way to improve the bond between titanium implants and bone. They found that a bioactive lipid called lysophosphatidic acid interacts with vitamin D to enhance bone-for...
Research: The sound of brushing can increase its appeal
Research: The sound of brushing can increase its appeal
As we begin 2016, the search for a better toothbrush continues. Researchers in Japan learned how well we clean our teeth and how content we are with our tooth brushing is influenced a great deal by the sound of the bristles rubbing against the enamel.
The 7 most important pages of a dentist's website
The 7 most important pages of a dentist's website
Just having a website for your dental practice isn't enough. You need to have a great website for your dental practice. Why? Because that's what your patients expect. Even more important, it's what people who are searching for a new dentist expect. If ...
Researchers link gum disease to cognitive decline in Alzheimer's
Researchers link gum disease to cognitive decline in Alzheimer's
Brushing your teeth may impact more than just your oral and heart health; it may have an influence over your brain and cognitive function, according to a new study. Research out of King's College London and the University of Southampton has found that ...
Toothbrushes tested against gingival recession
Toothbrushes tested against gingival recession
Consumers have plenty of choices when it comes to oral care, including manual and power toothbrushes. A team of researchers recently compared the long-term effects of brushing with oscillating-rotating power toothbrushes and American Dental Association...
CDC and OSAP issue best practices for dental antibiotic use
CDC and OSAP issue best practices for dental antibiotic use
Anti-microbial agents have spared millions of patients from illness and death caused by infection. But due to the wide use of these medications, some of the organisms they target have adapted to them, making them less effective and putting people in da...
Antibiotic resistance and periodontitis
Antibiotic resistance and periodontitis
The New York Times recently reported on infectious bacteria resistant to all antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon resulting from the widespread use of antibiotics over time. Resistance occurs through bacterial mutations or by acqu...
Medication-induced bleeding when your patient 'doesn't take any medication'
Medication-induced bleeding when your patient 'doesn't take any medication'
The negative effects that prescription oral anticoagulant medications — such as Coumadin (warfarin), Lovenox (heparin), Eliquis (apixaban), Pradaxa (dabigatran) and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) — have on hemostasis are well known by clinicians as ...
House bill calls for task force to combat opioid epidemic
House bill calls for task force to combat opioid epidemic
The U.S. House of Representatives May 11 passed bipartisan legislation that will establish an interagency task force to provide updated guidance for doctors on prescribing opioid painkillers. The association considers the task force, which the American...
Gum disease rates ranked state by state
Gum disease rates ranked state by state
February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, according to the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. While 50 million Americans have moderate to severe gum disease, 40 million don't even know they have it — and 3 percent of those who do know don't e...
Exposure to chemicals in plastic and fungicides may irreversibly weaken children's teeth
Exposure to chemicals in plastic and fungicides may irreversibly weaken children's teeth
Chemicals commonly found in plastics and fungicides may be weakening children's teeth by disrupting hormones that stimulate the growth of dental enamel, according to a new study presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology. Endocrine disruptors ...
Act now, reap later: Preparing for a dental office lease renewal
Act now, reap later: Preparing for a dental office lease renewal
Smart dental office lease negotiations require long-term strategic planning and a proactive approach. Like poker players who analyze their hands and anticipate the dealer's cards, dentists who prepare for lease renewals and begin negotiations ahead of ...
FDA proposes ban on most powdered medical gloves
FDA proposes ban on most powdered medical gloves
On March 21, the Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States. While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to healthcare providers, ...
3 reminders from the CDC: The agency's new documents help you stay focused on compliance
3 reminders from the CDC: The agency's new documents help you stay focused on compliance
RDH recently reviewed two new documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Infection Prevention Checklist for Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care," a wonderful checklist of the basic things we should be doing to keep bo...
No evidence for link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis
No evidence for link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis
Various studies have suggested an association between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis, two common diseases that share a number of risk factors, most notably smoking. However, a new study from Sweden has found no support for the hypothesis that t...
New research identifies role of tiny bubbles in teeth cleaning
New research identifies role of tiny bubbles in teeth cleaning
Research into the science behind ultrasonic scalers, used by dental professionals to remove built up plaque, has identified that the formation of tiny bubbles around the head is key to the cleaning process. The bubble formation, or cavitation, of water...
Marijuana use may raise risk of periodontal disease
Marijuana use may raise risk of periodontal disease
The risk of periodontal disease may be increased with long-term marijuana use, suggests a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. However, the study found no link between long-term use of the drug and greater risk of other physical health problems.
How depression threatens oral health, and other oral-systemic links
How depression threatens oral health, and other oral-systemic links
Severe periodontal disease increases the risk of some systemic diseases. This article will outline chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, stroke and depression and their proposed links to severe periodontal disease.
Children acquire cariogenic bacteria from inside and outside the family
Children acquire cariogenic bacteria from inside and outside the family
Previous studies have shown that children acquire cariogenic pathogens, like streptococcus mutans, mainly from their mothers through interpersonal contact, such as the sharing of cutlery or kissing each other on the lips. However, new research has now ...
Demystifying pain among women in dentistry
Demystifying pain among women in dentistry
The percentage of women pulling up chairside in the operatory is increasing. And studies show that women in dentistry experience a higher frequency and severity of pain than their male counterparts, with the thumbs, hands, hips, neck and shoulder being...
Researchers identify markers that predict Sjögrens syndrome
Researchers identify markers that predict Sjögrens syndrome
Sjögren's syndrome affects nearly 4 million Americans. In addition to dry mouth, its negative outcomes include profound fatigue, chronic pain, cognitive impairment and possibly disability.
Dental caries treatment may prevent pneumonia in Parkinson's patients
Dental caries treatment may prevent pneumonia in Parkinson's patients
Pneumonia is a common condition in patients with Parkinson's disease. A new study that explored risk factors for pneumonia development has now found that patients treated for dental caries had a reduced risk of pneumonia compared with patients who had ...
Sharing of a bacterium related to tooth decay among children and their families
Sharing of a bacterium related to tooth decay among children and their families
Research present at the American Society for Microbiology Microbe research meeting provides compelling evidence that children acquire Streptococcus mutans, the bacterium most frequently associated with dental caries, from intra- and extra-familial sour...
Researchers analyze potentially hazardous dental drill debris under composite fillings
Researchers analyze potentially hazardous dental drill debris under composite fillings
While dental drills, or burs, are used extensively in dentistry to mechanically prepare tooth structures for fillings, little is known about the bur debris left behind in the teeth and whether it poses potential health risks to patients. Imaging analys...
How to take control of OSHA compliance
How to take control of OSHA compliance
Maintaining compliance with the rules and regulations that apply to medical practices can be a tall order, especially for small practices with limited resources. One way to meet this challenge is to use a step-by-step methodology, such as with Occupati...
Study: Drinking between meals may exacerbate dental erosion
Study: Drinking between meals may exacerbate dental erosion
Rising consumption of sugary and acidic drinks has been found to be a key factor in the development and progression of dental erosion among children and adolescents. However, new research from the University of Bergen indicates that, in addition to th...
Salivary biomarkers and their connection to periodontal disease
Salivary biomarkers and their connection to periodontal disease
There's been so much talk about salivary and serum biomarkers and how many different disease entities are being identified by them, as well as the plethora of other biomarkers being identified for clinical and research purposes. So, what are biomarkers...
Noninflammatory destructive periodontal disease
Noninflammatory destructive periodontal disease
Noninflammatory destructive periodontal disease case was studied in order to analyze features of the disease and discuss the possible etiologic factors. Although bacteria are a critical etiologic factor that are needed to develop periodontal disease, b...
Survey: More pregnant women in US visiting a dentist
Survey: More pregnant women in US visiting a dentist
The number of pregnant women in the U.S. going to the dentist has increased 5.5 percent over the last year, according to survey data released in May from Delta Dental Plans Association. In 2015, 57.5 percent of mothers in the United States reported the...
Dentist shortage in the US to worsen
Dentist shortage in the US to worsen
The demand for dental care services in the U.S. is projected to grow on a national level, mainly owing to demographic changes. However, a new report has forecast that all 50 U.S. states will have a shortage of dental professionals in the near future. B...
Study says sugar-free gum could provide savings to dental healthcare costs
Study says sugar-free gum could provide savings to dental healthcare costs
The National Health Service could save £8.2 million a year on dental treatments — the equivalent to 364,000 dental checkups — if all 12-year-olds across the U.K. chewed sugar-free gum after eating or drinking, thanks to the role it pla...
5 steps to creating a stronger dental team
5 steps to creating a stronger dental team
Your team is made up of hardworking professionals who want to help you grow your practice. You appreciate everything they do and know you'd be lost without them, but you also know there's room for improvement. Simply put, your team isn't as strong as i...
3 surefire strategies for patient acceptance of large dental treatment plans
3 surefire strategies for patient acceptance of large dental treatment plans
Dentists who want to take their practices to the next level often believe the answer lies in boosting the amount patients spend on average treatment plans. According to the American Dental Association, the average practice has between $500,000 to &...
Research calls on dentists to increase role in treating sleep-related disorders
Research calls on dentists to increase role in treating sleep-related disorders
The best time to identify signs of obstructive sleep apnea may not be at night while snoozing in bed but, instead, while sitting in the dentist's chair. According to a new study led by University at Buffalo orthodontic researcher Thikriat Al-Jewair, de...
CDC official discusses updated infection control guidelines
CDC official discusses updated infection control guidelines
As written by dental hygenist Noel Brandon Kelsch, "Infection control is never static. The practices that I learned early in my career have changed. I now wear gloves before I enter the patient's oral cavity and would never consider doing otherwise. I...
A pill to ward off cavities? Scientists say it could happen
A pill to ward off cavities? Scientists say it could happen
A new discovery might one day lead to an anti-cavity pill, researchers report. The University of Florida scientists identified a strain of bacteria in the mouth that may keep cavity-causing bacteria in check. The investigators said it might be possible...
Dental fillings heal teeth with stem cells
Dental fillings heal teeth with stem cells
Regenerative dental fillings that allow teeth to heal themselves have been developed by researchers, potentially eliminating the need for root canals.
Survey: 1 in 3 nervous about seeing the dentist
Survey: 1 in 3 nervous about seeing the dentist
One out of three Americans admits to being nervous about seeing the dentist, and nearly half consider dental visits a "necessary evil," according to the results of an online survey published recently. Conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of OPT-In Dental...
Today's dental grads face big debt and more choices
Today's dental grads face big debt and more choices
As spring draws to a close, the graduates of today's dental schools face their future with new diplomas and a lot of uncertainty. Dentistry is evolving, with larger financial burdens, new options for professional work and greater diversity among collea...
New FLSA overtime rules and what they mean for your dental practice
New FLSA overtime rules and what they mean for your dental practice
How many exempt employees work in your dental practice? These are employees who are paid on a salary basis regardless of the number of hours they work, and who are not eligible for overtime pay.
Did you consider HIPAA in your dental website design?
Did you consider HIPAA in your dental website design?
A quick Google search for "dental website design" reveals 3.98 million results, with helpful consultants and companies promising to build you the best dental website. But one thing most of these web designers don't do is mention whether their services ...
Study to investigate effects of electronic cigarettes on oral health
Study to investigate effects of electronic cigarettes on oral health
Although electronic cigarettes, that is, battery-powered devices that typically deliver nicotine in the form of an aerosol, have gained breakthrough market share in recent years, the safety of aerosol mixtures emitted by these devices remains largely u...
Researchers investigate needle-free way to administer dental anesthesia
Researchers investigate needle-free way to administer dental anesthesia
New findings from the University of São Paulo could bring relief to millions of people who are scared of needles. Using a tiny electric current, researchers were able to administer anesthetic in the mouth without a needle. Furthermore, this method...
How to keep up with the ever-increasing changes in dental technology
How to keep up with the ever-increasing changes in dental technology
Digital dentistry has markedly improved dental treatment, as traditional treatments can now be administered both expediently and gently. Digital dentistry can be defined as any dental technology or device that contains digital or computer-controlled as...
ADA, others ask Senate to fund military dental research
ADA, others ask Senate to fund military dental research
The American Dental Association, along with 129 other healthcare professional groups, patient advocacy organizations and universities, is asking the Senate to strike language from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that would severely restrict...
8 tips for creating effective emails that avoid the spam folder
8 tips for creating effective emails that avoid the spam folder
Email can be a very effective marketing and relationship-building tool for dentists and dental clinic owners, but it is important to do it the right way. After all, you've worked hard to develop an email list of past patients and prospective new patien...
Children consuming sports drinks unnecessarily
Children consuming sports drinks unnecessarily
A high proportion of 12-14 year olds are regularly consuming sports drinks socially, increasing their risk of obesity and tooth erosion, concludes a new survey.
Study examines effect of periodontal treatment on healthcare costs
Study examines effect of periodontal treatment on healthcare costs
A new American Dental Association Health Policy Institute study finds a "statistically significant association" between periodontal intervention and lower healthcare costs among people newly diagnosed with diabetes. In an article published Jan. 22 onli...
Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass
Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass
A few years from now, millions of people around the world might be walking around with an unusual kind of glass in their mouth, and using it every time they eat.
Evidence shows kids strongly benefit from sealants
Evidence shows kids strongly benefit from sealants
A systematic review and the updated clinical practice guidelines it helped generate published in the August edition of The Journal of the American Dental Association give a clear indication to dental professionals as to the marked benefit of the use of...
Hashimoto's disease: Hypothyroidism is autoimmune disease
Hashimoto's disease: Hypothyroidism is autoimmune disease
Your patient today is Alma, a 45-year-old female, who reports that she was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disease, and Alma's health record reminds you that she has a history of Sjogren's syndrome as w...