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Dental professionals, it's time for you to channel your inner Left Shark
Dental Products Report
That's right, we all have a little bit of Left Shark in us … and that's OK. You're not always going to do everything perfectly in the dental practice … or in life. You're not always going to be in exact rhythm with your co-workers or even the dentist, but that doesn't mean you stop what you’re doing. It doesn't mean you completely conform. It doesn’t mean you give up. It means that you do the best you can do, despite your flaws and imperfections (we all have those). You participate. You give it your best. You don't stop because you're not the best at something or you get out of step. You keep moving ahead.
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How can team member stop malicious gossip?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: Is it unethical for office staff, including the dentist, to talk about current and former employees? I would think so. I work in an office where the office manager and head assistant are related. They talk about staff all the time. This is usually done when the particular person isn't there, so I know they talk about me when I’m not there. This is not a fun situation. The office manager, assistant, and dentist are all in their 60s. He has been a dentist for over 30 years. One would think these people would be mature by now and realize that trash talking others isn't acceptable! How can this be addressed, or can it? Gossip is prevalent everywhere, including dental offices.
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Survey reveals poor oral hygiene habits in US children
Dental Tribune
In celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month, dental service corporation Delta Dental has published the results of a new survey to raise awareness about the importance of oral health in children. The survey indicates relatively poor oral care behavior in under 12-year-olds that contributes to many American children having cavities.
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Survey: How dental patients prefer to be contacted
Dentistry IQ
Knowing what patients want can be very helpful to dentists as far as gaining and retaining patients, and that includes how patients want to be contacted when it comes to appointment reminders or appointment scheduling. Gaby Loria, a market researcher at Software Advice, a company that reviews practice management software, conducted a recent survey regarding how and when patients prefer to be contacted by their dental office.
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Dental study to test referral follow-through
American Dental Association
Dental researchers will test "an innovative behavioral approach" with 660 parents and caregivers of kindergarten through fourth-grade children to assess follow-through on dental referrals to "determine if the child received care."
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Malocclusion and dental crowding arose 12,000 years ago with earliest farmers
ScienceDaily
Hunter-gatherers had almost no malocclusion and dental crowding, and the condition first became common among the world's earliest farmers some 12,000 years ago in Southwest Asia, according to findings published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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Why your office can handle hiring new dentists and staff
By Jill Nesbitt
Recently, I experienced two opposite attitudes about the growth of dental practices. On the one hand, I was talking with a small group of dentists who understand that group practices are growing quickly and changing the landscape of dentistry. These dentists were looking at their own practices to see what they could do to add new patients and increase collections — all with an eye toward competing with the group practices all around them.
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To have a sign-in sheet, or not to have a sign-in sheet?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: We are a very busy office with five doctors. We try to greet everyone who comes into the office for an appointment, but this has recently become an issue. We’ve taken measures to improve the situation. One is hiring another front desk person so we usually have two people sitting out front to greet and check in. Our front office people are also in charge of getting insurance and personal information updated, etc. Having the extra person has helped free the regular front desk person to call about benefits and deal with insurance issues.
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Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells
Medical News Today
A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer.
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