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         Dental News  •  Patient Resources  •  Did You Know?  •  Practice Management Tips

Dental News

BIOLASE Announces Global Launch Of ILaseTM Personal Laser For Dental Market
BIOLASE Technology, Inc. announced the global launch of the iLase™ diode laser, the world's first personal laser for dentists and hygienists designed to perform a full-range of minimally invasive soft-tissue and hygiene procedures.
Source: Medical News Today

Successful treatment of periodontal disease lowered preterm birth incidences
The preliminary research showed those whose gum disease was not treated successfully were three times more likely to give birth before 35 weeks.
Source: BBC News

A novel in vitro model for light-induced wound healing
During the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research held in March, lead researcher C. Millan (U.S. Army Dental Corps, Martinez, Georgia) presented a poster with data suggesting that blue light may be useful to enhance epithelial cell growth in a wound site.

Patient Resources

Best Fluoride Levels Determined For Children's Toothpastes
Everyone who has ever seen a toothpaste commercial knows that fluoride is the ingredient that helps fight tooth decay, but a new review has determined exactly how much fluoride is best in toothpastes for children.
Source: Health Behavior News Service

Dental Implants -- A Permanent Fix For Missing Teeth
Dental implants, rather than a fixed bridge or removable dentures, are an increasingly popular method of replacing teeth lost to an accident, gum diseases or tooth decay.
Source: Medical News Today

Bacteria-filled gum may help fight infections
A new bacteria-filled gum, created using research from the University of British Columbia, is now on the market. CulturedCare Probiotic Gum contains friendly bacteria that combats infections and the bad breath.The new gum contains about 500 million active Streptococcus salivarius bacteria.  
Source: Montreal Gazette

Did You Know?

ReDent Nova Ltd. Has obtained US  FDA approval for the company's self-adjusting file (SAF) for root canal treatments. ReDent claims that the file presents a new concept of root canal treatment, and that using SAF will save up to 50% of the dentists’ treatment time and reduce recurring treatments and tooth extractions.

Read their press release and watch a product video here

Practice Management Tips

Reducing the Most Frequent Error in Medicine Using Fields of Code Dental 2.0

A study in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice found that only 50 percent of elderly patients referred to a specialist are they actually seen by that specialist and receive the treatment their primary clinician intended.

According to study author Dr. Weiner "Many problems we found to be correctable using health information technology to provide more coordinated and patient-focused care. Using electronic medical records and other health IT to address the malfunction of the referral process, we were able to reduce the 50 percent lack of completion of referrals rate to less than 20 percent, a significant decrease in the medical error rate."

 Fields of Code Dental 2.0 offers an unstructured data tab that can be used by clinicians to create an organizational tree to follow up on referrals. This data tree can be color coded and used by office staff to confirm that referral letters are received, referral appointments are made and that they are kept by patients.

Fields of Code 2.0 also has an easy to use, drag and drop report design canvas that can be used to create referral letters. Our team has prepared a new video tutorial on using the reports tool to create a referral letter. To see this feature in action, check out the Fields of Code Library. Scroll to the Reporting section and look for the following video ID: HS1X.

All of our tutorials are free. To view them you are only required to complete a free, one-time registration.
Source: Fields of Code Library


1. Errors in completion of referrals among older urban adults in ambulatory care
    Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 2010; 16: 76-81

2. The Most Frequent Error in Medicine
    Science Daily (Feb. 26, 2010)


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