The ADA Council on Dental Practice encourages dentists and dental team members to celebrate the contributions of dental assistants during the 44th annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week, March 7-13. "Dental Assistants -- Our Heart Goes Into Every Smile" is the theme for this year's celebration. Dental assistants are at the front line of caring for patients and helping the practice run efficiently. Show your appreciation through luncheons, flowers, treats or gifts. Find more information from the American Dental Assistants Association.
Dentsply Sirona's new Axeos system incorporates major new advances in image quality and enhanced patient comfort. This free e-book explores the many ways dentists can build and grow a practice with new technology and improve patient health. The e-book features practical advice from Neal Patel, D.D.S., of Infinite Smiles in Powell, Ohio.
Although approximately 72% of radiology-related AI tools in health care were approved by the FDA last year, there is still a lack of payment pathways, which could discourage private payers from participating, researchers wrote in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence. The authors cited the advantages of alternative payment models for radiologists and suggested changing AI reimbursement, noting that "the entity that receives the most benefit likely will pay for AI, and ultimately may consider this payment simply the cost of doing business."
Researchers found that 18.9% of 262 healthy children who underwent annual radiography in Cleveland from 1926 to 1942 had bone tumors that were benign and most likely would resolve over time. The findings, published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, "may provide the best available evidence regarding the natural history of asymptomatic benign childhood bone tumors," said study author Dr. Christopher Collier.
The American Dental Hygiene Association Code of Ethics says dental hygienists are duty-bound to "communicate with clients in a respectful manner" when explaining to parents the importance of good oral health habits, writes dental hygienist Rebecca Neilson. When parents talk about the difficulty of getting children to brush, Neilson advises that hygienists ask open-ended questions about the problem and speak in a non-confrontational way. It also helps to tell parents they are not alone in their struggles, Neilson writes.
President Joe Biden warned states against lifting mask mandates and allowing businesses to open at full capacity, calling such moves in Texas and Mississippi "a big mistake" considering the rising pandemic death toll. Biden said that even as vaccination continues, wearing masks, physical distancing and handwashing continue to be critical as the country's daily number of new COVID-19 cases remains over 50,000.
The ADA has released a toolkit to help dentists increase patients' confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, according to ADA News. The downloadable resource includes answers to commonly asked questions, advice for social media interactions and tip sheets for dispelling myths about the vaccines and sharing science-based recommendations for pregnant women or those planning to start a family. An Associated Press poll in February found a third of American adults harbored doubts about COVID-19 vaccines.
The ADA will collaborate with the National Organization for Hospital Acquired Pneumonia Prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the CDC and other organizations to increase awareness of the dangers of nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia and how risk can be reduced with good oral health, ADA News reports. The VA said in a press release that more than 35 million patients are at risk for nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia every year, but the efficacy of regular brushing in reducing pneumonia risk has been well documented in hospitals.
The Senate delayed debate on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package Wednesday to wait for the Congressional Budget Office to issue a new official estimate of the bill's cost, The New York Times and Bloomberg report. The recalculation came after the White House yielded to calls for more stringent eligibility requirements for the next round of $1,400 relief payments, but it has not derailed Democrats' plans to pass the bill before March 14.
More than 206,000 people enrolled in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov in the first two weeks of a special three-month-long open enrollment period, according to the CMS. The Biden administration said it will spend $50 million to advertise the special enrollment period, and it is providing an additional $2.3 million to 30 navigator groups to provide outreach and enrollment assistance, The Associated Press and CNN report.
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