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View from the Chairside: October, Healthy Workplace Month

By Dr. Lesia Waschuk Dr. Waschuk is a Toronto dentist with a certificate in creative writing and an interest in narrative medicine, which is the discipline and practice of writing about illness and recovery and the health care encounter from both the provider’s and the patient’s point of view. In this space, Lesia will be writing about wellness and sharing articles and links to resources on health-related topics.   Did you know that October 10 is World Mental Health Day? And that October is Healthy Workplace Month? The slogan for this national initiative is Workplace Wellness Fosters Healthy Minds. The tagline for week 2 is ...

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View from the Chairside: Post-op solution for a maxillary sinus exposure after an extraction

By Dr. Elliott Gnidec Dr. Elliott Gnidec is a practicing dentist in Woodstock (ON). He graduated in 1986 from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry also from the University of Western Ontario. Currently, Dr. Gnidec is Adjunct Clinical Professor in Restorative Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at UWO, is the Treasurer for the Oxford County Dental Society, Member of Continuing Education Committee for the Oxford County Dental Society, and the Liason between Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and JCDA/Oasis. Here is a case that I recently encountered. A pulpotomy was performed on ...

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Practice leader: how do you build a good team?

This summary is based on the article published in Dental Economics: Leading the practice team to success (August 2013) Many excellent dentists struggle with their responsibilities as leaders, especially in the area of team management. Contending with reality The team is usually made up of front desk coordinators who usually have no formal training and of dental assistants and hygienists who have clinical training, but typically have no training in the practice management aspects of their jobs. Even when dentists hire office managers, they may lack formal training or experience relevant to dental practice operations. This is the reality for ...

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Marketing: where to begin?

This summary is based on the article published in Dental Economics: Marketing-where to begin? (August 2013) Many factors determine whether a business can be successful in a particular area, such as demographics, socioeconomic status, major employers, competition, insurance participation, and demand for services. As any other dentist, you want to grow your practice and feel the need to apply some “fertilizer” in the form of marketing, but you don’t know which fertilizer to use. I recommend that you start with some very deliberate internal marketing fertilizer: Customer Service. Here are some wonderful internal marketing methods that are cheap and effective: Recognition ...

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View from the Chairside: Does digital scanning work on deep preparations?

  By Dr. Amarjit Rihal Dr. Amarjit Rihal graduated in 1995 from the University of Manitoba and is a partner in a large group practice. Currently, he is the President of the Manitoba Dental Association and serves on the boards of the National Dental Examination Board (NDEB) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Dr. Rihal’s interests include CAD/CAM and implant dentistry and he currently is a mentor for CERECDOCTORS.com I get many questions about the accuracy of making digital impressions/milling equipment when dealing with the margination of deep restorations. With Cerec’s Omnicam you are not limited to ...

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View from the Chairside: How to deal with dental complications of C-PAP Devices?

By Dr. Janet Leith   Dr. Janet S. Leith has practiced general dentistry in Ottawa, ON for 17 years. She is a 1992 graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. She completed the Continuum at the Pankey Institute, is a founding member of the Ottawa Women Dentists Study Club, a Councillor for the Ontario Dental Association, and Secretary for the Ottawa Dental Society. In my daily practice, I see trends developing. These can be new patterns of decay, perio issues, restorative issues, etc. If I am smart enough, I take notice, start to research what I am ...

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View from the Chairside: to probe or not to probe?

By Dr. Thomas Shackleton Dr. Shackleton is a general dentist in Calgary, Alberta, with a practice limited to endodontics. He is currently working on a 3-year master’s degree in orofacial pain and oral medicine through the University of Southern California. I see cases like this almost daily. The patient comes in with mild discomfort, especially when eating. Some swelling that comes and goes. An occasional bad taste. The radiograph shows a large, radiolucent “J” shaped lesion around one of the roots. Often the lesion will extend into the furcation. We diagnose it as an abscess, which is exactly what it ...

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Can we do anything about the looming oral health care crisis in Canadian Long-Term Care facilities?

If we are to believe an article that appeared recently in the New York Times titled “In Nursing Homes, An Epidemic of Poor Oral Hygiene”, many of the oral health care needs of residents of long term care facilities (LTCs) in the US are not being met. It is probably fair to assume that many of the same needs are going unmet in Canada In order to find out what the Canadian Dental Association is doing about this looming “epidemic” in Canada, I spoke recently with Dr. Mitch Taillon, a member of the CDA Board of Directors, who also chairs ...

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