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Do you think braces or other orthodontic treatment may be in your child’s future?  PCSO’s own Dr. Paul Kasrovi answers questions for those just getting started. click here to access article

Special Issue on TADs

In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Included are clinical columns and a new column entitled “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions on a single topic posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

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2012 Strategies for Challenging Times

Dr. Gerry Samson, (Macon, GA) and Dr. Jerry Nelson, (San Francisco, CA), hold  a conversation that will definitely interest residents and orthodontists in their first decade of practice. How can you sustain patient family and dental colleague loyalty, a key to a successful practice life?  This, and many other questions,  submitted by residents, practitioners, and PCSO leaders, stimulate the discussion. As always, this podcast is free and available for download 24/7 so members can listen whenever and wherever they like.

Download now our latest installment in our Podcast series as Dr. Gerry Samson answers questions from some of our residents and practitioners.

Women dentists gather in San Antonio

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:06:30 -0700

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Welcome: Dr. Tawana Lee-Ware, AAWD president, welcomes women dentists to the organization's 93rd annual meeting.
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Healthy to-do list: Dr. Barbara Steinberg discusses the importance of a healthy diet, exercise, sleep, stress relief and fun Oct. 9 during the first session of the American Association of Women Dentists Annual Meeting at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
San Antonio
— Dr. Barbara Steinberg led the opening program for the American Association of Women Dentists Annual Meeting Oct. 9 with some no-nonsense advice on how to put yourself first in Forever Young: Taking Care of #1.

The AAWD meeting was held in conjunction with ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting in San Antonio.

AAWD President Tawana Lee-Ware, a pediatric dentist in Nashville, Tennessee, introduced Dr. Steinberg, who began her course with a word of thanks to AAWD.

"It was the AAWD that gave me my chance to arrive on the national lecture circuit in 1979," Dr. Steinberg told the audience. "Before 1979, there were no female clinicians on a national program. But the AAWD took a chance on me and I will be forever grateful to this organization for giving me my start in doing what I love — speaking and teaching."

Dr. Steinberg provided an action-packed hour of tips for busy women dentists on something she said they may not be experienced at: putting their personal health concerns on their to-do list.

She told the audience she was doing something she wouldn't normally do — wearing a pink dress — to remind the audience that it was both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, two observances designed to remind women of the importance of putting themselves first.

Her talk covered the gamut of physical, social and emotional health practices that can help women not only be healthier and happier but also to be more effective leaders.

She noted that "for us dentists, we already know the importance of brushing and flossing, but healthy eating and exercise should be automatic practices for us, just like brushing and flossing."

In addition to discussing healthful eating and exercise, she also touched on the importance of sleep, stress relief, meditation, laughter, sex and knowing how to prevent heart disease and spot the signs of a heart attack — signs that can be different in women than in men.

"Women may experience extreme fatigue, weakness and sleeplessness for a month before a myocardial infarction," she said. "This is not something men typically experience. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in all women and there are disparities across the board as far as health care for women with heart disease. Women have a higher risk of dying of heart disease than men. So we need to be educated about prevention strategies and recognizing signs and symptoms."

The day-long meeting also included a working lunch with exhibitors; Top Tips for Posterior Composites by Dr. Lee Ann Brady; See Jane Lead: What Every Woman in Dentistry Needs to Know by Amy Morgan; and the panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lee-Ware, Building Your Practice Success: How to Be a Great Leader at Every Stage of Your Practice.

California bill steers patient premiums away from administrative costs

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:06:30 -0700

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Sacramento, Calif.
— California dental patients can rest assured that the premiums they pay go more toward their oral health care than to overhead and administration costs.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by the California Dental Association that increases the accountability and transparency of dental insurance plans in the state. The bill establishes standardized requirements for dental plans to disclose how they spend patient premium dollars and puts the state on a path to establish a minimum percentage of consumer premium dollars on patient care.

Under current state law and the federal Affordable Care Act, all medical plans must spend at least 80 percent of patient premiums directly on patient care as opposed to insurance company profits and overhead, a standard known as a medical loss ratio. No minimum standard exists for dental plans.

“This law will provide greater transparency for patients and employers who have a right to know that they’re getting value out of their premium dollars dedicated to dental care,” said CDA President James Stephens. “This bill will shine a light on dental plan spending, which should incentivize plans to improve the value of their products and will help guide the state toward an appropriate minimum standard for spending on patient care.”

Currently, dental plans self-report this data without consistent standards and the details necessary to verify their spending ratios, according to the CDA. As a result, there is a lack of reliable data for the state to develop an evidence-based minimum standard.

CDC data shows early childhood caries trending down

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:06:30 -0700

Ellicott City, Md. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data presented at an Oct. 23-24 dental conference shows a downward trend in early childhood caries in the United States.

"Untreated decay is now on a downward trend," Dr. Bruce Dye, dental epidemiology officer at the CDC National Center for Health Statistics, told some 260 dentists, academicians, dental personnel, industry representatives, researchers and students. "Treated decay is on an upward trend. Most of what we're seeing is based on treated disease."

The preliminary unpublished data represents "a first look at where we are in the United States" now, said Dr. Dye. A CDC report on the data is in preparation and will be released "in the next few months."

"This preliminary analysis may indicate a promising trend," said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president. "We are encouraged that it shows far less untreated tooth decay in children, with dentists providing needed treatment. Dental Medicaid visits have been increasing and more kids are seeing the dentist. Now, we must stay the course, building on that momentum to continue making an impact for children and expand efforts to prevent dental disease before it starts."

Dr. Feinberg, who took office Oct. 15 as the Association's 151st president, said in a statement, "Dental access, prevention and care initiatives are making a positive difference in dental health for patients and the ADA is committed to continuing to support and promote increased alignment of efforts and partnering to better fuel the momentum."
In a slide presentation on the prevalence and measurement of early childhood caries, Dr. Dye said measurements and definitions have varied over time but the review of the literature suggests that earlier reported upward caries trends have recently been reversed. He described many terms that have been used to describe dental caries in primary teeth. These include baby bottle tooth decay, nursing bottle mouth, nursing bottle caries, nursing bottle syndrome, bottle-popping caries, milk bottle syndrome and prolong nursing habit caries. Studies have reported on the prevalence and severity of dental caries in preschool children using these different terms. The current case definition from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research labeled as ECC is the presence of at least one carious lesion on a primary tooth in a child under the age of 6 years.

"The greater proportion of caries experience in the U.S. among 2-5 year olds has clearly shifted towards more restored dental surfaces for all 20 primary teeth as well as just for the upper anterior incisors," Dr. Dye said in a slide presentation. "Observed increase in the prevalence of restored primary teeth suggests a decade's long trend of increase[d] treatment of caries in preschool children."

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry offered the conference on innovations in the prevention and treatment of early childhood caries with educational grants from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, DentaQuest Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.