The Kansas City Barbeque Society reports that Kansas City has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other American city.
Apart from the delightful fact that there is such a thing as a barbecue society, this information is important to you for two reasons:
- A person who has enjoyed some barbecue is a person who will soon be wishing he or she had some dental floss.
- The 28th ADA New Dentist Conference is taking place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center (mark your calendar).
The Conference includes:
- hands-on endodontic and implant CE courses at UMKC School of Dentistry
- a full day of leadership development
- Friday night social event at KC Live! In the Power & Light District
- breakfast-and-learn sessions; all-inclusive lunches
Barbecue consumption by attendees is entirely optional, but highly recommended. If you have a suggestion for Kansas City barbecue, be sure to leave it in the comments!
If you are the owner of a dental practice, you might already have an employee agreement for use in clarifying expectations between the practice and the dental team. If you don’t have an agreement in place, consider Preparing Written Employee Agreements. As the title suggests this brief document is not a substitute for legal advice, but it is a helpful list of topics that are customarily included in an employee agreement. For instance:
- What are the expectations around uniforms?
- What is the arrangement for professional liability insurance?
- What are the policies for continuing education?
…and more. ADA members can get the complete story at the ADA Center for Professional Success. And while you are there check out the other resources including Be a Great Boss, Checklist for Terminating an Employee and Using Flexible Benefit Plans in your Practice.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the ADA is taking the initiative in spreading the word on how uncontrolled diabetes can affect individuals’ teeth and gums.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that one of five cases of total tooth loss in the United States is linked to diabetes. While complications are part of managing diabetes, for the nearly 26 million people in the U.S. living with the condition, tooth loss and other dental health problems are unlikely to be on their radar.
Patients with diabetes have a lower resistance to infection. That, along with a longer healing process, makes them more susceptible to developing gum disease and developing a more severe form of the disease.
Looking for a resource to share with patients? Check out MouthHealthy.org which has consumer-friendly information in both English and Spanish on oral health topics, including diabetes.
Due to a revision of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) you must provide mandatory employee training by December 1, 2013. The basic goal with the changes this training covers is to improve your staff’s understanding of the chemical hazards in your office.
Need more information? ADA members can get the complete story at the ADA Center for Professional Success. And while you are there check out the other resources including financial calculators to factor loan payments and overhead expenditures, ergonomic tips to keep you healthy and patient communications strategies to build trust and increase patient satisfaction.
An expert panel convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has issued updated clinical recommendations on Topical Fluoride for Caries Prevention. A summary of the recommendations is published in the November 2013 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).
The panel recommended the following for patients at elevated risk of developing cavities:
- professionally-applied 2.26 percent fluoride varnish or a 1.23 percent fluoride gel every 3-6 months
- home-use prescription-strength 0.5 percent fluoride gel or paste or 0.09 percent fluoride mouth rinse (for patients 6 years old or older)
- A 2.26 percent professionally-applied fluoride varnish every 3-6 months is recommended for children younger than 6 years old
The full report of the clinical recommendations, a chairside guide for you to use when talking to your patients and an audio podcast summary of the recommendations is available now on the ADA Center for Evidenced-Based Dentistry ebd.ADA.org.
The ADA Center for Professional Success
If you’re opening a new dental practice, there are many things to consider, including licenses, local requirements, supplies, insurance, infection control and OSHA, just to name a few.
The ADA Center for Professional Success has a checklist to help the new practice owner stay focused on all these details.
This checklist is just one of the solutions you’ll find at the ADA Center for Professional Success. Resources include financial calculators to factor loan payments and overhead expenditures, ergonomic tips to keep you healthy and patient communications strategies to build trust and increase patient satisfaction. Visit Success.ADA.org today!
The ADA CE Online Loyalty Program gives you access to the entire ADA CE Online course library for one year and one flat fee of $479 for ADA members (non-members pay $719.) Take as few or as many courses as you like – as the course library grows, so do your CE options!
Choose from a variety of educational courses featuring embedded video, live-patient dental procedures, and case study examples to enhance your education.
Imagine having a library of CE courses at your fingertips for one year and never having to search for an online CE opportunity again!
If you’d like to learn more, or if you are ready to get started visit ADACEonline.org.
Happiness is hanging out with colleagues
At the Build Network blog, Jeffrey Goldsmith writes about happiness expert and former Harvard researcher Shawn Achor. In the research projects, Achor primes some subjects to be happy (by giving them candy.) The takeaway is that happy people outperform others:
“I can give you an SAT test, a Sudoku puzzle, a crossword puzzle – any of 15 different tasks all requiring intelligence – and prime you to be in a happy group, a neutral group or an unhappy group,” says Achor, citing a study of 65,000 businesspeople. “The happy group will outperform the others every time.”
How can you apply this approach yourself? During one tax season, Achor managed to improve both the happiness and productivity of tax managers at the accounting firm KPMG simply by asking them to do one of these tasks during the workday:
- Jot down three things you are grateful for
- Write a positive message to someone in your social support network
- Meditate at your desk for two minutes
- Exercise for 10 minutes
- Take two minutes to write down in a journal the most meaningful experiences of the past 24 hours
How about you — is there anything in your daily routine that contributes positively to your workday? Leave your suggestions in the comments.
Follow the New Dentist Track at Annual Session
Don’t miss your chance to partake in the revelry during Halloween weekend in New Orleans. From haunted houses to costume parades, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!After earning your CE credits, hop on over to the 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, aka Voodoo Fest. Headliners include Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Kid Rock, Calvin Harris, Bassnector, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and more!
The ADA New Dentist Committee wants you to make the most of your experience at the ADA Annual Session October 31-November 3, 2013 in New Orleans. Download this two page PDF that highlights everything you need including information about:
- New Dentist Reception (exclusively for new dentists and dental students)
- Distinguished Speaker Series — President Bill Clinton
- Mission of Mercy event
Download The New Dentist’s Guide to the ADA Annual Session (PDF)
Discover more about women in dentistry and geriatric patient care at the Learning Labs at Annual Session.
The Learning Labs are new, interactive courses where dentists can exchange ideas and dialogue with their peers in a small group environment. Participants will receive two hours of CE credit and there is no fee to participate in the learning labs. Space is limited so sign up today.
In the related Super Sessions, sketches, audio commentary and photos of the discussions held in the Learning Labs will be shared so a broader audience can reflect and continue the dialogue. Participants will receive one hour of CE credit and there is no fee.
If you are interested in the topic, you may sign up for either the Learning Lab, the Super Session, or both!
Two topics are scheduled for 2013:
Issues Impacting Women in Dentistry (Course # 6101), Nov. 1 from 9-11 a.m.
Dr. Linda Niessen will host this Learning Lab — a participant-led discussion to explore experiences, challenges and discoveries as women in dentistry. A Super Session (Course #7336) is scheduled for Nov. 1 from 11 a.m.-noon.
Special Care Issues in Geriatric Patient Care (Course #5188), Oct. 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or (Course #5189) from 3-5 p.m.
Dr. Gretchen Gibson will host these Learning Labs — a participant-led discussion on treating elderly patients and explore how to improve care for the older adult population. A Super Session (Course #7335) is scheduled for Nov. 2 from 9:45-10:45 a.m.