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Root Planing-How Smooth Do They Need To Be?


I often asked myself the question regarding root planing, “How smooth do they (the roots) need to be?” I’ve never had a good answer. I asked others the same question and their answers weren’t any better than mine.

I don’t remember ever reading a study that looked into this. There are hundreds of articles that espouse the need for smooth roots but they never answer the question of how smooth they need to be?

I have a few other questions I…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 12, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

How to Double your Patients with One Quick Fix!

If you are interested in doubling the number of new patients you get in a month this will be the most important message you will ever read.


Here's why:


There is a bottleneck in your practice that is preventing people from becoming your patients. These people are actively looking for dental services. They are predisposed to accepting treatment plans. Yet, at the moment when it counts the most, they are unable to get an appointment with you.




Added by Dr. Gregory Hughes on May 11, 2015 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Graig Presti Local Search For Dentists™ Dental Marketing

I don’t usually do this, but let’s get theoretical for a second. Every satisfied patient should bring you more patients, right? Ideally word-of-mouth would do all the work – your happy patients would refer their friends and family, who in turn would become patients.

But what if you’re not quite at that stage? What if you have no internal referral system set up, and no follow-up with existing patients that gets them to…


Added by Graig Presti on May 5, 2015 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Graig Presti Local Search For Dentists Launches New Reputation Marketing for Dental Offices

With an increasing amount of patients turning to online resources to research potential dental care providers, it’s becoming essential for dentists and practices to not only increase their online visibility, but also ensure that their online reputation is in good standing. A new program launched by is helping dental professionals across the nation establish more credibility online and increase their number of patients because of it.

“So many patients now go…


Added by Graig Presti on May 5, 2015 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Kodak X-ray Sensor Repair

Kodak X-ray Sensor Repair

Sodium Dental has been repairing Kodak x-ray sensors for dentists and clinics all around the world for over 4 years now.  Repairing several thousand Kodak sensors over the years has taught us that…


Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on May 4, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

The Versatility of the Gracey 13/14 - Root Planing

Root Planing With The Gracey 13/14

In my last blog I made the case for simplifying your scaling and root planing set-ups by keeping the number of hand instruments you use to a minimum. The minimum number of instruments to use is a personal choice. Some of you may feel you can’t get by with fewer than six or seven instruments while others may be able to get the job done with as few as two or three. Obviously, I’m not advocating compromising quality of care. I am advocating the…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 1, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments

Dental Instruments on a Tight Budget

My career as a periodontist spanned many years. I was involved in education for a time and was director of a hospital based residency program for two years. I was in private practice for over 30 years. I was surprised to learn that today the average dental practice spends $50,000/yr. on supplies, including hand instruments. This is according to an ADA survey done…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 28, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments

A Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant

Dental assisting is a wide open gateway into the medical profession. A dental assistant has the opportunity to work with different clients every single day – from the elderly to little first graders. They can even pursue further professional opportunities like dental hygiene or practical nursing.

The job outlook for dental assistants for the next few years is…


Added by Ray Holder on April 24, 2015 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

The Three Bears Of Dental Instrument Sharpening

What could the Three Bears possibly have to do with dental instrument sharpening? Well, you don’t want to use a sharpening stone that’s too hard or too soft. You want the one that’s just right!


If you read my previous blogs you know I prefer to use a slightly coarser grit sharpener. One I would label a medium grit sharpener. A medium grit sharpener produces an acceptable edge faster.…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 23, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Dental Instrument Sharpening Stone – Fine or Medium Grit?

In my last blog I recommended the use of a medium grit instrument sharpener instead of the fine Arkansas grit sharpener most of us were trained with. I mentioned the benefits included the ability to sharpen faster and the creation of functional wire edges (below) which can enhance the removal of calculus. I didn’t mention the challenges of using an Arkansas fine grit sharpener.…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 17, 2015 at 11:33am — No Comments

Reasons Why Dentists Should Use Social Media

In the past, social media was used mainly as a way to keep entertained, connect with friends and give personal updates to people in your network. However, social media quickly evolved and became one of the best ways to also market and advertise a business. No matter which niche you look in, whether it is healthcare, finance or real estate, companies across the globe use social media to create professional connections, advertise services and create a loyal client base. Today a…


Added by Gary Moore on April 16, 2015 at 1:28am — No Comments

No. 1 Way Dentists Market Their Practice

These days online marketing for dentists is booming, and if you have a dental practice, this is certainly a trend you want to ride. Especially if your practice is well-known, digital marketing platforms can give you access to more patients, both new clients and returning customers. The benefits of these free marketing tools are endless as long as you know how to manage and maintain them. This is why online marketing is the No. 1 strategy for dental care practitioners across…


Added by Charles Crawford on April 15, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Dental Practice Statistics: What do with them?

Statistics are like x-rays or a car's dashboard. Stats tell you and the employee what's going on in a specific area of the practice. Some stats can be assigned to a specific employee. For example NPs or # of Patients…


Added by Cambridge Dental Consultants on April 14, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Influence of Leadership in the American Dental Association and its Impact on Members

The ADA is the largest and oldest professional association of dentists in the world. General and specialized dentists committed to the public’s oral hygiene and dental care make up the membership. They work on development of the industry and scientific advancement so dentistry can maintain only the highest standards. They maintain rigorous activity in testing and advertising of dental products as well as establish guidelines and standards for all member practitioners.…


Added by Dr. James C. Ma DDS on April 4, 2015 at 12:16am — No Comments

Five Steps Dentists Use to Get More Patient Surveys

Ideally, word of mouth and patients with bright, white smiles would be all the marketing a dentist needs, but, in this digital age, the competition for business is fierce, especially in healthcare. Dental practitioners have to go above and beyond if they want to win those new patients.


One surefire way to boost visibility is through patient reviews and testimonials. Dentists must make patient surveys part of…


Added by Dr. Connie Nguyen on April 3, 2015 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Dental Instruments Sharp? How Can You Tell?

When Are Dental Instruments Sharp?

I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of keeping your scalers and curettes sharp. So, how do we know when they’re sharp? Well, it’s very easy and doesn’t require anything more than a good light source. The best light source to use is within arms reach, your operatory light. You can get rid of your acrylic test sticks which don’t really work very well anyway. You simply don’t need them.

Take a look at a drawing of a sharp dental instrument…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 3, 2015 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

The new keys to Free and Easy Dental marketing

Let’s face it, lots has changed in marketing over the past 15 years. In 2000 the internet was still new and people were just starting to realize what it meant to “be on the web”. Now most of our patients are connected and have 24 hour access through smart phones. This has changed how people use and gather information, and how they make their purchasing decisions. The new frontier of marketing needs to consider this new consumer behavior. The days of buying a yellow page ad, open a clinic,…


Added by Joseph Aquilina on April 2, 2015 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Four Things That Will Change How You Approach Dentistry?

Going to the dentist with a positive attitude is very important. This is because you must keep up with your dental health if you want to avoid certain health problems linked with your oral health, such as heart disease. Having a great, beautiful smile and healthy teeth is important to your confidence, but they’re also very important to your well being and your life.


If you know for a fact that you are…


Added by Dr. Connie Nguyen on April 1, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

10 Myths About Dentistry

There are many myths and urban legends surrounding dentistry, and it has been that way ever since the industry has existed. Some of these myths ring true while others remain false and are quite silly.


Removing Tartar Will Loosen Teeth


Your teeth are held in their position because of the bone in your jaw, however, tartar can bind your teeth…


Added by Charles Crawford on April 1, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Dental Marketing

Advertising and marketing your business as a cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs can be difficult. It’s a jungle out there, and you have so many competitors looking to target the same audience. The most important question you have to ask yourself is this: how do I make my website stand out against my competitor’s websites?…


Added by Gary Moore on March 31, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

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