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How do American dentists perceive leadership in their profession?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Dentists’ leadership-related perceptions, values, experiences and behavior. Results of a national survey (December 2013)   Context The authors developed a survey and administered it to members of the American Dental Association (ADA) to elicit their views on leadership in dentistry, as well as to explore their leadership-related values and evaluation of their effectiveness as leaders, their experiences with leadership-related activities and perceptions of barriers to being a leader. The authors also examined how male and female dentists differed in their leadership-related responses. The authors collected survey data from 593 ADA members (mean age, ...

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Why was dental care excluded from Canadian Medicare?

The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) has introduced a working paper series. The summary in this post is based on the first paper in the series. The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) is committed to supporting knowledge exchange among researchers, community partners, and the public. The working paper series attempts to fulfill this commitment by providing a means to disseminate well-written, but not yet published, research.  Full-text article (PDF) Internationally, health policy analysts are often surprised that Canada’s national system of health insurance (Medicare) does not include dental care. Understanding the historical reasons for its exclusion can ...

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What is e-Referral Service and how can it help your practice?

  Your solution to exchanging patient health information

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Fifty years a dentist and still loving every minute

Dr. John O’Keefe had the opportunity to interview Dr. Matt Taylor, of St. Catherine’s, Ontario, who recalls with great pleasure some highlights of his career in dentistry that spans 50 years (9.11 min) Interview Highlights Interest in health professions brought about the love of dentistry. Dentistry is a profession that allows for a better life-work balance.   Major changes in dentistry in the last 50 years: technology, digital radiography, and accessible online information.  The $ sign should not be more important than giving the right treatment to the individual patient. The dentist should do what is better for the patient ...

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From the trenches: Why use a blood pressure cuff?

This case was submitted by Dr. Ron Kellen Four months ago, I had a walk-in emergency, male patient, age 32, suffering from a “terrible toothache.” His medical questionnaire was clean except for “a bit of blood pressure, but no problem and no medications.” He was husky, maybe 10 pounds overweight, clearly in fear of the ‘dentist experience.’ He pointed to tooth 13, very carious and fractured off at mid crown. The patient indicated that it hurt a lot at the top of the tooth and that he wanted to extract the tooth. Upon examination, I could see other obvious decay ...

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Super Dentistry: How to increase efficiency and productivity in general dentistry?

This summary is based on the article published by Dental Economics: Increasing efficiency and productivity in general dentistry (October 2013) By Dr. Guy Gross “Super” dentistry: “By offering patients expanded options, we go above and beyond the usual scope of general dentistry, striving toward our goals of clinical excellence while keeping patients in-house and increasing productivity.” “We use cone beam 3-D imaging to help us reach our goals with increased precision and confidence.” It offers a thorough analysis of bone structure, bone volume, and tooth orientation. For implants, software allows to see if the implant can be placed in its optimal ...

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From the trenches: How to “dodge the bullet” and make the right diagnosis?

This case was submitted by Dr. Ron Kellen  This situation occurred about 20 years ago. My office was in a plaza, on the second floor, requiring 26 steps to access it, with no elevator. At about 2 PM on a weekday, a 60-year-old male patient presented in our office as an emergency case with a terrible toothache. He pointed to his broken 35. On his medical questionnaire, he indicated that he had a little bit of high blood pressure and that he sometimes would get out of breath. He was taking medication once a day for blood pressure, but he ...

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New CDA Position Statement on Dental Patients with Total Joint Replacement

In June 2013, CDA adopted a new position statement on dental patients with total joint replacement. The Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs (CCSA) reviewed clinical evidence, including a thorough systematic review of the literature conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) which was conducted in 2011. Preamble The issue of whether patients with orthopedic implants, primarily total hip and knee replacements, are prone to implant infection from routine dental procedures via hematogenous seeding of the implant from dental-procedure-related bacteremia has been a controversial topic for dentists, physicians and patients alike. Background ...

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