Category Archives: Helping You Be a Better Dentist

Visit Chicago and be a Champion for Evidence-Based Dentistry

Evidence-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… Read More »

Save the Fairy Tale Kingdom with your Toothbrush!

The American Dental Association is proud to be one of the founding members of the Ad Council’s Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. As part of its successful Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, the Partnership recently released Toothsavers, a new, free mobile gaming app. This interactive game encourages kids to save friendly fairy tale characters from the evil, cavity-creating… Read More »

For the Patient — Keeping Medicine Safely in the Home

The statistics are frightening — according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 60,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines while their caregiver wasn’t looking. And a 2011 survey by the Partnership at Drugfree.org (PDF Link) found that almost one-in-five teenagers reported that they had abused prescription drugs at least… Read More »

Peer Review Resources from the ADA

The peer review system is a voluntary process for resolving disputes between a patient and a dentist outside of a legal venue or the “court of public opinion.” The ADA promotes peer review as an option to the public at MouthHealthy.org, and dentists may encourage dissatisfied patients to consider initiating the process as a way of settling a… Read More »

What to do when Delegating Goes Wrong

When we talk with new dentists, one challenge comes up frequently — the difficulty in getting comfortable with delegating. But whether you own a practice or work for one, there is simply no way to do it all yourself. Over at the HBR blog, Elizabeth Grace Saunders has a series of suggestions for how to delegate effectively. Here’s… Read More »

Helping Patients “Dejar de Fumar”

It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions, and for many smokers and spit tobacco users January 1 is when they try (or try again) to become tobacco-free. The ADA’s consumer site MouthHealthy.org has a section on smoking and tobacco — feel free to share the link with patients who have resolved to kick the habit. And don’t forget —… Read More »