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             The        Monthly     E- Journal Of  Dentistry                  Vol - I V    Number-  V I I I   January 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 :


Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.[3] The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, "needle", and pungere, "to prick". In Standard Chinese, acupuncture is called 针砭 (zhēnbiān), or a related word, 针灸 (zhēnjiǔ), which refers to acupuncture together with moxibustion.[4] According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture points are situated on meridians along which qi (a "life energy"), flows.

"For gum swelling and pain, moxa Tai Xi (Ki 3) 3 cones. Needle He Gu (LI 4) 4 fen and retain and twist for 3 minutes. Needle Jia Che (St 6) 3 fen and retain and twist for 2 minutes. Needle Nei Ting (St 44) 3 fen and retain and twist for 2 minutes" - said the famous Dr. Cheng Dan-an in his manual on acupunture written in the early part of 20th Century.

Dentistry and Acupunture off late has  gained a lot of importance especially after the concept of the holistic approach to dental treatment for a better treatment delivery . Further Dr. Cheng Dan-an mentioned in his manual .The spleen opens in the portal of the mouth. If the mouth is dry or if there is excessive oral thirst, this mostly pertains to spleen/stomach heat. If the mouth is clenched and does not open, this pertains to vacuity with evils taking advantage of this loophole and raiding the foot yang ming channel. treatment for dry, parched mouth, needle Chi Ze (Lu 5) 4 fen and retain and twist for 1 minute. Needle Qu Ze (Per 3) 3 fen and retain and twist for 1 minute. Needle Da Ling (Per 7) 3 fen and retain and twist for 2 minutes. Needle Er Jian (LI 2) 2 fen and retain and twist for half a minute. Prick both Shao Shang (Lu 11) and Shang Yang (LI 1) to exit blood. Needle Fu Liu (Ki 7) 3 fen and retain and twist for half a minute.

Dentistry is an art and science . I hope if we are well equipped with the various arts of treating dental ailments , we would be able to deliver better oral health care services  . Acting as an acupuncture needle , month after month to eliminate unknown ignorance and making your practice less painful is Dental follicle.

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News :

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Laughter - The Best Medicine :

Patient: Doctor, what does the X-ray of my head show?

Doctor: Absolutely nothing!







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.


Most dentists want a successful thriving and profitable dental practice. But we all know that there are not enough of them around. The problem lies in the fact that when you feel like things are going your way, suddenly you face difficulties of more than one nature. Suddenly the number of new patients entering your door reduces or patients fail to continue with your recommended treatment. Why?


The answer lies hidden in the way we interpret success. Most people think in the now, and inevitably they will achieve the revenue they desire – in the short term! However a truly successful practice must not only be generating short term increased revenues but also have established strategies for long term future growth. The reason for this is the false security we give ourselves when the going is good. We tell ourselves it will always be good and so we don’t plan for the “rainy” days. And these “rainy” days inevitably come.


The main purpose of any business whether it is a general dental practice, a cosmetic practice or a business in any other industry, is to create and keep a customer/patient. Only too often dentists are preoccupied with the basic functioning of a dental business, so much so that they forget to plan for their success. All functions of the practice should be designed to either create patients (i.e. new patient acquisition) or to keep patients (so they don’t take their custom elsewhere). Any other requirements, such as increasing revenues, will easily be met if the main purpose is obtained and secured. After all, if there are no patients “buying” dentistry, then there will be no practice to buy from. So if a dental business fails to attract and keep a sufficient number of customers, it will begin to experience losses and eventually die.


Dental Practice Outcomes:

The proper diagnostic approach to a malodor patient starts with a thorough questioning about the medical history. Asking about all the relevant pathologies for breath.

  • A practice remains stagnant and all other businesses within the industry take over. Consequential slow or rapid death of the business. Growing, growing gone!


  • The practice utilises definite strategies to grow the business because it is the desire of the leader to do so. Consequential optimisation and expansion of the business. Growing, growing, successful!


Fundamentals of Practice Growth

If you were to look at all the important functions within a dental practice that are necessary for the practice to survive, they can be concentrated down to four main aspects: 

  • Master Plan

This requires having a vision to be successful and setting yourself goals to acquire that vision. Without this strategy in place you may find yourself easily swayed from your mission and you may drift into oblivion. You need to know exactly where you are aiming, how you intend to get there and what kind of assistance you are going to need to reach your targets.

  • Management

It is vital to have a good management structure in place to motivate, organise and monitor your team to be able to achieve practice growth. This involves creating an excellent motivated and inspired team. 

Requirements of a great team:

-          To provide the best customer service to your patients.

-          To build relationships with your patients by listening and understanding their needs.

-          To understand all the facets of helping patients to decide to accept recommended treatment.

-          To assist in the functioning of the practice systems so that the business has maximum growth and optimal revenues. 

It can often be the intervention of a team member which could become the influencing stimulus for any patient to accept recommended dentistry. This is often because our team members are usually the first point of contact any patient has prior to experiencing how good a dentist you may be. In fact, it is extremely difficult for anyone to know exactly how good you are until after they have decided to go ahead with your recommendations. So patients use other information to help them decide if you are the right establishment for them.

That information often includes how good you make them feel whilst they are in your care i.e. how good your customer service is. And only your team can create that high level of customer satisfaction. 

Customer satisfaction means future custom and referrals of other patients to your practice who already know how good you are.  

  • Innovations

One major way of developing a growing thriving practice, is by the introduction of new innovations and breakthroughs. The dental world is continuously bringing out new technologies to benefit either the dentist or the patients.

 Any one of these technologies could be used to market your practice as a provider of the benefits of that technology. This will assist you in developing a unique selling advantage to other dentists in your locality. A simple idea would be to organise a cheese and wine evening to publicise the new technology or to have an article created for you in the local newspaper. 

Examples of these innovations include: laser technology; a new away of providing pain-free anaesthesia or a spa type environment with associated beauty treatments. The list is endless. All these innovations can be successfully marketed to help patients accept dentistry. This method can allow you to attract new patients or keep existing ones and generate increased revenues because you are seen to be different. 

  • Marketing

Marketing is a critical element in the success of any practice or business. No practice would be able to survive for long without a correct marketing agenda on how to accomplish the aims of a flourishing business. Successful marketing will attract new patients to your practice hence keep the life line of your business intact; and also it will maximise the treatment accepted by your existing patients, thus maximising your potential growth capacity. 

In order to optimise your ability to acquire new patients and maintain your existing ones, you need to set into place carefully worked out strategies and plans for both internal and external marketing media. 

Not only do you require a plan of action but also on how and when you will execute each step of the plan and thereafter you will need monitoring systems. Monitoring your plans is vital to provide you with information on whether something is working or not, so you can make better decisions.

Also you need to plan to make maximum use of your marketing budgets. This is so you can have the maximum exposure to your marketing message as possible using the correct mediums.  


If the above four areas were to be maximised and optimised to their full potential then it would not be difficult to ensure a successful growing dental practice. Most practices concentrate on linear growth and so only achieve improvements in certain areas. This will often be in an area which is the hot topic of the time or what everybody else in the industry is doing i.e. the most fashionable thing to do. This way a practice will only achieve marginal improvements over a short time period. Eventually, budgets may not allow for further growth in this area; you may have reached your full capacity to grow in that area or you will have expended so much energy that you will simply give up the notion. 

 For example, team motivation alone may not be sufficient for all your patients to go ahead with your recommended treatment. You need to work at all areas of your practice to become a flourishing business; this also includes personal development in continually acquiring knowledge. 

If these fundamental areas of business growth were to be divided into their corresponding subdivisions and worked down to their final systems, you will begin to understand the areas of your practice which either need improving or a change of strategy. This exercise alone will give you phenomenal insights into what you should do to obtain 3-dimensional growth. This type of growth allows you to explode your business in all dimensions.  


In order to achieve 3-dimensional growth you need to adopt a mindset of an entrepreneur as well as a scientist. Growth and development of a business is like that of life, it is a continuous and dynamic process. Those who understand this and action their desires will ultimately realise success. Remember good things come to those that plan for it. 


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VIDEO OF THE MONTH - CT Applications in Dentistry







Studies show regenerative power of dental stem cells and tissues

 Extraceted Deciduos teeth can be used to harvest stem cells , that could perhaps make a breakthrough in Dentistry. A Study was conducted by Dr. George Huang & team, Chair of Endodontics at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM).

“Our team found for the first team that we can reprogram dental stem cells into human embryonic-like cells called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which may be an unlimited source of cells for tissue regeneration,” Dr. Huang says

Using tissue engineering, researchers saw empty root canal space fill with pulp-like tissue with ample blood supplies. Dentin-like tissue regrew on the dentinal wall.This as we all know could be a breakthrough research


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!