Dentist Executive Briefing
Oct. 1, 2013

The world's craziest toothbrush cleans your teeth in 6 seconds and is 3-D printed
One of the most promising applications of 3-D printing is the customization of everyday objects to the most personal and variable thing we possess — our bodies. A new example of this is the Blizzident toothbrush, which is made possible by two intersecting technologies — 3-D scanning and 3-D printing.More

CDA advises parents and children to 'rethink your drink'
PRWeb via Digital Journal
With children back at school and fall sports underway, the California Dental Association is encouraging parents and children to "rethink your drink" before reaching for a sugary sports drink or juice. "Athletes often think they need more than just water to rehydrate during or after an activity, but water is adequate for most hydration needs. And what many don't realize is that drinking those sugar-filled sports drinks or juices can contribute to irreversible dental erosion, tooth decay and dental pain," said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, a pediatric dentist.More

California dentist found negligent in care of woman who lost part of jaw
The Fresno Bee
A Fresno, Calif., dentist was negligent in caring for a patient who lost part of her jaw to a tumor, a jury ruled in Fresno County Superior Court. But the jury awarded the plaintiff far less than she sought in bringing the lawsuit. Elina Vue, 23, appeared stunned when the verdict was announced. She had sought $3 million in damages from Dr. Su Nhia Ying Vang, who practices at Brite Care Dental.More

Olympians say poor oral health is impairing performance
University College London via ScienceDaily
Many of the elite sportsmen and women who competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games had poor levels of oral health, similar to those experienced by the most disadvantaged populations. Approximately 18 percent of athletes surveyed said their oral health was having a negative impact on their performance.More

Study offers tips for managing ONJ in cancer patients
The aging baby boomer generation is bringing with it a number of healthcare concerns, among them an anticipated rise in cancer rates and osteoporosis diagnoses. What do these two conditions have in common? The increasing use of bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis and the role these drugs can play in the development of osteonecrosis of the jaw in cancer patients who undergo chemoradiation therapy.More

You can't hide your feelings — Women are 6 times 'more disgusted by dental treatment' than men
Medical News Today
After looking at pictures of dental treatment scenes, researchers discovered that female patients scared of the dentist were six times more likely to be disgusted with what they saw, compared with nondental-phobic women. In a battle of the sexes, dental-phobic women struggled to hide their emotions. Although both men and woman faired equally when asked about their feelings towards the dentist, women afraid of the dentist were more repulsed than their men counterparts. More

Buccal injection may be best for 3rd-molar extractions
Fear of the needle has many origins, but in the case of palatal anesthetic injections, the reputation of a painful experience during dentistry is more deserved than in many other situations. Could a single buccal injection of 2 percent lidocaine with epinephrine be a suitable alternative?More

Dentistry performed with yoga skill — Clinic integrates mindfulness techniques to calm and enhance dental treatments
Beacon Cove Dental Group in Australia has integrated Dr. Fern White's calming techniques into all aspects of the practice, including dental treatments. The combination has produced higher-efficiency staff and more relaxed patients, which is the initial step towards life-changing experiences in the dental chair. More

Would you take healthcare advice from a hologram? Web app uses virtual coaches to deliver health reminders
MedCity News
The gamification of healthcare has produced some interesting approaches to troubleshooting pain points in the industry. Simulation software to train for surgeries and striking the right note with patients to ensure physical exams are free of medical jargon are just a few examples of this. Health IT startup Health Options Worldwide has launched a Web-based application called Health Intelligence for employer plans and individuals. It's designed to help people manage their health by reminding them of medical checkups and to help them meet fitness goals.More

Sebelius: 'We bear part of the responsibility' for healthcare confusion
NBC News
In an exclusive interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman asks key questions about the Affordable Care Act. More

Obama spotlights healthcare launch as Republicans try to block it
President Barack Obama is due to lead officials spotlighting the opening day sign-up for his landmark healthcare program even as staunch Republican opposition to the plan shut down government operations.More

Team building exercises that boost productivity
American Express OPEN Forum
Team building exercises aren't only for bringing a team together; they're essential for the success of your business. Try these five exercises to increase your staff's bond. More

Dentist makes generous offer to injured bicyclist — on 1 condition
Yahoo Shine
A kindhearted dentist is offering free dental work to a cyclist who was injured in a vicious prank by a group of teens — but his gesture comes with a catch.More

Nanotechnology surface promises dental implants that heal faster and fight infection
Nanowerk News
While most dental implants are successful, a small percentage fail and either fall out or must be removed. A scientist at Michigan Technological University wants to lower that rate to zero using nanotechnology. More

5 hiring habits to find the best people
Hiring the best people is one of the most important ways to grow your company and ensure it stays on track. Great talent can help you innovate in new directions, exceed your goals and even beat your competition. Top employees are priceless. Bad hires, however, have an all too hefty price tag. In fact, the cost of a bad hire can set companies back as much as $50,000.More

4 ways to build — and improve — customer relationships
Fox Business
Every successful company knows the importance of keeping customers happy. However, doing so can be much easier said than done. Although building those relationships can be a challenge, businesses can take a number of tried and true steps to improve customer relationships. With that in mind, Mike Muhney, CEO and owner of contact management software company VIPorbit, has the following tips for businesses looking to build lasting relationships with their customers.More

Team building exercises that boost productivity
American Express OPEN Forum
Team building exercises aren't only for bringing a team together; they're essential for the success of your business. Try these five exercises to increase your staff's bond. More