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August 2012 Blog Posts (13)

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a dental consultant?

Last week I was honored to attend the Henry Schein Practice Solutions Summit which is

a meeting of the minds between Schein executives  and dental consultants (especially those focused on dental technology). During this event, Schein shared new product features and programs available and the consultants asked questions and provided feedback to improve the products.



Added by Jill Nesbitt on August 26, 2012 at 7:25am — No Comments

More Diversity Needed on State Dental Boards for Meeting Oral Healthcare Needs


Instead of state dental boards operating to educate its citizens of professional etiquettes, complaint procedures for consumers, and some type of professional guarantee for consumer satisfaction of state board disciplinary action; state dental boards operate with professional protectionism, with little or no transparency of consumer complaints or rule changes filed; monopolistic jurisdiction over would be competitors, suppressing innovative opportunities for its state citizens,…


Added by Gary W. Vollan L.D. on August 23, 2012 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Thank you, Blythe Danner, for raising awareness

Actress Blythe Danner, and her daughter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, lost their husband and father, director-producer Bruce Paltrow, to oral cancer in 2002.

With firsthand knowledge of the disease, Ms. Danner has recently partnered with the Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of oral cancer, which still has only a dismal 30% five-year survival rate. Part of Danner's message will encourage people to visit their dentist for an annual oral cancer screening.

Most of…


Added by Meg Kaiser on August 20, 2012 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

Where is the science?

As dental professionals, we like science to back up our recommendations, theories and practice. So let me ask, where is the science backing alternating periodontal maintenance between the periodontist and general practice? Where does proof exist that this routine improves the long term periodontal health of the patient?

For over 9 years, I worked in both a general and periodontal practice. The scheduling person at the periodontal practice had to be careful not to schedule patients my…


Added by Lory Laughter on August 17, 2012 at 2:12pm — 4 Comments

So why are you doing this?

“So why are you doing this?”

It’s 6:05 on a Friday morning and I’ve just started my third boot camp training class of the week at my gym. My trainer is a great guy … and he’s also a guy that could snap me in two pretty easily if I ever made him mad (that’s high on my list of things not to do). Today he asked me this question as we were just getting started on our hour of sweat.

I didn’t have to think long for my answer. I looked at myself in the mirror five weeks ago and didn’t…


Added by Kevin Henry on August 17, 2012 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

How to help solve team conflict and achieve team harmony in your dental practice

In my practice, I handle all major staff upsets. I have solved personality conflicts, he said/she said situations, tangles over closing duties and dozens of other tearful crises. However, I also train my staff and team leaders to solve these problems as well, so they don't need me, but I'm available to help. We use approaches such as:

  • I messages:  "I feel _______…

Added by Jill Nesbitt on August 16, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Dr. Joe Blaes reports on the OmniCam from the "CEREC 27 and a half" meeting in Las Vegas

Thoughts from Dr. Joe Blaes, editor of Dental Economics, on the OmniCam which was introduced today in Las Vegas.

"The Sirona launch of the OmniCam is an incredible move forward. The OmniCam glides over teeth and records in color. This is a completely new camera that was designed for access. This camera feel like a handpiece and handles the same way with a rotating camera tube. The tip is 42% smaller allowing it to reach anywhere in the mouth. Hold on to your seat! This…


Added by Kevin Henry on August 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How will Health care requirements affect dentistry?

I rarely write or question from the employee point of view, but this question is on my mind lately. As a small business owner, I know the financial impact of forcing more fees on already struggling businesses could be the end for some. As am employee who recently became victim to the perils of individual plan prices, I understand how much can personally be gained by having access to reasonably priced health care coverage.

It makes no sense to me that paying on an individual plan costs…


Added by Lory Laughter on August 16, 2012 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

How does stress among Americans compare to the stress level felt by dental workers?

Dental assisting and dental hygiene are two careers that remain dominated by women employees. RDH eVillage, and Dental Assisting Digest, two e-newsletters published by PennWell, annually conduct salary surveys of both assistants and hygienists, encouraging readers to submit comments about their jobs.

The comments that readers provide often hint at stress in dentistry’s workplaces (an overwhelming understatement, yes?).

Pay raises occur too seldom. A little…


Added by Mark Hartley on August 15, 2012 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

Keys to building patient loyalty in your practice

Few would dispute that it is much more costly to gain a new patient than to keep the ones already in your practice. The money and time has already been spent to gain that new patient. Since they are already familiar with you and your team, it only makes sense to try to keep them with you.

Creating loyal patients is the key you retaining them for the long term. Not only will long-term patients continue to see you for treatment, they are more likely to be an advocate for your…


Added by Ken Smith on August 10, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Response to the American Dental Association’s Leadership


A professional response to the oral healthcare workforce crisis by American Dental Association’s President, Dr. William R. Calnon,  has been long awaited by a number of us in the dental profession; knowing that the American Dental Associations leadership has had a problem differentiating between words of wisdom and words of action. Dr. Calnon’s “breaking down barriers” statement which follows; says it all and sums up decades of animosity between ADA and other oral health care…


Added by Gary W. Vollan L.D. on August 10, 2012 at 12:12am — No Comments

A dry eye about UOR

Grasshoppers were frying in the outdoor skillet last week, but it wasn’t at RDH Under One Roof. So one minor celebration during UOR 2012 was that it was actually cooler in Las Vegas than in my hometown in Oklahoma, which was keeping one very dry eye on wildfires in the area.

RDH Under One Roof celebrated another year with approximately 1,500 in attendance during the conference on Aug. 1-3 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Many authors for RDH…


Added by Mark Hartley on August 6, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

LeAnn Rimes cancels tour dates for dental surgery

Country singer LeAnn Rimes disappointed fans by canceling tour dates this week to undergo emergency root canal surgery, her "dental nightmare" according to one report.

Thanks to social media, fans were treated to up-to-the-minute details of Rimes' ordeal and pain.

"Life does not work on the right schedule sometimes," she tweeted. 

"I got 3 shots in the roof of my mouth & 1 Insane shot directly into the half dead, half Alive nerve through the hole…


Added by Meg Kaiser on August 2, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

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