“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.