Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on April 26, 2017

in Dental Art

“Lips” by Miles Aldrich a fashion and art photographer from London.

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.

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From WIRED:

These Bluetooth-connected brushes pair with your smart phone and guide you through the brushing process, showing which teeth to focus on, for how long, and even how fast you should be moving the brush head around.

Source: Hack Your Pearly Whites With Super-Smart Toothbrushes From Philips, Oral-B, and More | WIRED

More on the trend of DIY health info from connected devices. On the one hand I am skeptical that people will use these, as it takes an extra effort and we already have trouble getting people to simply brush and floss. On the other hand it is amazing how people have taken to using Fitbit and other health monitors.

I see the future as simple to use devices that take no more effort than simply brushing now that will connect to a data base that can be monitored for changes.

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From Reader’s Digest:

Sanford’s dentist uses a laser to painlessly remove decay and bond filling to her tooth. The cutting-edge procedure has made traditional fillings a faint, unpleasant memory for the 77-year-old Florida resident.

Source: New Dental Technology Will Make Going to the Dentist Easier | Reader’s Digest

This is what our patients are reading in the popular press. It is generally favorable. It refers to “painless” laser treatments, Botox for TMJ and stem cells for endodontics. Patients will begin to expect these advanced high tech options from their dentists.

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From: Time.com:

There are no negotiated rates, no third-party reimbursements and almost no paperwork. “We say, ‘Here’s the price. Here’s what you’re getting. Here’s your bill,'” says Keith Smith, who co-founded the Surgery Center in 1997

Source: What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash | Time.com

The linked article is medical not dental and there is a limited technology component. Nevertheless it is interesting and relates to dentistry. BTW what they refer to as “cash” means the patient pays with his/her own money they do mot rely on insurance.

Due to the very limited nature of dental insurance we essentially charge cash for almost anything beyond a basic prophy or a filling. Dental prices are far less opaque than typical medical expenses. As a result we need to be somewhat price conscience and we compete to a significant degree on price.

Well utilized technology will reduce costs and allow dentists to provide service to more people at lower costs.

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10 Principles of Leading Change Management

by Larry Emmott on April 24, 2017

in Management

1. Lead with the culture. Lou Gerstner, who as chief executive of IBM led one of the most successful business transformations in history, said the most important lesson he learned from the experience was that “culture is everything.” Businesspeople today understand this. In the Katzenbach Center survey, 84 percent said that the organization’s culture was critical to the success of change management, and 64 percent saw it as more critical than strategy or operating model. Yet change leaders often fail to add

Source: 10 Principles of Leading Change Management

Often the biggest barrier to the development of a high tech digital office is not the technology it is the process of change. The linked article is worth reading if you are serious about using technology effectively.

As the quoted bit above notes change starts with the “culture” of the organization. In the dental office culture starts with the dentist.

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10 things we saw at IDS 2017 that blew us away

by Larry Emmott on April 21, 2017

in Future Tech

From Dental Products Report:

Some of the most amazing solutions that we experienced at dentistry’s biggest show.

Source: 10 things we saw at IDS 2017 that blew us away | Dental Products Report

Most of the ten things have to do with 3D digital dentistry. New scanners, 3D printers, new used for mills and applications for implants. The new frontier for dentistry is 3D imaging and production. Alginate will soon be seen as just a quaint relic of the past.

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Utah State Dental Convention

April 20, 2017

I am looking forward to presenting on paperless records and digital workflow at the Utah State Dental Convention  next week April 28. Paperless records are just the beginning. Digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient digital workflow, utilizing online communication and electronic services. Digital technology is revolutionizing every aspect of the […]

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Teens take dental care into their own hands, with questionable results

April 20, 2017

From The Sacramento Bee: Inspired by social media, some people are turning to rubber bands, fishing line and paper clips to perfect their own pearly whites – a practice that orthodontists warn could lead to gum irritation, misalignment and tooth loss.A quick search on YouTube reveals thousands of tutorials about how to straighten teeth without braces, […]

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Dental Art

April 19, 2017

“Watercolor Implant” I have no information about this however I like the style and the use of color. I wish I could read the notes written in the right side. 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 […]

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ADA unveils Find-a-Dentist online search tool for patients

April 18, 2017

The ADA launched April 3 an online search tool aimed to help prospective patients connect with local ADA members. The Association is encouraging ADA member dentists to fill out their Find-a-Dentist online profile, which takes about five minutes, on average, to complete. ADA member dentists with completed profiles, especially those with photos, are prioritized in […]

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CSI in Dentistry can Save a Life – April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 18, 2017

Have you seen the CSI type of TV shows where the valiant crime scene detective puts on some funky goggles and then shines an eerie blue light over the scene looking for clues? What they are doing is using an alternative light source or natural fluorescence to reveal details that are hard to detect with […]

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The future is digital—It is not a question of if, but when

April 17, 2017

From Dental Tribune International: The future is digital and that is our focus at IDS. Everything that can go digital will go digital. It is not a question of if, but when. And the move to digital is accelerating. Our role at Henry Schein is to serve as the trusted adviser to our customers as they […]

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Tax Day

April 15, 2017
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15 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Dentists

April 14, 2017

From Mental Floss: 1. THERE’S A GOOD REASON THEY ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YOU CAN’T TALK.Trying to converse with someone after stuffing their anesthetized mouth full of cotton seems counterintuitive—but there’s a good explanation for it. Source: 15 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Dentists | Mental Floss Surprisingly favorable to dentists.

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Carestream Agrees to Sell Dental Digital Business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Hillhouse/CareCapital

April 14, 2017

From Business Wire: Carestream, working with its parent company, Onex Corporation (TSX:ONEX), has entered into an agreement to sell its dental digital business to funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a leading global private investment firm, and CareCapital Advisors Limited (CareCapital), a specialist investment platform focused on dental and consumer health in Asia and […]

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How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

April 13, 2017

From Longitudes: …additive manufacturing could bend the cost curve in a number of industries, especially healthcare. Source: How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare | Longitudes The primary issue in all healthcare including dentistry is cost. Insurance would not be an issue if people felt they could pay for quality care at a […]

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Dental Art

April 12, 2017

Asian? Babylonian? I don’t know, it does appear to be an old print of a poor soul having a tooth pulled. I especially like the beanie. 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 […]

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 11, 2017
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Advocate Health Care Network pays $5.55 million to settle data breach case

April 11, 2017

Advocate, one of the nation’s biggest health care systems which operates 12 hospitals and more than 200 other treatment locations in Illinois, faced multiple potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when laptops containing patient information were stolen from its Park Ridge office about three years ago, Source: Advocate Health Care Network […]

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Code Maintenance Committee OKs teledentistry, A1c codes

April 10, 2017

From ADA News: Teledentistry will for the first time be included in the ADA’s Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT Code).  The Code Maintenance Committee approved two codes relating to the process during its March 9 meeting at ADA Headquarters. Source: Code Maintenance Committee OKs teledentistry, A1c codes It’s a start. The codes are […]

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