Easy like Sunday morning.

Josh Woodward @joshwoodward gambled on his product.

In the past eight years, the musician offered 180 indie acoustic rock songs as free downloads from his websites and sold CDs on a name-your-price basis. With more than three-and-a-half million MP3 downloads from his site, he has proven that file sharing can build a viral network of fans.

Instrumentarium Dental features an instrumental version of the songwriter’s Once Tomorrow as part of an informative video for their latest offering – the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH OP300 Maxio.  Surely the company would love to see an outcome similar to Woodward’s in terms of following.

Their product philosophy, however, is based on safeguards, rather than gambles.

The advanced panoramic, cephalometric and 3D extraoral imaging system is designed to provide clinicians with more imaging options while exposing patients to less radiation.

According to Dental Compare, “a new Low Dose Technology (LDT) allows the system to capture optimized images across all fields of view with radiation up to 5 times lower than that used to capture a traditional 2D panoramic image. This setting is well suited for use with pediatric patients, follow-up imaging and implant planning.”

Learn more about the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH OP300 Maxio at: http://www.instrumentariumdental.com/usa/news-events/news/orthopantomograph-op300–a-new-member-of-the-legendary-product-family-provides-diagnostic-information-of-the-entire-maxillofacial-area.aspx

Listen to more soothing sounds from Woodward at:
http://www.joshwoodward.com/#/

 

 

Eighteen days, 17 hours, 4 minutes.

San Antonio, Texas, is the seventh-largest city in the U.S., yet it retains its low-key reputation as a safe, friendly, walkable city rich in the arts, dining, nightlife, historic architecture and shopping. Shown is the Riverwalk, a public park open 365 days a year, lined with individual businesses composed of restaurants, hotels, attractions and more.

CAPTION:  Shown is the Riverwalk, a public park open 365 days a year, lined with individual businesses composed of restaurants, hotels, attractions and more.

If  you’re reading this at 7 a.m., that’s your countdown to the ADA Annual Dental Meeting, where President George W. Bush is scheduled to address attendees.

Earn CE and skip the lines for the #ADA2014 Distinguished Speaker Series featuring President George W. Bush by attending one of the courses in the Presidential Whistle Stop presented by popular speakers including Dr. Uche Odiatu.

Five reasons to attend the event, taking place Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio, Texas:

1. On Oct. 9, The American Association of Women Dentists will hold its 93rd Annual Meeting in conjunction with ADA 2014.

2. The Alamo City is the seventh-largest city in the U.S., yet it retains its low-key reputation as a safe, friendly, walkable city rich in the arts, dining, nightlife, historic architecture and shopping.

3. For the second year, annual meeting attendees will be able to give back by volunteering for the ADA Mission of Mercy free dental clinic from 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in San Antonio. Last year, at the event, more than 1,100 dentists, dental team members and others from 40 states donated their time and talents to treat more than 800 patients in New Orleans.

4.  Offerings include more than 300 continuing education courses, along with the ADA’s innovative and award-winning Education in the Round courses and CE opportunities on the exhibit floor.

5. ADA365, the online extension of the annual meeting, which in the past has been offered free to attendees use in the year immediately following the conference.

For details or to register, visit http://expi.com/o6oGp

The pen is mightier than the polyethylene.

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One blog post by a Phoenix dental hygienist convinced a multi-national corporation to banish a popular toothpaste ingredient.
Proctor & Gamble – the manufacturer of Crest toothpaste – acted quickly after  Trish Walraven’s concerns received nationwide attention.
Walraven, RDH, BSDH, told KPNX, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, that she has been noticing blue beads in patients’ gums for a few years. “We thought it was a cleaning product or something people were chewing.”
The pedigree of these mysterious blue specks? Polyethylene, a plastic used for bottles and plastic grocery bags, with a shelf life of, oh, forever.
In an interview with reporter , dentist Justin Phillips said the micro beads found in toothpaste get caught in the gum line, causing bacteria that can lead to gingivitis and disease.

Proctor & Gamble’s response?
In a statement released to KPNX: “While the ingredient in question is completely safe, approved for use in foods by the FDA, and part of an enjoyable brushing experience for millions of consumers with no issues, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove this ingredient. So we will.
We currently have products without microbeads for those who would prefer them. We have begun removing microbeads from the rest of our toothpastes, and the majority of our product volume will be microbead-free within six months. We will complete our removal process by March of 2016.”


Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine

Dentistry is seeing huge paradigm shifts and being challenged to change. Many dental practices are seeing a significant impact to their revenue and case acceptance. According to a recent CRA report, 91% of dentists are feeling impacted by the economy. Out of those, only 50% are doing anything to change to meet the demands.

By Lisa Philp, RDH, President of Transitions Group North America

Lisa Philp, RDH, CMC

Lisa Philp, RDH, CMC

Dentistry is seeing huge paradigm shifts and being challenged to change. Many dental practices are seeing a significant impact to their revenue and case acceptance. According to a recent CRA report, 91% of dentists are feeling impacted by the economy. Out of those, only 50% are doing anything to change to meet the demands.

An inspiring mission and vision:

Because the prospect of change is so frightening, people need not only have an urgent need to leave the past, but the prospect of an unquestionably better future. The stronger the attraction of the future, the greater will be the energy people exert to work toward it.

Envision the vision: Imagine it’s five years from now. The practice has operated from a vision and we are known in our community as that vision. Ask the team and yourself. “What are people saying about us? What are our clients telling neighbors? What are we saying? What are we providing for our patients?”

Outline all possibilities via brainstorming for words and phrases that capture the group’s foresight. These examples “seed” the process. Remember, during brainstorming, everything is acceptable.
* Instruct people to listen for words or phrases that inspire them.
* Lead by example without dominating.
* If the conversation slows, call on strong team members. This step takes 10 to 30 minutes.
Your “vision wall” will be filled with such words and phrases as leadership, caring, high-quality dentistry, excellence, community involvement, compassion, patient education, great patient service, financial integrity and cutting-edge technology. Brainstorming provides raw material to shape your vision statements.

Capture the vision: After creating drafts, ask each group to share their team’s vision statement. Listen for things that excite them. One vision statement may stand out. More likely, the final version will come from a combination of two or more. Let the team nominate the statement that most reflects the values of the practice. By the end of this process, you will have created an amazing mission statement for the practice, and everyone will helped create the concept.

When your vision guides daily decisions, you’ll take control of your practice.

Is Vaseline® ADA recommended for a pageant-winning smile?

Mass Dental Society ‏@MassDental offers a nod to Harvard Dental student Lauren Kuhn, who will represent Massachusetts tonight in the Miss America Pageant.

CAPTION: Mass Dental Society ‏@MassDental offers a nod to Harvard School of Dental Medicine student Lauren Kuhn, who will represent Massachusetts tonight in the Miss America Pageant. 

Yesterday amidst floats, bands, and military heroes, a member of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2017 rode past thousands of cheering fans at New Jersey’s Atlantic City boardwalk.

Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, photo courtesy Tony Bowls, will compete tonight  for the title of 2015 Miss America.

Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, photo courtesy Tony Bowls, will compete tonight for the title of 2015 Miss America.

Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade #ShowUsYourShoes introduced the competition’s 53 State and The Territory contestants, including Massachusetts dental student Lauren Kuhn @MissMA2014.

On ABC tonight, Sunday, September 14, starting at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) watch the Boston resident showcase her talent on piano and find out if she will be crowned Miss America 2015.

Who better than a Toyota Community Scholar and Coca-Cola Scholar to share thoughts on her personal platforms “The Opportunity of Education” and “Encouraging Today’s Young Women”? The 23-year-old Boston resident also champions the Children’s Miracle Network.

In the “2015: Top Picks to Win” story by Amy Kuperinsky for NJ.com, Kuhn was spotlighted as a contender who “leans in the direction” of the pageant’s emphasis on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and careers for women. Kuperinsky @AmyKup mentions that The Harvard University student aims to open a dental practice in a low-income community.

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Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, was awarded $35,000 in scholarships which she says will help offset costs of her dental education.

See Kuhn’s selection as a semifinalist, and listen as she shares her thoughts on the $35,000 in scholarships she was awarded as part of the process in a video on her website produced by RenderEdgeMedia.com:

View all contestant videos at YouTube.com/MissAmericaOrg. Join the #MissAmerica conversation on social media at Facebook.com/MissAmerica, Twitter@MissAmerica and @MissAmericaOrg, Instagram missamericaorg, and YouTube.com/MissAmericaOrg.