7 weirdest dental stories 2014

by Larry Emmott on December 20, 2014

in Just for Fun

From DPR. The one about the fake kidnapping is just wrong.

The oddest, zaniest and most ridiculous dental stories that graced the news this year.

via 7 weirdest dental stories 2014 | Dental Products Report.

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Shopping Reminder

by Larry Emmott on December 20, 2014

in General

Please do me a favor: When you shop at Amazon, just click through one of my links first like the one below or those on the right hand column. You’ll support EOT at no cost to yourself. I appreciate it, especially this time of year! Thanks.

 

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An Alternative to ACA (Obamacare)

by Larry Emmott on December 19, 2014

in Health Care Politics

MedReformSo far dentists have avoided direct involvement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known commonly as Obamacare. For the most part dental care is not included in mandated coverage and the vast majority of dentists have less than fifty employees so as business people they are exempt from the employer mandate.

This could easily change in the future and dentists are likely to be caught up in the boondoggle the feds have created with mandated electronic medical records.

On the other hand even though they have avoided business and professional involvement dentists, like everyone else, will be impacted personally. Many have already experienced increased costs and reduced access to care.

…keeping three promises many of them made to voters during the last election: Keep your job; keep your health insurance; and keep your doctor.

via A Republican Alternative to Obamacare – John C. Goodman – Page 1.

As written the ACA is deeply flawed. The linked article has seven suggestions on how to make it better. They are:

  • Choice
  • Fairness
  • Universal Coverage
  • Portability
  • Transparency
  • Patient Power
  • Real Insurance
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Pro Vecta S-Pan

by Larry Emmott on December 18, 2014

in Radiography

ProVectaSPan00My friend Dr. Dale Miles (who knows a whole lot more about digital imaging than I do) really likes this new pan.

From a single exposure, only S-Pan acquires 20 layers of images and slices them into 20,000 fragments. The best are selected and compiled to generate a single, exceptionally sharp panoramic image–automatically!

via Air Techniques.

The problem with dental panoramic radiographs has always been the curve and thickness of the mandible. Everybody is a bit different from everybody else, however the system has to focus the x-ray beam somewhere. In the past manufacturers have chosen averages and sometimes you get a clear diagnostics image and sometimes…not so much.

The S-Pan uses digital technology to take twenty different layers then combine them as needed to get the best image. In a sense the software customizes the image trough to each person.

Check out Dr. Miles website here.

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Sharp Sticks and Canaries

by Larry Emmott on December 18, 2014

in Dental Speaker,Diagnostics

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179 Update

by Larry Emmott on December 17, 2014

in Hardware,Management

Good news, if you have or are considering purchasing equipment this year!  Congress has passed a bill that moves your Section 179 Deduction from $25,000 to $500,000.  Important, this is only for items purchased and installed in the 2014 Calendar Year.  Go to www.section179.org  to find out more information.

I suggest you consider year end technology investments in this order:

  • Network
  • Radiography
  • Camera
  • Cad Cam
  • CBCT

PS: You would be a fool to take this as tax advise, blah blah blah consult your tax adviser to determine your personal situation. :-)

 

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Dental Art

December 17, 2014

“First visit to the dentist” This painting is by English Aesthetic Movement painter Edward Robert Hughes. It was painted around 1866. I decided another older more classical dental art image was appropriate before year end. This picture is not nearly as brutal as many older paintings such as this. Never the less it was created before […]

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The Innovators

December 16, 2014

“How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” I posted about this book last week when I was just getting started with it. Now I am done and recommend it even more. It is easy, compelling reading with lots of personal insights and interesting historical tidbits. The geek on your Christmas […]

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What does “Cloud” really mean?

December 16, 2014

Cloud refers mostly to three things. Cloud is often used simply as another word for Internet.  Cloud storage refers to storing data on a computer somewhere on the Internet not on the computer in your office. People store photos, music and even patient records online.  Cloud Computing is the sexiest meaning of cloud where the […]

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Microsoft tells US: The world’s servers are not yours for the taking

December 16, 2014

From Ars Technica: Microsoft’s fight against the US position that it may search its overseas servers with a valid US warrant is getting nasty. via Microsoft tells US: The world’s servers are not yours for the taking | Ars Technica. Related: For now it is safe to assume anything online is discoverable. This does not […]

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Top Twelve Dentrix Tips of the Year

December 15, 2014

It’s time once again for our Countdown to Christmas, featuring the top twelve most-viewed Dentrix Tips of the year, via (17) Dentrix.

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Hi Tech Diagnostics

December 15, 2014

How do you find decay? Poke the tooth with a sharp stick? How do you pick a shade? Hold up a paint chip and pick what looks the best? How do you measure a perio pocket? Push in a dip stick? How do you check for TMJ problems? Put your fingers over the joint and […]

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Holiday Shopping

December 14, 2014

Please do me a favor: When you shop at Amazon, just click through one of my links first like the one below or those on the right hand column. You’ll support EOT at no cost to yourself. I appreciate it, especially this time of year!

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26 “Jokes” only a Geek will find funny

December 14, 2014
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Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable

December 13, 2014

From the NYT: Large numbers of doctors who are listed as serving Medicaid patients are not available to treat them, federal investigators said in a new report. “Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,”… Read it here

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What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?

December 13, 2014

From Harvard Business Review: …we will soon be looking at hordes of citizens of zero economic value. Figuring out how to deal with the impacts of this development will be the greatest challenge facing free market economies in this century. via What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?. Interesting. As a rule I am a high […]

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December 13, 2014

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Holiday Playlists Available from Tellcast.tv

December 12, 2014

last week that we have added holiday programming to your playlist!  Over this week we will be added more and more holiday playlists.  These playlists will be available from within your portal and will include music and videos from the most popular December holidays via Holiday Playlists Available from Tellcast.tv | Tellcast News. I like […]

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Communications in the 21st Century

December 11, 2014

58% of consumers start their online day by reading their emails.  76% of dental patients say email is the best way for companies to communicate with them.   So the question is…are you using it? Or even better are you gathering patient e-mail addresses in order to use it? Most Practice Management Systems like Dentrix have […]

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Year End is coming Fast

December 11, 2014

As a quick follow up to the message below. If you want to purchase a digital radiography system before year end one of my favorites is XDR. XDR Radiology | Imaging Through Science.

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