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Falls by the elderly and poor oral health

A new study reports that nearly half of falls by older folks are caused by an infection. Falls are one of the leading cause of death for those over 75 years of age,…

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8 Things Dentists Misunderstand About Embezzlement

Could it happen in your practice? A common topic for our speakers is what dentists misunderstand about embezzlement. Here is our list: MYTH #1 — Embezzlers only steal cash, and it is difficult…

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Bigger Patients — Bigger Problems

“People today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.” This was a disturbing conclusion of a recent study…

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Rheumatoid diseases and filling up the waiting room

Rheumatoid diseases, a subset of arthritis, are associated with poor oral health. Studies show that if you have rheumatoid disease you likely have other chronic diseases, are older, and have dry mouth and…

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Crohn’s, Colitis, Cavities and Crowns

As the population ages and science marches on, we are seeing significant connections between chronic diseases. One big one is diabetes and dental decay — diabetes increases the risk of having oral health…

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Does My Insurance Cover It?

The number one reason patients do not accept treatment plans is lack of perceived value; how the dental treatment plan or recommendations will relate to them or their individual health goals. The lack…

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The composition of the dental plaque matters

Dental plaque (the biofilm) is remarkably stable in its composition of microbes despite mechanical abrasion (tooth cleaning and flossing) and dental cleanings by the hygiene team. But once it becomes unstable (a process…

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Capture the Brain Power in your Practice

Move great ideas forward….. Ever have a great idea bubbling in your brain that you share with one or two colleagues throughout the day? An idea to minimize tasks, bring new patients to…

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Tips to Motivate your Employees

What are the top 10 tips? Tip #1: Act as a role model and inspire employees to identify what they are passionate about at work. Then provide them with some projects in their…

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The BIG issue: Affordability

A recent survey of American adults found that 1 in 4 did not purchase needed dental care last year, because they couldn’t afford this service. Dentistry was, amongst all healthcare services, the least…

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Predicting who will get sick — just what the patients want

American insurers are now using sophisticated computer algorithms to predict who, amongst their clients, will require early re-admission to hospital or who will have difficulties with their diabetes. For those who are predicted…

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The drugs your older patients are taking.

Green Shield Canada, our fourth largest administrator of dental claims, has just published the list of the most commonly prescribed medications for Canadians between ages 50 and 70. These are listed below in…

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The Boomers’ impact on dental care has just begun

Andre Picard, the Globe’s healthcare columnist, recently wrote an article on the aging population’s impact on overall Canadian healthcare. But what about the impact of the aging Boomers on the dental care system?…

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Tesla and what we know as a “cavity”

Have you been following what Tesla (Elon Musk) is doing to electricity markets with its new Powerwall battery for your garage? This new technology promises to disrupt the source, distribution and use of…

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Blaming the victim versus looking in the mirror

A new report on early childhood caries in the UK shows how serious this disease really is: •Tooth extraction, mainly under General Anaesthesia (GA), is the main reason for hospital admissions of 5–9…

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Your eyes and your gums

A new study reports that gum disease is an independent risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at mid life. The study showed those adults between 40 and 60 years of age suffering…

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