We will be exhibiting at the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, being held later this week at the Long Beach Convention Center from March 18th-21st in Long Beach, CA.
2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Columbia Dentoform®. For 100 years, Columbia has provided patient simulation products for dental education. In addition to typodonts, Columbia offers life-like manikins, including an anesthesia manikin on which students can practice their techniques, before moving to live patients.
Please stop by the DentalEZ Booth (#208) to see the Columbia Dentoform products and our new CORE™ Operatory Package and to take advantage of our Show Specials.
We are proud Diamond Sponsors of the 10th Annual Gies Awards Gala, which is taking place on Monday, March 20th, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. The Gies Awards are the profession’s recognition for individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.
We hope to see you there!
Have you felt like dental was left out of the Affordable Care Act? If so, you are not alone! It’s a growing concern across the U.S. especially as the percentage of adults with dental coverage continues to decrease. Emergency rooms are not always equipped for dental care, especially for the procedures that could have been prevented with regular checkups.
One community is lucky enough to have a solution, the Escambia Community Clinics in Florida. Local emergency rooms direct patients to their clinic that just opened late last year. View the full story and share your comments below on any dental clinics providing quality dental care in your area.
- Do dentists really have the highest suicide rate?
- Is it possible to catch a bullet between your teeth?
- Is a dog’s mouth cleaner than a human’s mouth?
- Will a tooth dissolve in a can of Cola over night?
- Can a dental filling pick up radio signals?
- According to Mouth, there is no complete data to back this claim up. However, psychologists have found that health care professionals as a whole do have a particularly high rate of suicides.
- The show Mythbusters tested and determined human reflexes are not fast enough, nor are our teeth strong enough, to catch a bullet. So don’t try this at home!
- According to Mythbusters - YES!
- Sorry, the only side effects here are tooth stains, but leaving a tooth in a can of pop for a few months can ultimately create decay.
- No, metal fillings can not pick up radio signals…but imagine if they could work as radio receivers?!?! Think of all the money we’d save on iPods!
You see many patients day-in and day-out, you get busy…We at Dr. Practice know you have the skills and competence to get the procedure done, but beyond the procedure, do you think your patients feel at ease with you - have you established a comfortable relationship with them? In the October issue of Dentaltown, Dr. Howard Farran illustrates some of the more important elements that make up an effective chairside manner. Dr. Farran points out 10 things to consider:
- Empathize: Put yourself in their shoes and recognize the pain or discomfort they may be feeling. Pause and take a break if you notice body language cues.
- Be a Straight Shooter: My favorite line - Farren says, “This isn’t going to hurt” How many of us have said this before? Reassure patients, but tell the truth.
- Plain English, Please: When explaining a treatment plan, use words they will understand. When you ensure they understand, it shows you care about them.
- Listen: When your patient is asking questions, give them your undivided attention instead of fiddling with your handpiece.
- Make the Patient in Your Chair Your No. 1 Priority: As Farren points out, you may have another patient in the next room, or a sales rep on hold, but the patient in the chair doesn’t need to know.
- Make ‘em Laugh: A little humor can lighten the mood.
- Adaptability: Adjust your chairside manner to each patient’s personality.
- Good Groomin’: Portray good hygiene.
- We-care Calls: After an invasive procedure, Farren suggests following up with a “we-care” call to see how they are doing.
- Other tips: Hire staff with personality. And always treat staff well in view of patients. When the assistant or hygienist is done with a task, say “Thank You.”
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