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[Webinar] Prevention, Professional Treatment & Self-Care

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

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Effective chairside communication with your patients is one of the most important elements to building a sustainable, successful relationship. Several methods that can create successful patient communication include telling your patients their oral health problems precisely and in simple terms, informing them of how the problems occurred and providing them the best treatment recommendations, and informing them of the consequences if treatment is delayed or ignored. The use of technology and collaborating with your dental team staff are additional ways that you can help take necessary preventive steps with patients to achieve a positive outlook on a patient’s oral health needs.

This event be a discussion of what communication methods are best to use effectively in-office by the dentist and hygienist. In addition, learn how you can influence the patient in their home care, allowing them to control and help eliminate oral biofilms and improve their systemic health.

The following subjects will be addressed in this virtual training event:

  • The basics of the doctor-patient relationship to improving oral health
  • In-office methods of collaborating between the dentist and dental hygienist
  • Creating a “dental home” and other factors to enhance patient education
  • Establishing a patient-centric approach to dentistry
  • Improving patient communication to foster questions and garner case acceptance
  • Recommendations to provide patients to eliminate oral biofilms and systemic health

Save your seat now for our November 28th webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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Tags: oral health, Tertiary Prevention, self-care

Making Connections: Networking in Dental School and Beyond

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 09:49 AM

networking-young-successful.pngYou might not realize it now, but the friends you make and the faculty that you interact with on a daily basis while in dental school can become lifelong working partners once you graduate. Ever since you’ve made that first connection, you’ve been networking. Your peers might remember you when they see an associateship that’s right for you, or maybe your faculty and alumni might turn into a good mentorship opportunity. No matter how these relationships organically grow once you are out of school, it all begins with building them during those four years.

Actively pursuing networking opportunities might not be something on your priority list. It can sometimes be awkward, unappealing, and not to mention a time-consuming venture. However, it takes more than excellent clinical skills and passing your exams to advance your career. You need to make those connections in order to be vocal about your interests and career goals, and go to events (lunch-and-learns, ASDA, vendor fairs, etc.) that offer these networking or recruiting opportunities.

Your First Contact

If you are passionate about dentistry (i.e., what sets you apart?) and engage with your equally passionate peers, you’re already working on making connections. Many times, dental students think sales pitches, business cards, and hijacking conversations to get in a word are part of the game, but it’s much easier than that. Being an active listener and asking the easy questions that get you into a conversation will fare better for you. Just make sure to follow up at the end of the conversation if you missed anything you wanted to mention, or have any questions for the person to whom you’re talking.

Think of the Person, Not the Position

Being genuine and authentic in your approach to these relationships will also make connecting easier, building trust and seeing what you can do to help the other person and vice versa. Think of these connections in terms of the people involved, and not the potential positions or opportunities that may present themselves at a later date. Find the person’s desires and concerns, and see if you can be of any assistance. Give yourself to your peer before you ask in return. Overall, leave your personal agenda to the wayside, and instead be open, honest, and friendly to everyone with whom you meet.

Build Your Own Network

In addition, don’t dismiss anyone that you meet as unimportant, or that won’t be a connection once you advance in your career. You never know who’ll be valuable, or if someone else you know might need that person’s specific skills and expertise. Once you start to connect the dots with these connections, you’ll soon realize that you’ve created a nest of connections that are all available to one another. Become the center of your network: organize and host meet-ups, social outings, and other events that might bring these different people together.

 

Your network should be in place for when you need it, both for job searching and for moving along the career ladder. Since you never know when you might need it, it makes sense to have an active career network even while you are still in dental school. Networking can help you become a better dentist and having a viable network in place during dental school will pay its dividends. Use this network to your advantage when taking the next step in your life.

Tags: mentorship, networking, mentoring, networking after dental school

[Webinar] Three Simple Steps for Managing Student Loan Debt

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

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One of the biggest concerns from dental students is getting out from under their student loan debt burden when they finish school. Many people already have previous schooling debt from their undergraduate programs and are looking for recommendations. The good news is that there are various resources and best practices available that can make a big difference for virtually every student.

Financial wellness is essential for students transitioning from dental school into the profession. While education loan debt is a fact of life for most new dentists, careful planning enables one to limit risks and to repay or refinance existing school loans. There are important steps students must take now and post-graduation to protect their livelihood and to maximize their future earning potential.

The following subjects will be addressed within this virtual training event:

  • Understanding repayment options (e.g., loan consolidation, refinancing, federal or state-based repayment programs, income-driven repayment plans)
  • Managing debt and compounding interest
  • Pros and cons of loan consolidation
  • The importance of timeliness and documentation
  • Understanding the implications of deferments and forbearances
  • Modeling one’s self on the characteristics of financially independent dentists
  • Pending legislation that may impact borrowers
  • Understanding the ADMI compensation package and its impact on educational debt

Save your seat now for our November 15th webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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Tags: debt, student loan, dental school, webinar, student loan debt

[Webinar] At the Heart of It All - Periodontal Disease & Cardiovascular Disease

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 02:03 PM

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Periodontal disease and heart disease have been linked together in several studies over the years, and investigators continue to debate the exact nature of this relationship. At present, there is consensus among researchers that periodontal disease and cardiovascular (CDV) disease are multifactorial conditions, and such patients share common risk factors that must be monitored and managed by healthcare providers and dental professionals.

While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.1

In this virtual training event, the learning objectives will focus on current theories explaining the mechanism by which periodontal disease impacts cardiovascular health and present the following:

  • Outline patient demographics and population affected by periodontal disease and CDV
  • Role of inflammation in CDV and pro-inflammatory mediators
  • The relationship between periodontal ligament attachment loss and risk for myocardial infarction
  • Professional treatment (i.e., periodontal therapy) that may be plausible for preventing the onset or delaying the progression of CDV
  • Importance of OHI and managing the patient’s individual risk factors
  • Interacting with other members of the patient’s healthcare team

Save your seat now for our November 7th webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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References

  1. Gum Disease and Heart Disease | Perio.org. https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-and-heart-disease. Accessed August 21, 2017.

Tags: webinar, oral health, oral inflammation, oral biofilms, systemic health

[Webinar] 5 Simple Recommendations to Maintain Your Handpiece

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Powerful-1.jpgDental handpieces have evolved significantly over the years and they remain a vital part of dentistry today. The care and maintenance of these instruments is essential to preserving not only the life of the instrument but its proper function as well. Understanding how to clean and maintain these handpieces and their components properly will help the clinician achieve optimal results.

Since the dental handpiece is vital to daily practice, its care and maintenance is important for preserving long-term function. Practitioners have both air-driven and electric handpieces and, though each is slightly different from the other, certain “best practices” for their maintenance apply to both handpiece options. To provide optimal patient care, it is important for practitioners to understand methods to clean and maintain handpieces and their components. Within this training event, attendees will learn how to evaluate the need for cleaning and proper maintenance steps.

Learning objectives include:

  • How to properly clean and sterilize the handpiece
  • Avoiding common mistakes with handpiece maintenance
  • Proper care for lights and involved components
  • Differences in air turbines and electric options
  • When to send handpieces for repair or replacement

Save your seat now for our October 31st webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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Tags: webinar, dental handpiece, handpiece maintenance, air-driven handpiece, electric handpiece

Understanding Three Approaches to Disease Prevention

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

Dental-root-tip-infections-increase-risk-for-heart-disease-Study.jpgDisease prevention in dentistry can be categorized based on scientific findings in the literature and on the oral health of the patient. To help mitigate the need for more invasive procedures, preventive measures can be a more conservative alternative that allows the patient and the practitioner to work together to achieve optimal oral health. A THE NEXTDDS webinar presentation from Dr. Kenneth Markowitz entitled, “Clinical Application of Disease Detection and Management for Preventive Dentistry” outlines several factors to consider planning such an approach for your patients.

Primary Prevention

Prevention applies to all stages of the disease process, but in primary prevention, the dentist is looking at the earliest stages of disease, or even before evidence of any disease occurs to begin the necessary protocols. Primary prevention is about developing a healthy “dental career” in individual patients. This is achieved through oral health promotion, enabling individuals to adopt healthy behaviors from birth.1

Instilling a proactive approach (a brush-floss-rinse regimen, education on power and manual toothbrushes, etc.) improves the oral health and quality of life of patients in a way that is not costly and before any serious issues develop. Here, there is also the possibility of detecting other early-stage issues, such as oral cancer, that will lead to immediate treatment planning and intervention.

Secondary Prevention

In secondary prevention, the goal is to limit the complications of an already established disease. Secondary prevention focuses on interfering with the disease process before signs and symptoms appear.2 Using a minimally invasive approach, a practitioner hopes to repair or stop further damage once the disease has already occurred.

Various visualization and detection tools are available to the dentist seeking to apply secondary prevention, including digital radiography, intraoral scanners, and digital cameras. This type of preventive care is harder to implement consistently in the philosophy of a modern practice. For example, despite these efforts in primary and secondary prevention, millions of people are still affected by chronic periodontitis and/or caries disease.3 However, methods such as the CAMBRA look to manage causative factors of disease in at-risk patients.

Tertiary Prevention

In tertiary prevention, the clinical focus is on the progression of disease with complications. Tertiary prevention is the management of patients with chronic periodontitis through nonsurgical and surgical therapy and maintenance to avoid further damage by the disease process.3 A key factor in this type of prevention is managing the disease when it has reached an advanced stage.

Tertiary prevention encompasses methods and measures that should remove existing complications and prevent their further possible progression. Treatments for the dental pulp, periodontium, and dental prosthetics fall into this tertiary category.4 Dentists who treat populations with high levels of dental disease often implement a tertiary prevention approach.1

 

Dentists are granted the opportunity to work together with patients, allowing them to significantly alter oral health for the better by regularly treating and managing. Instead of relying on the operatory and surgical approach to dentistry, an emphasis for patient education and intervention should be the first priority. New dentists should aspire for a minimally invasive type of practice that has its roots in communication and conservative care, leaning on the goals of primary as well as secondary prevention if necessary. Learn more about what specific things you can do during prevention by listening to the full webinar.

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References

1. Richards W. Prevention in practice. British Dental Journal. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18690167. 2008 Aug 9;205(3):111. Accessed September 14, 2017.

2. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 28th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006.

3. Kumar S. Exploring prevalence and prevention. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/2015/05_May/Features/Exploring_Prevalence_And_Prevention.aspx. May 2015;13(5):53–59. Accessed September 14, 2017.

4. Dostálová TCA, ed. Dentistry and Oral Diseases. Prague, Czech Republic: Grada Publishing; 2010.

Tags: oral health, disease prevention, primary prevention, secondary prevention, Tertiary Prevention

[Webinar - RE-SCHEDULED] Networking Is More Than a Group Chat

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

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Finding gainful employment after graduation is an important step in a new dentist’s journey into the profession. It is important for dental students to plan their futures and fully understand the different styles of practice that will be available, and steps to identify the opportunity or practice environment best suited for their professional development. Recommendations for timing will be presented in this virtual learning event, as will best practices for networking peers, faculty, industry, online, and even associations.

Whether your goal is to land an associateship job at that great new practice in town, or you’re looking to pursue a career in education or any of the other methods of employment, it all boils down to making those important professional connections that will jumpstart your career. Networking and building your communication skills is the first step to landing a meaningful first job.

Additional topics of exploration within this webinar are:

  • Avoiding a “gap” between graduation and associateship
  • Challenges facing dental students upon graduation (licensure, relocation, debt, etc.)
  • Deciding between associateship, residency, and DSO-supported practice, with emphasis on the ADMI practice model
  • Understanding different practice models through shadowing, observation, and networking
  • Exploring online sources (including dental associations) for opportunities
  • Recommendations for successful interviewing

Save your seat now for our October 19th webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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Tags: networking, webinar

[Webinar] Periodontal Disease, Oral Biofilms and Diabetes – Understanding the Link

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

diabetes-check.jpgOver 20 million Americans have diabetes today, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control predicts that nearly 1 in 3 will develop diabetes during their lifetime. This means future dental professionals will be challenged to manage the oral care of individuals—in increasing numbers—who have this disease.

Thus, it is important for clinicians to understand the types of diabetes, the impact of diabetes (the 7th leading cause of death among Americans), the associated risk factors among their patients, and both surgical and non-surgical therapy options for individuals with diabetes.

Emerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious periodontal disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious periodontal disease, but serious periodontal disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.1

The following topics will be covered within this learning event:

  • Extent of the U.S. adult population with diabetes and periodontal disease
  • Understanding insulin production and insulin action
  • Tests and criteria used in diagnosis of diabetes
  • Health issues associated with diabetic patients
  • Exploration of risk factors for individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Prevention of diabetes complications
  • Managing dental patients who have diabetes

Save your seat now! Register for our webinar on 10/17 at 9PM Eastern!
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References

  1. Diabetes and Oral Health Problems. American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html. Published October 10, 2014. Accessed August 21, 2017.

 

Tags: periodontal disease, webinar, oral biofilms, diabetes

[Webinar] 3 Keys to Removing Existing Restorations

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

bigstock-Woman-Teeth-before-and-after-d-136044017.jpgRestorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and supporting structures. It includes the rehabilitation of the teeth and the oral cavity to functional, psychological and aesthetic requirements of the individual patient.

In daily clinical practice, dentists often encounter existing restorations that must be replaced during the course of treatment. Materials used for these fixed prosthetics include all-metal (non-precious and those with gold and other alloys), porcelain-fused-to-metal, zirconia, and other all-ceramic solutions. Efficient removal of each type of restoration presents a different challenge chairside, whether for endodontic therapy, prosthetic replacement, or a combination of the two. Carbides are often used for cutting metal crowns; diamond burs for cutting ceramic restorations, and both must be applied with the appropriate instrumentation and technique.

This activity will present guidelines for an efficient approach and address the following:

  • Review of current restorative materials
  • Best practices for preparation technique
  • Visualization and isolation of the treatment site
  • Proper instrumentation for speed and cutting efficiency
  • Importance of rotary selection
  • Improving from “acceptable” to “proficient” chairside

Save your seat now for our October 10th webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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Tags: webinar, restorations, removing restorations

[Webinar - RE-SCHEDULED] Considering an Associateship? 10 Key Questions You Need Answered

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Mon, Oct 02, 2017 @ 09:24 AM

Lead-Dentist-with-Group.jpgComing out of dental school, many graduates seek advice on how to best approach an associateship and the responsibilities that lie within the position. Despite the confidence that comes from getting your degree, there is still a new world in dentistry to explore: working with a mentor, dealing with more patients, and applying yourself to the everyday hustle of a practice.

Nearly two of three graduating dentists will seek employment after dental school. Dental practices today differ in their geographic location, operational structure, clinical focus, compensation models, and a host of related factors that must be readily understood by dental students approaching their transition into daily practice. This presentation will highlight key questions that must be asked and answered in order for a new dentist to evaluate a potential associateship opportunity.

Topics covered in the virtual training event include:

  • Type of patients treated / procedures performed in the practice
  • Patient allocation/distribution between associate and employer dentists
  • Compensation models and benefits packages
  • Onboarding process for new hires
  • Coverage of professional liability insurance
  • Mentorship and/or training opportunities offered for professional development, particularly emphasizing the onboarding and support afforded by ADMI

Save your seat now for our November 2nd webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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Tags: associateship, graduating dental students, webinar

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