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September 2009 Blog Posts (16)

New study finds disturbing news when it comes to our kids

A little more than 11 years ago, I had a newborn baby girl and didn't work in the dental industry. However, I knew one day soon she would have teeth and we'd need to take care of those chompers, even if they were just "baby teeth." A new study out today by Delta Dental Plans shows most American children don’t see their family dentist until they are well over 2 years old, far later than is recommended by both dental and medical professionals.

Is it because of the economy? Well,… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on September 24, 2009 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

More on therapeutic endpoint

.....continuing from the last posting on the shifting definition of the endpoint of therapy to include bacteriological results in addition to clinical improvement. I am treating a 72 year old woman with chronic periodontitis, case type 4. DNA testing pre-operatively revealed two pathogens in sufficient quantity to cause disease. Her treatment consisted of SRP with Betadine irrigation, Arestin in all bleeding 5mm pockets and deeper and systemic antibiotics. The 30 day post op evaluation showed… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on September 21, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Look up and around ... you might be surprised what you see

Last week, I spent three days at a summit sponsored by Curve Dental in Moab, Utah. If you haven't heard of Curve Dental, chances are you will soon as the company will be offering Web-based practice-management software to dental offices. Rather than using servers, Curve will ask dental professionals to think a little differently and use the Web to hold their data. Whoa ... crazy thought, huh?

Throughout the three days I was in Utah, one theme kept coming up over and over as I sat with… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on September 19, 2009 at 9:20pm — 2 Comments

Making the Most Out of the Recession

Lately I've been hearing economists talk about how our nation's economy has turned a corner and is starting to improve. Consumer spending seems to be up, and here in California, recent months have seen growth in the housing market. Experts are claiming we're finally emerging from the recession that has cost so many of us jobs and opportunities and ground the world economy to a halt.

I realize my expertise is in marketing and not economics, but I'll believe it when I see… Continue

Added by Fred Joyal on September 18, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Woman regains sight through a procedure involving an implanted tooth

A 60-year-old Smithdale, Miss., woman — Sharron “Kay” Thornton — who had been blind for nine years now can see, thanks to a rare procedure in which surgeons implanted a tooth in her eye to hold a prosthetic lens in place. Dr. Victor L. Perez, a corneal specialist, performed a series of surgeries that involved implanting one of Ms. Thornton's teeth in her eye. The surgery was performed at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Perez… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on September 17, 2009 at 9:47am — No Comments

A little sprinkle on this parade

It is not my intent on to rain on a parade in Nashville, TN. A dental hygiene school opened up there, and the ensuing press release trumpeted the news. I've been involved with large projects that finally come to fruition. Endless committee meetings, hiring key people, long hours, finding space and equipment, etc.

"Folks, this committee meeting now begins. We have heard from the administration about the budget. They have allotted $25 million for the parking lot and $78 for prophy cups… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on September 16, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Patient education material from Harvard

Harvard Medical School recently published a short 53-page report titled, “Dental Health for Adults: A guide to protecting your teeth and gums.” It’s a well-done publication with a concise but detailed explanation about most things dental.

The downside is that I can’t see consumers (which the publication is prepared for) spending $18 for the report until perhaps when conditions deteriorate too much in their mouths. Much of the… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on September 14, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Therapeutic endpoint

With the huge strides being made in our knowledge of periodontal disease, an important change is taking place. It has to do with the endpoint of therapy, or therapeutic endpoint. How do we know we have reached a successful conclusion with our treatment of a patient with periodontal disease? The definition of a therapeutic endpoint is: "the defining factors that denote the end of a therapeutic process". Obviously this applies to many medical and dental treatments, medications, behavioral changes… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on September 13, 2009 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Learning about mini dental implants ... and shaking my head

I spent most of today (Saturday, Sept. 12) sitting inside the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, Texas, learning about IMTEC's mini dental implants. More than 40 of my new best friends and I took about nine hours to learn about this pretty amazing way of restoring people's health by giving them the ability to chew food again ... something most of us take for granted. As most of you know, I'm not a dentist and certainly don't pretend to be. This is the first all-day CE course that I have sat through… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on September 12, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Bisphosphonates and Dentistry

A recent report indicated that 7 out of the 63 women who were evaluated for for osteonecrosis of the jaw had been using only oral versions of bisphosphonates.(As opposed to the previously held theory that only those receiving IV bisphosphonates were at risk). Also, according to a Reuters report dated, 9-03-09, a trial in New York is the first of some 1,280 plantiff groups involving almost 900 cases over the U.S. claiming Fosamax caused ONJ. Osteoporosis is a bad condition. However, I think that… Continue

Added by Carol Tekavec on September 11, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Nick at Nite show Glenn Martin, DDS, fades

If the reviews about the Nick at Nite show, Glenn Martin, DDS, are true, it won't be around long. My son won't be tuning in and thankfully hasn't been asking to, because according to the reviews, it isn't suitable for anyone under 14. It doesn't sound like Glenn Martin, DDS, will promote much negative publicity about dentists, because frankly, no one seems to be watching. Every review I found when I googled it was negative. Here's a… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on September 11, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

The ADHA update on oral health's status in health-care reform

I don't think any of us question whether or not the proposed reform of health care is an ambitious project, and the angry responses at the legislators' town hall meetings certainly grabbed our attention about the public's interest in the results.

In addition, I think my recent views are being shaped by Dr. Darrell Pruitt's blogs at the PennWell Dental Group, as well as my own… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on September 8, 2009 at 1:32pm — 1 Comment

How do YOU define practice management?

When you click on “practice management” from the awesome new topics of discussion, what do you expect to find? Only 51% of those we surveyed said they’d heard of practice management. When asked to define practice management, surely those 51% have varying responses. Top responses had themes of evaluating the practice, running an office and helping increase business.

We all have our own perspectives and expectations. Each practice is different. Practice management,… Continue

Added by Cathy Jameson on September 3, 2009 at 9:45am — No Comments

Talking caries risk assessment in St. Paul

Ellen Neuenfeldt, RDH, BS, and I sit down and talk for a few minutes at the recent 3M ESPE Media Tour.

Recently, 3M ESPE was kind enough to invite me to a media tour of the company at its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. So I spent two rainy days up there where some folks asked this Oklahoma resident about tornados after the local siren sounded off in a warning on one of the days (I’ve seen one tornado, but it was… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on September 2, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The month of teal ... and why it's important to you and your family

With the calendar turning to September, you may be seeing a lot more teal-colored outfits, and it isn't just because it's the latest craze from Project Runway. September marks the nationwide observance of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, as designated by the President of the United States. The first Friday in September -- September 4, 2009 -- is National Teal Day and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance will lead the efforts of thousands of Americans wearing teal to increase awareness… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on September 2, 2009 at 8:55am — No Comments

The Heart of Your Practice

There’s one area of marketing where 80% of dental practices consistently fall short. Most doctors and office managers I talk to don’t even think of it as "marketing," and even fewer realize they may need improvement. Give up? I’m talking about answering the phone.

I know what you’re thinking: "My staff already answers the phone!" But statistics show that one out of four calls to a dental practice goes to an answering machine — when the office is open! The reality is most dental… Continue

Added by Fred Joyal on September 1, 2009 at 12:31pm — No Comments

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