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             The        Monthly     E- Journal Of  Dentistry                  Vol - I V    Number-  I X  Feberuary 2010

In this Issue:

  • Editorial

  • News

  • DentistryUnited  Ranks  2   on GOOGLE

  • Laughter - The best Medicine

  • Growing…….Growing…….Gone!!!

  • Video Of The Month - CT Applications in Dentistry

  • Studies show regenerative power of dental stem cells and tissues

  • Cure for the tooth ache - Royal Gazatte & NewFoundland Adverise - Feb 14 1811                                     


Editorial :



Unlike my last editorial on Acupunture and Dentistry , this month is a brief out about acupunture and our own dentistry. Acupunture is defined as Acupressure (a blend of "acupuncture" and "pressure") is a complementary medicine technique derived from acupuncture. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices.

Dentistry and acupunture has again been of a wonderfukl relationship in china.Acupressure uses points along the acupuncture meridians. These are channels along which energy flows, according to Chinese medical theory. By pressing on these points, you can affect the balance of this energy which, in turn, effects all the systems of the body.


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News :

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Birds of a Feather Huddle Together

By Dr.Bhavna Doshi. BDS (Lon).


Dr Bhavna Doshi is an international lecturer, who has worked extensively with the National Media including Extreme Makeover UK.  She is the CEO of Dental WEALTH Builder, which primarily focuses on Practice Productivity, Cost-Effective Marketing and Growth Strategies.


You’ve probably noticed how birds of a feather in the wild tend to flock together. They migrate at the same time and have similar characteristics in their daily activities. They do this to keep warm, for protection and they experience safety in numbers. Now before you start wondering what this has to do with dentistry, let me tell you many similar characteristics should be found within our practices. We should be fostering the same unity and togetherness in our teams.

Huddle for Productivity.

We call our staff a “team”, but how far have we gone to make it perform like a true team? Regular team meetings or “huddles” are a way of producing uncommon results. The kind of results which will lead to satisfied healthy patients, productive happy staff and allow you to generate the kind of revenues you desire.

There are certain advantages which can be enjoyed by the entire practice if we understand what we are trying to achieve:

• Huddling together on a regular basis ensures that we communicate regularly. This may sound bizarre, but how often do you get the opportunity within a hectic working day to mention small points which, may not bother anyone else but are important to any one individual in the team? Just think how detrimental it can be if that small point escalates to a greater concern. One unhappy team member is enough to place cracks in an otherwise cohesive team.

• Regular meetings can maintain team spirit on an all time high. It makes sure we are keeping the spirit of our practices alive. Think how football teams or Olympic athletes spur each other on to success. I’m not saying we adopt the Mexican wave, but we need spirit!! This is a vital element of any practice to bring about success through a cohesive high spirited team. It forms the real essence of a team – not just a random terminology!

• In any meeting of any nature, we will all agree that two heads are better than one. Especially if the end goal is the same. In the same manner, if all team meetings ensure that everyone gets to voice an opinion, an idea or some level of contribution, then you will be able to establish a truly effective meeting. In fact this is one of the many ways of ensuring your team feel appreciated and valued. They will feel they have some part to play in the success of the practice. It will help to develop responsibility and ownership of their role in the practice. This factor in team motivation lies above financial rewards. This is because once the financial rewards stop, so does the positive behaviour!!

• Team meetings or regular “huddles” fosters connection. It also outlines is a particular team member does not form part of that connection. In which case, it might be necessary for that team member to seek a different path in life from that of your team.

In order to make team meeting the most effective, they should ideally occur on a regular basis. However, some dentists may think once a month is enough. They are incorrect. In order to keep the meetings effective, they must occur daily. Effective communication can only occur with daily, weekly and monthly meetings. This way you and your team will have a great pulse on your practice. Any barriers or obstacles will be rectified immediately, producing a highly effective result for you. Otherwise, things will get left to the bottom of the pile, as a low priority job. And we all know what happens to those jobs…………….

What should be involved at huddle times?

Morning Meetings:

- These set the pace for the day. It ensures that you and your team will have a good smooth day.
- You can iron out any problems; situations which have not worked the way you want them to.
- Understand if any patients have treatment that has been recommended but not booked into your diary for the procedure. Highlight these patients and plan to talk to them about it.
- Make sure you are all feeling good and that there are no problems which may affect anyone’s performance.
- Plan who is going to be where and at what times.
- Highlight patients with any outstanding payments.
- Highlight any spaces and availabilities in your appointment diaries. You all need to plan to fill these spaces in advance.
- Discuss who you will be requesting referrals from.
- Discuss who you will be requesting testimonials from.
- Talk about personality matches.
- Provide a better understanding of the day for everyone. It will allow you to engineer the appointment diary better for productivity.

Evening Meetings:

- How effective was the day?
- Sort out any problems immediately.
- Prepare for the next day.
- Keep team spirit high.

Weekly Meetings:

- Discuss how to improve customer service.
- Understand your targets and goals.
- Plan for the following two weeks.
- Role playing for various situations.
- Team training.

Monthly Meetings:

- Understand our targets. Where you are now and where you want to get to? Discuss how you are going to achieve this.
- Engineer diary for productivity and less stressful working days.
- Themed pre-planned meetings on various aspects of dentistry.
- Marketing agendas. How your team can help?
- Team Training.

These meetings can be done to whatever level you would like to. Usually the daily meetings are no longer than 30 minutes. However, it is advisable to have longer weekly and monthly meetings.

These huddles will really help your practice to become a single unity and true teamwork will prevail. It allows you to truly direct the practice towards your vision of success. And you can do this with the help of every member of your team.

True leadership can nurture an effective, stable and productive team. Well thought-out and structured team meetings are tools you can use to facilitate your leadership. It is advisable to rotate the person in charge of and moderating the meeting. This encourages real responsibility.

Tips to effective meetings:

1. Plan in advance. Design your meetings before they occur.
2. Set up a reward system whereby a team member has the opportunity to “win” something. It will create a greater willingness to participate in practice activities.
3. Start off slow try weekly meetings first. Then upgrade to incorporate daily meetings.
4. Give everyone an opportunity to name a theme or to denote the type of training needed. Remember team participation is critical.
5. Start on time, end on time. No excuses!
6. Regularly review effectiveness of meetings and whether they should be altered in any way.
7. Remember you want peak performance from every single team member.
8. Your team should be told why a particular topic is important to the development of the practice. Otherwise, they will not be able to understand why you want something done in a particular way.
9. Always have time for your team.

Your mission is to create like minded individuals which are leaders in their own right. These “mini” leaders can then be lead effectively by you to greater heights. This is the secret of successful practices.


What kind of flock are you nurturing – a scrappy “couldn’t be bothered” breed or a sophisticated, highly defined and strategic alliance of team spirit? It is all dependent upon your leadership and what you want from your business.

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VIDEO OF THE MONTH - CT Applications in Dentistry






Setting the Record Straight on Dental Amalgams

The author's characterization of dental amalgam is factually inaccurate. Dental amalgam, made by combining elemental mercury with other metals such as silver, copper and tin, has been used effectively by dentists to fill cavities for more than a century. Dental amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested restorative material among all those in use.

After reviewing hundreds of scientific studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2009 decided not to place any restriction on the use of dental amalgam and categorized dental amalgam as a class II medical device. This designation places dental amalgam in the same class as gold and tooth-colored composite dental fillings. In addition, the FDA noted that clinical studies have not established a causal link between dental amalgam and adverse health effects in adults and children age six and older.

Many other U.S. and international scientific and health bodies such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have stated that based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence, dental amalgam is a safe, durable and effective cavity-filling material. In its 2009 review of the scientific literature on amalgam safety, the ADA's Council on Scientific Affairs reaffirmed that the scientific evidence continues to support amalgam as a valuable, viable and safe choice for dental patients. In addition, because dental amalgam sets quickly, it can be the best filling material for some children and people with special needs to limit their treatment time, thereby avoiding the need for anesthesia.

The author skews the conclusions of published scientific research in order to make his headline appear credible, but the fact is the story is grossly inaccurate. The ADA is a science-based organization. The facts culled from years of scientific research, coupled with the FDA's recent decision, underscore what the ADA has long supported -- dental amalgam is a safe and effective dental filling material.

The ADA encourages patients to talk to their dentists about the treatment options so they can make educated decisions regarding their dental care.

Cure .For The Tooth, .Ache.

Royal Gazette And Newfoundland Advertise... - Feb 14, 1811

The Above is from the archieves of dentistry. Do read above what was the treatment for tooth pain. Was it something that we advise to our patients not to have!!! Science takes "U" turns!