From PR Newswire:
In 2001, seeing a need for patients to connect with one another, Hill worked to develop an interactive online forum where patients and survivors could share their knowledge and tell their stories. Christine Brader joined the forum after her first oral cancer diagnosis in 2007. “When I was diagnosed I didn’t know which way to turn, and by finding others who had gone through it, I gained significant peace of mind,”
Source: Patient Support in Oral Cancer — NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
Online support groups are one of the ways that technology will change how we manage chronic and long term disease in the future. The instantaneous worldwide ability to communicate now gives patients, care givers and medical dental professionals a way to share information that simply did not exist before the advent of the Internet.
As we develop these programs the result will be improved treatment and reduced costs. For now the idea is so new we don’t really yet know how best to do it. Where do you draw the line between sharing and reviewing information for reliability? Is a radical treatment really a good idea? And how do you keep the forum open and protect individual’s privacy?
So far many of the forum users are happy and enthusiastic; from the linked article:
Ed Brown, now a 12-year oral cancer survivor says, “Finding each other is the greatest thing that has ever happened to us. When you feel like you’re some kind of freak and struggling alone with your issues, it’s the best feeling to find out there is someone else out there who has dealt with the same thing, someone who knows what it’s like, someone who understands the “work-arounds” for some of the complications of treatments that we all deal with. Thanks to the forum I now know 10,000 survivors who because of our shared experiences are a resource I can turn to.”
“Biting Apple” I have no information on the artist. However I like the image even though it is a bit creepy.
Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.
All the Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.
HT ADA News:
…a group of researchers led by André Studart, Professor of Complex Materials, has developed a new procedure that mimics the natural model almost perfectly. The scientists were able to produce a tough, multi-layered material based on the construction principle of teeth or seashells,
Source: Biomimetic dental prosthesis | EurekAlert! Science News
This is still in the basic research stage however it could provide us with a synthetic material with a structure very similar to enamel for dental restorations.
One of my favorite products is the Nomad handheld x-ray machine. The Nomad is obviously economical and flexible but it is not so obviously a great benefit to certain patients. For example, wheelchair patients.
In the past wheelchair bound patients would either have to transfer to the dental chair, which was often very difficult or impossible, or stay in the wheelchair and we would try and take radiographs with limited success. The Nomad allows us to take radiographs anywhere not just in an overcrowded treatment room.
It is also a benefit for young and or anxious patients. The hygienist taking the image stays in the room next to the patient and she/he can reassure and calm the patient resulting in faster results with fewer retakes and happier patients.
If you are building or remodeling a dental office do not install old fashioned wall mounted X-Rays.
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It seems that we hear of a new data breach or hack almost every day. Data security and HIPAA compliance is a huge issue that most dentists are struggling with.
As a dental professional you have a moral and legal obligation to protect your patient’s confidentiality. HIPAA compliance consists largely of having the right forms and signatures. On the other hand there are important real world measures dentists should be taking beyond the paperwork that can make an actual difference in patient data security, including the one and only procedure you need to protect your practice from data breach (your “get out of jail free” card).
This is an entertaining, must see presentation from Dr. Larry Emmott the nation’s leading high tech dentist. There will be something for both the beginner and the high tech power user all delivered in a fun and easy to understand style.
I just read an article from Sally McKenzie about finding great team members. Two things she discussed which dooms dentists to mediocre staff was settling for whoever shows up and failing to test for skills. The Dentrix Mastery program gives dentists a real life tool to evaluate a potential staff member’s Dentrix skill and it gives team members a powerful credential that proves they can do the job and that they are worth more to the practice.
Dentrix Mastery Tracks™ will make sure every member of your team is as prepared and capable as your technology—by giving you a fast and affordable way to test what they know about Dentrix and find out where they need improvement. It also directs them to the targeted training they need to enhance their skills and improve your practice.
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What a great solution to a significant problem.
Lack of basic, ongoing training is one of the primary mistakes most dentists make with technology. Many dentists use a fraction of the technology they have purchased, complain that their system does not do something that it does or use awkward outmoded procedures to accomplish basic tasks.
Mastery training will help dentists improve the effectiveness of current team members, help them select new team members and will provide staff personnel with an authentic credential that increases their value in the marketplace.