Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday roundup readers! We have a few new articles to enjoy this weekend. Our first article is about a new app that gives dental discounts based on your daily hygiene. Next up, we have an interesting read on diagnosing diabetes at the dentist. Our final article is about a UNLV dentist who teaches classes on communication and business instead of the traditional clinical classes. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Your Toothbrush Data Will Get You a Deal at the Dentist (Depending)
A new mobile-app, synched with Beam Brush, is connecting product users to a U.S.-wide network of dentists. The app will award dental-care discounts based on points patients generate by using their Beam Brushes in conjunction with a new membership program. Program users will pay $99 for a year’s worth of discounts for any family member who is part of the Careington network, which includes around 95,000 dentists in 47 states. If you are a part of this network, your patients can receive up to 60% off a cleaning or 40% off a root canal!

Further Support for Diagnosing Diabetes at the Dentist
A new study has been developed to help validate a diabetes screening tool specific to dentists’ offices.The idea comes from the fact that many people who regularly see dentists don’t necessarily see their physicians as often. The patients would complete the questionnaire in the waiting room and those who score positively will then be referred to their physician for a follow-up exam.

UNLV’s go-to dentist drills students on bedside manner
Dr. Philip Devore, a dentist for 20 years, teaches a communications class at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine designed to train students to do more than just clean teeth and fight cavities. The class explores a variety of topics such as bedside manner and how to communicate with patients. Devore believes that students put too much emphasis on learning about tools and procedures and ignoring one of the most important aspects of the practice, which are the patients.

What do you believe is the most important skill a dental student can learn for the real world? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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