Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back to all of our roundup readers! This week we have some great articles for you to read while you endure this snowy weather! First, we have a trending news article on a dentist’s inability to regulate teeth whitening. Second, we also have a helpful article on how to attract mew patients to your practice. Our last article is a dentist’s opinion on gluten-free toothpaste. Join us in our comments section and get the conversation started. We would love to hear what you have to say.

U.S. Supreme Court rules dentists cannot regulate who offers teeth whitening services
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the North Carolina state board cannot exclude non-dentists from offering teeth whitening services. Justices said that the board violated anti-trust laws by pushing out their competition, which often provides the same service at a lower cost at malls and spas. Continue reading

Implementing Digital Impressions into your Orthodontic Practice

As a clinical consultant and trainer for orthodontic practices, I have seen firsthand the many benefits of switching from traditional impressions to digital. Many times, practices don’t realize how inaccurate their impressions are—until they notice that their appliances don’t fit properly when they come back from the lab. Intraoral scanners can remove the accuracy challenge from the practice, as well as improve the speed of the impression process.

If you are already considering implementing digital into your practice, the tips below may help you select the right scanner for your needs as well successfully incorporate it into your workflow. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back roundup readers! We are so happy to have you back with us on this chilly Friday in February. To start off this week, we have a great story on how a trip to the dentist can save your life. Next, we have an interesting piece on how researchers found that a beaver’s enamel is more resistant to acid than regular enamel. Our third read is about how the majority of parents are taking their children to their first dentist appointment way too late! Our last read is an informative piece on how to avoid the common pitfalls in endodontic diagnosis. Take a look at each of these stories and let us know what you think! Until next time, stay informed and better your practice.

A trip to the dentist helped uncover an 11-year-old’s grapefruit-sized tumor and saved her life
After a routine visit to the dentist for her six-month cleaning, Journee Woodard’s dentist noticed her eyes were extremely yellow. Her dentist and hygienist strongly urged her to seek medical attention immediately. Following their instructions, Journee’s parents took her to their general physician where they found that Journee had a grapefruit-sized tumor on her pancreas and she was immediately rushed into surgery. Journee is healing quickly now, thanks to her dentist’s quick detection! Continue reading

Top 5 Ways to Improve Practice Communication

In last week’s post, I discussed the impact that gossip can have on practices. To help you alleviate this problem, I am providing some ideas that will help you facilitate communication within the office so employees feel comfortable speaking to each other as issues arise.

Here are the top five tips anyone can use to improve their professional (and even personal) communication:

  1. Drop sentences that start with “you” (such as “you make me feel angry”). When you phrase sentences in this way, it sounds like an accusation, making the other person immediately defensive. Think of it this way—it’s more effective to confront issues with people than people with issues. By starting your sentences with “I,” as in, “I feel upset when [fill in the blank happens],” you are starting a conversation instead of a confrontation.

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Friday Dental News Roundup

After a couple weeks off, we are back to providing you with the top trending dental news. This week, we have some great reads on identifying eating disorders and the best places to retire as a dentist. We also have the dos and don’ts for staying competitive as well as a fun read on Boris the polar bear’s visit to the dentist. Enjoy the articles below and feel free to send us a great article you may have found on your own this week. We would love to hear from you!

Identifying and Communicating the Perils of Eating Disorders
More than 11 million people suffer from eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia in the United States. The majority of this demographic are teenagers and college-aged youth. Coincidentally, this demographic is also the most likely to disregard their oral hygiene. When these two are combined, it is detrimental to one’s oral health. As a dentist, you can be one of the first to notice the signs of an eating disorder due to the extreme decay it causes. Read on for more signs to look for during an exam. Continue reading

Is the #1 Communication Problem Affecting Your Practice?

During my time as a communication and relationship specialist, I have encountered a number of communication problems that occur in the workplace. Out of all these issues, I have found that gossip is the one problem that has the most toxic effect on the dental practice. If not handled properly, gossip has the potential to destroy workplace relationships, decrease productivity and even impact patient care.

Often, gossip starts because person A doesn’t like what person B does—and then person A complains to person C. Taken at face value, the reasons why someone would talk about someone else behind their back make sense; they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or provoke a negative reaction by discussing the problem directly. Unfortunately, over time, this can backfire.

I see this situation quite often between the front and back office. The back office staff assumes that the front office spends their time talking, while the front office staff assumes that the back office doesn’t have as much to do. There are already assumptions from the very beginning, affecting the way that both teams communicate with one another. Continue reading

Dental Trends for 2015

Digital Technology: An easy trend to predict is the expanded use of digital technology. What is not so easy to predict is how that technology will be used. For example, in 2004 everybody expected use of the Internet to grow but very few people predicted Facebook.

In dentistry, digital records, digital radiographs and digital photography already predominate. The next big change, already underway, will be digital impressions. Future technologies will include diagnostics and artificial intelligence.

Diagnostics: Digital high tech diagnosis is one of the most exciting trends in both dentistry and medicine, a trend that will revolutionize what it means to be a health care professional. We are very close to the sci-fi Tricorder used by Dr. McCoy in Star Trek. That is a device that will scan a person and detect physiologic changes that indicate disease.

Cloud-based diagnostics using a type of artificial intelligence will be used to analyze all kinds of scanned physiologic data including radiographs and photos. These diagnostic services will be able to detect minute physiological changes and compare them to a vast data base to determine if the change is pathological. The skills of a master diagnostician, that is the ability to detect physiological changes and compare these to remembered diseases, will be replaced by a computer. Continue reading

Where is Dentistry Headed in 2015? We Ask Dental Economics

To understand what dentists should look for in 2015, we asked a number of experts about their opinions on this year’s trends. This is what Zachary Kulsrud, managing editor of Dental Economics, had to say:

When asked to write this blog post, I knew I was not the ideal person to answer this question: “Where is dentistry going in 2015?” That question would be best answered by a CEO of a major dental manufacturer, a key opinion leader in the prime of his/her career, or an prophet from ancient Greek mythology … you take your choice. However, as someone who works in dental media, I can answer that question from a different angle. Each day – and I do mean every day – my colleagues and I look at what dental professionals are reading. More truthfully, we look at what they are clicking. With each mouse click on one of our stories, our audience tells us what they know, what they don’t know, and whether or not we’re doing our jobs. Continue reading

What Will be 2015’s Dental Trends? We Ask Dr. Michael Cohen

As part of our series on upcoming dental trends for 2015, we reached out to Dr. Michael Cohen, founder of the Seattle Study Club®,  for his thoughts. Here is what he shared with us:

  1. Laboratories will try to expand their services to become full-service providers for general practitioners in their communities. The labs will provide assistance in planning cases, providing the parts, offering their own team service providers (surgeons) and fabricating restorations.
  2. Corporate dentistry will continue to attract more graduates who are in debt and are unable to purchase practices right out of school or residency.
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What Will be 2015’s Dental Trends? We Ask Dr. Robert Pauley

As part of our series on 2015’s dental trends, we asked Dr. Robert Pauley to share his thoughts on what the year will bring. This is what Dr. Pauley had to say:

I am excited about all of the new dental trends developing in 2015. Dentists of all ages are becoming excited about furthering their professional development and developing new skills—the new technology that is available this coming year is mind blowing. Most importantly, the advances in communication opportunities within the dental community are endless.

Improved Continuing Education Opportunities

I am impressed with seeing so many top level clinicians continuing their education in implants and laser therapy. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to take part in courses onsite, such as the Maximus Course (a 300 + hour implant CE experience in Atlanta under the direction of Dr. Edward Mills), or to access the information from any location over the web (as can be do with the DentalXP Online Implant Externship program, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Salama). In 2015, I only see these opportunities improving. Continue reading