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February 2010 Blog Posts (19)

5 things that will make you happier

This article titled "5 things that will make you happier" from MSNBC News on Twitter caught my eye the other day. I read it and tweeted about it. Scientists have argued that happiness is largely determined by genetics, health, and various factors beyond our control. But a psychologist named Sonja Lyubomirsky from the University of California, Riverside, says part of our happiness "is within our power to change."

Lyubomirsky spoke at a recent meeting of the American…

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on February 24, 2010 at 11:57am — 11 Comments

Social media is empowering your patients - are you excited or scared?

I find that marketers and a few dentists are really excited about social media, but the majority of providers I speak with are skeptical or nervous.

Here is an article I wrote which has received a lot of traction.

What do you think?

Added by Stewart Gandolf on February 19, 2010 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

Interaction Points


Added by Jameson Management on February 19, 2010 at 10:23am — 1 Comment

Dental news of the day for Thursday, Feb. 18

Patterson reports sales numbers

Sales of Patterson Dental Supply, Patterson’s largest business, were $572,073,000 in the third quarter, down 2% from $584,140,000 in the year-earlier period.…


Added by Kevin Henry on February 18, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Free Online Event for Registered Dental Hygienists: March 12-13, 2010

RDH Event, our online tradeshow for Dental Hygienists is now open. Register today to earn up to 9 free CE credits, win prizes, learn about new products, network with your peers, and more. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. Click Here for More Information

Added by Machele Galloway on February 16, 2010 at 10:29am — No Comments


For the ones lucky enough to head out to the windy city, what is at the top of your list of reachable goals in those three short days?

Added by Mary Jane RDH BS on February 15, 2010 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

An Alarming Trend

Maybe you haven’t noticed. Maybe it isn’t important, and yet maybe it is. There is an alarming trend afoot in our culture. It is a becoming more and more a culture of ‘using people’. Maybe it’s always been this way, but my sense is that as our culture becomes more and more technological in nature, it becomes more material and less spiritual as well.

As the I-Phone, Blackberry, and laptop computers proliferate, people spend less and less time face-to-face. Rather than talk with each… Continue

Added by Dr. Michael Schuster on February 15, 2010 at 11:09am — 3 Comments

The top dental patient pet peeve is...

Just received the news release from a company called NPress out of Austin, Texas. You can find out more about NPress by clicking here.…


Added by Kevin Henry on February 11, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Free Live Webcast (1 CE credit): Short Implant Surgery - February 18, 2010 (7:00 - 8:00 pm EST)

This live webcast will feature the placement of a Short Implant utilizing an internal sinus lift technique. All participants will have the opportunity to ask the clinician questions about the placement both during and after the surgery. Click here to register

Added by Machele Galloway on February 10, 2010 at 11:17am — No Comments

For Sale: Hope & Confidence

In my ten years as a dentist, cleaning teeth and doing dental implants, today is the only time I actually stopped what I was doing to ask myself this question: What am I really working for—to sell smile or confidence?

Perhaps both. After all, I did not become a dentist to simply clean teeth. I want to…


Added by Mark L. Clark on February 10, 2010 at 12:37am — 1 Comment

Teeth bling-blings

My beauty queen sister got a veneer on her teeth two years ago. Prior to the veneer, her teeth were really small and her handler told her that beauty queens need to have big teeth. So, she got her teeth puffed-up.

So, anyways, she called me yesterday and asked for my opinion on teeth blings. She’s considering putting some on her teeth. I’m not sure if she…


Added by Mark L. Clark on February 9, 2010 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

The common threads

A play on words is the source for this new blog. What do all implants have in common? Threads!

A few months back, I was asked to participate on DentistryIQ in regard to roles of the staff in implant dentistry. I am happy to say I am ready to begin. With 30…


Added by Lisa C Wadsworth on February 9, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How I learned first-hand about being a raving fan

You know the term “raving fan?” It’s something all dental offices (and all businesses for that matter) are trying to find and create. We all want “raving fans” for whatever we’re doing, whether it’s supporting a cause, cheering for a team, or promoting a business. Recently, I received a first-hand lesson in what it takes to create a raving fan.…


Added by Kevin Henry on February 7, 2010 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Conscious Sedation Provider Course Atlanta, GA Feb. 27, 2010

Conscious Sedation Consulting is offering a comprehensive didactic continuing education course on the administration of conscious (moderate) sedation and analgesia.

This course is appropriate for all non-anesthesia dental providers who are involved in the administration of sedatives and analgesia. Course has been developed in accordance with core principles described in National Accrediting Organization Standards and specialty society guidelines.

Course meets and exceeds… Continue

Added by Randy Pigg on February 3, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

More on gingivitis

So it turns out that gingivitis is not really an early form of periodontitis. I am beginning to think my nickname should be Dr. Heresy. I have done a fair amount of research recently on this topic and gingivitis is actually the gate keeper to periodontitis, not a mild or early form of it. We know this through several avenues of information. From a tissue level perspective, gingivitis is primarily a T cell mediated response and periondontitis is primarily a B cell and plasma cell mediated… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on February 2, 2010 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

A Story about Making Choices

Two Clear Choices...

What would you do? Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway.

Question is: Would we have made the same choice?

At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interferred with by outside… Continue

Added by Yin Chew on February 2, 2010 at 5:31pm — 5 Comments

The Truth About Emergencies

You’re no doubt very familiar with this situation:

You get a call a few minutes before you’re heading home on a Friday night. The caller isn’t a patient of yours. In fact, he hasn’t seen a dentist in years. He’s broken a tooth, is in extreme pain and doesn’t have a lot of money. He’s not sure if he can afford to have his tooth fixed, but hopes you might be able to prescribe him some pain medication to help him get through the weekend.

Most dentists would receive a call… Continue

Added by Fred Joyal on February 2, 2010 at 2:08pm — 5 Comments

My Journey thru Dentistry

I started my journey by graduating from Diablo Valley College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. With great enthusiasm I went to work for a general practitioner and a periodontist. I really loved the work, especially the perio office. I set up and directed the patient care program, working with patients and other staff members to create an awsome patient education and home care program. The program was very patient compliant and as a result very successful. I credit a lot of the success to using… Continue

Added by Ann M Spink DDS on February 2, 2010 at 1:25pm — No Comments


What types of Dental Plans do you guys accept? Some Dental Insurance is very complicated and requires lots of paper work. Other plans are very simple. Which ones do you guys find the most friendly to new staff? Which plans do you find hard to learn? Any tips or advice welcome.

Added by Cindy Fallsen on February 1, 2010 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

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