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


Dental News

Recommendations for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs convened a panel of experts to evaluate the collective evidence and develop evidence-based clinical recommendations on pit-and-fissure sealants.

Excerpt:
"These recommendations are not a standard of care, but rather a useful tool that can be applied in making evidence-based decisions about sealant use..."
Source: The Journal of the American Dental Association

The Formula For Making Teeth Will Soon Be Found
Research takes a step towards the growing of correctly shaped teeth and other organs. The results were published last week in Nature, the esteemed science journal.
Source: Medical News Today

Brain unable to localize tooth pain
The brain is not able to discriminate between a painful upper tooth and a painful lower tooth, researchers found. The results of a new imaging study, which will be published in the journal Pain, may help devise better treatments for acute tooth pain, such as cavities or infections, and more chronic conditions like phantom pain of a tooth after it has been removed.
Source: Dental Tribune

Patient Resources

What to do in a dental emergency
If you have children, it's good know what to do in a dental emergency. You will be their first line of defense. Whether your child already has teeth and injuries occurred to the tongue, gums, lips or the actual teeth, or if your baby's teeth are still developing underneath the gum, you can find useful advice in this article about what you can do if the damage has already occurred.
Source: The canada.com network

Dental Cavities and Fillings, Explained
Watch this video about how cavities form and how dentists prepare the tooth for fillings.
Source: Health Scout

Good gums beget pearly whites
While the incidence of dental caries in schoolchildren has dropped dramatically in the past two decades, up to 40% of very young children have cavities, and that figure is "increasing definitively," says Dr. Sarah Hulland, a pediatric dentistry specialist in Calgary.
Source: National Post

Did You Know?

Here are some fun facts about dentistry that you can read with your child, found on the Massachusetts Dental Society’s website:

"During the Middle Ages, wealthy Europeans used twigs made out of sweet-smelling wood to clean their teeth…"

"People have been cleaning between their teeth for more than 5,000 years. As early as 3500 B.C., the ancient Babylonians used toothpicks to remove food particles from their teeth…"
Read more...
 Source: Massachusetts Dental Society

Practice Management Tips

Logging Insurance Coordination of Benefits (COB) Information in Fields of Code EMR-s

When using coordination of benefits between spouses, it is important to submit claims to the person insured first. Dependant coverage through a spouse’s plan is submitted second. Coordination of benefits helps maximize coverage for your patients. When processing claims for children, the “birthday rule” is frequently used to determine the order of submission to plans for each parent, i.e. submit first through the parent’s plan whose birthday month and day (not year) occurs earlier in the calendar year. This rule is regardless of the parent’s age. However, this may be different if parents are divorced, in this case the order is based on the type custody in effect. Additionally, insurance rules may differ from company to company. The following is a non-exhaustive, random list of insurance companies that support coordination and have information about coordination of benefits on their websites, which you can use as examples: Manulife¹, Blue Cross ², Sun Life³.

Fields of Code EMR-s provide a structured container for the logging of insurance information, which can be found on the Insurance page of Patient documents. The system ensures that there is no data duplication, and insurance records are linked with ease between spouses and dependants to facilitate coordination. When coordinating insurance records that originate from other Patient documents, these become locked to prevent accidental changes. Editing insurance properties is permitted only in the file of the person insured. To see this feature in action, watch the “Collecting Personal Information, Part 2 - The Insurance Page” video tutorial, found at our online free resource library. To access it, log on to the Fields of Code Library, then scroll to the Patient Files section. Press Ctrl+F on that page to look for the following video ID: R3G0.
Source: Fields of Code Library

References:

1. Manulife Financial
   Coordination of Benefits

2. Blue Cross
    Coordination of Benefits Brochure

3. Sun Life
    Revised Coordination of Benefits Guideline

 

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