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When To Save A Tooth? Part 3: Teeth In A Day?
We hear a lot today about “Teeth in a Day.” As a great Chinese philosopher is credited with saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” This scenario is reserved for those individuals who are unfortunate enough to have lost or are about to lose all of their teeth. These cases require four, six or eight...  Read More
When To Save A Tooth? Part 2: To Save or Not to Save
In today’s article, we continue to discuss the pros and cons of saving a tooth versus replacing it with an implant-supported crown.Deep decay or fracture of natural teeth generally requires root canal therapy. This is an added expense that should be weighed against the cost of the extraction and...  Read More
When To Save A Tooth? Part 1: Weighing the Pros and Cons
Implant dentistry has become the standard of care in the 21st Century.  So, when should you remove a tooth and replace it with an implant? This is certainly one of the biggest dilemmas a patient and their dentist can face.As a periodontist who is trained to save teeth, I still believe there is...  Read More
Patient Education: Are They Listening?
The patient will do exactly as you instruct, right?  So many studies -- especially in pediatric dentistry -- conclude that patient education will solve the oral health problem featured in the study. When you teach your patients to brush and floss, how many actually do that?  Don't they understand...  Read More
Patient Education: Mission Impossible?
Many, if not most patients you try to educate on dental health don't get it.  So what is a dentist to do?    Read More
The Relationship Between Osteonecrosis & Dentistry
Today, more and more people over the age of 50 take medications to prevent the loss of skeletal bone. When the loss of skeletal bone is mild, it is called osteopenia. When it is more severe, it is called osteoporosis.In recent years, there have been reports of a serious side effect in patients who...  Read More
Top Ten Myths heard from the dental chair
If you’ve worked in a dental office across any position – from a dental assistant, hygienist, or front office staff member – you’ve likely heard some eye-brow raising comments and stories from dental patients. Patients hold these beliefs about the dentist or general oral...  Read More
These 2 Numbers are Game Changers!
I'm going to give you a tip today that will help set the expectation for your new patients and create value for what you're offering in your practice from the very beginning.There are two numbers that you should always give a patient on their new patient phone calls. The full fee for the...  Read More
Hygienist or Gynocologist?
When you see a client twice or more a year for over a decade, you certainly build a trust like no other. As a therapist (yes, we hygienists are therapists) I have found that patients sometimes just need help with other completely unrelated topics. There was no preparing for the recent discussion I...  Read More
A patient walks in the front door late...
In the not too distant past I encountered a situation that I'm pretty sure I won't ever forget. It was a typical workday filled with lots of medical history updates, full mouth probes and deleting items from the treatment plans that had actually been completed three years ago just not updated in...  Read More
Hi, I'm Charlotte!
"Dental Hygiene Hell" was the phrase coined by my classmates back in 1998. I'm sure we weren't the only wanna-be RDH's that thought our program was one gigantic stress inducing, social life strangling, time devouring tornado.We were neck deep in pharmacology, chemistry, root morphology, histology...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Actions and Words of the Dental Team Can Increase Cancellations or Prevent Them- Tip #2
Tip #2- Know that a large portion of broken appointments begin chairside. As we evaluate broken appointments and track down exactly what was done prior to the appointment day, what was said andwhat was leftoff, we seethat many of the broken appointments should have never occurred. Most could have...  Read More

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