Oral healthcare is essential at any age, but for children, maintaining a healthy mouth holds special importance. Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood infectious disease. As of 2015, approximately 573 million children worldwide had at least one untreated cavity.
What if you could restore teeth by regrowing dentin and enamel? Although that technology remains the province of science fiction for now, bioactive restorative materials that do more than just take up space already do exist, and have for more than 40 years.
As dental practices continue to evaluate office policies and procedures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, infection control will continue to be an important area of focus. To that end, the current issue of Infection Control in Practice by OSAP dives into creating an effective infection prevention and control program for your practice.
As we reenter the practice world, one question dominates every conversation. How do we best reduce the aerosol generated during dental treatment? David Rice, DDS, shares four ways you can keep you, your team and your patients safe.
Cleaning and sterilizing dental instruments for re-use can be tedious and dull, but the task is a crucial component to ensuring the safety of staff and patients. Further, ensuring that instruments are free of potentially infectious material and debris is critical to the quality care that dental health professionals pledge to provide. Gain a better understanding of this importance and see how to set up an easy-to-maintain compliance program in this guest post from Hu-Friedy.
Managing respiratory risk is critical as dental practices begin resuming regular care amid COVID-19. In this on-demand webinar, OSAP and Patterson Dental discuss current respiratory precautions and aerosol management solutions from an equipment and technology standpoint for dental practices.
With most dental practices in the U.S. open for emergency care only, it can be easy to stress about the future of your practice. Amid the uncertainty, it’s important to remain optimistic and think of ways to turn the negatives into a positive. Imtiaz Manji, the co-founder and chairman of Spear Education, recently shared his ideas on how to navigate the coronavirus crisis and how dental practices can use this tough situation to improve their business and come back stronger.
Although every patient who enters a dental office should be treated as if they could have an infectious disease; times like these help us pause, take a step back and make sure we’re compliant with current guidelines set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here are some ways to make sure your dental office is OSHA compliant.
Many dental practices across the country have postponed all elective procedures or are closed completely due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to remain positive, stay informed and look for opportunities to help you and your practice grow.
How many times did you step on your breaks this morning on your way into work? Did you put laundry soap in the wash load? Close the garage door? When you picked up an ink pen to write a note, which hand did you pick […]
As a vibrant local business, your dental office has the distinct opportunity to be a leader amongst the other businesses on your street and in your city. There are numerous ways to contribute locally, from charitable donations like sponsoring a local team to volunteerism – […]
I am blessed that through my profession, I am presented with lots of opportunities to speak to so many amazing dental assistants. But, many times, speaking with them makes me sad. Why? Because I hear things like, “I’m discouraged.” “I need to find a better […]
You just bought new practice management software for your dental office. You’re excited! This is going to help you in so many ways, you think. It’s going to transform the way you care for your patients. You get your team trained on the new software. […]
September 30th is International Podcast Day, and we’re celebrating by sharing with you a list of 15 dental industry podcasts worth lending an ear to. Podcasts as a whole have experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years (nearly 70 million Americans listen […]
In honor of “wedding season,” we have a very important invitation for you…We formally invite you to save the dat(a), and keep your practice and patient data protected! Information security is a challenge for businesses of all sizes, which makes many people hesitant to take […]
With the wave of new dental equipment and technology that has exploded into the market in recent years, it’s no surprise that clinicians have at times struggled to keep up not only with understanding the key benefits of each advancement, but how to articulate those […]
Overall, February is a pretty solid month…lots of flowers and chocolates, cozy blankets, and the first inklings of Spring. One thing February is famously NOT great for? FLU SEASON. The worst in more 7 years, this current 2017/2018 influenza season is widespread and according to the CDC, […]
“The customer is king.” “The customer is always right.” “When the customer comes first, the customer will last.” Every dental practice knows that putting the customer first is essential to both current success and future growth. But “putting the customer first” isn’t merely a task […]
Gifts aren’t the only things that need to be wrapped up this time of year – with only a handful of weeks left in 2017, ’tis the season for your practice to dot your i’s, cross your t’s, and tie up all necessary loose ends […]
“Even if you don’t have a dollar to give, you still have your time, your focus, and your voice. Be generous.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda We can’t think of a better quote to frame up #GivingTuesday, a day where Americans embrace the charitable spirit of the holiday season […]
Let’s face it: Choosing practice management software is a daunting task. There are many options and at the end of the process, you’re greeted by a software installation with plenty of question marks. Choosing the right software doesn’t have to be difficult, though. By closely […]
As consumers, more and more of the data we rely on in our everyday lives resides in the cloud – and it’s easy to see why. The cloud empowers us to access our data anywhere, anytime, with the push of a button. The associated quality […]
How many times each day do you remind your patients to brush and floss their teeth? We may be going out on a limb here, but we’re guessing you say it ALL of the time to ALL of your patients. How about putting a fresh spin […]
Does your practice offer multiple whitening solutions? If so, how successful are you at encouraging your patients to use them? According to the American Dental Association, in the past 20 years, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular esthetic dental treatments. Whiter teeth […]
The single most important thing you can do for your practice is to hire the right people. A good hire will not only bring positivity and cohesiveness to your practice, it can directly affect your success in patient retention, production, referrals, collections, and team happiness. […]
It is a well-known fact that in the United States, our healthcare system tends to focus on the treatment of disease, rather than the prevention of it. This sentiment is echoed in the following excerpt from a 2012 New England Journal of Medicine article: “Although […]
Your patients want to look and feel their best – which includes sporting beautiful pearly whites. That’s why offering teeth whitening services at your practice is a no-brainer since every patient is a good candidate for some form of whitening. But how do you break […]
Effective today, January 18, 2017, the FDA has banned the use of powdered medical gloves. If you have purchased powdered gloves during the last six months, we want to make sure you are aware of the ban and take appropriate action. Any powdered gloves remaining […]
Maybe you’re new to the dental field and looking for an opportunity to leverage your skills and launch a promising career. Or, perhaps you’ve worked in the dental field for several years and you’re ready for a new challenge. Whatever reason has you searching the […]
Cheers to a successful 2016! You welcomed numerous new patients to your practice, performed countless restorations, and feel great about the beautiful smiles you’ve created. There’s no arguing that dentistry is an admirable profession that changes peoples’ lives for the better. But, as you (and […]