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On mypetsdentist.com Dale Kressin DVM, FAVD, Dipl AVDC, illustrates on his canine patient Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery Specialists LLC, that by creating room, the lower canine teeth can fit without causing trauma to the palate.

Way back in 2011 (The Occupy Wall Street Era) the Chicago Dental Society surveyed more than 300 members to find out the strangest dental requests they’d ever received from patients. Less than three years later, No. 1 on the list “Can you give my dog braces?” becomes common practice.

“Misaligned teeth can poke into your pup’s cheek, gums or tongue, causing him great pain and, potentially, infection,” according to dogcare.dailypuppy.com.

For that reason and others, Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery Specialists LLC in Wisconsin, along with numerous practitioners across the U.S., offer orthodontics for dogs.

Dale Kressin DVM, FAVD, Dipl AVDC, on the website mypetsdentist.com, explains that ethical considerations; a pet’s temperament; owner expectations needs and time limitations all factor in to treatment plan @MyPetsDentist

At his practice, they use oral surgery, incline planes, other orthodontic appliances and braces to treat their patients safely.

Getting back to @Chicago_Dental survey responses, there’s no denying some of the Top 10 still warrant an eye roll (see list below), but dog braces are here to stay.

As far as the rest of the 2011 “Strangest Dental Request” list, well, in the words of 1989 film “Say Anything” high school valedictorian Diane Court: “I have glimpsed our future and all I can say is go back!”

10) “Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia?”

9) “Please wire my mouth shut to aid in my diet.”

8) “Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar I work at?”

7) “I will pay you or your hygienist to floss my teeth at my office every day.”

6) “Pull all my teeth, and just give me dentures.”

5) “I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so that I can keep the diamond in it?”

4) “Will you give me local anesthesia in my lips? I’m going in for permanent “lipstick” tattoos on my lips, and would like to avoid the pain.”

3) “May I have an emergency cleaning visit? It’s my high school reunion and I need a bright, white smile to face my old boyfriend.”

2) “Can I keep the teeth you pull out of my mouth? I’d like to make a necklace out of them.”

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

NYC dentist creates gallery of goodness.

(Courtesy Ebony.com) In a photo featured in Ebony magazine, Dr. Lee Gause is shown with Takashi Murakami print as publicity for a recent article about his creative dental charity.

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CAPTION: (Courtesy Ebony.com) This Ebony magazine photo offers a glimpse at NYC dentist and philanthropist Dr. Lee Gause with a Takashi Murakami print. For a limited time, you can own a piece of work from this masterful artist and support Dr. Gause’s charitable dental efforts at the same time. 

A SoHo soiree hosted July 9 paired an internationally renowned talent Takashi Murakami in a posh gallery setting with enthusiasts of fine art. What made it unique? Its host and approach.

Dr. Lee Gause, recently profiled in Ebony magazine @EbonyMag on Twitter, provides complimentary dental services to uninsured people through the charity he founded — New York City’s Smile Design Gallery. For the past year, the organization’s art shows/auctions have enlisted celebrities and artists (Swizz Beatz, Fab Five Freddy, A$AP TyY, Angelo Romano and Chi Modu) to showcase at various locations around Manhattan with proceeds benefitting his mission: 100 percent of the value of art sold is matched in free dental care for uninsured people.

Dr. Gause told  Ebony’s @PrincessGabbara: “Rather than offer the most cost-effective treatment to a large amount of people, SDG does the exact opposite by offering the highest level of care to a select group of people who truly need it, including porcelain veneers, dental implants and sedation dentistry. In fact, one gentleman, who fell down a flight of stairs and lost all of his front teeth as a result, received $25,000 worth of dental work thanks to SDG.”

Planning a trip to NYC? Schedule it around the next show. Find out how to support the cause at:

http://www.smiledesigngallery.com/pages/about-us-sdg

Read the full profile on Dr. Gause at: http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/celeb-dentist-uses-art-to-provide-dental-work-421#axzz37qbfzdRs

 

 

For more information about Smile Design Gallery, visit the official website.