In Theory

by Larry Emmott on February 15, 2019

in Just for Fun

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.

In practice, there is.

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Looking for Love?

by Larry Emmott on February 14, 2019

in Just for Fun

Today is the Day. If you are still looking for your special Valentine be sure your teeth are lookin’ good.

According to a Match.com survey both men and women rank teeth as the most important factor they consider when looking for a partner.

Ten things on which men judge women most:

1. Teeth-58 percent.

Ten things on which women judge men most:

1. Teeth-71 percent.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

by Larry Emmott on February 14, 2019

in Just for Fun

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on February 13, 2019

in Dental Art

“Molar Cupcakes” Happy Valentine’s Day. Food art is pretty low on the fine art hierarchy, never the less the these are creative, they are dental and they are appropriate for Valentine’s day. Especially with the red paper.

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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“Good” Charting Software

by Larry Emmott on February 12, 2019

in General,Paperless

dentrix screenGood charting software has many features. One of the most important is that it eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data that accumulate in a chart and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. If some bit of paper possibly a lab slip or patient letter must be stored in a folder then you have lost one of the primary benefits of an electronic chart.

Another important feature is full integration. That means that each item is entered one time and then transfers to where ever else it is needed electronically. For example a procedure will progress from diagnosis to charting to treatment planning to scheduling to treatment to insurance to payment. This is called single entry. If the user has to re-enter information such as procedure codes, tooth numbers or fees at any stage then the software is not fully integrated.

Good charting software must accommodate all the information we used to record on paper. That includes existing restorations, conditions, diagnostic findings, treatment plans, periodontal probings and tissue conditions, tooth surfaces, materials and procedure notes.

Charting software must be easy to use. Every mouse click or keystroke slows down the process and makes the program harder to use, which means it doesn’t get used. The more the user can customize the chart the easier it is to use. That means the user can create shortcuts, eliminate features they don’t use and designate functions for each button.

Data entry needs to be fast and easy. The standard is still mouse clicks and keystrokes however faster more intuitive entry methods are available. Like voice; we’d all like to talk to our computer just like Star Trek. Some charting programs allow users to speak in clinical findings like pocket depths, tooth conditions and restorations. Another alternative entry is touch, instead of clicking a mouse the user touches the screen. The latest is “Ink” a special function that allows users to write or draw on the chart just as if it was a piece of paper.

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Do You Know Your Rate of Returning Dental Patients?

by Larry Emmott on February 11, 2019

in Management

From TNT Dental

One of his primary components: pay-per-click advertising and a special offer of a “free exam and x-ray” to attract patients…and it worked! The problem came when he opened the books and realized that only 21% of those patients ever returned to his practice.

Source: Do You Know Your Rate of Returning Dental Patients? | Blog | Best Online Marketing Companies for Dentists | Custom Dental Websites | (877) 868-4932

Worth the click, read the whole thing. Offering a free exam and cleaning to new patients has long been considered problematical. People who use the free special are seldom looking for a new dentist, they are just looking for a free cleaning. They tend to not accept additional treatment and they tend not to return. The result is that the free cleaning is not a “loss leader” it is simply a loss.

However documenting this issue is a problem if you use paper systems. Gathering the data and then analyzing it is time consuming, difficult and never gets done. With digital data it is easy to track where patients are coming from, how much they spend and how often they return.

A marketing program that just brings in new patients may not provide a real ROI. A plan to contact existing patients, help them to get needed work done and to refer will likely have a better ROI. How can you tell where your marketing dollars and efforts are best spent? Use digital records and analyze the results.

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New Bike

February 8, 2019

Salsa Cutthroat. A gravel bike…all the cool kids are getting one.

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Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down April 2nd

February 7, 2019

From Boing Boing: In a blog post and related support page that went live today, Google explained how the shutdown will unfold, and the important part for most ‘consumer’ users is this: they’re gonna delete all your posts, photos, videos, and comments, starting on April 2. Source: Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down April […]

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Dental Art

February 6, 2019

Random find on Pinterest. I know nothing about it except I like it. 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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SurfCT Launches of Surf Robotics – bringing Artificial Intelligence & Robotics to Dentistry

February 5, 2019

From Digital Journal: At various dental offices throughout the world where Pepper is being deployed by Surf Robotics and welcomed as a dental team member, the nearly four-foot tall robot – with green and blue eyes that has a computer tablet connected to its stomach – waits at the front desk to greet patients. Pepper […]

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Santech

February 4, 2019
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AADP March 6-9

February 1, 2019

One of the BEST Meetings in Dentistry. I will be moderating a panel on Digital Online Services.

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Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism

January 31, 2019

From POLITICO: The computer learned to perform data-collating tasks that might take a trained clinician hours or days to do in a matter of seconds, and “time is what we’re struggling with in cancer research,” Source: Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism – POLITICO This is amazing!! For details follow the […]

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Dental Art

January 30, 2019

“Incisal Bracelet” Notice the top section has maxillary teeth and the bottom is mandibular. 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 […]

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The fourth cycle of the hive mind (and what to do about it)

January 29, 2019

More wisdom from Seth Godin: If you’re a mediocre lawyer or doctor, your job is now in serious jeopardy. The combination of all four of these cycles means that the hive computer is going to do your job better than you can, soon. Source: The fourth cycle of the hive mind (and what to do […]

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Free Mobile App can help dentists during office medical emergencies

January 29, 2019

From ADA News: Dentists could benefit from using a free mobile application developed by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology… …After downloading the app, users choose from one of three provider level options: dentist using only local anesthesia or nitrous oxide or minimal and moderate sedation, dentist providing moderate intravenous sedation or dentist providing deep […]

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We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it

January 28, 2019

Amazing research from New Scientist: If you bled when you brushed your teeth this morning, you might want to get that seen to. We may finally have found the long-elusive cause of Alzheimer’s disease: Porphyromonas gingivalis, the key bacteria in chronic gum disease. Source: We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop […]

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A Smile

January 25, 2019

Costs nothing but creates much. Enriches those who receive, Without impoverishing those who give. Happens in a flash And the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich that they can get along without it, And none are so poor but are richer for a smile. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed […]

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Nominations sought for dental informatics standard research award

January 24, 2019

The ADA is accepting applications until May 15 for the 2019 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award, which highlights the crucial role dental informatics standards play in dentistry. ADA dental student members and ADA members who have earned their dental degree no earlier than 2014 and members pursuing an additional degree or specialty are eligible […]

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Dental Art

January 23, 2019

“Teeth” By Marek Brzezinski 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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