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Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry

Ron Haik, VP Investment Advisory Services at CDSPI, Dr. Alan Roadburg, PhD, a leading authority on retirement lifestyle education, and Susan Roberts, VP Insurance Advisory Services at CDSPI, will be speaking at the upcoming Pacific Dental Conference in March 2017 in Vancouver. Their session will feature a comprehensive financial and quality of life approach to retirement planning, based on lessons learned from CDSPI’s recent survey of retired Canadian dentists. The session runs on Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:30am – 11:00am and is titled: Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry.  Highlights Planning for “retirement” is often most closely associated with ensuring ...

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Herbal-Drug Interactions Important to Dentistry

Dr. Mark Donaldson spoke about the prevalence of herbal medicine and why it is important for dentists to know their interactions with more conventional drugs.   This topic is the focus of a CE course offered by Dr. Mark Donaldson. You can access the entire course material by following this link.  We would like to thank Dr. Donaldson for allowing us to share the course material.    

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A Primer on Maxillary Defects

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Angela Wong and Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, maxillofacial prosthodontists, about maxillary defects. Dr. Angela Wong, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist currently in private practice in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, DDS, MS, FACP is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist and Associate Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Highlights Etiology Maxillary defects can present at birth as with cleft lip and palate or they can be acquired during life. Most acquired maxillary defects are caused by cancer, other causes include infection, trauma or other diseases. Oral cancer makes up about 3% ...

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Privacy Policies, Documents, and Procedures

Anne Genge returns to discuss security and privacy policies and documentation which are extremely important in dentistry to protect and keep data safe. What policies do you need? Privacy – consent and access issues Security – safeguarding patient and business data Agreements – third parties who have access to information in the office (eg. Software vendors, co-op students, volunteers) Disaster planning Breach      

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What are leasehold improvements, what is their value, and why do they matter?

Timothy Brown speaks with Dr. Suham Alexander about leasehold improvements, their importance and more importantly, their hidden value. Highlights Leasehold improvements include both visible and invisible items such as flooring upgrades, paint, light fixtures to extra outlets, additional wiring for technology including computers and telephones. Traditionally, leasehold improvements were not counted in the value of the practice as landlords typically “owned” these improvements. However, in the 1970’s and 1980’s, ROI Management’s founder, Ray Brown, advocated for the inclusion of leasehold improvements in the appraisal value of a practice and succeeded. In general, leasehold improvements can range from $200-$250 per square ...

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Using Soft Picks to Diagnose Gum Disease

Dr. Jim Hyland, from Toronto, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about a change he had introduced in his practice: using soft picks to diagnose gum disease. Highlight Dr. Jim Hyland recently made a change for the better for his patients. Given not all patients are able to floss between teeth, Dr. Hyland encourages the use large and small Soft Picks as well as Stimudents. Interestingly, Dr. Hyland found out that he can actually use the Soft Picks to help diagnose the status of a patient’s periodontal health. Pocket depths, recession, scaling and radiographs indicate the presence of periodontal disease but, the ...

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What Should You Consider When Making an Endodontic Diagnosis?

Dr. Joel Fransen, an endodontist from B.C, recently spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the terms used in endodontic diagnosis. Highlights Without the right diagnosis, endodontic treatment cannot be successfully performed. Reviewing the basics is important to help us become the “pulp whisperers”. Each tooth should have a diagnosis of the pulp tissue and periradicular area. Additionally, the adjacent teeth should also have similar diagnoses. Tips Ensure the reception team reminds patients to bring in their current medication list. Take a thorough medical and dental history. Use appropriate dental and endodontic terminology when communicating with dental providers. Determine if the ...

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Dentsply Sirona Merger: What does it mean for you?

Dr. John O’Keefe invited Christof Bissdorf, VP and General Manager of Canada, to speak about the recent Dentsply Sirona merger as a significant event in the global dental marketplace. Highlights With the merger, Dentsply Sirona became the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental solutions. The new company employs almost 16,000 people across the globe and represents about $3.85B in revenue. As a result, Dentsply Sirona is now able to provide dentists with workflow solutions that easily take them through every aspect of their work day. The company provides everything from some of the most trusted brands in consumables to leading edge ...

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