A team from the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam published a study concluding that severe gum disease may be an early indicator of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. The researchers said early diagnosis at dental offices and treatment of both periodontitis and diabetes could benefit patients by preventing further complications. “Periodontitis as a possible early sign of diabetes mellitus” was authored by Dr. Wijnand Teeuw, the director of the center’s periodontology clinic. The study was funded in part by a grant from the University of Amsterdam and published February 22, 2017 via BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.Read More
Regular readers of this blog take note: August 2, 2016 was the day that flossing — the long-established bastion of dental hygiene — was discredited, disproven and sent packing to a humble retreat in Wyoming where it would spend the rest of its days in infamy. Or was it? Dental practices everywhere struggled to find answers.Read More
A recent study of data compiled between 1996 and 2013 reveals a 62% increase in the prescribing of antibiotics by dentists despite declines in their prescribing by physicians and overall use. The work was conducted by a Canadian team including researchers from the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. “Antibiotic Prescribing by Dentists Has Increased” was published in the May 2016 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Dentists cited several critical reasons for prescribing antibiotics: treatment of periapical abscess and irreversible pulpitis; widespread use of dental implants and bone grafting; and perioperative prophylaxis for patients with prosthetic joints or valvular heart disease.
Nevertheless, the study serves as a barometer for an industry committed to helping patients as it searches for new ways to increase sales.Read More
A recent unique study was conducted for CareCredit about how people purchase healthcare services and related products including dentistry, veterinary services, hearing health, vision care and cosmetic procedures. In an online survey, patients who had made an elective healthcare purchase in the past 12 months (or were likely to do so soon), were asked a series of questions resulting in some interesting findings that could help medical service providers retain more business and potentially grow their current practices.Read More
Top 2015 Dental Industry Trends and 2016 Predictions, written by the Apex360 editorial board of Dentistry iQ in November of 2015, reveals the various changes occurring that year with insightful predictions for 2016. Those surveyed include dental professionals ranging from dentist practice owners and CEOs, to sales and marketing reps, to accountants and dental software experts. Deemed the most comprehensive online resource for dental pros, Dental iQ’s diverse report demonstrates many areas that practice owners can target for a successful 2016.
A survey by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) shows that 27% of Americans lie to their dentist about how often they floss while 36% would rather do unpleasantries in lieu of daily flossing, including the 14% who would rather clean toilets. One can’t make this stuff up, proving once again that fact is indeed stranger than fiction.
Released in June 2015, the online query was conducted by Harris Poll among 2,021 U.S. adults in the top 10 U.S. markets.Read More
The rift between Americans having health insurance versus those having dental insurance is huge. Nearly 90% of those surveyed have healthcare policies, but only 60% have dental coverage.
Nevertheless, all is not doom and gloom, and most dentists can simultaneously provide their patients with stellar healthcare while increasing profits.According to an August 2015 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, only 29 million Americans did not have health insurance during the first quarter of 2015. Those numbers represent an improvement of 7% over the previous year. Read More
Of course it does — claims the Sweet Tooth Infographic — whether it's 2011 or 2015, Halloween or Valentine's Day.Read More
Dentists may hold the key to a fundamental shift in American's perception of health care, and dental clinics that go out of their way to appeal to this new perspective stand to expand and increase their profitability.Read More
All things being even, you chose the #1 best job in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2015. Why though? Was it the median salary of $146k? Was it the work-life balance? Yes and yes, no doubt, but one reason really stands out. Because you are particularly compassionate, restoring your patient’s oral health and transforming their lives tops the list of reasons why you became a dentist. When you help someone smile, the whole world truly smiles.Read More