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Feb
17

17 open ended questions to gain patient trust and involvement

written by CariFree

  Asking open-ended questions is a proven way to build trust and rapport with your patients. It encourages greater patient involvement during treatment planning and may lead to more positive treatment outcomes. Here is a list of sample open-ended questions to try out. 1. What would you like to focus on? 2. What’s important to […]

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Jan
20

Is second hand smoke a risk factor for caries?

written by CariFree

A recent study suggests second hand smoke could increase a child’s risk for cavities.  While more research needs to be done, should the link between second hand smoke and dental caries be considered in daily practice?   Some excerpts from the article: “As dentistry moves from surgical treatment of [cavities] to prevention and risk-based medical […]

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Dec
30

This one thing will make your new year’s resolution stick

written by CariFree

It is that time again.  Time for your feeds to fill with friends resolving to exercise, eat right and be an all around better person. Research shows that upward of 60% of these good-intentions die out.  Not too motivating right? If you have been part of that 60% and don’t want to bother making a […]

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Dec
24

Smiling is our favorite

written by CariFree

From all of us at CariFree, we wish you a season filled with reasons to smile.

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Dec
9

What the Forbes is going on here!? The 100% Juice Debate

written by CariFree

Recently Forbes online published an article: Pure Juice Won’t Rot Your Kids’ Teeth It made the author’s top 5 most popular articles, and to date has received thousands of views. The article was based on the information from this study that concluded: “Our study findings are consistent with those of other studies that show consumption of 100 percent […]

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Nov
25

Is insurance actually good for CAMBRA?

written by CariFree

We had some great feedback from Dr. Weber DDS in response to THIS POST and wanted to pose his questions to our readers.  Please feel free to comment. I believe that susceptibility testing/assessment/discussion and preventative/proactive/risk based care should always remain the core of the Patient/Dentist interaction, in any discussions about dental disease, infectious or functional. The presentation of […]

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Nov
18

How to help our patients #quitforgood this week

written by CariFree

A recently published study showed: More than 90% of dental providers report that they routinely ask patients about tobacco use, 76% counsel patients, and 45% routinely offer cessation assistance, defined as referring patients for cessation counseling, providing a cessation prescription, or both. Results from multivariable analysis indicated that cessation assistance was associated with having a […]

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Aug
26

Are mid-level dental therapy providers good for CAMBRA?

written by CariFree

  A bit of a controversial topic in the news has been the approval of mid-level dental providers known as Dental Therapists.  According to one report: The new dental therapist position would be similar to how nurse practitioners work with physicians. The dental therapist would be able to do cleanings, fill cavities and perform other dental […]

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Jun
3

Sweet talk: Do patients ever change?

written by CariFree

  In your experience, how often do you feel patients change their sugar intake based on educational conversations in the dental office? 10% of the time? 40%? Always? Never?   Please share with us in the comments

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May
13

CAMBRA colleagues want to know: Who do you choose?

written by CariFree

Did you know that if you are an office practicing CAMBRA daily or weekly YOU are an expert in the field? It is still an emerging art to practice CAMBRA well. Therefore, we want to offer a space today for all of the experts to offer some of the CAMBRA newbies a tip about how […]

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