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June 2009 Blog Posts (17)

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My son and I have just come back from him having his first 2 root canals. He will have to have a root canal on every tooth. The cost of this will be well over $30,000. He is a smart 35 yr old man who has used Mountain Dew to keep him working a 60 hour week. And boy is he ready for not only his new mouth, but also a new job.

His teeth have been decayed from the outside . . . no infection, good bones, all teeth are alive.

This really is a crime . . . that Mountain Dew… Continue

Added by Tiffany Grantham on June 30, 2009 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Technology ... and how it continues to evolve and impact what we do

Admit it. I caught you. You're on the computer right now. You can't deny it. You also can't deny that you actually clicked on my blog to read my thoughts. Do you ever just step back for a moment and think about how much our world has evolved in the last few years when it comes to technology? I was having a discussion the other day about how my 11-year-old daughter will grow up never knowing a world without the Internet, cell phones, CDs ... and blogs. A truly amazing thought, considering I had… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on June 30, 2009 at 11:53am — 2 Comments

Personalized patient care

In a previous post of mine I mentioned that we are now in an era of personalized patient care. What do I mean by that and is it better than the "one size fits all", or a "cookie cutter" approach to patient care? Many KOL's, educators, speakers and consultants, myself included, were preaching the gospel of standardization of patient care using some type of perio protocol. The idea was to ensure consistent perio diagnosis, treatment and maintenance, to make sure patients did not fall throuh the… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on June 27, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Paper vs. Electronic Records

Carol Tekavec CDA RDH

June, 2009

Paper vs. Electronic Records

If you had asked me ten years ago whether or not the entire medical/dental profession would be using electronic charts by now I would have said “yes”! However, ten years later I can now see paper records persisting for many years to come. Issues surrounding electronic medical/dental records go beyond concerns associated with bank accounts and credit card files. Health records can contain all of the… Continue

Added by Carol Tekavec on June 26, 2009 at 1:12pm — 9 Comments

Historic days indeed ... and how we respond

I picked up my 11-year-old daughter last night from art class and asked her if she had heard the news about Michael Jackson. As it turns out, she hadn't and I was the one who told her that he has passed away suddenly earlier in the day. A look of shock came over her face and she asked me question after question about his death. Her response surprised me because I didn't know Michael Jackson was a big deal to her. As a child of the 80s, I was in junior high and high school when MJ was THE music… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on June 26, 2009 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

Health care fraud ... and 10 ways to help stop it

If you've seen the news lately, no doubt you've heard plenty about President Obama's plan for health care reform ... and health care fraud. President Obama and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, recently announced a new high-level task force aimed at detecting and preventing health care fraud.

There's no question that matters of fraud become more pronounced during hard economic times. It seems as if some people are ready to… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on June 24, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments

When it rains it pours

Very similar to the patient I discussed in my last post, I had a patient today who was in for a perio maintenance visit. She had localized gingivitis, including areas that bled very easily upon probing, were red, tender and swollen. This is another patient with meticulous home care, again using the Sonicare and Listerine twice daily and flosses every day. She had a baby 5 months ago, is not nursing and is back on oral contraceptives. Given her very high level of home care, and diet that is not… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on June 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Stem cells may improve the adaptability of dental implants

A procedure using stem cells may provide a more thorough regeneration of periodontal tissue around dental implants, according to a new report published in the Journal of Oral Implantology.

Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth, but an implant’s ability to react to patient growth, pressure from chewing, and future orthodontic work is diminished if it is not surrounded by sufficient periodontal tissue. In this study, the authors engineered this periodontal tissue in a… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on June 22, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

Good explanation on oral/systemic link

The oral/systemic link is something more people are paying attention to, which is a very good thing for the health of the world. I read with interest The NobleDentist Blog, enjoying a fresh take on a subject that more people need to pay attention to. I particularly liked this quote: "There’s a direct connection between your teeth and gums and your heart, lungs, immune system, and cardiovascular system. Bacteria that build up in your mouth don’t stay there. They travel throughout the body like… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on June 19, 2009 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

Top 10 signs someone might be a fake dentist

I don't know how many of you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (if you don't, consider this your invitation), but there have been a lot of news stories out there lately about fake dentists being arrested. Maybe it's just coincidence or a sign of the economic times, but fake dentists are being busted left and right, it seems.

A friend of mine who has known me my entire life (literally ... her parents brought her to the hospital to see me when I was born) was inspired by some of my… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on June 18, 2009 at 3:33pm — No Comments

The era of being able to provide individualized perio care is here and the advantage to the patient cannot be over-emphasized. I had a patient this morning who typifies this quite well. This individu…

The era of being able to provide individualized perio care is here and the advantage to the patient cannot be over-emphasized. I had a patient this morning who typifies this quite well. This individual is in her mid twenties, has outstanding home care, using a Sonicare twice daily, flosses daily and rinses with an antimicrobial rinse AM and PM. She has a good diet, does not smoke, is not diabetic; in short, this is a patient who should have excellent periodontal health, but she doesn't. She has… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on June 18, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Nagelberg's blog - initial posting

As a general dentist practicing in a northwest suburb of Philadelphia, PA, I have seen our profession change dramatically since finishing school 27 years ago. As is the case with many professionals practicing for a significant period of time, our skills and interests evolve. Periodontal disease has become a passion of mine both clinically and scientifically. When I was in dental school, microbiology was my least favorite subject. I did not find it nearly as interesting as anatomy and physiology… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on June 15, 2009 at 12:05pm — No Comments

R-E-S-P-E-C-T ... Spell it with Aretha and me

Later this week in Plano, Texas, Professional Dental Assisting 2009 will take place in conjunction with the OSAP (Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures) Annual Symposium. It will be a great time of learning and networking for dental assistants and their infection control peers.

One of the topics sure to come up (aside from infection control) is the subject of mutual respect in the dental office. Far too often I hear from dental assistants about rocky relationships they have… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on June 8, 2009 at 8:16am — No Comments

A ton of dentist wannabes in Minnesota

by Mark Hartley

Did you know that all 3,000-plus hygienists in Minnesota aspire to be dentists?

It was news to me. I was intentionally copied on an e-mail about the recent legislation in Minnesota. The new law creates two new dental professions in that state — dental therapist and advanced dental therapist provider.

A dentist wrote on the e-mail chain, "Remember, hygienists want to be dentists without going to dental school. Their educators believe their… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on June 5, 2009 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

The importance of oral health care prevention

This is an obvious headline, but cannot be stressed enough. That's why there are still a multitude of articles and web sites that stress the health and cost benefits of simple prevention vs. treatment, including oral health prevention. Deamonte Driver, the 12 year old who died of a tooth abscess, is mentioned in this article as a prime example of no access to oral health care and how far it… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on June 4, 2009 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Say Cheese With Milk

GOT MILK? sponsors a photo contest to celebrate National Dairy & Smile Month

The struggle between parent and child starts at sundown. Bath: Check. Pajamas on: Check. Favorite bedtime book: Check. Brush teeth: Sigh. Suddenly, the nightly routine can come to a screeching halt if the child hates to brush his teeth. According to a 2006 report by the Dental Health Foundation, by the time children are in kindergarten, more than 50% already have had tooth decay. When these… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on June 2, 2009 at 11:02am — 2 Comments

Have you earned it?

I ran into one of my long-time friends tonight and he told me of a blog post he put together in honor of Memorial Day. I wanted to share it with you tonight. Thank you Mark Combs for putting your thoughts down and giving me something to think about...

This weekend we remember what many men and women sacrificed for our freedom. We honor the blood spilled, the lives lost, the price paid. We pay homage to the sons, fathers, daughters, and mothers that gave their life in service to their… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on June 1, 2009 at 10:35pm — No Comments

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