What Dentists Need to Know About the 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law back in 2016, and there are now certain milestones approaching that dentists must be ready to meet. By and large, the Cures Act has a greater impact on medical practices, but there are certain aspects of the law that matter for dental practices, as well.

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Updates to COVID-19 Guidance for Dental Practices as of February 2022

With the continued impact of COVID-19 around the United States, it is important that dentists stay up to date on the latest guidance from the CDC, OSHA and the ADA. Here are the updates you should know about to keep your dental practice safe and in compliance with health recommendations, as of February 2022.

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The Important Connection Between Oral and Heart Health

Did you know that oral health and heart health appear to be connected? Over the past few years, a handful of studies have investigated the correlation between oral hygiene indicators and heart health. Although these studies were not able to answer the question of causality, several found significant associations that highlight the importance of good oral health in maintaining good heart health.

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Tips to Safely Practice Dental Radiology During COVID-19

Many aspects of providing dental care have become more challenging during COVID-19, and the practice of dental radiology is no exception. Thankfully, recommendations for infection control have improved over the past two years of the pandemic as experts researched the virus. Read this blog to learn the top strategies for limiting COVID-19 spread and improving safety while practicing dental radiology.

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What To Do When Disaster Strikes Your Dental Office

One of the most challenging times to be a dental practice owner is right after disaster strikes. Whether the emergency is related to weather, theft, cybersecurity breaches or something else, the owner must lead the office out of the crisis while mitigating the damage as much as possible. Recovering from a disaster at your dental office is possible, especially if the owner and other office leaders are familiar with emergency response protocol ahead of time. Here are eight important steps to take after disaster strikes your dental office.

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Risk Management Best Practices for Dental Offices During COVID-19

Two years into the pandemic, we have the benefit of research and experience to help dentists make informed decisions for their practices. Unfortunately, the end is still not in sight. New York State and the entire country are facing a surge of coronavirus cases due to the incredibly infectious Omicron variant. To help you handle the current situation, read our risk management best practices for dental offices during COVID-19.

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Case Study: Flood-Damaged Dental Records Force Dentist to Settle

A longtime patient of a MLMIC-insured dentist underwent extensive dental work over a period of seven years. The patient filed a lawsuit shortly after the work was completed, alleging a negligent full-mouth restoration resulting in bone loss, extractions, and the need for re-treatment. The dentist being sued reported to MLMIC that he was unable to produce much of the patient's record as there had been multiple floods in the building that affected his office dental records.

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Significant Impact of COVID-19 on Dental School Clinics

Like many industries and sectors, dental school clinics in the U.S. were significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those impacts extended to dental students, community members, faculty, finances and more. A recent study assessed the effect of COVID-19 on dental school-based clinics.

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Dental Record Protocol: Before and After Disaster Strikes

It is challenging to handle dental record protocol in the event that paper or electronic records have been damaged or destroyed by floods, other types of storms or by a ransomware attack. When dental records have been damaged or lost by accident, natural disaster or criminal computer compromise, prompt and appropriate action must be taken to mitigate the damage and/or loss. Immediate remedial measures must be undertaken for the benefit of patients as well as the dentist and the practice, as these losses may involve records from many years of treatment.

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