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October 2009 Blog Posts (16)

Dentistry as An Artform

When people find out that I am a practicing dentist, they all can not believe that I actually am. I either fall (based on their perception) as a corporate office girl or as a model but never as a dentist.

I find it funny and a little bit sad because there are a lot of things that I had to endure and study to be where I am and I'm not being treated with the respect I deserve. (How's that for not getting worked up about it.)

After hundreds of hours writing… Continue

Added by Jessica Drew on October 29, 2009 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Problem codes and services-prophys, perio, and evaluations.

Although I have covered these codes and explanations in past articles and blogs, they continue to pose problems for dentists and staff. In fact, I receive at least one call pertaining to these services every day. What are these problem codes and services? D1110-Adult Prophylaxis, D0120-Periodic Oral Evaluation, D0150-Comprehensive Oral Evaluation, D0180-Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation, D4910-Periodontal Maintenance, and D4341-Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing.

First, let’s… Continue

Added by Carol Tekavec on October 28, 2009 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Sounds we want to hear

Deafness has been a blanket that has allowed me to enter cathedral-like silence for more than five decades. The model of hearing aid that I currently wear does not have a h*** in the ear mold. Previous models featured a h*** that allowed natural sound levels to enter in addition to the “piped in” sound. Without the h***, though, I merely have to push down on the compartment where the battery is in order to hear absolutely nothing.

So when the water cooler conversations turn to… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on October 27, 2009 at 10:23am — 2 Comments

What would people say about your attitude?

I attended a funeral for a family friend recently. While funerals are always a time (at least for me) for introspection and remembrance, there was something else that stood out to me at this funeral … and it’s something I hope can be said of me after I pass away.

Over and over during this friend’s service, it was mentioned how she always made others feel better when they were in her presence. She would always pick one attribute of a person to compliment, and then do… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on October 26, 2009 at 10:39pm — 4 Comments

Interested in writing a clinical article?

To all community members:

If you are interested in writing a clinical article for our DentistryIQ site (, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you...

Vicki Cheeseman
Associate Editor
PennWell, Dental Division

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on October 22, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

The most important thing we do

In my last post I noted that, in my opinion, the most important thing we can do as dental providers is to prevent patients from progressing from gingivitis to periodontitis. If we fail to achieve this, the patient now faces a lifetime of management because periodontal disease is a chronic, non-curable bacterial infection. When patients respond favorably to perio therapy they are healed, not cured. We should always keep in the forefront of our minds, that we are treating people, not mouths. With… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on October 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Wealth Facts vs. Fiction

I remember some years ago I was sitting in the office of my advisor, Ron Price, when three well-dressed men walked into his reception room and sat down. When we spoke later, I asked Ron who these men were. He said they were former NFL football players from the San Francisco 49s. He then went on to tell me that they were all broke. They had turned all their money over to an “advisor,” who had gotten them into some real estate deals and lost all their money. He said this is such an every day… Continue

Added by Dr. Michael Schuster on October 21, 2009 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Healthcare Reform and Dentistry

I am doing research for some freelance writing jobs on how health care providers think health care reform will affect their private practices. If funding of dental insurance/citizen insurance… Continue

Added by LincolnB on October 19, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Size Up Your Spending

Most dentists wonder what they should spend on advertising relative to their gross revenue. First of all, recognize that advertising is the fuel for your practice, not just now but in the future. Advertising gets you patients who hopefully will continue to spend with the practice for many years, and who also will refer their friends and family.

To me, ad spending breaks down into three tiers:

When you are starting up, you should probably set aside a significant… Continue

Added by Fred Joyal on October 15, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The indigestion from salary surveys

National percentage of dental hygienists who work full time vs. part time, according to RDH eVillage survey

Every year, just about right now, a light bulb goes off in my head about what’s wrong with dental hygiene. Then I eat too much candy at Halloween and too much turkey at Thanksgiving, and I’ve forgotten all about this little issue of so much “part-time” labor in the profession.

It’s that annual salary… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on October 15, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

"Your Competitors Aren't Napping Due to the Recession. Are You?"

Today I want to share two client anecdotes that hopefully will convince you to begin marketing (again) in earnest.

For confidentiality reasons I won’t reveal the identity of these two clients, but I can tell you that both are respected doctors who also run highly successful businesses. (The principles will apply to you whether you run a corporation, hospital or private practice.)

The first anecdote begins with a snippet from a recent email…

“Fortunately, we… Continue

Added by Stewart Gandolf on October 14, 2009 at 12:21pm — No Comments

The importance of addressing gingivitis aggressively

It is likely safe to say that patients with gingivitis are in every dental office every day. It is also likely safe to say that gingivitis is not given a significant amount of importance in some dental offices for a variety of reasons including its reversible nature. As clinicians we may put more emphasis on periodontitis, caries and other disease entities that require some form of active therapy.

Progression from gingivitis to periodontitis does not occur in every patient, does not… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on October 11, 2009 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

"17 Marketing Secrets to Win New Patients Now, Despite the Recession"

Free samples from this new DVD include 1. Common marketing mistakes providers make, 2. How to market tastefully and ethically, 3. Marketing methodology to reduce risk and 4. How to budget.

PS If you read my post last week about dentists and physicians not "buying" Bernanke's assertion that the recession is over, here are some results of our survey to readers of DT, Dentistry IQ, our enewsletter and our blog.

1. Do you… Continue

Added by Stewart Gandolf on October 8, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

Lessons learned on a surfboard

Aloha from the 50th state! The ADA Annual Session has just ended and many friends and colleagues are on their way back to the mainland. Overall, I think it was a successful meeting. You can see more of my thoughts on the meeting by watching one of my three daily recaps in our videos section.

While in Hawaii, one of the things I was fortunate enough to do was take surfboarding lessons and try out my new skills in the waters just outside Waikiki Beach. Believe me when I say that I… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on October 5, 2009 at 3:58am — 6 Comments

Dr Frank Tiberi DMD – Experienced Dentist In Connecticut

Dr. Frank Tiberi is a dentist based in Bridgeport Connecticut and he has a Doctor of Medical Dentist (DMD) Degree from University of Pittsburgh Dental School. Dr. Frank Tiberi's dental office in the Bridgeport area of Connecticut offers patients the most advanced dental services through the skilled hands of Dr. Tiberi. Dr. Frank Tiberi has over 17 years of experience when it comes to providing dental services from simple mouth filling to dental mouth procedures. Dr. Frank Tiberi DMD has… Continue

Added by Dr Frank Tiberi on October 4, 2009 at 9:08pm — No Comments

A Few Words About Websites...

When I hear dentists say that they don’t have a website (or even use e-mail!), I cringe. In these modern times, patients are more Web-savvy than ever — especially the new patients you want to bring into your practice. In fact, studies indicate that 80% of Internet users go online to find health-related information; this, of course, includes dentistry! Practices that don’t have a website look less professional than their competitors. Like it or not, these days, it’s hard for would-be patients to… Continue

Added by Fred Joyal on October 2, 2009 at 12:38pm — No Comments

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