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Register now for 2015 Give Kids A Smile Day

Registration is open for the 2014 Give Kids A Smile Day. The national celebration is set for Feb. 6, 2015.

Give Kids A SmileRegister online by Nov. 10 to be considered for free product donation. The ADA will post a list of product recipients on the website in December, and recipients will receive their products the week of Jan. 19, 2015.

Give Kids A Smile is made possible through the generous support of corporate sponsors, Henry Schein, Colgate and DEXIS; dentists; and other oral health care professionals who volunteer their time and services to provide needed oral health care to underserved children.

For more information, email gkas@ada.org or call 312.440.4600.

Have you participated in Give Kids A Smile programs in the past? What was your experience like? Share in the comments.

2014 New Dentist Reception

New dentists around the country connected with their peers and enjoyed the big and bold Texas ambiance during the New Dentist Reception at the ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio. The event was a time and place for new dentists and dental students to network, exchange ideas and enjoy the fun atmosphere, which included food, drinks and music.

Here are some photos from the event:

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Check out the new PSAs for the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign

Building on its highly successful 2min2x campaign, the Ad Council and The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives unveiled their new Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign public service announcements Oct. 9 in San Antonio at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting.

The new English- and Spanish-language PSAs playfully explore how much a parent can teach a child in two minutes. The new spots are posted here.

The ADA is one of the more than 35 leading dental health organizations in The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition that believes every child deserves a healthy smile (healthymouthshealthylives.org).

Since the launch of 2min2x in 2012, more than 1.7 million people have visited 2min2x.org, and the English and Spanish-language PSAs have received more than $64 million in donated media across TV, radio, print, web and outdoor outlets.

A 2013 Ad Council survey showed that in one year, both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking parents reported that their children were significantly more likely to brush twice a day and significantly more likely to brush for two minutes each time.

For more information about the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, visit 2min2x.org and follow the campaign’s social media communities on Facebook (facebook.com/kidshealthymouths) and Twitter (@brush2min2x).

What do you think of the new 30-second ads?

9 essential habits of remarkably effective people

According to an Inc.com article, there’s a difference between being efficient and being effective. Efficient people are well organized, competent and get stuff done.

“Effective people do all that…but they check the right things off their to-do list. They complete the right projects. They get the right stuff done,” according to Jeff Haden, contributing editor for Inc., in his piece, “9 Essential Habits of Remarkably Effective People.”

Here are nine traits of remarkably effective people, and why they’re so successful:

  • They always start with goals.
  • Then they create systems.
  • They believe in themselves.
  • They believe they are in control of their lives.
  • They also embrace “random.”
  • They find happiness in the success of others.
  • They use their goals to make decisions automatic.
  • They don’t multitask.
  • They freely ask for help.

As new dentists seeking success, do you have any or all of these traits of remarkably effective people?

In Zambia, new dentist volunteers to treat patients in a truck

Dr. Rachel Hymes poses with a group of children from Kafue, Zambia where she treated residents through International Caring Hands.

Dr. Rachel Hymes poses with a group of children from Kafue, Zambia where she treated residents through International Caring Hands.

Dr. Rachel Hymes had all the dental equipment she needed — two dental chairs, an air compressor, anesthesia and tools to perform extractions safely — inside a trailer on the back of a truck.

She’d park the vehicle, the size of a large U-Haul truck, on the grounds of the Riverside Farm Institute in Kafue, Zambia and open the mobile mini-clinic every morning. Each day, for nearly week, she saw about 40 patients seeking relief from their dental problems — ranging from large cavities to years old broken teeth.

“I decided to only do extractions,” Dr. Hymes said. “I had to make a decision. I can either serve one person in an hour, or several for one hour. The need was just tremendous.”

Since graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2010, Dr. Hymes has volunteered her dentistry skills for a mission trip every year. This year, she went to Zambia with the group International Caring Hands.

Dr. Hymes found the organization through the ADA International Volunteer website. She chose the group because the mobile clinics are equipped with necessary materials and tools. All she had to do was pay for her flight.

Dr. Hymes, of Mountain City, Tennessee, and her husband, flew out of Charlotte, North Carolina to New York City on June 7. From there, they flew to Dubai and then to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. There was another two-hour car ride before they arrived in Kafue — 28 hours later.

“It was quite a journey,” she said. They arrived on a Sunday afternoon and began working in the mobile clinic at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Most of the people she saw lived in a village close to the Institute.

Along with a local assistant and a translator, Dr. Hymes opened the clinic until 5:30 p.m. for four days, treating about 150 people of all ages.

Dr. Hymes and her dental assistant Lucas pose with the International Caring Hands' mobile dental clinic.

Dr. Hymes and her dental assistant Lucas pose with the International Caring Hands’ mobile dental clinic.

“Some people were scared. Others didn’t get the idea of being numb,” she said. “But when they were done, they would thank us and give us a hug.”

By the end of my mission, word had started to spread about the clinic and they had to turn a lot of people away.

“That was the hardest part of the trip,” she said. “We had to close even though there was still a line 20 people deep.”

Because of the need, Dr. Hymes said she hopes other dentists, especially new dentists like her, seek out ways to volunteer and use their skills to treat those in need — whether internationally or locally.

“If dentists are available to go, they should do it,” Dr. Hymes said. “(International Caring Hands) had everything a dentist needs to treat patients, all they need are people to do it.”

Dr. Hymes said International Caring Hands provided the food and a place to stay. Meanwhile, their dental equipment was in great condition.

“I enjoy getting to know people and just helping others get some relief from pain,” Dr. Hymes said. “I think as a human being, as a Christian, I feel the responsibility to help those in need. Volunteering is something I hope I can do for the rest of my life.”

At the end of her trip, Dr. Hymes said, they parked the truck in a garage where the mobile clinic will stay until another dentist comes along to volunteer.

For more information on international volunteering, visit the ADA International Volunteer website here.

9 habits of people who are always on time

Pocket watches in a bunchCan’t make it to the office on time? Always late for the next appointment? Struggling to juggle family and a career?

According to Real Simple magazine, here are nine simple habits from people who are always punctual that you can tweak or adopt to help you stay on time:

  • When it’s time to get up, they get up.
  • They plan breakfast at dinner.
  • The end tasks on time.
  • The recognize patterns, and correct them.
  • They embrace downtime.
  • They’re immune to “Just one more thing” syndrome.
  • They schedule built-in overflow time.
  • They’ve mastered the skill of calculation.
  • They know when they do their best work.

To read the full article, click here.

Plan to attend the New Dentist Reception at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting

New Dentist Reception at the ADA's 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.

New Dentist Reception at the ADA’s 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.

New dentists seeking to connect with their peers and enjoy the big and bold Texas ambiance at the ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting can attend the New Dentist Reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Lonesome Dove Room.

ADA 2014 logoDentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago and dental students are invited to attend.

“The New Dentist Reception affords a valuable opportunity for young dentists and dental students to interact at America’s dental meeting,” said Dr. Brian M. Schwab, New Dentist Committee chair. “This is a time and place where younger dentists and students can focus on networking, leadership idea exchange and engagement, and camaraderie during the annual meeting. This sell-out event is also a blast to attend because there is music, food, drinks and fun atmosphere.”

Tickets are required for entry (limit two tickets per person). Those who registered in advance can log back into their registration and print their tickets in the Registration Area in Hall A/B Lobby. Guests must be 21 years old or older. Tickets are $30 per person on-site and can be purchased at the door of the event, which includes food and drinks. The New Dentist Reception is provided by the generous support of Wells Fargo Practice Finance.

Visit ADA.org/meeting to register.

 

 

Consumers’ top online searches on dental treatment

According to ADA News, the terms “adult cleaning” and “root canal on a molar tooth” were the top two most frequently searched terms about dental services on FAIR Health, a website that provides cost information on medical and dental treatment.

The top five dental services searched for in the first two quarters in 2014 were: 1.) adult cleaning (prophylaxis); 2.) root canal on a molar tooth; 3.) comprehensive oral evaluation, initial exam; 4.) periodic oral evaluation, six-month recall exam; and 5.) crown made of all porcelain/ceramic material. These were the same terms searched for in 2013 but ranked differently.

The top 15 most searched dental services in 2013 and 2014.

The top 15 most searched dental services in 2013 and 2014.

Consumers can access FAIR Health’s free database of billions of billed medical and dental services so they can estimate and plan their medical and dental expenditures. FAIR Health’s consumer website FH Consumer Cost Lookup also offers educational articles and videos about the health care insurance reimbursement system.

“This is great information for dentists looking to foster honest and open relationships with their patients,” said Dr. Andrew Vorassi, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs. “When we have some insight as to what is on our patients’ minds, we have the tools to educate them on how we can help them as dentists.”

For more information on FAIR Health, visit http://www.fairhealth.org.

Did the most frequently search terms surprise you?

WVU dental school’s ‘Cupcake Wars’ raises $700

Cupcake WarsFuture new dentists found a creative way to raise money for their local community.

Calling it “Cupcake Wars,” students at West Virginia University School of Dentistry hosted their first cupcake-baking contest July 12 to raise money for the Morgantown, West Virginia community. In all, more than $700 was raised for charity.

“Cupcake wars was a fun and creative way to get students involved in something fun during the summer session and get our class to come together and help for a great cause, said Ms. Kerri Thomas, president of the WVU dental school Class of 2017.

Check out the full story in ADA News.

 

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!