While it may not be a part of our everyday dental concerns, the Oral Cancer Foundation reminds us that approximately 48,250 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, with one person dying from the disease every hour of every day. Tobacco and alcohol use remain major risk factors for oral cancer, but they’re not the only ones. The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking adults under 40 years of age whose connection to the disease is the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is actually the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. These are sobering statistics and worth remembering as we commemorate Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month this April.
When seeking dental care, patients exercise autonomy and are increasingly involved in their own treatment planning. The terms “holistic” and “alternative” invoke a variety of responses from health care professionals and patients. The Holistic Dental Association believes that being a healthy person goes beyond the absence of disease. They examine treatments and agents not typically taught during dental training. There is a special focus placed on a patient’s whole well-being that goes beyond the oral cavity. They seek to provide a means to foster the innate ability to heal.
What do mud bicuspids and horned Viking helmets have in common with disability and life insurance? Find out in a cartoon — starring dental students.
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It’s Friday night. You’re out with your peeps. Looking good. Having fun.
Assemble your peeps…raise your smart phone up…45-degree downward tilt…and rapid fire…click…click…click. Open your photos…diagnose…treat your best shot with all appropriate filters…add witty soundbite banter…and…
As the old adage says: “together each accomplishes more.” So, in that spirit, I thought I’d mix it up this time and give you a very valuable private practice nugget. How to hire a CRUSH it Team.
#1 Write a CRUSH it job description and disseminate
Seem simple? I agree! HOWEVER most dental practices miss on this in a HUGE WAY! Why? They don’t know who their ideal applicant is. Sound crazy? Agree…but most dental practices think they are looking for a hygienist or an assistant or an administrative team member. On one hand…they are. On the more important hand…that’s WAY TOO simplistic.
Truth be told, I came to the realization that dentistry was my calling a little later than most. Unlike my colleagues who were inspired by a mentor or career day way back when, I was not completely sure of my destiny in dentistry until my last semester of undergraduate studies.
While I wasn’t really a “predental” student for very long, I did pick up a couple valuable tips that I wish someone would have shared with me…
Granted, it’s not the most romantic gift in the world. But as Valentine’s Day gifts go, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more powerful way of showing your loved ones how much you care than by requesting activation of no-cost ADA-sponsored disability and life insurance.