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07/04/2017 09:18 PM
The sad truth.


The sad truth.


07/02/2017 06:00 PM
Complex direct ORMOCER composite restorations in the posterior region

For reasons of cost, patients and dentists today often find themselves obliged to use restorative materials for the treatment of large structural, functional and aesthetic defects. This case report demonstrates how an innovative, organically modified ceramic composite with extremely low shrinkage stress and volume contraction can be used to restore teeth while preserving tooth substance. Occlusal functionality is key to the longevity of the restoration.


06/29/2017 09:35 AM
Practices lack bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans

ATLANTA, USA: Findings from a web-based survey have shown that over a quarter of private dental practices that participated did not have a written site-specific bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan (ECP). The study was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and is one of the first to examine the extent of awareness of and compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration bloodborne pathogen standard in private dental practices.


06/25/2017 06:00 PM
Update on teeth whitening and remineralisation with nHAp

Consider this the new era of painless teeth whitening and the end to soft tissue damage caused by hydrogen peroxide. Developments in the past five years have made a huge impact on the daily work of dentists, dental hygienists and well-trained dental nurses in the EU regarding the parameters for inoffice teeth whitening and the purchase of teeth bleaching products containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.


06/22/2017 06:00 PM
Cosmetic enamel restoration using naturomimetic layering technique—Part I

A human face takes priority when determining physical attractiveness.[1] If we group the facial components according to their influence on appearance, the mouth takes precedence over the others. Smiling is one of the most important facial expressions and is essential in expressing friendliness, agreement and appreciation.[2] A smile develops when a person senses happiness, pleasure or humour.[3] Whatever may be the emotion, a smile plays an important role in society, and for a variety of psychological reasons makes both giver and receiver feel good.[4] The face, gums (gingival complex), teeth (dentition) and emotion are the four basic components of a smile. A smile requires coordination of these four components with voluntary or involuntary stimulation by various emotions; hence it is evident that every smile is different and denotes a sense of individuality.[5]


06/16/2017 07:03 AM
New research on mandible and premolar fossils could rewrite human history

TÜBINGEN, Germany: For the general public, the debate as to where humankind originated might not seem like a current topic. However, the highly contentious subject within the science world continues to be debated, most notably in two recently published studies investigating the dentognathic morphology of the Graecopithecus freybergi mandible and premolar fossils. The findings indicate that the split of the human lineage occurred in the eastern Mediterranean and not in Africa.


06/02/2017 02:56 AM
Global dental implant market to rise in value

ALBANY, N.Y., USA: A recent report on the global dental implant market has forecast a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 per cent for the industry until 2024. The report was compiled by Transparency Market Research and predicts that this market will be worth US$8.18 billion by the end of the analysis period.


05/23/2017 06:00 PM
The use of CBCT and CAD/CAM techniques in complex implant-supported rehabilitation of maxilla—Part I

Patients who visit our clinic and wish to receive prosthetic treatment are frequently unaware of the possibilities that modern medicine has to offer. Neither are they aware of the fact that implantological treatment is not a ‘one-day’ treatment and that the integration of implants with bone tissues takes some time. That time can range from several weeks to several months. What they are also unaware of is the fact that after some time from the moment the teeth have been extracted, the bone will atrophy and hence it is often necessary to perform augmentation procedures first before dental implants can be placed.


05/21/2017 06:00 PM
Creating a five-star dental practice

Dentists are not only health care professionals but also health care professional service providers. The word “service” is important to remember because it changes our perspective to focus on the needs of our patients as we treat them. Our education at dental school teaches us to take care of our patients’ oral health needs; however, patients have other physical and psychological needs too that we cannot overlook.


05/18/2017 09:24 AM
Acupuncture: Probing its way into dentistry—Part II

After a general introduction to acupuncture and its practical applications in contemporary dental practice, this second part of the article will discuss the use of the method in managing oral conditions such as xerostomia and its effect in reducing dental phobia and the gag reflex before illustrating the recent uptake of acupuncture in the mainstream health care sector in Singapore.


05/16/2017 06:00 PM
One week diary with our X-Mind Trium 3D CBCT in practice

There is mounting evidence in the literature in regards to the diagnostic superiority of 3-D imaging versus 2-D. As a result, many clinicians today are using 3-D imaging either by referring their patients to a CBCT-scanning centre or having mobile units visiting them, and the only benefit of this method is that there is no initial capital outlay to buy the machine. In contrast, the benefits of having your own in-house CBCT machine are many, including the total convenience of an on-demand service at any time (pre-op or during and after if needed), learning one software and fully utilising it rather than having to learn different software for different machines (manufacturers), thus not utilising it to its fully intended use.


07/03/2017 04:38 PM
Haven’t Done a Practice Livestream Yet? Now You Can on Instagram

Nearly every major social media platform now features livestreaming, including Instagram! Streaming is the easiest...

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06/30/2017 08:01 PM
Dental Social Media as a Force for Good

The last decade has witnessed the explosive growth of social media and the radical changes...

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06/29/2017 05:39 PM
Our June Practice of the Month — Dietrich Orthodontics!

Congratulations to our June Practice of the Month — Dietrich Orthodontics! Becoming a true social...

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06/27/2017 02:47 PM
New Facebook Cover Videos Make Your Practice Page Immediately Engaging

You should be taking every opportunity to add original video content to your practice’s social...

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06/23/2017 04:45 PM
What Will It Take for Your Dental Practice to Rank Higher on Google?

As Google has evolved and improved its search service, people increasingly trust that it will...

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06/22/2017 05:24 PM
The New Facebook Inbox Makes It Even Easier for Your Practice to Grow on Instagram

With over 600 million active users, Instagram is one of the largest social networks in...

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06/20/2017 05:09 PM
Take Control of Your Dental Practice’s Digital Footprint, Or Others Will (feat. Dr. Annelise Driscoll)

We’ve got another installment of Dental Digital Marketing Discussions, bringing you insight from the best...

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06/15/2017 06:33 PM
Highlight the Human Side of Your Dental Practice on Social Media

Patients and fans follow your practice on social media not just for dental content, but...

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06/13/2017 06:25 PM
Ideas for Relevant, Engaging Social Media Content Are All Around You. Here’s How to Recognize Them

Social media is all about “what’s new.” Keeping an eye on trending topics, popular current...

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06/08/2017 09:38 PM
How Community Involvement Grows Your Dental Practice

Being a truly great dental practice isn’t just about treating patients — it’s about creating...

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06/30/2017 12:12 PM
We’ve Moved!
To the Loyal Readers of The Daily Grind, The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) unveils a bright new look at agd.org. As part of this new look, we’ve moved The Daily Grind onto agd.org, where you can now access all of your AGD news sources in one place. You also will find the tools and resources you’ve come to rely on, as well as new features and a fresh, modern look fit for our thriving
06/23/2017 11:39 AM
Online Dental Information: Marvel or Myth?
No doubt we’ve all used or heard the phrase, “I read it on the internet.” But what this exactly means is unknown, not to mention risky. I’m certain that countless health care providers hear it all the time from their patients and clients. I gather information from the internet, too. Is an internet search a good thing or bad thing? It may be both.  Naturally, being able to sort through the
06/15/2017 11:33 AM
Relationships Matter above Everything Else
As we know, dentistry has entered a new economic reality — a reality that is reshaping the way in which we do business, as part of an industry whose foundation is built upon the appreciation and realization that relationships matter, above everything else. Yes, everything! Stated another way, no longer are our clinical skills the differentiator between success and failure. Rather, it is the
06/06/2017 09:35 AM
Extinguishing Fires — Literally
“Doctor, the radio keeps turning off!” So began my morning. Little did I know that within the hour, an electrician, my dental equipment repair team and an electrician would be in my office. My staff also would be cancelling all of my appointments for the day.“Why does the radio keep turning off?” I asked. No one knew. “By the way,” I said, “who is smoking a cigarette in my office at 7:50 a.m.?
05/30/2017 09:25 AM
Sleep Apnea: Our Journey to Be Recognized as Physicians of the Oral Region
We dentists started as barber surgeons, with teeth as disposable as hair. The oral region was glossed over as unimportant by the medical community for thousands of years. A good friend of mine, a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist), admitted to me that his education stopped at the temporomandibular (TM) joints and anything beyond that was a total mystery to him. In my
05/22/2017 02:24 PM
What Do You Sell?
Today’s dental economy is rapidly changing, and the dentist owner is challenged to remain current in every facet of his or her business, both clinically and operationally. There is a continuous wave of new materials, techniques and technology inundating us, begging for our attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the arrival of discount dentistry, social media, poor dental insurance
05/15/2017 09:50 AM
Lend an Ear to a Fellow Dentist
It’s midweek, and you have a schedule that somehow just went way south. A staff member just informed you of a situation that will affect your schedule. An insurance claim denial waits on your desk to be appealed. Oh, and you just remembered you’re up for CPR renewal, and darn it, that model trimmer is still leaking. You know, it’s a typical day in our field. Needless to say, the drive home can
05/08/2017 11:55 AM
Cross-Train for Dental Success
Cross-training is a way of life for the modern athlete, and no one in Chicago’s professional sports scene more illustrates that than Jake Arrieta, pitcher for the World Champion Chicago Cubs. His training regimen received quite a bit of press over the past baseball season for being so multidimensional. Yoga, Pilates, Olympics-style weight training, visualization and sports psychology were all
05/05/2017 09:58 AM
Put on Your Thinking Caps!
One of the biggest struggles most dentists have is hiring the right people to be on their teams. For me, the ability to think through, understand and resolve tasks is a must-have trait for an applicant to be considered. I have found that the struggle is that people are not used to thinking anymore. The thinking-process concept is becoming obsolete.  In today’s younger generations, I feel that
05/01/2017 09:57 AM
Love What You Do
His name was Percy Faith. The eldest of eight children, born to Abraham and Minnie Faith in Toronto, he was a gifted violinist. Greatness was within him, and a vibrant future was his to command until one day he used his hands to put out a fire that was engulfing his youngest sister. She was badly burned and scarred, but he saved her life. Unfortunately, his hands were also badly burned and