Top 10 articles on DentistryIQ in May 2014

May 29, 2014
The top 10 articles posted on in May 2014.


Title: MERS CoV and Dentistry
Author: Noel Kelsch, RDHAP
Date posted: May 20

Kelsch is the “Infection Control” columnist for RDH magazine. She wrote this article within a week or so of the news about health-care workers returning from the Middle East with the respiratory disease. She reminds dental professionals of precautions to take with patients who present with a respiratory disease.

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Title: I’m being embezzled? It can’t be her, she’s my best dental practice employee!
Author: David Harris
Date posted: May 21

The author, a licensed private investigator, outlines “embezzlement-like behaviors” that dental employers should watch for. Yeah, one of those is the employee who is reluctant to take a vacation. Who doesn’t want to ever take a vacation?

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Title: Need a job? Send a postcard
Author: Doug and Tracie Perry
Date posted: May 21

Doug, the husband, describes how direct mail postcards helped Tracie, his wife, find a job in a competitive dental hygiene job market. For minimal expense, the postcards paid for themselves as she found employment.

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Title: Director's Message: What do you say to 'Insurance won’t cover that'?
Author: Kristine Hodsdon, RDH
Date posted: May 21

Hodsdon believes the scripts for keeping patients focused on needed treatment lead to a disconnect. Communication, of course, is needed, but each practitioner must develop a method for being sincere while explaining what the patient needs.

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Title: 21st century workplace skills for the dental assistant
Author: Lori Paschall, CDA
Dated posted: May 14

Paschall, the 2013-2014 president of the American Dental Assistants Association, offered her insights on the workplace skills needed by today’s dental assistant. No, she’s not talking about the training sessions at school. She is, for example, advocating interpersonal communication skills and being able to deliver a presentation.

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Title: Why HSAs are the ultimate tax-saving device for dentists
Author: The McGill Advisory
Date posted: May 9

The John K. McGill & Company, Inc., which has collaborated with Dental Economics on numerous tax articles over the years, offered an explanation of why health savings accounts remain a viable option, even with the advent of Obamacare. The article explained, “Funds that are not used to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses (deductible, copayments, etc.) can be invested in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, growing and compounding tax-free.”

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Title: Ready to push that dental assisting chair aside?
Author: April Sluiter, EFDA
Date posted: May 13

The author, who “retired” from dental assisting by starting a training course for sales reps on how dental procedures are performed, offers suggestions for those assistants wanting to expand beyond chairside.

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Title: CAD/CAM – The end for dental labs or a new beginning?
Author: John Battersby
Date posted: May 6

The author followed up April’s IDEM meeting in Singapore with observations about a track for dental technicians at the conference. Will technology render dental labs obsolete? The consensus is that, while a minority of dentists will invest in the technology, most will not, even among the younger generation who are already familiar with computing restoration designs.

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Title: Feeling good about the decision to become a dental hygienist
Author: Mark Hartley
Date posted: May 2

A survey hosted by RDH eVillage asked dental hygienists about their satisfaction with the decision for their career choice. The “slide show” appearing with the article reveals sentiments from several generations of hygienists.

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Title: Hygiene Speedometer: 94 minutes for a visit and what services you would add, part 3
Author: Kristine Hodsdon, RDH
Date posted: May 20

Hodsdon wrapped up a three-part series about how much time is spend on each aspect of a dental hygiene appointment. Hygienists cram a lot of services into the time allotted for each patient.

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