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Making a Difference for the “Greatest Generation” in Virginia

Check out this video of dentists in Virginia providing care to residents of a Richmond-area long-term care facility.

The event served as a push to improve access to dental care among that population.

Dentists throughout the country are taking action to improve the nation’s dental health by delivering care now to those already suffering with disease, strengthening the dental safety net, and bringing dental health education and disease prevention into communities.  Find out more at Action for Dental Health.

Great Idea for a New Dentist Activity with Sponsors — Fantasy Football

Having a (fantasy foot)ball

Having a (fantasy foot)ball in San Antonio

Each year the ADA New Dentist Committee recognizes those who have demonstrated a commitment to new dentists and dental students through their enthusiasm, volunteerism and dedication to the future of the profession.

In 2014 the award for New Dentist Committee Outstanding Program Award of Excellence goes to the San Antonio District Dental Society Committee on the New Dentist.

The group formed a fantasy football league for member dentists who compete for the glory and the right to display a custom trophy in his or her office for the year. Each two-person team in the fantasy league is made up of a practicing dentist or residency student paired with a representative from a corporate sponsor (for whom the teams are named.) This friendly competition provides a unique networking opportunity that is ideal for new dentist participation.

Dr. Larry Dougherty is accepting the award on behalf of the group. Longtime readers of this blog will recognize Dr. Dougherty from his guest posts (here’s another one from Dr. Dougherty).

If you have a success story to tell about your new dentist activity, or if you are a new dentist interested in contributing a guest post, contact ADA New Dentist Now and get started today!

“You set the direction for our profession”

Dr. Waynerd Frederickson

Proper negotiation: Dr. Waynerd Frederickson attempts to negotiate a higher salary during a how-to-negotiate activity in the Pathways To Leadership session at the 28th New Dentist Conference.

Great piece in ADA News about the 28th New Dentist Conference. The headline for this post comes from this speech delivered on Thursday:

“You set the direction for our profession. You decide what our polices are. You decided how we’re going to advocate for our profession,” Dr. Charles Norman, ADA president, said. “All you have to do is speak up, and offer your opinion and support.”

Looking forward to seeing all the great pics from Kansas City!

Building Trust with a New Patient

The 28th New Dentist Conference is in full swing right now in Kansas City, Missouri. A number of CE programs are taking place right now, including Take This Job and Love It! presented by Dr. Mark Hyman.

Earlier this year Dr. Hyman spoke with ADA New Dentist News about people skills new dentists can use in the practice. Here’s one suggestion that stood out for us:

Dr Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman

“Dentists don’t do themselves any favors by spending the first moments with a new patient asking about insurance coverage,” Dr. Hyman observes. Instead Dr. Hyman thanks the patient for choosing his practice, and asks about the patient’s goals for her smile, her teeth and her health. And, unless the patient is new to the community, he asks why she is no longer seeing her previous dentist.

“The answer might be, ‘He was always pushing me to get a crown.’ So I would reply, ‘do you think you need a crown?’ And I would follow with, ‘as I examine your mouth, if I find evidence of dental disease, do I have your permission to tell you?’ And that takes it out of the realm where I’m the expert here to diagnose and deliver bad news. My approach builds trust because it puts us on the same team working towards the same goals. Once you have truly heard the patient’s goals, the more quickly you can build trust.

You can find more of Dr. Hyman’s tips from ADA New Dentist News here.

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Dr. Hyman will be presenting Drill ‘Em, Fill “Em and Thrill ‘Em in one of the courses offered in the New Dentist Track of CE options at ADA 2014. New dentists (those who graduated from dental school in 2005 or later) receive a 20% discount off of the fee courses that focus on a mixture of business, ergonomic and clinical topics that have been curated by new dentists.

See the entire new dentist track and register for courses here.

Dentistry at a Crossroads

The 28th New Dentist Conference has kicked off with a full day of leadership programming.

ADA Chief Economist, Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., discussed the future dental care system and the key changes on the horizon due to the Affordable Care Act, increased consumerism, shifts in demand for dental care and other factors.

The presentation was informed by an environmental scan the ADA completed that identified these changes. You can read the full document here (PDF) or an executive summary here (PDF).

Come early to ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting for day-long course on volunteering

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Attend the volunteer symposium: The World Outside your Office.

This daylong pre-session symposium will be held Oct. 8 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio during ADA 2014—America’s Dental Meeting.

Presenters Dr. Christopher Holmgren, Dr. Kevin Hardwick and Bella Monse will use interactive learning sessions to demonstrate how to recognize diverse and specific global oral health concerns, understand the importance of appropriate and sustainable volunteer programs and understand how successful programs use science based public health principles.

Cost for the course is $145 and includes breakfast and lunch. The symposium is underwritten by a grant from the Academy of Dentistry Internationals.

The World Outside your Office is just one of the courses offered in the New Dentist Track of CE options at ADA 2014. New dentists (those who graduated from dental school in 2005 or later) receive a 20% discount off of the fee courses that focus on a mixture of business, ergonomic and clinical topics that have been curated by new dentists.

See the entire new dentist track and register for courses here.

Educating Patients using Evidence-Based-Dentistry

Dr. Partha Mukherji

Dr. Partha Mukherji

When it comes to oral health there is a lot of misinformation circulating in the public imagination. What’s the best course of action when a patient makes a request or assertion that isn’t supported by science?

Dr. Partha Mukherji is a general dentist practicing in Ft. Worth, Texas, and a supporter of Evidence-Based dentistry. He spoke with New Dentist Now about strategies dentists can use when patients are misinformed about science.

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Let’s start with a quick definition of Evidence-Based Dentistry

Dr. Partha Mukherji

Sure—Evidence-Based Dentistry, or EBD, is the point where scientific evidence, my expertise as a dentist and the patient’s treatment needs and preferences all intersect. EBD isn’t new, but it has received increased focus in recent years, especially as junk science has gained prominence in the public imagination.

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How do you integrate EBD into your practice on a day-to-day basis?

Dr. Partha Mukherji

It starts with my team—I’ve worked to make sure that everyone in my practice is familiar with Evidence-Based-Dentistry and how to use tools such as EBD.ADA.org. The site has some quick tutorials that can help bring newcomers up-to-speed.

I think it’s also important to share this information with patients. It has always been our role to educate patients, and this adds another dimension. It moves the conversation beyond, ‘Well I’m the dentist and I say so.”

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What happens when a patient presents a real challenge, such as presenting an oral health myth as fact?

Dr. Partha Mukherji

It’s a two-step process. First of all I use it as a teachable moment, to explain how I use EBD to support my decisions, and to give an overview of how I assess scientific research. I find that many patients aren’t familiar with the basics about science—for instance the difference between correlation and causation.

And second, I work to demonstrate respect for the patient’s perspective, even as I maintain respect for my own integrity as a dentist. So I might say, “I am recommending scaling and root planing as a treatment plan. If you want to research that approach independently or seek a second opinion, I support that completely. However science doesn’t support oil pulling as an alternative.” I’ve found that helps to strike a balance between the patient’s wishes and my responsibility as a clinician.

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The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry is at EBD.ADA.org

Take Action on Dental Student Debt

dental student infographicDid you know the average dental school graduate carries $221,000 in student loan debt? While this debt may not be the sole factor in determining whether a new dentist will choose a career of private practice over public service, 68 percent of graduating seniors say it does influence their decision.

The infographic uses data gathered by the American Dental Education Association.  Please take action now and contact your representative about this important issue, please visit ADA.org/Engage.

Apply Now for the 2014 Executive Management Program

open mouthThe ADA and Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management offers the ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program exclusively for dentists and their teams.

This intensive business education program curriculum is designed to teach the core principles of an MBA program taught by the same professors in Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management MBA program.

The program meets over 3 sessions; September 19-22, October 24-27 and November 14-18, 2014.  This is not a practice management course.  Here’s the link for more details and the application. Don’t delay — application deadline July 1, 2014.