Should your dental practice offer membership plans?
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Should your dental practice offer membership plans?

According to Kaiser Family Foundation, 37 million Americans do not have dental insurance. As a result, dental practices have begun offering their own personalized and affordable dental membership plans to patients. In total, less than 20% of dental practices currently have memberships. However, this figure is growing rapidly due to the adoption of dental membership…

How common oral and nasal rinses might reduce COVID risk in the dental workspace
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How common oral and nasal rinses might reduce COVID risk in the dental workspace

Fifty or so years ago, the owners of Listerine — the mouthwash with “the taste people hate twice a day” — claimed their magic but foul-tasting elixir could cure numerous maladies, including sore throats, the common cold, tooth decay and gum disease. The Federal Trade Commission began putting an end to those false, unsubstantiated claims…

Dental guidelines limit aerosol-generating procedures during pandemic
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Dental guidelines limit aerosol-generating procedures during pandemic

Last month, the World Health Organization recommended delaying “routine nonessential oral health care … until there has been a sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates from community transmission to cluster cases.” The WHO was responding in part to the growing body of scientific evidence indicating novel coronavirus can be spread by respiratory droplets smaller than…

Dental offices lead healthcare’s job surge in May’s surprising jobs report
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Dental offices lead healthcare’s job surge in May’s surprising jobs report

The economy witnessed unexpected job growth in May as state and local economies began to reopen from the pandemic shutdown. In particular, medical practices and dental offices were key drivers of this finding that surprised economists. According to the May 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) economic report, healthcare — including dentists — added more…

Dentists urge aid for dental practices in next round of federal stimulus
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Dentists urge aid for dental practices in next round of federal stimulus

Dental practices across the nation are just one category of small businesses that have suffered, both economically and logistically, due to the near-national shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And as lawmakers are working on the next relief package, the American Dental Association, on behalf of its 163,000 members, is urging Congress to include…

ADA updates PPE recommendations for dental practices
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ADA updates PPE recommendations for dental practices

To help assist and guide dentists across the nation who are reopening their practices as state mandates are lifted, the ADA issued an updated statement and interim guidance April 18 on the specific personal protective equipment recommended in order to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as guidance on ways to minimize the risk…

With dental practices seeing ‘emergency cases only,’ what constitutes a dental emergency?
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With dental practices seeing ‘emergency cases only,’ what constitutes a dental emergency?

As with most medical practices in America today, the vast majority of dental practices are limiting care to urgent and emergency cases to limit exposure to COVID-19, preserve personal protection equipment (PPE) and reduce the burden on the healthcare system at large. But as these recommendations and restrictions are put in place, some dental practices…

Ranking of world’s best dental schools features significant international representation
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Ranking of world’s best dental schools features significant international representation

Is America still the superpower it was in years past? We’ll let world leaders and political commentators battle that one out, comparing the military might and economic muscle of the U.S., China and Russia. But in the field of dental education, America doesn’t seem to be shining as brightly as some of our global neighbors….

To dental groups’ chagrin, federal sealant measure might be removed
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To dental groups’ chagrin, federal sealant measure might be removed

Sealants prevent cavities in kids. Science says so. So why is the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) proposing a watered-down measure, titled “Primary Caries Prevention Intervention as Offered by Primary Care Providers, Including Dentists,” that would take the place of current recommendations on sealants for kids? That’s what the American Dental Association (ADA) and…

Women researchers leading the way in dental advances
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Women researchers leading the way in dental advances

Volpe Research Center has been famous for developing materials, tools and technologies used in the field of dentistry for the last 90 years and counting. It’s kind of a big deal. More than 200 products used in dental practices all over the world have come out of the Volpe labs. Some of science’s brightest minds…

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