Yearly Archives: 2013


What will it take for you to go that extra degree?

Water boils at 212 degrees: it steams at 211…What difference does a degree make? The difference between steam and boil is accomplished with a one degree difference! What would an increase in one degree help you do? Could you accomplish your goal with one degree more effort? I’ve watched this video many times in the last few days and the conclusion for me is simple: one degree more effort is the pinpoint focus necessary to take my efforts over the top! You can visualize a goal, meditate on its outcome and project what your life will be like when its met. But when you take your effort, direct it specifically on the end result and take the ONE step necessary to make it happen, you can make your life boil!!!


How do you handle a medical emergency in your practice?

When I speak to Doctors and staff about their emergency preparedness I generally will receive one of two responses. The first is that THEY would never experience a medical emergency and the second is that they are close to an emergency response facility and therefore they don’t have anything to worry about. The average dental practice will experience four emergencies a year. That equates to 150,000 medical emergencies in dental practices each year. As the commander in chief of your office, have you considered your response? For the vast majority of dentists, the answer would be no. To adequately prepare your team, a simplistic approach is the best. Three actions steps that will provide you the most consistent preparation results involve your medical history, emergency drug kit and staff training. First, review your medical history and honestly ask yourself if you are able to receive accurate information from your patient. If the answer is no, consider customizing one. This can be easily accomplished, even with a “canned” form from your software. Second, reorganize your drug kit to include only the items you are qualified to use. Label each drug with its function and directions for use. Third, delegate specific roles to three key staff members and practice! You should also include the script for a 911 call as part of your training.

If you would like a program customized for your office, contact me. Implementation of state of the art training is not an arduous process! The investment of time required will be nominal in comparison to the peace of mind you’ll provide your staff..and ultimately your patients..


Invisalign to the rescue!

Generally my blogs surround topics of interest in areas of medical emergency, preparedness and management of patients with special needs. Today, I digress. I’d like to chat for a minute about my new exciting endeavor! I’ve been practicing traditional orthodontic therapy for almost 20 years. During this time I’ve come to many conclusions. The most […]


What do you know about Oral Cancer?

¬† Did you know April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? Most recently I attended an online training course for the Velscope. Velscope is an amazing technology that is designed to provide a detailed assessment of intra oral tissues. The Velscope is used to examine all soft and hard tissues. Oral Cancer detection with the use […]


“We treat our patients with their permission, use this gift wisely”
(Catharine Goodson,DDS)

Have you asked your patients about their use of OTC medications? Many patients would not think to report their use of such common supplements as gingko biloba, ginseng, saw palmetto, green tea and St. John’s Wort. It is vital to know ¬†these “drugs” can interfere with the actions of anti-hypertensives, diabetes medications and certain post stroke and MI meds. Do you need a complete list of drug interactions? Send me a message or sign up for my newsletter..


Do you offer oral cancer screening to your patients?

Most recently I have been utilizing the VelScope for intra oral cancer screenings. I am blown away by this amazing morsel of technology! The ease of use of the scope is exceeded only by the fantastic response to add a screening to a “routine” cleaning appointment. I have also ordered Oral CDX kits to obtain cells from any suspicious lesions!

Please stay tuned from my upcoming video on the proper use of a VelScope and Oral CDX biopsy brush.
If you’re uncertain whether you should include this service in your practice, I can only recommend that you utilize this amazing technology!


How is an asthma attack induced?

Does this scenario sound familiar? Your patient checks the appropriate box on your medical history that says “asthma”. Now what to do with the information. The most important information you will need to extract from this positive response is the level of the patient’s knowledge about their asthma, the degree of control of asthma attacks […]

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How much fun can you have when you talk to Gary Takacs?

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When Gary Takacs, of “The Thriving Dentist Show’ interviews you, you are in for a treat! How many opportunities do we have as Dentists to share our message in such a relaxed atmosphere! Gary has an amazing array of guests on his shows. Why not subscribe to his shows and purchase an Ipod for your workouts to listen to his guests?
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