Big efforts for tiny teeth: On Tooth Fairies, generous and bankrupt.

Children's author and illustrator Carolyn Mandache said she was inspired to create short story The Bankrupt Tooth Fairy because she has four young children at home, "three of whom are rapidly losing their baby teeth...an expensive business for parents!"
http://carolynmandache.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-bankrupt-tooth-fairy.html

CAPTION: Children’s author and illustrator Carolyn Mandache created short story The Bankrupt Tooth Fairy, shown above.

Global entities and blogging moms — all doing their part to keep tiny teeth intact.

The Septodont donation of over 1,000 Toothfairy™ Pit & Fissure Sealant Kits and Oraverse® was distributed to America’s ToothFairy Affiliate clinical programs reaching at-risk children across the US with vital oral health services. - See more at: http://www.dentalaegis.com/news.php?id=15451#sthash.3oGzXSWc.dpuf

The Septodont donation of over 1,000 Toothfairy™ Pit & Fissure Sealant Kits and Oraverse® was distributed to America’s ToothFairy Affiliate clinical programs reaching at-risk children across the US with vital oral health services. – See more at: http://www.dentalaegis.com/news.php?id=15451#sthash.3oGzXSWc.dpuf

Septodont, the world’s largest dental anesthetic manufacturer,  has generously donated more than $138,000 in sealant and anesthesia reversal products to National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy® (NCOHF) to help save young smiles, according to a report by dentalaegis.com.  The America’s ToothFairy Affiliate network consists of community-based, non-profit programs throughout North America dedicated to providing the best educational, preventive and treatment services for vulnerable children and families.

Another international effort: Glasgow-based children’s author and illustrator @carolynmandache said a short story she created, The Bankrupt Tooth Fairy, aims to be fun and entertaining, “whilst at the same time encouraging children to look after their teeth.” Her humorous tone evolves from her four young children, “three of whom are rapidly losing their baby teeth…an expensive business for parents.”

Read more about Septodont’s donation here: http://www.dentalaegis.com/news.php?id=15451

Get a glimpse of Carolyn Mandache’s creativity here: http://carolynmandache.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-bankrupt-tooth-fairy.html

 

ACA ‘spillover’ gives young adults a reason to smile

In yesterday's report by Donna Domino, Features Editor  @drbicuspid, she analyzes a once bleak background and summarizes surprising new statistics. ADA researchers recently found that more young adults are receiving dental care and coverage as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

American Dental Association (ADA) researchers recently found an unexpected reason for optimism:  More young adults are receiving dental care and coverage as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yesterday’s report by Donna Domino, Features Editor  @drbicuspid analyzes a once bleak background and summarizes surprising new statistics.

SOMBER PICTURE

“Adult access to dental care has fallen steadily since the early 2000s, largely because of a steady erosion of dental benefits….The downward trend is particularly pronounced for young adults: Almost 1 in 5 adults younger than age 35 foregoes needed dental care because he or she can’t afford it, and studies show more young adults are resorting to emergency rooms to treat dental emergencies,” said Domino.

UPLIFTING UPTURN

According to Domino:

“Although the ACA allows parents to keep their children on their medical insurance up to age 26, there is no similar requirement for dental coverage. Health insurers were required to provide the extended coverage after September 2010.

Now, a positive “spillover” effect of the ACA — increased dental coverage, more utilization of dental care, and greater affordability of such care — is detailed in a new report by ADA researchers (Medical Care, August 2014, Vol. 52:8, pp. 715-719).

Read Domino’s complete explanation of how ADA Health Policy Institute researchers Marko Vujicic, PhD; Cassandra Yarbrough, MPP; and Kamyar Nasseh, PhD; examined the impact of the ACA policy on three outcomes: dental benefits coverage, dental care utilization, and financial barriers to dental care:

http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?Sec=sup&Sub=pmt&Pag=dis&ItemId=316096&wf=1925

 

Get an A+ rating from the OSHA Inspector

Get an A+ rating from an OSHA Inspector. Five tips from  Jill Obrochta & Heather Whitt/ Dental Enhancements

By Jill Obrochta & Heather Whitt/ Dental Enhancements

Did you know? This year, OSHA Inspectors are out in full force and they’re scrutinizing dental offices more than ever. Why? Well in recent months it seems the media has targeted several dentists, nationwide, that have had “less than ideal” Infection Control Protocols.  Now let’s focus on the positive: What should your dental office have in place for Mr. OSHA Inspector:

  1. Employee Paperwork. Make sure all employees have HEP B Vaccination Records, Proof-of-Annual OSHA Employee Training, Proof-of-Global Harmonization System Training, Occupational Exposures Document and Medical History on file for all employees.
  1. New Global Harmonization System (GHS) Protocols & Paperwork. GHS was mandated to be in place in all dental offices as of December 1, 2013. This means you need: Proof-of-GHS Employee Training, a New OSHA Manual written to GHS Standards, Conversion of your USA–MSDS Sheets to the new International SDS Sheets and a diagram of the new Pictograms posted within your office dwelling. If you don’t have your act together with regard to GHS, consider a comprehensive GHS Solution.
  1. Required Labels & Stickers. You will need both: Hazard Rating Labels at the point-of-use to represent all of your dental products, as well as Bio Hazard Labels at all bio hazardous areas within your office. (i.e.: at radiation buttons, on soiled laundry bins, at suction traps)
  1. Proper number of Sharps Containers and Red Bags within your office. Now required at the point-of-use are small sharps disposals and red bags for soft soiled waste. It is not prudent or safe to walk with or re-handle soiled waste. Make sure you place “point-of-use” disposal containers in all of your operatories.
  1. Sterilization & Disinfection Logs and Receipts. Keep all of these documents together in an organized binder in chronological order. Inspectors will want: Biomedical Waste Pick-Up Receipts, Spore Test Results and Cold Sterile Changing Logs for the past 3 years.

Does your office make the grade? Seriously, many dental offices do not know where unsafe behavior starts and where compliance begins. Don’t be caught unprepared or looking uneducated. Saying that you are unaware of the OSHA requirements will only infuriate most OSHA Inspectors. Make sure you choose an OSHA Compliance Training Company that will assist you in getting all requirements in place. Choose one that will help you with understanding and implementing all of the requirements and that will help direct you when putting your protocols in place.

Got compliance questions? Call 941-587-2864

Related stories:

New Hampshire Ortho

http://www.wmur.com/news/new-hampshire-board-of-dental-examiners-to-decide-if-orthodontists-license-will-be-reinstated/26133408

Oklahoma Oral Surgeon

http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/03/osap-comments-on-tulsa-oral-surgeons-infection-control-violation.html

 

An urgent and important matter: the hours in your day

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Ever missed a deadline based on over-commitment? Constantly putting in late nights at the practice because at day’s end your grand plans have eluded you?

Taking 10 minutes to read and digest an article by Lisa Philp from Transitions Group North America should be on what she defines as your “Important but Not Urgent” list.

Though discussions of time management are often not worth the precious moments you dedicate to them, her succinct classification suggestions do not fall in the aforementioned category.

By taking a few moments to review your projects, activities and commitments at hand and prioritize them – and then make a habit of that process – you will be one step closer to perfecting this necessary discipline.

In which of Philp’s four suggested categories should items on your Outlook calendar fall today?

Find out at: http://bitebankmedia.com/newsletters/view/5LSu5s_b6L-jsuWyoN_H2qWdws7m2LvT2aWvpp7Q0cWa2tnb

 

 

 

 

Stop being so sensitive.

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Dentinal hypersensitivity, a chipped or cracked tooth, a cavity. All of these factors contribute to the statistic that more than 60% of U.S. households include tooth sensitivity sufferers.

Crest Sensi-Relief Whitening Plus Scope is the only sensitivity toothpaste with the minty flavor of Scope mouthwash.

A number of companies offer toothpaste solutions, Crest being the newest with their Sensi-Relief™. Formulated with Potassium Nitrate, it creates a barrier to the sensations of pain.   Crest Sensi-Relief Whitening Plus Scope is the only sensitivity toothpaste with the minty flavor of Scope mouthwash.

According to its makers, regular brushing builds long-lasting protection.