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

Statistics you can sink your teeth into.

According to the ADA, dental sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Read more at:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/sealants-quiz

“Fifty-six percent of the nation’s children did not see a dentist in 2009. That same year, a full 86 percent did not receive a dental sealant or topical fluoride treatment, two measures shown to greatly reduce cavities, according to the study, published Sept. 12 in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.”

Startling statistics outline a report by oral health

How to help? Educate your patients about sealants. Share this helpful American Dental Association quiz to promote awareness on the topic:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/sealants-quiz

 

 

 

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.”


Putting the spotlight on kids.

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CAPTION: Benco Dental’s Bob Frein takes part in a fundraiser for the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic.

Quiet on the set.

Not much chance of that at the Media Studios North in Burbank, California September 13.

On that particular Saturday, Silverlake Brass Quintet entertained while the studios played host to a fundraiser for Kids’ Community Dental Clinic, an organization created “to fill a crucial need and gap in oral health care services for children of low income working families.”

A children’s dental clinic existed in Burbank for almost 35 years through the generosity of the Sisters of Providence, St. Joseph Medical Center. When the hospital dental clinic closed in 1997, many working parents had a difficult time finding convenient and low cost dental care for their children. In 2002, after much planning and with strong local support, Kids’ Community Dental Clinic opened its doors to every child in need.

The Kids’ Community Dental Clinic provides high quality, low cost dental services and preventive dental care to children, ages 1-19, whose families have very limited or no resources for dentistry. Their primary services are: dental check-ups, fillings, cleanings, dental education and X-rays.

The clinic charges a nominal fee per visit for standard check-ups, cleanings, x-rays and fillings. For some extensive dental procedures (such as root canals and crowns), additional fees (at substantially reduced rates) will apply. Costs are kept to a minimum through the generosity of volunteer dentists and hygienists.

Benco Dental, the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, was in good company, among event sponsors that included Disney and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The Clinic is able to offer low cost treatments because most of the staff members are unpaid volunteers. The Kids’ Community Dental Clinic provides a variety of volunteering opportunities for:

- Dentists
– Dentists
– Hygienists
– Donations of Dental Supplies (gloves, gowns, etc.)
– Dental Care specialists
– Dental Assistants
– Office Support
– Health Fair workers
– Students who need volunteer hours for school
– Donation of Office Supplies
– Donation of Kids prizes
– Newsletter Production
– Help with Fundraising

Volunteer dentists and specialists include: Richard Marias, DMD; Timothy Knox, DDS; Astrid Soegaard, DMD; Keith Radack, DDS; Raffi Margossian, DDS, MSD; Shahriyar Banihashemi, DDS; Geoffrey Okada, DDS, MS; Frank Pita, DMD, MSD; Ricardo Gutierrez, DMD; Vivian Tom, DDS; Samvel Hunanian, DDS; Robert Albert, DDS; Punita Oswal, DDS; Robert Sue, DDS; Peter Shimizu, DDS; Antigone Skoulas, DDS and Manny Macias, DDS.

Volunteer Register Dental Hygienists include: Janett Unda-Alvarez, RDHEF; Trudy Schuckers, RDH; Staci Asano, RDH; Christa Jackson, RDH and Josie Dizon-Baquiran, RDH.

To volunteer, call 818-841-8010 to volunteer.

 

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.