Conference Tackles the Value of Sleep Dentistry

Dentistry Today With the one-year anniversary of the ADA policy on treating sleep-related breathing disorders upon us, many educational conferences are now being organized around the topic of dental sleep. However, in October, the Sleep Education Consortium (SEC) held its 14th annual conference in Houston, Texas on this topic. Triple board-certified neurologist Jerald Simmons, MD, has been bringing together dentists […]

The Systemic Movement and Behavior of Periodontal Pathogens

Traci Warner, RDH The concept of sterile blood no longer exists. Bacteremia occurs when pathogens enter the bloodstream. Many microbes simply enter the bloodstream transiently. They are shed from the primary biofilm found in the mouth by chewing or routine dental hygiene at home. Higher concentrations of pathogens enter the blood by invasive dental procedures, […]

How to Respond to Online Patient Reviews to Avoid HIPAA Violations

Ali Oromchian, JD, LLM When growing your dental practice, you probably have considered or dealt with online reviews as part of your social media or communications platforms. But even with the wonderful opportunities that online reviews can provide, certain cautions should be noted to prevent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations. There often […]

The Rise In Demand For Veterinary Dental Technicians

Carrington College The demand for veterinary technicians is on the rise because veterinarians are relying more on their technicians to assist them, which requires the technicians to have a higher skill level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job opportunities for veterinary technicians is expected to rise more than 30 percent from […]

US News & World Report Names Dentistry the Best Healthcare Profession

Richard Gawel It looks like it’s a good time to be a dentist. US News & World Report has named dentistry the top healthcare profession in the country and number two overall behind software development. Plus, orthodontists came in fifth on the full list, oral and maxillofacial surgeons got the eighth place nod, prosthodontists landed in the sixteenth slot, and dental […]

Seven Methods for Safely Disposing of Dental Waste

Jana Harrison, DDS Busy practices see a large number of patients on a daily basis. Patients come and go virtually the whole day. Their treatment ranges from simple routine checkups, fillings, cleanings, and polishing to implants, extractions, and root canals. Consequently, a variety of clinical waste accumulates. Clinical waste or bio waste includes wholly or […]

Salivary Diagnostics

ADA Statement on Oral Fluid Diagnostics Saliva and other oral fluids play significant roles in supporting the health of soft and hard tissues in the oral cavity. The protective functions of saliva include maintaining a neutral oral pH, cleaning and remineralizing the dentition, facilitating swallowing and digestion, and protecting oral tissue against desiccation and invasion […]

Remineralizing Your Teeth’s Enamel

123 Dentist If you’ve had issues with your teeth that involve weakening, white spots, or numerous cavities, one of the key causes could be demineralized enamel. To understand what demineralization is and how to remineralize in order to address the problem, take a look at this guide. You’ll understand that demineralization is not actually damage […]