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Clinical Tip #302: Rubber Dams
The use of rubber dams during pediatric dental procedures has great advantages for both the patient and the dentist. Here are some excellent tips from Dr Chris Baker.    Read More
Words of the Day: Mini Mold
Just what is a Mini Mold?  Doctor, it can make your life a whole lot easier...      Read More
Making Extractions Easy for the Child Patient
Discussing local anesthesia, cheek biting and easier extractions for your child patients.    Read More
You Should Do This To Treat Pediatric Sleep Apnea
You can transform a child's life forever. The main key is identifying the airway issues.   Read More
Make Child Patient Treatment Much Easier: For You, Your Patient and the Parent
How to make local anesthesia, extractions, restorative and sequencing so much easier for you, your child dental patients, and their parents.    Read More
The Class II and Class III Treatment Marvel
Treating Class II and Class III malocclusions can be challenging, unless you know this "secret".   Read More
Child Patients: They're Not Like They Used To Be
The way child dental patients behaved and were treated 30 years ago is vastly different than what the doctor sees today.  Dentists periodically need to change their approach because of this, and here's how.    Read More
The Beauty Factor in Dentistry
As you practice dentistry, it helps to understand that beauty is a high priority -- often the HIGHEST priority -- of your patient.    Read More
Your Hidden Competitors
Dentists, who are your competitors? How many do you have right around you? Here are some thoughts on competition in the dental field that might not have occurred to you.  Read More
Who is Sitting Chairside?
Doctor, you may have an assistant on one side of you. But who is on the other side of the patient in the dental chair?  It could be...   Read More
Serendipitous Research: Your Own Evidence Base
Developing your own evidence base from your experience, your trials, your successes and even your failures, is the source of some of your best wisdom in dentistry.    Read More
Be Courageous. Be a Dentist.
Practicing dentistry requires intelligence, hard work, and courage. Courage?  Yes!Having courage is absolutely necessary to practice dentistry, and here are some reasons why -- and how to have courage, yourself.    Read More
Do These Miracles in Phase I Ortho (You do not need to wait for all the adult teeth to come in)
You do not need to wait for all the adult teeth to come in.Today, I talk about the amazing areas of change possible when addressing orthodontic and orthopedic needs earlier in mixed dentition.  Read More
'Say Cheese' - Photography is a powerful tool in ortho
To help get great diagnosis and track patient progress, the doctor should regularly take photos of the orthodontics patient. This helps both the doctor and the patient see progress and learn the great value of orthodontics.   Read More
'No Faulty'
In Abu Dhabi one afternoon, as I parked for my hair appointment, my car suddenly took a little lurch. I looked around, then back to discover another, much larger, SUV had bumped into my car. Once we got it sorted out, poor guy - he felt awful and then REALLY awful when he saw the damage to his...  Read More
Two steps to YOUR success
Our son and daughter, Trey and Molly, were most fortunate to train with (all the way to Black Belt and beyond), an incredible Taekwondo Master who taught them martial arts, life, and spirituality.  Mr. Brian Chewning taught them that there are two steps to success:              Start         ...  Read More
Women in Dentistry - To Ortho and Beyond
When I enrolled in dental school, I was one of only six female students in my class. Now, more than half of all dental students in the U.S. are women. Times have changed!  But now, there are even more exciting horizons for women in dentistry.   Read More
A Knockout?
A “Knock Out” is a fight-ending win for the boxer who is NOT knocked out.  Life can come down so intensely, so debilitatingly, that you may feel as if it’s over.  It’s a KO.  In sports, it’s up to the referee.  In life, it’s up to you!  It’s a KO ONLY if you decide it is.  Your mindset - your...  Read More
The moment you say, 'I Know' -- you stop learning
For the dentist -- and for everyone, really -- saying that you 'know it already' can be a huge obstruction to learning and open-mindedness.   Read More
You can't do this alone - knowing when to get help!
Dentistry is challenging, and I am only talking about the practice of the profession. Running a million dollar company with a team is just as demanding. So how can we do both jobs well, when both are equally demanding? One thing I have learned over the last 10 years is I cannot do this alone, I...  Read More
Happy and Successful, Doctor?  Relationships are the Key.
Success and joy in life and in dental practice are found in loving, healthy relationships with family, patients, employees, suppliers, lenders and others. Dr Chris Baker talks about cultivating these relationships in your life and profession.  Read More
Orthodontics: Going for Gorgeous
Very often, the main motivator for any dental treatment, orthodontics especially, is to look gorgeous. Good looks are a priority to the patient or her parents -- this often even taking precedence over something directly contributing to the good health of the patient... like fillings.    Read More
PDDx Experience Ep9 - Pediatric Marketing Pearls with Dr. Bobby Elliott
Do you have questions about marketing? Are you confused about where to start? In this episode Dr. Bobby Elliott and I talk about marketing and offer five examples of simple, common sense things you start doing in your office today. Let's face it, dentistry is hard enough, but in order to grow your...  Read More
Stressed, Doctor?  Nourish Your Mind and Your Soul
Living in this luxurious amazing time, we have favorite luxuries - favorite restaurants, favorite vacation spots, favorite sports teams, favorite…We choose food, travel, teams to cheer, movies, luxuries upon luxuries.We spend time with news, negativity, complainers, shopping, services, confusion,...  Read More
Kicking Some Brass (Wire Ligatures)
A vexing problem, mesially ectopic molars at their worst, can cause resorption of roots and may themselves impact and never erupt. Brass wire ligatures are one option to improve the trajectory of the ectopic molar.     Read More
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