In this series, we are looking at a number of different patients that any new dentist could encounter on their very first day in practice. As there is another class of recent graduates in 2015, it's always exciting to think about beginning to practice in the real world. The first patient had a number of … Continue reading Your First Day In Practice: Patient #2
Why we need modern dental software and interoperability It has always been troubling to me that patients spend years under the care of a dentist and then when moving to another practice there is loss of continuity. The patient’s record does not follow the patient.This was not as big of a problem when paper records … Continue reading Why we need modern dental software and interoperability
With a new class of dentists just graduating from dental school all around the U.S., it seems apropos to think about what it will be like for them to begin practicing. As a former new dentist, I know it’s an exciting time that can also be quite daunting. Let's consider four different types of patients a … Continue reading Your First Day in Practice: Patient #1
Those of us in dentistry have probably come across some articles of late about "DIY" dentistry (here and here). Patients extracting their own teeth is certainly not a new phenomenon (modern dentistry only began in the 17th century). Today one can buy dental scalers and do their own cleanings, or do it yourself home whitening kits. … Continue reading DIY Dentistry…..DIY Don’t!
During the 2015 Dental School graduation at Temple University this year, Dean Amid Ismail announced the creation of the Henry Schein Digital Center of Excellence. It will be equipped with the latest dental technological innovations such as computer-aided design and manufacturing solutions, digital radiography, and intraoral cameras. Programs have been slow to adopt newer technologies for … Continue reading Henry Schein Dental Center at Temple University
Here is an interesting and timely article about a growing problem for older Americans' accessibility to affordable dental care that caught our eye this past week. We are all aware of the health problems this can create for these people in need. Several of our esteemed Clinical Team members are on staff at Texas A&M University … Continue reading Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Bridging Dental Care Gap for Seniors
Not long ago I went to a car dealership. Before leaving I picked up a beautiful full color, information clad brochure that looked expensive. Very nice and informative. Another day I took my dog to the veterinarian. During the visit the technician entered information into the patient record and after the doctor finished I was … Continue reading Dental Office Time Management and Patient Care Series: Patient Packets
In our practices we all encounter special needs patients. Patients presenting with MS, ALS, CP, Alzheimer, Parkinson's or other conditions are challenging and many dentists excel in managing them and providing quality care. But what about the special needs patient’s family? Do we always remember to care for them also? We should. Families of special needs patients are … Continue reading Caring for Special Needs Patients and their Families: Before the Appointment and Arrival to the Office
Imagine that you want to fly to L.A.: You open your smartphone and click “fly to L.A.” The app notes your location, driving time to the airport, provides flight options, accesses your award mileage program, rents a car, reserves your favorite hotel and makes dinner reservations in L.A. The software knows your preferences for traveling times, price … Continue reading Dental Office Time Management and Patient Care Series: Automatic treatment planning!
Let’s just admit that periodontal charting is not the most fun thing to do. Here’s a short list of why: It soaks up valuable clinical time It is done as much for legal reasons as clinical reasons The clinical use of the data is limited Many clinicians only chart pocket depth (PD). But, unless one notes both … Continue reading Dental Office Time Management and Patient Care Series: Ultra Fast Periodontal Charting