Gum disease affected nearly 6.5 million adults in the U.S. between 2009 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the same study showed that those over 65 years of age had an increased potential for periodontal disease. Oral health is directly related to overall health, and diseases originating in the mouth or in the gums may have the same risk factors as other chronic diseases. There is, however, a clear connection between low dental health levels and some chronic diseases.
You may have seen my post earlier this week: I proudly became one of the few Orthodontists to become certified as a Six Month Smiles® provider. Over the years, I’ve coached hundreds of General Dentists with various aligner systems. All too often, finishing cases is a significant barrier to overcome and trying to educate General Dentists who have no knowledge of basic straight-wire biomechanics is a challenge at its core.
I did it – I successfully completed the Level 1 course from Six Month Smiles. As an Orthodontist with 10+ years of clinical experience with thousands of fixed and removable outcomes under my belt, this may by counter-intuitive. Truthfully, Six Month Smiles certification has been on my orthodontic bucket-list for years now. It’s a wildly successful brand, both nationally and internationally. Doctors rave about the services, support, and experience. I wanted to know the “secret sauce”.
Do all of your team members have straight teeth?
If not, it might be time to make them an advocate for the treatment you want to sell. If any of your team members could benefit from short term ortho, consider investing in their smile to get patients interested in treatment.
Bad breath is one of those social faux pas we all secretly fear. Because, or so we're led to believe, most people who have bad breath are unaware of it. That means other people either have to suffer through, or be put in the unenviable position of telling us our breath is terrible. The good news is that, if you follow your dentist's instructions, chances are good your breath is fine. Even if your breath isn't fine, there is probably a root cause you can attack.
Topics: For Patients
Hi fellow Smilers,
I can't tell you how excited I am about the upcoming Six Month Smiles Provider Conference in Boca Raton, Florida this October. It will be an incredible time for Providers from around the world to gather for three days of learning, motivation and networking. The first Provider Conference which I attended in Boston in 2012 was nothing short of inspirational and my team still speaks of the positive effects which it has had on our patients, our practice and each of us.
Who are you as a dentist?
When a new patient sits down for a consultation, what is your demeanor like? It’s important to be consciously aware of how you present yourself to patients. They will perceive your manner and draw conclusions from it that can last throughout treatment.
We’ve all sat in a doctor’s office waiting room, our legs shaking with nerves or boredom. The experience can be (at best) pleasant, or at worst, a dreary period of time during which our name is never called and all we can do is scroll aimlessly through our Facebook feed.
Topics: Dental Practice Tips
Caring for your teeth is a priority, and for most of us, brushing our teeth in the morning after we've had our coffee and breakfast and again before we hit the sack is second nature. Our parents did (one of) their jobs and trained us well. After all, once we lose our baby teeth and get our permanent teeth, that's it. They're ours to take care of and keep, or abuse and lose! But although most of us are good about the brushing part, many of us neglect cleaning between our teeth, a.k.a. flossing. The importance of flossing is stressed by our dentists, yet many of us just don't bother. Why? Perhaps it's laziness, or maybe it "grosses us out", or is uncomfortable with closely spaced teeth. Whatever the reason, however, we need to face some important facts to learn once and for all why we must take the time to floss once a day.
Perform a comprehensive dental exam for every patient in your office. You could be missing out on opportunities where the patient doesn’t even realize the potential for their dental care.