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Why Gum Disease has Warning Signs
Your mouth is full ofand flossing lowers the bacterial count, but harmful bacteria can still cause gum inflammation. Gum disease starts with surface inflammation, then spreads deeper, until it can even destroy the bone around your teeth.What are the signs of gum disease? red, swollen or tender...  Read More
Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk With Regular Doctor Visits
A study published in theAnnals of Internal Medicinemeasured colorectal rates for over 200,000 people between the ages of 67 and 85 and showed, over aten year period (1994-2005), that higher utilization of primary care among Medicare beneficiaries reduces both cancer incidence and mortality.Primary...  Read More
Five Principles of Investment Management
Whether you are a do-it-yourself investor or you work with anadviser, there are several basic principles you should be aware of thatcan help improve your investment performance. Even though many of theseare considered ‘common sense’ by those who are educated about investing,not everyone...  Read More
Videos:  Bonding a lower fixed retainer
In this blog post my technique for bonding a mandibular fixed retainer is demonstrated:In the appointment prior to the debond, last minute adjustments are made to occlusion. A wax impression is taken in order to indirectly bend a TMA .029 " (ORMCO) passively to the lingual aspect of the lower...  Read More
Why Dentures Need Proper Placement
When teeth are removed, our jawbone begins a continuous, lifelong process of resorption, or shrinkage. The pressure from dentures on gum tissues also cause shrinkage, since gum tissues were never intended to withstand chewing forces. Dentures that don't fit properly cause even greater and more...  Read More
Do You Have Sleep Apnea
Sleep apneais a disorder which affects 18 million Americans. It results in loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue.Types of Sleep Apnea obstructive--the most common--occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and obstructs the airway, causing breathing to stop ...  Read More
 The Passing of an Old Friend,  Windows XP (10/25/2001 – 4/8/2014)
On a nondescript October morning in 2001 Microsoft brought into the world the latest addition to its Windows family of operating systems, Windows XP. It became the beloved companion of millions of computers over the years. A web analytics firm, Net Applications, estimates that it is still being run...  Read More
Hi. My name is Consistency. Want to hang out?
con·sist·en·cyconformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.the achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time.Consistency. We’ve all heard about how...  Read More
Dr. V. Kim Kutsch - When to "watch" lesions and when to act.
Last week we asked you whatyou thought about ‘watching’ as a diagnosis. If you missed it- gocheck out the expert opinions. Today we hear from Dr. V. Kim Kutsch onthe topic. To watch, or not to watch…that is the questionOne of the bigger challenges we face in dentistry is making...  Read More
The 5 Budget-Killing Construction Costs that Ruin Dental Offices
*Please note: For the sake of space on this page, please see the full length explanations of The 5 Budget-Killing Constructions Costs that Ruin Dental Offices at:For the record: I am not a contractor.Yet, I’ve witnessed dozens of clients get hoodwinked and ripped off in new office projects to...  Read More
Why dentistry has improved so dramatically following innovations in technology and techniques
Thanks to innovations in technology, modern day dentistry offers a pleasant experience and many more options for treatment than were previously available.ResearchSince the 19th century, dentistry has been treated as a science and great advances have been made in dental technology. Dentists now have...  Read More
State of the Dental Union - 2014
The Affordable Care Act is changing how people buy health insurance and the way health care services are delivered, but significant changes are also happening in dentistry. In short, most people are going to the dentist less frequently.Utilization of dental care services has been declining since...  Read More
3 Tips for hygienists to decrease prophy times
1 – Use your ultrasonic scaler!- At least 80% of your scaling on average should be done with an ultrasonic scaler (magnetostrictive or piezo).- It is more efficient and more effective (irrigation, cavitation, etc.) than hand scaling in most areas.- It is easier on your hands. Stop killing...  Read More
Wi-Fi opens doors – Just maybe not the ones you wish
, businesses offering Wi-Fi connections to their customers are becoming increasingly common and dental offices are no exception. As you look at doing this, keep in mind that you are not a coffee shop or hotel. You are what HIPAA defines as a covered entity and that comes with rules and regulations...  Read More
What Would Change In Your Life If You Fixed Your Teeth?
As ahas transformed other patients' lives. If we did it for them, we can do it for you!  Read More
Baby Boomers And Cancer
According to theJournal of the American Medical Association,ten thousand baby boomers reach the age of 65 each day in the United States. It is estimated that the incidence ofin this group will increase 67% between 2010 and 2030.The geriatric population is complicated by age-related physical and...  Read More
#1 Proven Dental Practice Management Technique: "The Ideal"
While many will implement dental practice management techniques from various consultants, there is one that could clarify, simplify and empower you more than any other. It’s holding you back from your desired level of satisfaction and production.That tool is:Your Ideal.Your Ideal.In this...  Read More
Are Copays and Coinsurance Confounding and Confusing?
A colleague and I have a bet. She says insurance terminology was devised by a group of spelling bee contestants cleaning up an accidental interstate spill of Scrabble tiles and Boggle cubes.I disagree. I'd bet those complex insurance terms that bemuse and confuse originated after a massive...  Read More
Floss Naked
Flossing your teeth can help you have healthier teeth and gums. But flossing has had a bit of a PR crisis. Hardly anyone does it. I think that it's time to make flossing a whole lot sexier. I suggest that if you want healthier teeth and gums, you should floss naked.“Really, Doc? You think...  Read More
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A Diet to Fight Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers studied more than 22,000 participants over an eleven year time period. They then took those who had developedand monitored their dietary habits. The researchers constructed a 10-point "Mediterranean diet score" (MDS) and a similar scale to measure the available carbohydrate (or glycemic...  Read More
Cancer Survival Rates Increasing
The current report inCancerreports that death rates from cancer continue to decline in the United States. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute found an annual 0.4% per person decrease inincidence rates between 2001 and 2010. Rates were stable among women, but declined by 0.8% per year...  Read More
The BEST referral gift?
According to one of my non-dental marketing newsletters, a company has tested assorted referral gifts and found the one that was appreciated the most was a gift card to WHOLE FOODS. I guess that could be an idea for dentists who have one of these grocery stores nearby.If the regulations do not...  Read More
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A patient walks in the front door late... The Conclusion
THE PROBLEM Now keep in mind we are creeping up to a half hour past this patient's appointment time. Although I appreciated the phone call to let us know he would be late, I also was keenly aware that in order to clean his teeth, I would be in a rush. His lack of an apology and presence of a...  Read More
50GB New Year's gift?
How about 50GB of free space as a gift this year?We've almost all heard of Dropbox. Well, their big competitoris now offering 50GB of free storage (for life) if you download their new app for iPhone and iPad.They just released the new apple app on 1/15 in what looks like a push to lure customers...  Read More
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