Archaeological Discovery

by Larry Emmott on July 20, 2018

in Digital Marketing,Just for Fun

My wife is an archaeologist. As such she has an interest in and appreciation for relics of the past which help us understand ancient historical cultures. What a treat when someone actually left an artifact from the past right on our doorstep.

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Paperless Records

by Larry Emmott on July 19, 2018

in Paperless

One of the fastest growing trends in dentistry is the move toward paperless records. There are tremendous advantages to paperless records including ease of access, improved patient care and lower costs. On the other hand we seem to be emotionally attached to our charts. Like old copies of National Geographic, we just can’t bring ourselves to part with them.

Here is the big secret, Once you have the basic infrastructure in place; that is the hardware-software infrastructure and the systems to use them, then you stop making paper.

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But after 120+ years, x-ray imaging is getting a remarkable update with 3D, full-color images that reveal far more than just the bones inside you. These images will improve what a doctor can diagnose without cutting you open…

…smaller test versions of this scanner are already being used to study cancer, as well as bone and joint health in patients—but the technology will be useful in countless other medical fields as well, from dentistry to brain surgery.

Source: The World’s First Full-Color, 3D X-rays Are Freaking Me Out

The article is for a lay audience. The images and the basic concepts are amazing. However I am not sure how much of an improvement this is over CBCT which gives 3D images that can be colored. I guess this new method picks up actual colors. Maybe? it says it distinguishes between hard and soft tissue but so does CT or for that matter ultrasound.

Whatever, we continue to see incredible breakthroughs in diagnostics that would have been considered futuristic science fiction just a few years ago.

I believe when doctors of the future look back on our treatments including surgery and dental restorations – that always start by removing tissue – they will consider our methods barbaric. Just as we look back on past physicians who treated people with bleeding or anesthesia free amputation as barbaric.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on July 18, 2018

in Dental Art

“At the Dentist” by Dutch “Golden Age” painter Gerard van Honthorst This is one of several by van Honthorst. As usual with dentist paintings from previous centuries the image shows a crowd gathered to watch an extraction with a patient obviously in great pain.

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.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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RESULTS The RMS value (152±52 µm) of the model manufactured by the milling method was significantly higher than the RMS value (52±9 µm) of the model produced by the 3D printing method.

CONCLUSION The accuracy of the 3D printing method is superior to that of the milling method, but at present, both methods are limited in their application as a work model for prosthesis manufacture.

Source: Accuracy evaluation of dental models manufactured by CAD/CAM milling method and 3D printing method

Interesting.

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Internet 101

by Larry Emmott on July 17, 2018

in Internet

The Internet is the largest endeavor in human history. It is big, I mean really big. Almost three billion people are online, that is more than one third of the entire population of the planet.

However the Internet is not just people connected through computers, it is also things. Anything with an IP addressable chip is part of the Internet. That includes your phone, your car, household appliances and even some dental equipment. But the Internet is not just the things it is connected to it also is the network. Or even more accurately it is the exchange of data.

We tend to think of the Internet as a network similar to the phone system. That is a hub and spoke arrangement in which we send information from our location to a central command center where it is routed or switched to the intended recipient. The intelligence needed to connect the call is located at the central switch and once the connection is established there is an unbroken link from sender to receiver.

The Internet does not work that way at all. It is more like a tangled web of connections; if the web was created by a deranged spider. There is no symmetry and there is no stable structure. Connections change constantly as data is routed around the system. A map of Internet data movement created this instant would look quite different from a map made an hour from now. When data is transferred it does not pass through a continuous connection all at once like a phone call. The data is broken up into “packets” that are routed separately and travel completely different routes to get to the final address.

The intelligence needed to route an Internet communication is not located at a hub but is at the periphery where the message originates.

How does the system know where to send the packets? It uses established protocols. If you were sending a piece of paper mail there are certain protocols you need to follow. The address is to be written in the middle of the envelope with the zip code last. The stamp goes on the upper right and the return address the upper left. If you do not follow the rules the mail will not go through. The primary protocols used by the Internet are TCP IP. That stands for Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol.

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Internet usage in the United States

July 16, 2018

About 76.2 percent of the U.S. population accessed the internet as of 2016. While internet adoption in the United States is equal amongst both genders, online usage increases among demographic groups with higher levels of education and income. Source: Internet usage in the United States – Statistics & Facts | Statista

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Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about

July 16, 2018

The user can have a consultation with a certified dentist in their area while state-of-the-art technology allows the consumer to share focused imagery of the affected area so that the problem can be precisely diagnosed. Source: Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about I like this as it is in essence a mini, patient initiated, […]

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All the best apps of 2018. (So far.)

July 13, 2018

From Mashable: If you can’t remember the last time you downloaded a new app you loved, you’re long overdue for a home screen refresh. Luckily, we’re halfway through 2018, and the last six months have been filled with plenty of new apps and games worth your attention. Source: All the best apps of 2018. (So […]

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Data Protection Accountability Checklist

July 12, 2018

From Advanced Automation Blog: In hopes of making things easier for practice managers, I’m providing a basic accountability checklist to use with your IT administrator and/or provider to make sure basic security is in place or in progress. This list is derived from an amalgamation of baseline requirements for cyber-liability insurance and industry best practices. If […]

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High Tech Consulting

July 12, 2018

Are you having trouble going paperless or figuring out the complex data safety issues and HIPAA. You are not alone. If you want some one on one help contact me directly at LarryEmmott@DrLarryEmmott.com or follow the link below and fill out the online evaluation. There is an assessment tool and a questionnaire to get you […]

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Dental Art

July 11, 2018

Gold Molar. Not my idea of fine art but dental none the less. 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. Previous “Dental Art” images can be […]

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Dentrix Tips and Tricks

July 10, 2018

A great resource for Dentrix users:  Source: Dental Software – Dental Practice Management Software – Dentrix  

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How health-care companies are using AI to beat hackers

July 10, 2018

From The Week: AI and machine learning are part of a bigger attempt to overhaul cybersecurity. As attacks continue to increase, health-care companies have learned that it’s not enough to rely on anti-virus or anti-malware protection to stop eager hackers from infiltrating their systems. They’re starting to figure out hacker patterns and blocking them before […]

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The Hard Thing Rule

July 9, 2018

Another thoughtful Monday Morning Stretch from Katherine Eitel: Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance submits that there is a great deal of virtue and momentum gained by doing the hard things. In a boatload of research, she found that natural […]

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Passwords in the Real World

July 9, 2018

Passwords should be treated as you would your toothbrush. Never let anyone else use it and change it every three months. Good professional password protocol includes passwords that are at least eight characters long, include numbers. letters, upper and lowercase and even symbols. They should be changed every three months and you should assign user rights […]

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 Alternate meanings for common words.

July 6, 2018

And the winners are:   Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.   Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.   Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.   Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.   Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.   Negligent, adj. […]

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Henry Schein creates key software joint venture with Internet Brands

July 5, 2018

From Newsday: Henry Schein Inc. and partner Internet Brands have completed the creation of a joint venture to create and market software for the global dental market, the companies announced Monday… The joint venture, named Henry Schein One, incorporates Henry Schein’s practice-management software for dentists, includingDentrix and Easy Dental, with Internet Brands’ web-based programs such […]

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The most-Googled health problems by state

July 5, 2018

UPDATE: Here is the link to the original report: https://www.medicarehealthplans.com/news/your-states-most-googled-health-problem-in-2018/  Very interesting, for example; 5. California — syphilis 6. Colorado — syphilis 7. Connecticut — quarter-life crisis Source: The most-Googled health problems by state Be sure to check out Iowa and South Dakota???  

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Dental Art and Happy 4th

July 4, 2018

“Flag Paste” Enjoy the day, Happy 4th. 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. Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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