Money isn’t everything.


The philosophy tends to ring true in all areas of life. Two trends in dentistry illustrate the point.

A career as a dental assistant was ranked No.1 by in a 2012 listing of the best jobs for young people in the current market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Dental Assistant is $34,500 per year, however and this week’s report from discusses a new DentalPost Survey which reveals the average annual salary for a full-time Dental Assistant is closer to $27,000.

DentalPost Founder and CEO, Tonya Lanthier offered thoughts on the 20 percent disparity to, “Through our Dental Assistant Survey, we learned that while workplace realities may differ slightly than industry reports, this occupation remains one of the fastest growing in the dental industry and talent continues to be in high demand.”

The survey, which polled more than 500 DentalPost users on topics including salary information, workplace benefits and employment longevity,  revealed that the average full time Dental Assistant worked between 36 and 37 hours a week, earning between $24,000 and $27,000 per year, depending on experience. In contrast, the average part time Dental Assistant works between 24 and 26 hours a week, earning between $19,000 and $22,000 per year.


On 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

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, 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 expensive business for parents!"

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:

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:

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  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:

Get a glimpse of Carolyn Mandache’s creativity here:


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.


“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.


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:


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

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