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January 2009 Blog Posts (9)

What? Crackers are not a teeth-friendly snack?!

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (, many parents and caregivers are unaware that routine practices, such as providing healthy snacks, may increase children's risk of developing cavities.

To read more, click here:

The national survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on January 29, 2009 at 10:49am — 2 Comments

Dentists Often the First To Spot Eating Disorders

In the United States alone, 35 million men, women, and children suffer from eating disorders. Dentists are becoming the first line of defense when it comes to spotting eating disorders in patients, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.

Bad breath, sensitive teeth, and eroded tooth enamel are just a few of the signs dentists use to determine whether a patient suffers from an eating disorder. Other signs include teeth that are worn and appear almost translucent, mouth sores,… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on January 27, 2009 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Dr. Gregory Chotkowski will be presenting at Yankee Dental, 1/29: Stem Cells and the Dental Professional.

StemSave will be exhibiting at the Yankee Dental Conference in Boston January 29th - 31st. Please stop by Booth 512 and introduce yourself, our President Dr Greg Chotkowski and CEO Art Greco will both be in attendance and look forward to meeting you there.

Dr. Gregory Chotkowski will also be presenting a Minuteman Lecture: Stem Cells and the Dental Professional. The Dental Professional will play an important role in both the recovery and the future use of stem cells in Dental and… Continue

Added by Gregory Chotkowski on January 26, 2009 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Teaching flossing to 8-15year olds...

I would love to share my method of teaching flossing to elem./middle school aged kids with you. It's related to sports!

Please visit my

I am a school dental hygienist in PA, USA.

Added by Marsha Hertweck on January 16, 2009 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Teen smiles, braces and Invisalign

When my teenage daughter was told she might need braces, she came home in tears. When I told her she might qualify for an alternative called Invisalign, she brightened considerably. So I tend to believe the results of a recent nationwide survey conducted by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign. They asked 510 teens ages 12 to 17 about braces and self image.

Teens are not unlike aging baby boomers — conscious of their looks. A majority of the teen respondents said they would be… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on January 14, 2009 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Do You Spend $300 to Collect $100?

Here's a scenario typical at many dental offices: A patient comes up to the front desk after receiving their services and doesn't know there's a co-pay. Perhaps they thought their "dental insurance" would cover it. They say they didn't bring their wallet, checkbook or whatever. So the front desk says, "No problem, we'll send you a bill." Your collections person prepares the bill and sends it out. No payment comes in. A second bill is sent. No payment. The patient is called. A message left. More… Continue

Added by Jonathan Hayes on January 13, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

An Internet Resource for 'All Things Dental'

The Academy of General Dentistry launched a great, new Web site called Have you been there yet? It's a good place to send your patients for more information about "all things dental." To find out more, read this story:… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on January 8, 2009 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

Update on Before-and-After photo contest

Thanks to all of you who entered the before-and-after photo contest. The submission deadline has passed and we now have a panel looking at the entries to see which ones will make the Top 10. The Top 10 will be posted on our site no later than Monday, January 12m and voting will begin at that time. Community members can vote for their favorite case and the winner will appear in a future issue of Dental Economics.

Thanks for entering and best of luck to all participants...

Added by Kevin Henry on January 2, 2009 at 9:32am — No Comments

Osteoporosis drug linked to jaw trouble

I admit I find it unsettling that the 21st most prescribed drug in the United States, Fosamax (alendronate), has been linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). This condition is characterized by pain, soft-tissue swelling, infection, loose teeth, and exposed bone. Whereas the chances of the condition developing in those taking bisphosphonates was thought to be "negligible," a new study reveals about 4 percent of those taking the drug to increase bone mass may develop this… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on January 2, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

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