Dental specialties approve white paper on third molar management

AAOMS imageIn recent years, the management of third molar teeth has generated considerable discussion in the media and among healthcare professionals. The lines of debate most often come down to the need to contain costs versus the benefits of third molar surgery for the patient. Often overlooked in the sometimes heated discourse is the quantity (and quality) of evidence-based research data confirming that impacted third molars are prone to…

Free malpractice insurance: Ask before you sign

Survival kit tooth_CUT At this point in your career, we’re sure you’ve heard of employers offering to pay for your malpractice coverage. Is there a catch? Perhaps. As part of The Medical Protective Company’s (“MedPro”) commitment to dental students, we want you to feel comfortable, well-educated and in control when selecting your first malpractice insurance policy. To help you, we’ve put together some tips on how you can accomplish this.

April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

OralCancer_BlogPost_ImageWhile it may not be a part of our everyday dental concerns, the Oral Cancer Foundation reminds us that approximately 48,250 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, with one person dying from the disease every hour of every day. Tobacco and alcohol use remain major risk factors for oral cancer, but they’re not the only ones. The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking adults under 40 years of age whose connection to the disease is the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is actually the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. These are sobering statistics and worth remembering as we commemorate Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month this April.