Mark your calendar for August 6. It’s a tea party you won’t want to miss.

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

All things will seem possible when you network, learn and become inspired by Dr. Carol

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Event host ADA President Dr. Carol Summerhays

Summerhays at her home next month.

The American Dental Association will host its 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Conference in the form of an Afternoon Tea Party on Saturday, August 6, with Dr. Summerhays graciously opening her home for the special engagement.

Still haven’t signed up for this Saturday treat?

Mindfulness, Mentorship and Why You Matter!  by distinguished speaker Dr. Jennifer Gunsaullus, Sociologist and Counselor will be on the itinerary.

Sponsored by The Lucy Hobbs Project by Benco Dental and WestPac Wealth Partners, the event will include two complimentary CE credits. Donations to benefit the John GEis Dental Clinic at Veteran’s Village are encouraged.

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Fear not, the address of the event will be provided upon registration. So why not get started on your adventure? Register today (but definitely before July 29)  with the San Diego Dental Society, 619-275-7188 or at Lourdes@sdcds.org

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Dr. Jennifer Gunsaullus, above, shown larger than life, speaks professionally in the Greater San Diego area on the topics of intimacy, health, relationships and mindfulness.

Light of (Dr.) Day: A unique perspective on patient relationships

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A deal’s a deal. Even if it’s fulfillment requires an Olympian effort.

At least according to Scott R. Day, DDS.

“One of my young patients agreed to cooperate better if I promised to do a headstand for him when we were done,” explained the dentist whose practice is located in the lowlands of New York’s Adirondack region, along the banks of the Oswegatchie River.

“No, there is no trampoline or trapeze in our office, so don’t get too excited,” he joked with thedailyfloss.com.

At Gouverneur Dental Associates, P.C. and in the world at large, Dr. Day’s efforts to connect with humor and sincerity make him invaluable. Knowledge peppered with wit can hearthfultoothbe found at the practice’s blog The Heartful Toothman and at the practice’s  Facebook page

Recently, Dr. Day and his team became participants in the Reach Out and Read program, in which thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states.

“This is a program to provide free books to young readers who are disadvantaged or unable to get access to books,” said Dr. Day.

Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites

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Reach Out and Read was awarded the Library of Congress 2013 David M. Rubenstein Prize.

nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents. More information about this program can be found at: http://www.reachoutandread.org

 

On the clinical side, Dr. Day invites innovation on small and large scales for his patients every day, from switching their brand of fluoride varnish (“Our young patients find that the taste of Iris is superior to the old brand we had used before.”) to using custom-made appliances that help correct occlusal imbalances and other dental conditions when a patient is young (“This can save years in braces when they are in their teenage years and thousands of dollars for their parents.”)

“I enjoy learning about dental orthopedics and practice growth modulation. …Usually these children only require months of orthodontic treatment instead of years, which is average for many teenager,” added Dr. Day.

Offering oral health care for nearly 30 years, Dr. Day finds effective ways to support young patients through organized dentistry as well. One outlet: As the Chairman of the National Children’s Dental Health Month Committee for the 5th District Dental Society Board of Gouvernors for almost 20 of those years.

“I find it most fulfilling knowing that thousands of kids at least get exposure to dental information.  If one assumes that only half of the kids actually see a dentist in a given year, it is comforting to know that the other half at least get to take home a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss as well as a packet of information about dental health,” said Dr. Day.

“It is our Dental Society’s goal to get either a dentist or a representative of a dental office into every classroom in our district.  The month of February brings some of the most brutal weather in our area, but that does not stop the intrepid dentists or their team members from visiting the classrooms.”

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Each February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and as Committee Chairman for his District, Dr. Day helps organize efforts to expose thousands of kids to dental information. 

Caring for patients is Dr. Day’s primary passion, and he’s willing to explore the world to do so, in one instance, through a three-week missionary visit to Southern Peru, where he traveled to various health posts and small towns and provided free dental care for both adults and children.  

 

“Many had never seen a dentist in their entire life as there were none in the area.  There was a local Peruvian dentist in the town of Mollendo who was invaluable to set up my visits in these small towns.  On a few occasions he worked side by side with me and we saw hundreds of patients,” said Dr. Day of his 2003 junket.

“I still reminisce about the mothers of the children who hugged me and were in tears of joy over  care we provided.  They were able to save their children’s smiles and were so grateful.  It was an experience and adventure to provide care in many places that had no running water, so we learned to improvise in each place that we set up.”

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Dr. Scott Day, shown with Peruvian volunteers,  during a three-week missionary trip on which he provided free dental care. “I still reminisce about the mother’s of the children who hugged me and were in tears of joy over care we provided.” 

It’s hard to imagine he has time for hobbies, but to remain so infused with fun, Dr. Day recharges with hobbies. Whether active — fishing, woodworking, gardening, hiking — or relaxed — winemaking, playing cards and reading — Dr. Day incorporates his zest for life into every area of life.

 

Visit him in person (and request a handstand) at: http://www.gouverneurdental.com/

Is your cold sterilant exposing you to an unnecessary risk?

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At your practice, if you’re disinfecting heat sensitive dental equipment with glutaraldehyde, this is the case.

It can harmfully affect providers and patients with occupational asthma, contact dermatitis and allergic reactions, in addition to fixing proteins to instruments and acting as a toxic agent to aquatic organisms in the environment if not disposed of properly.

Another cold sterilant, which uses hydrogen peroxide as its active agent, Sporox, can be an alternative. Find out more about this product, which does not require special ventilation or preparation (per OSHA guidelines), at saferwithsporox.com.

An informational video can be viewed at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5s2gc2fbkxqz9kx/Sporox%20short%20video.wmv?dl=0

Don’t fall prey to a Twitter bot. Smile.

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Everyone has a friend who won’t oblige when asked politely to “Say cheese” for a group photo. A new Twitter bot soon might allow you a chance at revenge, by turning that frown upside down into a creepy, toothy grin.

Currently, you can see it in action on celebrities @smilevector, an algorithm created by New Zealand neural network researcher Tom White.

According to engadget.com:

If you submit a photo of your favorite celebrity in a glum or neutral pose, it’ll turn it into a bizarre, “I just ate a child” kind of grin. The bot “uses a generative neural network to add or remove smiles from images it finds in the wild” or submitted to its follow list, according to its creator.

Read more at: https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/27/twitter-bot-plasters-creepy-smiles-on-celebrities-faces/

See it in action: https://twitter.com/smilevector
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Is your smile trustworthy? How about elegant?

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According to the American Foreign Press, Japanese cosmetics firm Shiseido says it has come up with a system to rate a person’s smile by measuring facial movements.

“Users look into a tablet device with the app, and it gives them a reading on the quality of their smile on a scale of zero to 120.

The app can also tell them how their smile is seen by others in various categories — trustworthy, elegant, attractive, beautiful, positive, friendly and lively.”

Facial-recognition technology developed by KART (Koozyt AR Technology) and Sony drive the app. Though it is slated for commercial release in 2017, it will first undergo exposure among a limited test audience.

Who better to test their smiles, at least per Shiseido’s plans?

Flight attendants.

Shiseido is trying out the software on 5,000 JAL flight attendants between July and September, as discussed in a report by JapanTrends.com.

“The level of the female attendants’ smiles will be judged by the app on a tablet device, deciding if their smiles are too unemotional or have the ability to light up a room. JAL has not announced if its flight attendants will be demoted or penalized for lacking perceived smile quality.”

According to JapanTrends.com, Shiseido has also been organizing “smile lectures” since 2008, based on its years of research into the importance of smiling. It runs them 3-5 times a year, reaching around 6,000 participants until now.