Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back to all of our roundup readers, we hope you all had a great Fourth of July holiday! This week we are back to providing you with the top dental new stories for the week. In this edition, we learn about the risks of student interns, big developments in research and how to effectively market your independent practice so it gets noticed! Until next time, stay informed and better your practice!

Student Interns: Free Labor or Unnecessary Risk?:
The competitive landscape is endless for students trying to polish their resumes and gain valuable experience in their future field. Therefore, it may seem like a no-brainer to offer local students unpaid internships at your practice. However, before you bring the student on board, there are several steps you need to follow, in conjunction with the Department of Labor, to ensure you are protecting yourself, your practice and your patients. Follow these key steps and you will be creating a better experience for the student and for your business!

Are you feeling the pinch of competition in your dental office? It hurts!:
The dental field is expanding and stand-alone practices are struggling for new patients. Regional and corporate practices with large marketing budgets and professional marketing support are dominating the new patient pool, making it harder for independent practices to grow their existing client base. Despite these findings, stand-alone practices have many options that can effectively market their practice, such as highlighting elective services, which can give the big-guys a run for their money!

Study suggests dental pulp stem cells may aid vision restoration:
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have discovered that dental pulp stem cells can protect retinal ganglion cells from death following an injury to the eye. The stem cells can also promote regeneration of the ganglion cells’ axons along the optic nerve for degenerative diseases such as Glaucoma.

‘Safety first’ crucial for sleep apnea patients, journal says:
According to the journal Anesthesia Progress, patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can become short of breath, fall unconscious or even stop breathing if they are given the normal doses of sedative before dental surgery. Since OSA is difficult to recognize, dentists can complete a questionnaire that takes into account the patient’s age, gender, body mass index and multiple sleep-related factors.

Do you have any news stories or trending topics you would like to share from the holiday week last week? Share them below!

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