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August 2009 Blog Posts (18)

Inflammatory response

Historically our perio treatments have focused on the bacterial origins of periodontal disease, and we have developed and utilized a wide array of treatments and adjunctive therapies combating the bugs that cause perio disease. I have spent years preaching this in my educational presentations around the country. This is still vitally important. It is now understood and accepted that perio disease is a bacterial infection starting with oral biofilm, and that periodontal tissue destruction is… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on August 31, 2009 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Will You Be Prepared If You Lose Your Job?

For years, there was job security in being a dental hygienist in private practice. With the job rate daily climbing and the economy falling, no job is secure any more. Will you be prepared if you lose your job?

Start by writing a cover letter. A cover letter is a short introductory letter that accompanies your resume. It is especially important to use a cover letter when mailing or faxing a resume to a potential employer. The cover letter should be written in a way to persuade this… Continue

Added by Susan Garcia Clark on August 28, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

More cowbell!

I'm a Saturday Night Live fan and have been since the days of two wild and crazy guys boogying across the screen. A friend of mine shares my love for SNL and recently sent me one of our favorite skits of all time. If you've seen it, you know about "more cowbell!" If you haven't, it's pretty funny (in my opinion) to watch ... of course, I think anything Will Ferrell does is pretty funny to watch. Here's the link to the… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on August 25, 2009 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Something we say that should be banned during the health-care reform debate

I received an email that promoted a book while offering a few observations about health-care reform. The subject line of "Don't forget the nurses when talking about health care reform" certainly caught my attention, simply because I don't want anyone to forget about dental hygienists either.

But the "advertisement" part of the email is about a book written by Irene Stemler, RN, "Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America’s Nurses… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on August 25, 2009 at 9:24am — 1 Comment


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Added by robert a. scotti on August 19, 2009 at 10:56am — No Comments

Keeping up has never been more important

Research is going on at an ever increasing pace, bringing so much new information, advancing our profession almost by the hour. Think of the endless sources of information including; online learning, print journals, electronic versions of journals such as the digital edition of Dental Economics and JADA, research portals such as PubMed, to name only a few. Excellent research is coming from the US, UK, France, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, Japan, China, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia,… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on August 17, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Canadian dental offices stay true to their country

I just received this information from the Dental Industry Association of Canada. It's pretty interesting to me to see that the dealer continues to play such a huge role in the lives of dental professionals, whether it's in the U.S., Canada, or other countries.

The vast majority of Canadian dental offices remain loyal to their “local sources” of sundry/consumable products and dental laboratory prostheses despite the current recession, according to results from the DIAC (Dental… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on August 14, 2009 at 2:25pm — No Comments

A closer look at the ADHA's Employment Survey

In May 2009, the ADHA initiated an online survey, the “Dental Hygiene Job Market and Employment Survey.” The association obtained an excellent response, more than 3,000 (35% of the respondents were not even members of the ADHA).

The association likely is weighing the information carefully as it plans its strategy – not just for recruitment purposes but also for gauging the profession’s strength in the future. The executive director, Ann Battrell, indicated as much during a media… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on August 14, 2009 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

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Added by majannelle on August 13, 2009 at 10:17am — No Comments

We are in a time of great change in our profession

I think it is easier to recognize times of rapid change when looking back on it, rather than when it is occurring. We are in a period of seismic change in the dental profession. Some time in the future this will be recognized as period of major change in our knowledge and understanding of perio disease. Research is expanding knowledge so rapidly and pieces of the relationship between oral and systemic conditions are starting to fall in place. If this were a puzzle, which it kind of is, we would… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on August 10, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Stay married ... and have whiter teeth?

I recently received an email from a PR agency touting an author's new book, which is a pretty common thing for me. The subject line of the email read, "Study Shows Divorced, Widowed Adults Have Increased Health Risks." Being the curious editor I am, I opened the email and went on to read how divorce has been shown to have a lasting toll on a person's health (want to read more? Here's the link… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on August 9, 2009 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

How the local guests are faring

RDH Under One Roof is a unique situation for me in that I'm, uh, a host. During most dental conferences, I'm a just a guest too. While I mingle with other dental conference guests, there's a certain etiquette to be observed that is respectful of the dentists or hygienists hosting a conference.

But you're our guests at UOR and there's probably a greater comfort level about talking with whomever and wherever.

I met quite a few hygienists from the host state of Nevada (RDH… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on August 5, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

EDRs by 2015? Really?

“The electronic health record may not be the result of changes of our choice. They are going to be mandated. No one is going to ask, ‘Do you want to do this?’ No, it’s going to be, ‘You have to do this.’ That’s why we absolutely need the profession to be represented in the discussions about EHR to make sure our ideas are enacted to the greatest extent possible.” - Dr. John Findley, September, 2008.

I think it is an unfortunate indictment of my professional organization’s weak… Continue

Added by Darrell Pruitt on August 5, 2009 at 8:37am — No Comments

Nick at Nite "Glenn Martin, DDS" closer to its debut

I blogged about a new Nick at Nite show back in May when I heard about it. My feelings haven't changed. Early on it looks like Glenn Martin, DDS, is not going to portray positive images of dentists for children to be watching. The Soundentistry Web site is concerned about the show. The page… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on August 4, 2009 at 3:54pm — 3 Comments

Did you know? Insurance carriers can dictate fees for non-covered services?!

“In-network” dentists, meaning dentists who have signed a contract with an insurance carrier, may not realize that their agreements may feature a restriction on fees for services not covered by the insurance carrier. Even though an insurance carrier will not pay toward a non-covered service or procedure provided after the patient’s annual maximum has been exhausted, they dictate the fee that the network dentist may charge. The dentist is not able to charge his/her “normal” fee, and in some… Continue

Added by Carol Tekavec on August 4, 2009 at 12:05pm — 5 Comments

Update on patient care

Some of the patients I previously discussed here have come back for re-evaluation. The female patient with phenomenal home care and a level of gingivitis that was difficutl to explain with such excellent biofilm control, was in recently. This patient's pre-treatment DNA test came back with 5 perio pathogens at high levels. I interpreted these results to mean that if her home care were not so optimal, she would likely have full blown, generalized periodontitis. We treated her with whole mouth… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on August 3, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

We need someone honest in politics ... like a dental assistant, right?

Hey, you know I'm a HUGE fan of the dental assistants, but the headline of this blog didn't come from me. It actually came from a writer in suburban Kansas City in her recent column that you can see by clicking here.

I like this quote from her ... "It gets to the point where you want to beg your nice dental assistant or true-blue Uncle Stanley the shoe salesman to run for office. They… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on August 3, 2009 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

ADA Presidents and broken promises

The election for a future ADA president occurs the first week in October in Hawaii at the 2009 annual meeting. A couple of days ago, the ADA News Online posted the ADA President-elect candidates’ statements.

All three sound like they support meaningful dialogue with membership:

Candidate Dr. Raymond Gist says one of his goals is: “To protect and preserve ownership of the intellectual… Continue

Added by Darrell Pruitt on August 2, 2009 at 9:09pm — No Comments

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