Finding, hiring, and keeping dental team members is a big problem
January 25, 2021 -- When the COVID-19 disruption hit the dental industry, many team members saw it as a chance to hit the reset button, taking time to reexamine whether they wanted to stay in their current practice or even in the dental field. Now, dental practices are scrambling to fill vacancies, and it's a challenge that isn't going away anytime soon.  Discuss
Imaging leads to removal of 3-cm toy from dementia patient
January 25, 2021 -- Imaging helped physicians identify and remove a spinning top toy from an 83-year-old woman in Florida who had end-stage dementia and an oral fixation. Details of the case were published on January 20 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for increasing efficiency
January 25, 2021 -- As we move through the post-COVID-19 era, it's safe to assume that many practices will see patient volume decrease. We will learn a lot more in the future, but patient volume is a factor that is negatively affecting production in the present. The good news is that specific systems-based strategies can improve patient volume, even if it will still be lower for a while, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Which states are safest from COVID-19?
January 22, 2021 -- The health of the economy relies heavily on whether people in the U.S. feel safe to return to work, shopping, and other activities as the nation tucks into its second year of the pandemic. As more people get vaccinated, more states will lift COVID-19-related restrictions.  Discuss
A hygienist shares her thoughts on lasers, best practices during a pandemic
January 22, 2021 -- Lynn Atkinson, RDH, spoke with us about her experience as a dental hygienist and where she thinks the future of dental hygiene is heading, especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Atkinson also shared her thoughts on dental patients returning to the practice and how she believes dental lasers can be a big plus.  Discuss
4 trends this DSO dentist owner is watching in 2021
January 22, 2021 -- What trends for 2021 are being predicted by a dentist owner of a dental service organization (DSO)? Dr. Adam Marina offers his thoughts on what he believes will be the game-changers for dentistry this year and beyond.  Discuss
How many patients cut dental coverage to make ends meet?
January 21, 2021 -- Dental coverage was the third most common policy that people in the U.S. opted to scale down or eliminate in 2020 to reduce expenses, according to a survey from the personal finance website ValuePenguin.  Discuss
Why some believe now is the time to amplify the message of oral health
January 21, 2021 -- In an exclusive interview, Vivian Vasallo, executive director of the Delta Dental Institute, explained why she is on a quest to ensure that dentistry plays a larger role when it comes to President Joe Biden's vision of healthcare and where he and his medical colleagues believe it is going during his administration.  Discuss
Part 2: Your 2021 dental practice (real) growth plan
January 21, 2021 -- The dental industry is entering 2021 wondering what the year will hold in terms of patients and production returning to the dental practice. How can you ensure your practice is prepared for success in uncertain times? Curtis Marshall offers some advice in this second part of a two-part series, including thoughts on finding the right patients, the daily huddle, and more.  Discuss
Can PDT treat oral lesions in COVID-19 patients?
January 20, 2021 -- Photodynamic therapy (PDT) may be an effective option for treating oral lesions in patients diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a letter to the editor published on January 8 in Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy.  Discuss
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