The top 15 articles for dentists in 2013 (so far)

Aug 1st, 2013
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August 1, 2013

From the Affordable Care Act and dentist shortages to new dental products and Michael Douglas, here are 2013’s 15 most read articles for dentists and the dental industry as a whole – so far. Spend a few minutes on these 15 and get caught up on dentistry since January 1, 2013.

15 – WALL STREET'S OUTLOOK FOR THE DENTAL INDUSTRY IN 2013


Editor Kevin Henry covers
why investors need to have conservative return expectations this year and if it's possible for dental stock returns to live up to 2012.


14 – TOP 10 MISTAKES EMPLOYERS MAKE THAT LEAD TO EMPLOYMENT-RELATED LITIGATION, AND HOW TO AVOID THEM


Litigation issues range from unlawful termination, harassment, and overtime pay. Protect yourself – and make sure you treat your employees right – by avoiding these tales of woe.

13 – THE USE OF STEM CELLS IN DENTAL IMPLANT SITE DEVELOPMENT


The position of dental implants is often challenged by a lack of bone in the placement area. Here’s one way to remedy that.

12 – MICHAEL DOUGLAS TELLS THE GUARDIAN THAT ORAL SEX CAUSED HIS THROAT CANCER – OR DID IT?


First, “without going into too much detail,” Douglas said that his cancer was caused by HPV contracted through oral sex. But then his spokesman said oral sex is just
one of the leading causes of oral cancer, and it was possible that Douglas’s cancer was a result of oral sex. But, you know, nothing’s definite.


11 – SHOULD CLASS II RESIN-BASED COMPOSITE PREPARATIONS HAVE BEVELS ON OCCLUSAL OR PROXIMAL MARGINS?


You’ve all been asking yourself this question, and now Dr. Gordon Christensen is here to answer! The main thing, apparently, is to finish with non-traumatic instruments.

10 – OSAP COMMENTS ON TULSA ORAL SURGEON'S INFECTION CONTROL VIOLATIONS


You remember when this story hit the fan: Tulsa oral surgeon undergoes an investiagation for demonstrating poor infection control procedures after a patient’s HIV is likely traced back to the oral surgeon’s practice. The office had no written infection control protocol, and OSAP comments on that and many other issues.

9 – DENTISTS HAVE THE BEST JOB IN 2013


Yes, dentists are forced to have awkward conversations with their patients about oral sex, are concerned about employment-related litigation, worry about adhering to infection control procedures, and hope for the best with every Wall Street outlook (see all above), but they have it pretty good. Growth volume, salary, employment rates, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance all scored well for dentists on the U.S. News Best Jobs in America in 2013 list.

8 – TULSA DENTAL PATIENTS SCREENED AFTER INVESTIGATION OF DENTIST


Nearly 7,000 of the aforementioned dentist’s patients were all encouraged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C after the dentist “voluntarily discontinued practicing” once an investigation was launched.

7 – A NATURAL, NONSURGICAL TOOTH REPLACEMENT SYSTEM MAY SOON BE ON THE MARKET


Finally, a replacement to traditional implants and three-unit dental bridges is here – not America though. The Replicate Nonsurgical Tooth Replacement System, by Natural Dental Implants, was displayed at the 2013 IDS.


6 – WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE A CONTACT AREA ON A CLASS II RESIN-BASED COMPOSITE RESTORATION?


More questions from you dentist on Class II resin-based composites – and yet again, Dr. Christensen is prepared to answer! Check it out in his video.

5 – WHY THE DENTAL INDUSTRY WANTS EXEMPTION FROM OBAMACARE


Oh, we’re in the top five now, guys! Find out why the Affordable Care Act is viewed as a misnomer by some dentists and how it complicates the affordability of dentistry with that tricky medical device tax.

4 – MAKING PAINFUL SINUS LIFT DENTAL IMPLANTS A THING OF THE PAST


Sinus lift implants compose 20% of all implants, and are particularly unpleasant for patients. Now there’s a new implant – the iRaise Sinus Lift Implant – that allows patients to get back to normal much faster. Go to this article for a video demonstration of the iRaise.


3 – A DOZEN GREAT NEW DENTAL PRODUCTS I SAW AT THE 2013 CHICAGO MIDWINTER MEETING


Editor Kevin Henry takes you on a delightful trip through the 2013 Chicago Midwinter Meeting, without the foot pain that comes from being on the floor for hours. You’re welcome.

2 – THE MOST COMMON LIES DENTISTS TELL THEMSELVES


Stop lying to yourself! You’re costing yourself money, time, and satisfaction. Get your stuff together.

1 – DENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SHORTAGE AREAS AND INADEQUATE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO BLAME FOR NATION'S POOR ORAL HEALTH


Are there enough dentists, or aren’t there? Is care available, but people don’t know how to access it? Where does prevention come into play? What about those who are past the prevention stage?

Lauren Burns is the editor of Proofs magazine and the email newsletters RDH Graduate and Proofs. She is currently based out of New York City. Follow her on Twitter: @ellekeid.

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