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“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!

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.

New Dentist Now

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.”

NDN

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

Hands-On Attachment and Implant Dentistry Course at the New Dentist Conference

conference logoRecently we blogged about an innovative online CE course where you can follow a full-mouth restoration from the initial exam to final placement of prosthesis.

If that course interests you, consider enrolling in Treatment Planning: Implants and Attachments on Saturday, July 19 as part of the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The course is in two parts that may be taken individually or together.

Part one is a morning lecture taking place at the Conference’s host hotel. Part two is a hands-on workshop taking place across town at the UMKC School of Dentistry. An additional $75 fee applies to those enrolling in the hands-on course.

The ADA 28th New Dentist Conference takes place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center. The conference offers up to 14 hours of continuing education, including this hands-on course. Courses do sell out; to ensure your spot, register today.

Can I wear a short-sleeve lab jacket when it’s hot?

ADA Professional Product ReviewThe 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 link) where you’ll not only find the answer to the headline question (plus find out what OSHA has to say about scrubs) but you’ll also find in-depth information about:

  • Surface Disinfectants: What dentists and their staff need to know
  • Disease Transmission Through Dental Unit Water: An Update
  • A Laboratory Evaluation of Electric Handpiece Temperature and the Associated Risk of Burns
  • Dental Electronic Health Records Systems

Bonus: if you have a question about appropriate dental practice attire or anything else dental science-related, send it to science@ada.org and perhaps your question will appear in a future issue of ADA Professional Product Review.

Take your knowledge of evidence-based dentistry to the next level

ADA Headquarters BuildingThe 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 is $150 for ADA members and $225 for non-members. Visit ADA.org/EBDconference for more information and to register by March 31.

The conference is supported by a contribution from Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health.

Let us now consider dental patient napkin holders

open mouthDental patient napkins used during routine dental procedures are often disposable, but napkin holders typically are reusable, although they can be tough to disinfect.

There are both disposable napkin holders and disposable napkins that don’t require a separate holder on the market. Dentists need to make informed decisions on whether to use disposable or reusable products for patient protection in their practices.

The ADA Professional Product Review analyzed six disposable products and compared them to reusable products. Each product was evaluated using seven criteria including ease of use and moisture protection.

Considering disposables? You might be surprised to find out what the evaluators had to say!

ADA members have access to the full online archives of The ADA Professional Product Review. From digital radiography systems to water quality monitoring kits, find the complete resources to help you make informed decisions about professional products.

What do the Birthday Rule, Malocclusion and Xerostomia have in Common?

Birthday CandlesThey are all terms found on the Glossary of Dental Clinical and Administrative Terms. There are many terms used daily by dentists and their teams in the course of delivering care to patients, maintaining patient records and preparing claims. New dentists and new team members may not be as familiar with some terms. From abscess to zygomatic bone, the Glossary has the definitions to get everyone up to speed and on the same page.

Questions? ADA members can call the number shown on your ADA member card, or send an email to dentalcode@ada.org.

Registration is open for the New Dentist Conference!

Join us for the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference taking place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Registration is now open!

In addition to a full day of leadership development, the Conference includes:

  • Hands-on endodontic and implant CE courses at UMKC School of Dentistry
  • Friday night social event at PBR Big Sky in the city’s Power & Light District
  • Breakfast-and-learn sessions; all-inclusive lunches

…and more! CE courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis so register today to ensure you get the schedule you want. We’ll see you in Kansas City!

Visit Chicago and be a Champion for Evidence-Based Dentistry

ADA Headquarters BuildingEvidence-based dentistry (EBD) is based on three important domains: the best available scientific evidence, a dentist’s clinical skill and judgment, and each individual patient’s needs and preferences

EBD Champions 2.0: Implementing Science in Practice, taking place May 9-10 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago, will build on your existing EBD skills and take you to a new level in the dissemination and implementation of scientific research.

Favorite EBD speakers Janet Clarkson, Dental Health Research Unit University of Dundee, and Bob Weyant, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, return in 2014 to discuss:

  • dissemination and implementation research
  • evidence-based clinical treatment and outcomes
  • behavioral change of practitioners

Information about the complete curriculum and new speakers is coming soon. Participants will receive 10 hours of continuing education credit. The registration fee is $150 for ADA members and $225 for non-members.

For more information contact ebd@ada.org. And be sure to check out the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry where you’ll find on-demand access to systematic reviews, summaries and clinical recommendations that translate the latest scholarly findings into a user-friendly format.