Holiday Eating Tips

by Larry Emmott on December 12, 2019

in Just for Fun

  1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
  2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!
  3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
  4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
  5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
  6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
  7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
  8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
  9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
  10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention.

Reread tips, then start over. But hurry: January is just around the corner.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on December 11, 2019

in Dental Art

“Decoration” Time to trim the tree and time to find a good cosmetic dentist. Merry Christmas.

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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From  Dentrix Magazine:

TechCentral by Henry Schein One has created OmniCore, which combines physical IT equipment with professional services to ensure that IT hardware, software, and security, including backups, are appropriately managed. With OmniCore, rather than incur the cost to purchase and support your networking hardware, TechCentral retains ownership of it, so they take on the responsibility of maintaining, updating, or replacing components automatically as they become out of date.

Source: Hardware as a Service: The Vital Decision You Only Have to Make Once – Dentrix Magazine

Ever since computers invaded dental offices thirty years ago dentists have been faced with the ongoing headache of buying, upgrading, repairing, trouble shooting, and replacing computer hardware. Finding a reliable dental IT professional was a constant challenge. Dentists were used to buying a chair or an x-ray unit that provided decades of use while needing minimal service. Computers are not like that. They need constant service and should be replaced every three to four years.

There is now a solution that is better than either buying or leasing hardware. That is to rent the entire system. Hardware as a service (HaaS).

With the New Year approaching now is a good time to be planning for the coming year. HaaS may be a good option for you if your computers are more than two years old or if you are still running Windows seven. Microsoft will cease support for Windows seven January 14.

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From Tom’s Guide:

Rogue Android apps can hijack the default camera apps on Google and Samsung smartphones, and probably the camera apps on many other brands of Android phones, to take photos and record video and audio without the device users’ permission.

Source: Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware | Tom’s Guide

This sounds pretty scary until you read the article and find that Samsung and Google have fixed the problem with their devices. Never the less it is good to know and a reminder that the wonders of the Internet are fraught with security issues.

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From Becker’s Review: If you read the article it doesn’t really amount to much. Supposedly no pathology was missed and no one was damaged by the failure to read the scans. If that is true, is there really any value to insisting that all CBCT scans be read by a trained radiologist?

At this time the pathologists and radiologists assert that all scans should be read by an expert and they make some good points as to why. However in my experience most scans are not being submitted for investigation by a specialist. Is that a breach of standard of care? or is it just lazy? Or is is actually OK if it makes no difference to the patients?

The best high tech solution will be for a trained AI to do a preliminary evaluation of all CBCTs and identify any that need additional evaluation.

Radiologists at Bethesda, Md.-based Walter Reed National Military Medical Center failed to read and diagnose nearly 2,000 dental scans, according to an internal investigation cited by The Wall Street Journal.

Source: Walter Reed failed to examine nearly 2K dental CT scans, investigation finds

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on December 4, 2019

in Dental Art

“POP Art” Very rare, sexy dental art. Happy Holidays.

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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The Importance of Google My Business to Your Dental Practice

December 2, 2019

IMHO There is NOTHING more important to promoting a dental office than Google my Business From my friends at TNT Dental: Your Google My Business page is a more important SEO strategy than any other option. It not only allows patients to find your practice, but it helps them find you according to geography and […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019
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Dental Art

November 27, 2019

“Ballet Tooth” Alas I could not find a Thanksgiving themed dental art work. However this one shows lots of imagination.  as an aside can you imagine extracting that thing…in one piece. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art […]

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Officials warn about the dangers of using public USB charging stations

November 26, 2019

FromZDNet: Travelers are advised to avoid using public USB power charging stations in airports, hotels, and other locations because they may contain dangerous malware, Source: Officials warn about the dangers of using public USB charging stations | ZDNet Uhm…maybe. An update to the article indicates the threat is mostly theoretical and may be nothing to […]

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Ez Dental Charts

November 26, 2019

A new system to create complete chart notes. Click for a free trial. Unbeatable Speed Our innovative check-box approach means your progress notes are done in seconds, not minutes. Legally Robust Co-founded by one of the country’s foremost dental malpractice experts, EZ Dental Charts leverages +25 years of expertise to keep you and your practice out of […]

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Less than 60 Days Left Until Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 7 & Server 2008

November 25, 2019

From TechCentral: On January 14, 2020, Microsoft is retiring Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. When Microsoft retires an operating system, it ceases to maintain it, provide critical patches or provide support for system issues. You might be running one or both of these operating systems. What does “End of Support” mean? If you continue to […]

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How Digital Transformations Succeed

November 21, 2019

Excellent linked article below. It is not dental specific but the basics of digital transformations they discuss absolutely apply to dentistry. The significant finding is that the success of any digital transition is primarily dependent on the people who implement the change not on the products or the process. I have been emphasizing this same […]

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Dental Art

November 20, 2019

“Number 14” Not sure what this is or who made it. It might even be a dental school tooth morphology project. Whatever, it is beautifully rendered and photographed. 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 […]

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Test Your Dentrix Skills

November 19, 2019

From Dentrix and Henry Schein One: Want to test your Dentrix skills? Try it on us! You’ve already done some online training in the Dentrix Resource Center. Why not take a few Dentrix Essentials tests and show your team what you can do with Dentrix? When you pass a test, you’ll receive a certificate and […]

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Dental Office Architecture and Design

November 18, 2019

Michael Unthank, NCARB, DDS is a dentist, a registered professional architect, and a member of the ADA, AGD, AIA & NCARB. As a registered professional architect and dentist, Dr. Michael Unthank speaks both languages fluently. Source: Unthank Design Group | Dental Office Architecture and Design If you are looking to build or update your dental office I have […]

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Delta Dental of Arizona Reports July 2019 Phishing Attack-Related Breach

November 14, 2019

Hmmm. Most significant data breaches in medicine and dentistry are not individual dentists but medical and dental plans. From Health IT Security: Delta Dental of Arizona is notifying an undisclosed number of individuals that their personal and medical data was potentially breached by a phishing attack in July.On July 8, the dental insurer discovered suspicious […]

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Dentrix Tip

November 14, 2019

Printing to the Dentrix Document Center Learn this little-known tip to send electronic documents directly to the Dentrix Document Center. Source: Printing to the Dentrix Document Center – Dentrix Magazine

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Dental Art

November 13, 2019

“Eggs with teeth and tongues” I do not have an artist or actual name for this. All I can say is ewww. 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 […]

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“Where does this bus go?”

November 12, 2019

More wisdom from Seth Godin: One approach, which is tempting in the short run, is to wait until people are on the bus and then ask each person where they want to go. Seek to build consensus. Try not to leave anyone out. Source: “Where does this bus go?” | Seth’s Blog As always click […]

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