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It's time for the 2008 Practice Survey!

While the calendar may have just turned to May, we at Dental Economics are already looking ahead to the fall. That's when the results of the 2008 Practice Survey, a joint effort of Dental Economics and Levin Group, will be released. We need your help building the survey, so please take a few moments and fill it out for us.

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It's always amazing how much information we gather… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on May 1, 2008 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

Our fair for technology, everything but the corn dogs

The DDS Tech Fair is our third virtual dental conference. Many of the hygienists in our community know what we mean by "virtual" since the first two, simply called RDH Event, were for hygienists.

The third virtual dental conference is called DDS Tech Fair, and it is scheduled for June 6-7.

Where? To me, the virtual conferences mean I can leave the suitcase in the closet, since all I do is turn on the computer to wander from the seminars to the exhibit floor and then back… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on April 28, 2008 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Member #199! Congratulate her! Send her a note. Do you know how?

At some point today or overnight, we'll have the 200th member join this site. Ought to celebrate, huh?

Instead of toasting #200, anyone want to toast Member #199? Her name is Susan Fredericks, and she's one of Deb Hartley's pals who joined the site earlier today.

Hip hip hooray to Susan!

Send her a note. Not a comment. Send her a private note. Do you know how?

This brings up one of the hardest things I had to get used to with this site. See that… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on April 25, 2008 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Cavities: Do We Still Have a Long Way To Go?

I read a story published today in The Ottawa Citizen with some surprise. It began like this ...

“Too many little kids with decaying teeth and cavities is a major concern for most dentists, says Dr. Ian McConnachie, a specialist in pediatric dentistry and past president of the Ontario Dental Association.”

He went on to say, “He cites a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that points to a 15.2% increase in tooth decay during the last decade among… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on April 17, 2008 at 3:57pm — 5 Comments

Shakeup at the ADA ... how will it affect things?

In a stunner, the American Dental Association has informed its members that Dr. James B. Bramson, executive director, and Mary K. Logan, chief operating officer, are no longer employed with the ADA. Dr. Mark J. Feldman will be serving as the interim executive director of the ADA.

It will be interesting to see what effect these moves have on the ADA office in Chicago and see how those changes are filtered down through the membership. I know many people thought that Dr. Bramson would… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on April 17, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Oral health linked to overall health

No big surprises there. But I admit, I'm becoming a dental nerd, and this is a topic that's always fascinated me. When I mention this to my friends, unfortunately, they do act surprised. (I'll slip into conversation, "Did you know that dentists can tell their patients who have diabetes from looking at their mouths? Did you know that studies have linked heart disease and gum disease, Alzheimer's and gum disease, premature birth and gum disease, to name a few? The mouth is the gateway to… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on April 15, 2008 at 11:30am — 8 Comments



Dental professionals around the world have a great new place for discovery. It’s called the A-dec Education Center, a state-of-the-art showroom and training facility… Continue

Added by Dr. Joe Blaes on April 14, 2008 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Medicare Fraud or Poor Practice Management?

On March 6, Dr. Roy S. Shelburne of Pennington Gap, Va., was convicted of 10 felony charges involving racketeering, health care fraud, structuring funds, and money laundering. He was convicted by a federal jury in Abington, Va. According to the prosecution, he maximized his practice's income by overbilling insurance carriers and Medicaid for services that were never performed and for services that were performed, but not medically necessary.

In trial testimony, a dental assistant to… Continue

Added by Penny Anderson on April 10, 2008 at 4:00pm — 34 Comments

Dental erosion and the youngest patients

I'll quickly admit that I am an avid soda drinker. I have two cans of Diet Pepsi or Diet Dr. Pepper first thing in the morning along with my breakfast bar. The true breakfast of champions, eh? Unfortunately, my love for soda has been passed along to my 10-year-old daughter. She will commonly request… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on April 9, 2008 at 4:41pm — 7 Comments

Is your life complicated?

In the February issue of Woman Dentist Journal, Dr. Stephanie Houseman addressed the topic of dentists juggling their personal and professional lives in her "Mentor's Mind" column titled "Simplify Your Complicated Life." The column began with the question ...

"I have come to the conclusion that my life is just too complicated. I find it difficult to juggle home, office, and my outside interests, and to make matters worse, I keep adding more onto my plate. Then I become… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on April 9, 2008 at 1:41pm — 9 Comments

Biological clock linking tooth growth to other metabolic processes discovered

According to a press release that we received today, a New York University College of Dentistry professor has discovered a "biological clock" that he says links human tooth growth with other biological functions. The release says the next step, apparently, will be to see if this "clock" or growth rhythm affects human behavior. What do you think of trying to determine human behavior tendencies based on an individual's biological clock?

See the press release at… Continue

Added by Duane DaPron on April 7, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Google alerts and oral cancer screenings

I have become a huge fan of the Google alert. If you don't know what that is, you can log on to Google and have a search for whatever term you fancy delivered to your email inbox every day. Mine is set for "dental assistant" and I alwayus find great stuff from newspapers around the country.

This morning, I had a story from the newspaper in New Braunfels, Texas. Here's a portion of the article...

Oral cancer screenings were a new feature this year.

Dr. Lara Perry… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on April 6, 2008 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

Are measles making a comeback?

The CDC has issued a health advisory about measle outbreaks in the United States. We often hear about these diseases and shrug our shoulders, thinking there isn't a lot we can do about it. Well...we can.

Thanks to our friends at OSAP (, the dental industry can easily learn how to help fight measles. I strongly encourage you to follow the link below. Together, we can make a difference.

Added by Kevin Henry on April 3, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

UOR Preview

Paul Schmitz is a graphic artist for PennWell. In February, he and I visited Chicago to scope out the setting for the RDH Under One Roof conference on July 31 - Aug. 2. One key difference. It was freezing and nasty. I left and went back two weeks later for the Chicago Midwinter, and the good citizens of Chicago had not seen the thermometers go above 32 degrees once while I was gone. So Paul and I had to sort of visualize what Grant's Park across the street from the Hilton Towers would look like… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on April 3, 2008 at 3:46pm — No Comments

10 years of free advice!

Dianne Glasscoe wasn't counting, but when she sent me an email about an unrelated matter this week, she noted, "BTW, did you know this year marks 10 years that I have been writing for PennWell? I had my first article published by DE in Jan. '98 and RDH in Apr. '98. Time flies when you're having fun! :0)"

Amen to the fun part. We all like Dear Abby, don't we? Although the questions posed by dental professionals are not as goofy as the ones you read in the advice columns in the… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on April 1, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Lollipops on Headline News

If you watched Headline News this morning, you probably noticed the teaser story about the dentist in California advising his patients to suck on a lollipop twice a day. The way the anchor said it made it sound like any ol' lollipop would prevent cavities.

Here's the background for that news story:

A lollipop for your oral health?

A University of California-Los Angeles researcher has become a candy entrepreneur. But there's a catch: he created herbal… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on March 19, 2008 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

Why news in Dunn County matters to you

My favorite dental hygiene story of the day comes from the Dunn County News in Eau Claire region of Wisconsin. You should read it for yourself ( A local project received a grant of almost $70,000 so that a dental hygienist in the area can improve the access to care for the developmentally disabled.

This kind of thing is happening all over the country. So it's good that dental hygienists are delivering the goods… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on March 18, 2008 at 1:10pm — No Comments

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