From Fortune:

…a dental insurance company, giving connected toothbrushes to policy holders makes all the sense in the world. Knowing that your policyholders brush their teeth on the regular means they are less likely to develop cavities and other issues associated with high claims. The insurer might even be able to promote more brushing or even flossing using incentives from the app associated with the connected toothbrush.

Source: Beam will change dental insurance one connected toothbrush at a time – Fortune

I have very mixed feelings about this. On the one hand I think it is a creative and exciting way to use advanced technology to improve dental health and ultimately to improve the human condition.

On the other hand I am not at all happy to have an insurance company monitoring my brushing and adjusting my benefits based on how often I brush my teeth with their blue tooth tooth brush.  Way too creepy like the “Big Brother” dental plan is watching. 1984 was supposed to be a cautionary tale not an instruction manual.

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Sharp Stick

by Larry Emmott on July 3, 2015

in Diagnostics

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E-Mail Encryption

by Larry Emmott on July 2, 2015

in Security

My newest Inscriptions article on encrypted e-mail is now available online.

AzDA Inscriptions

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Expert Business Strategies

by Larry Emmott on July 2, 2015

in Dental Speaker,Paperless

From the ADA “Expert Business Strategies”

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I contributed a chapter on Paperless Records. I am honored to be included along with Sally McKenzie, Cathy Jameson, Rita Zamora, Roger Levin and others.

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From Amex Open Forum:

A small-business owner with a tech-savvy team assumes, “My employees would never do that.” Unfortunately employees continue to fall for phishing scams, phone scams and Wi-Fi hacking. According to CompTIA, a nonprofit group in the IT industry, an estimated 52 percent of data breaches are due to employee error.

Source: How to Teach Your Employees to Recognize Hacker Scams | OPEN Forum

Hipaa requires we train our teams in data security. This is a very good article that is worth sharing with your staff. As the article says it is a mistake to assume they already know these things.

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CR Evaluates Solea Laser

by Larry Emmott on July 1, 2015

in Theraputics

Gordon Christensen’s CR has completed a preliminary evaluation of the Solea hard tissue laser. The findings were generally positive.

 CR Conclusions: Solea CO2 laser was clinically effective for hard and soft tissue procedures. The main challenges of laser dentistry—high initial cost and steep learning curve—were partially mitigated by the unique features which make Solea relatively easy to learn and use. Analgesic effect allowed treatment of patients without conventional anesthetics. Long-term clinical effects continue to be evaluated.

You can download the pdf here:

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Happy Canada Day !

July 1, 2015
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Dental Art

July 1, 2015

“Traveling French Dentist” More pre-1900 dental art that shows the usual outside scene, an extraction, a pleased dentist, a patient in distress and a crowd watching. This one has the added benefit of a monkey who seems to be imitating the dentist. I do not have a title, artist or date HT to OralAnswers.com Dental […]

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Fixed Wall Mount

June 30, 2015

Nice option for the small monitor on the rear wall behind the patient or in a hallway for x-rays. The FM25 LCD wall mount places your monitor 2.25″ (5.7 cm) from the wall. Source: FM25 Fixed Wall Mount – ICW Dental

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What do you ask a Librarian?

June 30, 2015

The top library today (in terms of queries) would have been ranked #36 back in 1995. The mean in 1995 was 210,588. While the mean in 2014 was 44,667. Source: Could Your Library Answer 1 Million Reference Questions A Year? – The Ubiquitous Librarian – The Chronicle of Higher Education The linked article is intended […]

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Stop giving the insurance companies so much power

June 29, 2015

Dentrix Diva Dayna Johnson: When I am training out in the field, I ask the team, “What do you do with these reports?” The most common answer is “Nothing” or “I don’t know”. These reports give you the information you need to be in charge of your claims and attachments, but you need to know […]

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Would rather Clean the Toilet

June 29, 2015

More than a quarter of Americans lie about it, and 36 percent say they would rather do an unpleasant activity like cleaning the toilet or working on their taxes. Source: One-fourth of Americans lie to dentists about flossing: survey | Reuters What is it?   Flossing More here. New Yorkers are the best flossers? Yeah […]

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Dentists can review proposed technical report on dental practice management systems

June 29, 2015

From ADA News: The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) has approved for circulation and commentary the proposed revision of ADA Technical Report No. 1055 for Computer Hardware and Software Guidelines for Dental Offices. Source: Dentists can review proposed technical report on dental practice management systems

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Apple HomeKit Review

June 28, 2015

HomeKit is supposed to help iPhones run lights, thermostats and all sorts of other appliances that can now connect to the Internet. It turns voice-assistant Siri into a genie who makes things happen around the house. You just say, “Turn on the lights,” and presto, they’re on. Unfortunately, Siri just isn’t very reliable… Source: Apple […]

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CareCredit Certification

June 28, 2015

If you offer CareCredit in your office (and you should) at least one person needs to be CareCredit certified. The Certification program was announced in January. If you have not yet completed the certification do it now, otherwise you will no longer be able to offer CareCredit. go to www.carecredit.com/pro then click Training>Learning Center>CareCredit Certification. It takes about 25 minutes […]

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Digital Charting Tip

June 26, 2015

If you get a good set of intraoral digital photos and x-rays you can do much of the charting at your desk. You no longer need to be chairside with the assistant calling out findings while she scribbles things down on paper. This is especially true with existing restorations, broken teeth and other conditions. You […]

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Navident Implant Surgery Guidance

June 25, 2015

It turns out the level of precision needed for guided implant placement is actually higher than that needed for brain surgery. The computer age has been here for some time and surgical navigation or computer aided surgery has been here for most of it. Since the 1980’s Neurosurgeons have been using surgical navigation devices designed […]

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Clinical Workstations and the Cloud

June 25, 2015

Cloud based practice management systems have come a long way and I believe the concept of cloud computing has unlimited potential. However practice management is just a small part of how we now use computers in the treatment rooms. Clinical computers are far more than simple data entry business machines, they need to support a host […]

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High Tech Consulting

June 24, 2015

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 Websites Offer Social Proof

June 24, 2015

Up to 30% of people looking for a new dentist will search online without a referral. When those people find you they are looking for something online that indicates you are a good dentist. They seldom just take your word for it, they are looking for third party validation. This is called social proof. There’s an […]

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