From the Office Manager's Desk: The Office Manager’s role in social media marketing

April 10, 2012

In October 2010, I attended the American Dental Association’s annual conference in Orlando. Just a few months before, I started a Facebook page for our practice and was struggling to come up with new and interesting posts. So, while at the conference, I attended a presentation on Social Media to learn how to use Facebook to benefit the practice.

Biting the bullet

March 21, 2012

Some magicians have been known to amaze crowds with a trick where it appears they are catching bullets with their teeth. However, the tooth marks found on a 200-year-old musket ball on display at The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, on loan from Kathy Lee Erlandson, are more likely to have come from a wounded soldier than a showman from two centuries ago. “Apparently there’s some credence to the ‘bite the bullet’ for pain kind of thing,” said Museum Curator Dr. Scott Swank.

Ask the Lawyer

March 21, 2012

Q: I have always worked on my children's teeth. Now they are grown and established with careers of their own with full benefits. I submitted a bill to my son’s dental insurance and was paid. A month later I received a request from a firm asking for a refund for the exam, prophy, and full mouth x-rays. The reason stated on the request for refund was that the insurance does not pay for work done by a family member. I could not understand why not so I called the number in the letter.

Photo Gallery: Dental Rogues

March 21, 2012

Cutting back Michael Clair, who had a practice in Fall River, MA, was sentenced to one year in jail for defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation charges. The former dentist used sections of paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals in an effort to save money. This guy should have been clipping coupons, not root canals. Return of the Mack

The more you booze, the more you lose

March 21, 2012

There are many serious consequences to imbibing to excess. Alcoholic beverages can affect the mouth and teeth in many different ways. In recent times, some of the healthful benefits of moderate alcohol consumption have been noted. Certainly, in excess, alcohol has been shown to be detrimental to health. The detrimental effects of alcohol on the mouth can range from gum disease to oral cancer. Drinking can lead to gum disease

Dental instrument visionary

March 21, 2012

Devlin Limbach, a photographer from Lincoln, NE, gives ordinary dental instruments new, vibrant identities. In one of his photos, the green and blue bristles of a toothbrush resemble an elaborate maze that requires precise navigation. Placed at a different angle, that same toothbrush takes on a stage-like appearance with a blue and green curtain.

Who can you trust?

March 21, 2012

It all can be a bit overwhelming. It seems like there’s always some new product to try, adding to the other countless options you already had. While innovation and new product development is great for the industry and your patients, it can be difficult for you and your team members to know what’s up to par, and what products are best suited for your patients and your practice.

Sirona signs Steve Martin, Martin Short

March 21, 2012

Steve Martin and Martin Short have been signed by Sirona Dental Systems LLC to perform at the company's CEREC 27-1/2 Anniversary Celebration, Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 16-18, at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas. The two entertainers will perform their live show, "A Very Stupid Conversation."

CDS Midwinter Meeting 2012

March 21, 2012

More than 31,000 dental professionals and industry representatives blew into the windy city for the 147th Midwinter Meeting hosted by the Chicago Dental Society. While Dental Products Report couldn't hit up every one of the 9,000+ exhibitors, you can check out our video interviews with a variety of companies here.