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Team Meeting: Chronic Periodontitis Treatment Approach

Here is the biggest truth about periodontal disease: Unless the patients become their own primary therapists everything we do will fail.

Note to Self

I just got finished reading someone else’s bio on their website. He sounds important but I’m not warmed for some reason… Marketing is a tricky business and sometimes things are not received as intended. We want people to feel comfortable and safe when coming to see us, so we tell them that we are well […]

Telephone Tips for Dental Practices

I frequently have to call dental offices in order to speak with dentists about specific care of mutual patients. So I have clocked a lot of time talking with receptionists as well as listening to recorded messages while on hold.  Out of all of this I have formed a few pretty strong opinions. But I’m […]

People-centered Versus Procedure-centered Dentistry — A Story.

Perhaps we need informed consent forms for those who elect limited insurance-driven care.

How to Succeed in Periodontal Therapy Part Six

This Post discusses: Getting our minds right about scripts and rehearsals How adults learn Presentation Tips Scripts and Rehearsals Imagine there are two actors in a play. Both have important parts with a lot of dialogue. Actor #1 memorizes her lines before rehearsals begin. Actor #2 does not. When it comes to being able to perform […]

An Interesting Dental Marketing Approach

In my travels around the city visiting dental offices I came across this one. You might think I’m going to be critical just for the fun of it, but that really is not my intent. Instead, I am intrigued by the marketing strategy and business model. After all, when someone creates the front of his […]

Dentist Attempts to Stifle Critical Comments

Here’s an interesting article about a dentist who had patients sign agreements not to put disparaging comments on social network websites. http://onforb.es/wboJQW It’s a clever idea that will likely cause more negative publicity than had the dentist simply tried to resolve the patient’s problem. Now it’s a freedom of speech issue. This is a hard […]

How To Get Straight A’s in College

This isn’t a joke and I can help if you seriously want to get straight A’s. But here’s the deal. If you decide not to follow my advice, and you don’t get straight A’s you will not whine or complain. You will admit to yourself and others that you chose the grades you got. Deal? […]

Orthodontics and Periodontal Disease

Does having periodontal disease mean I can’t or shouldn’t have braces to straighten my teeth? Periodontal disease, when active, results in bone loss around teeth. Orthodontics involves moving teeth through bone to relocate them in better places for both appearance and function. The process of moving teeth activates bone cells to remove bone in front […]

How to Succeed in Periodontal Therapy Part 5

Frankly, I have no illusion that I can single handedly change the quality and nature of periodontal therapy in every dental office in the world – at least not over night. There will come a day when dentists and dental hygienists train patients in ways very similar to how they perform clinical procedures today, because […]