So happy they could spit.

CAPTION: Luzerne County Community College dental hygiene students in Pennsylvania recently took first place – and a mounted cuspidor trophy – at the first annual Benco Board Bowl. Shown above, first row, from left, are: Erica Beaver, Berwick; Stephanie Kimble, Charleston, Va.; Kaitlyn Raup, Danville, and Marcy Bronsburg, Wilkes-Barre. Second row: Holly Dottle, Carbondale; Ariel Allen, Kingston; […]

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 […]


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, […]

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

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. 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 […]

ACA ‘spillover’ gives young adults a reason to smile

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 […]

An urgent and important matter: the hours in your day

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 […]