The American Dental Association is the #1 organization representing all dentists. Most members say they are likely to refer membership to their colleagues — is that true for you?
As an active member, you know first-hand the value your membership provides. ADA Member-Get-A-Member is the ideal opportunity to share this success by encouraging your nonmember colleagues to join.
You will be rewarded with a $100 gift card for each new, active member you recruit (up to five members or $500 in gift cards!) Or you may decline the incentive and ADA will contribute $100 to the ADA Foundation. Please see Campaign Rules for full details.
The ADA Member-Get-A-Member campaign runs through Sep. 30, 2014. Only new member applications received between Jan. 1, 2014 and Sep. 30, 2014 will be eligible.
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and, to be honest, we are already focused on the upcoming holiday.
We have been spending a lot of time with this video How to Toothpaste. The video was made by Vi Hart, a self-described “Recreational Mathemusician” and therefore this video is purely aesthetic, rather than clinical in nature. Still, we are of the opinion that this is the finest existential toothpaste video we have ever seen.
Perhaps you’ve heard the advice that a good way to increase your likelihood of success is to visualize yourself succeeding. Sure it’s fun to fantasize about winning that award or fitting into those skinny jeans, but is that really increasing your effectiveness at meeting those goals?
Over at the 99u blog, Gregory Ciotti wrote about the role of visualization in building habits that stick. Turns out that fantasizing about results is not very helpful, but visualizing the steps necessary to get those results can make a difference:
Researchers found that those participants who engaged in visualizations that included the process of what needed to be done to achieve the goal (ex: fantasizing about learning another language, by visualizing themselves practicing every day after work) were more likely to stay consistent than their peers (that visualized themselves speaking French on a trip to Paris). The visualization process worked for two reasons:
Planning: visualizing the process helped focus attention on the steps needed to reach the goal.
Emotion: visualization of individual steps led to reduced anxiety.
We think a lot about developing habits, especially those that can help patients improve their oral health. Have you had success with coaching patients to adopt healthy habits? Leave your suggestions in the comments.
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Not sure how many words this video of gerbils on a train is worth, but if it helps more kids to get the message about the importance of brushing, then we think it might just be priceless.
This clip is just one from a partnership between the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, which includes the ADA and 35 other dental organizations. Find more clips and information at 2min2x.org.
The New Dentist Reception is a casual gathering at Annual Session where you can connect with colleagues and meet up with old friends.
The reception takes place Friday, November 1 (5:30-7 p.m.) at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive. Originally built in the 1820s as a sugar refinery, Generations Hall is an easy walk from the convention center.
New dentists and dental students are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 each (limit two per person) and include light fare and drinks. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. You may purchase tickets when registering for Annual Session at ADA.org/session. The New Dentist Reception is code E001.
The New Dentist Reception is provided by the generous support of Wells Fargo.
(Connecticut dentist Washington Sheffield’s) innovation of packing toothpaste into collapsible tubes not only was more efficient—a person could squeeze out only as much as he or she needed—and kept the toothpaste from drying out, but it also was much more hygienic—previously toothpaste had come in porcelain jars into which all the members of a household dipped their brushes.
The ADA Professional Product Review is like no other dental product publication because it bases evaluations on comparative testing in the ADA Laboratory, in clinical settings with dental schools and through other collaborations. It’s content you can use, free from outside influence, and it’s available to members online. Check out the April 2014 issue (PDF(…)
The ADA has a new publication — Dentist Employment Agreements: A Guide to Key Legal Provisions. It’s not a substitute for a lawyer, but can help you know what questions to ask and discussions to have with your legal advisor. Some of the topics covered include: The differences between employees and independent contractors Salary, commission,(…)
University of North Georgia student Jonathan Lee Casas makes some important (and catchy) points about good oral health. Here are the ADA’s recommendations: Brush 2 minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste Floss daily Eat a balanced diet Visit your dentist regularly And with that, remember icky biofilm/now that’s just whack (H/T to Huffington Post who brought this(…)
The ADA is seeking applicants for its Institute for Diversity in Leadership — the deadline is April 30, 2014. Established in 2003 by the ADA, the Institute is designed to enhance the leadership skills of dentists who belong to racial, ethnic and/or gender backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles. As a participant(…)
The ADA is made up of individuals — here’s one two of them. ADA New Dentist Now: Who are you? Ana: I’m Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty, a proud member of Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine class of 2008. I’m the co-owner of a dental practice in San Antonio, Texas with my husband, Dr.(…)
What can a new dentist accomplish in the realm of research? Consider Dr. Ray Bowen, perhaps best known for his development of dental composites, patented in the 1960s. As a new dentist in the early 1950s, Dr. Bowen was frustrated with poor-quality direct filling materials and began exploring potential options. He set up a laboratory(…)
The EBD Champions Conference 2.0: Implementing Science in Practice happens May 9-10 at ADA headquarters in Chicago. Steven Novella, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at Yale University School of Medicine and host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, will explore the question, Why is Science-Based Medicine Important? in his keynote address. The registration fee(…)