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Big Data in your Face: How Data Science is Improving Dentistry

If you have been following the impressive advancements made by Big Data, then you probably know just how much data science is helping the medical field as a whole. But did you know that Big Data is helping your dentist do his or her job better too?

It’s true dentists from across the country recently gathered in Los Angeles, California for a conference called: “Advances in Big Data: Implications for Dental Research.” This symposium took place at the 45th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research, which is held in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Dental Research. Together, that means dental science is being advanced by Big Data across an entire continent.

Federal Government Encourages Data Research

You may not know this, but the federal government offers multiple initiatives to support dental, oral, and craniofacial research in order to gather information for the betterment of these practices.

In addition, these initiatives gather data included on surveys, claims, and health records. Big Data can gather, collate, and extrapolate this data to help practitioners become better dentists.

Greater Access to More Data

Think about all the different kinds of data available today. In the past, each dental patient had a specific dental profile that included vital statistics, treatment plans, and prognosis. Until recently, a dentist could practice his entire career and his pool of information would be limited to his or her personal experience, as well as whatever conferences he attended or articles he read. Big Data drastically expands that well of knowledge.

By comparing and contrasting massive amounts of data, dental researchers can review treatments and medical issues across a much wider range while also comparing disparate and otherwise disconnected data sets to help establish a better and more complete context.

More Data Leads to Better Care

Data scientists have already shown how linking these disparate data sets (that weren’t previously connected) can improve medical care, make more accurate predictions, and lead to breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of common ailments. Now, just imagine all that power being implemented to benefit dental science. More accurate diagnosis, better prognosis, and treatment options.

Plus, Big Data can help dentists administratively too. From insurance billing to internal record-keeping, data science can help practitioners avoid waste, save money, and increase profits. And the smart ones will also pass some of those savings on to their patients. Think about it: increased customer satisfaction, patient loyalty, and better outcomes. That’s good news all around thanks to amazing advances in Big Data analysis.

David Milberg is a financial expert in New York and is a strong believer in big data.

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