Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back to another edition of Carestream Dental’s Friday Dental News Roundup. We are so happy to have you back! First up this week is an interesting historical article on a Philadelphia dentist who served Napoleon III. Next up is a scientific read on bacteriophage therapy use in root canal infections. Finally, we have a couple articles on communication with your dental lab and communication with fearful patients. Take some time on your Friday to read the latest trending dental news and let us know what you think! If you have something you think we would be interested in, please share it with us in the comments section below.

The Philly dentist who helped fix Napoleon III’s bad tooth
Read about Philadelphia dentist, Thomas Penn, who earned fame, influence and sizeable fortune by serving the mouths of 19th century royalty, most famously – Napoleon III.

Bacterial Virus May Prove Key to Stopping Root Canal Infection
Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine have found that sewage located in Jerusalem could help thwart infections after dental procedures, particularly root canal infection. Over the past few years, some antibiotics have become ineffective because of the resistance of the bacteria, which led researchers to develop bacteriophage therapy. In bacteriophage therapy, humans are infected with a miniscule amount of the viruses called bacteriophages.

Communication vs. Collaboration between dentist and dental lab
Often times the communication between a dentist and a lab is severely lagging. Large cases are designed several weeks ahead of time, however the lab only finds out when it is a “pick-up” with an assigned return date. With communication technologies such as FaceTime and Skype, this relationship can greatly improve by discussing and reviewing CAD scans and designs before the attempts are produced.

Calming and educating fearful, anxious patients
Do you have trouble ensuring patients understand their treatment and their responsibilities after treatment has been completed? If so, there are a variety of steps you can take to ensure every avenue of their treatment is communicated thoroughly including: using the diagnostic appointment for instruction about the procedure; send information home with patients and don’t expect patients to remember instructions during or immediately after the procedure.

What have you found to be the best way to educate your patients in their responsibilities post-op? Leave your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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