FANTASTIC NEWS FOR DENTISTS WORLDWIDE!

Now finally you have a source to BUY and SELL dental equipment and dental practices in an ONLINE AUCTION.
YOU control the price.
Watch this one minute video to see how easy this works for you.
Streaming auctions, all going simultaneously.
 
 

An Operatory in a fully equipped modern available Los Angeles Dental Office

Buyers who attend auctions via Live Auction Cinemacast receive instantaneous audio and color video directly from the auction floor, providing them with the same setting as if they were actually at the auction location. Dealers follow the bidding on their display and can submit bids instantaneously.

Online bidders can interact with the auctioneer. The auctioneer can see a display that instantly lets him or her know when an online bid is submitted.

The FLU season is here. INNOCULATE NOW!

The flu season usually runs from November through March. Some years, cases continue into April and May. For the last 25 years, the heaviest flu activity has occurred in February.

Each year in the United States, on average, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu. More than 250,000 people require hospitalization while about 36,000 die.

Influenza viruses can cause disease among people of any age, but rates of infection are highest among children. Serious illness and death are highest among persons ages 65 or older, and children ages 2 and younger. People of any age with certain medical conditions (e.g., congestive heart failure, asthma, diabetes), or who live in some type of long-term care facility are at risk for serious complications.

There are two types of influenza vaccine. The trivalent inactivated (killed) influenza vaccine, or TIV, may be used on any person age 6 months or older. This flu shot, an injection into muscle, usually is in the upper arm. The other is a live, attenuated (weakened) influenza vaccine, or LAIV, which is sprayed into the nostrils.

For most people, vaccination will prevent serious influenza-related illnesses. Vaccination will not prevent “flu-like” illnesses caused by other viruses. It takes two weeks for protection to develop after vaccination. So, vaccine that is given early in the flu season will provide a longer period of protection. Influenza vaccines can reduce infection in 70 to 90 percent of healthy adults under the age of 65.
  
Experts agree that hand-washing can help prevent viral infections, including ordinary influenza and the swine flu virus. Also not touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands helps to prevent the flu.Influenza can spread in coughs or sneezes, but an increasing body of evidence shows small droplets containing the virus can linger on tabletops, telephones and other surfaces and be transferred via the fingers to the eyes, nose or mouth.
 
In all cases, please consult with your physician to determine which vaccine will be best suited for you.
 

TAX DEDUCTION NEWS ALERT!

Use the Section 179 deduction to decrease your 2011 tax payments and increase cash for your other needs!

Acquire capital Dental equipment in 2011, and you are most likely able to deduct up to $500,000! Capital leases qualify for a tax deduction for the year they are placed in service.

EFFECTIVE UNTIL DECEMBER 31st

If you intend to purchase real property or equipment, you can take advantage of this huge saving before the end of the year.

Here’s the summary:

Section 179 allows a taxpayer to elect to deduct the cost of certain types of property on their income taxes as an expense, rather than requiring the cost of the property to be capitalized and depreciated. This property is generally limited to tangible, depreciable, personal property which is acquired by purchase for use in the active conduct of a trade or business. Buildings were not eligible for section 179 deductions prior to the passage of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010; however, now qualified real property may be deducted.

Depreciable property that is not eligible for a section 179 deduction is still deductible over a number of years through depreciation according to sections 167 and 168. The 179 election is NOT mandatory, and the eligible property may be depreciated according to sections 167 and 168 if preferable for tax reasons. Further, the 179 election may be made only for the year the equipment is placed in use and is waived if not taken for that year.
 

The § 179 election is subject to three important limitations:

First, there is a dollar limitation. Under section 179(b)(1), the maximum deduction a taxpayer may elect to take in a year is $500,000.It is scheduled to stay at this amount for tax years beginning in 2010 and 2011.

Second, § 179(b)(2) requires taxpayers who place more than $2,000,000 worth of section 179 property into service during a single taxable year to reduce, dollar for dollar, their § 179 deduction by the amount exceeding the $2,000,000 threshold.

Finally, § 179(b)(3) provides that a taxpayer’s § 179 deduction for any taxable year may not exceed the taxpayer’s aggregate income from the active conduct of trade or business by the taxpayer for that year If, for example, the taxpayer’s net trade or business income from active conduct of trade or business was $72,500 in 2011, then the taxpayer’s § 179 deduction cannot exceed $72,500 for 2011. However, the § 179 deduction not allowed for any year because of this limitation can be carried over to the next year.

 
Here’s an example of tax saving from an equipment purchase :
 

This information provides general guidance. This is not financial tax advice. Consult your tax advisor for individual circumstances.

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How long is it safe to keep the turkey in the fridge after the Thanksgiving dinner?

Here’s a complete safety guide for thousands of foods and beverages. You can keep this on your computer desktop and refer to it daily.
 
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Dentists and Hygienists- STOP CLEANING TEETH!

We are doing our patients a major disservice by continuing to refer to a therapeutic disease control program as a “cleaning”. By using that term we are under-rating the importance of the service and encouraging the patient to consider their disease as something to be not too concerned about. Nowhere in the dental codes 4355, 4341, 4342, 4910, will you find the word “cleaning“.

Gingivitis and bacteria

 Some practices use the phrase “deep scaling”. Where in the wide world of Ste. Apalonia (Patron Saint of Dentistry) did that misleading phrase come from? A scaling, which is a component of hygiene therapy, is either thorough (deep) or inadequate. I prefer to call the therapeutic disease control program Comprehensive (or Conservative) Periodontal TherapyCPT.
 
The American Dental Association reports now that 75% of the US population has some degree of Periodontal Disease, and still many dentists fail to bring it to their patients’ attention. You also need to ask yourself what patients really expect. When YOU go to a medical professional, don’t you expect to hear what is best for YOUR health? That is exactly what your patients expect.
When a patient leaves home for a dental appointment, he/she has brushed and flossed their teeth and in their mind their teeth are CLEAN! Why would they pay a registered health care professional to professionally “clean” their teeth when they have already done so.
In order to change our patients’ attitudes about dental hygiene we need to use the right language. It is a dental hygiene appointment, it is a hygiene therapy appointment, or supportive periodontal hygiene therapy. It is a Comprehensive (or Conservative) Periodontal Therapy CPT. It’s not just a “cleaning“. It is an important part of the patient’s health and healing and it’s essential to educate the patient on the oral health link with systemic health. Help your patients to value the hygiene appointment.
 
Ten years ago the concept of the oral-systemic connection was absolutely foreign to the healthcare community. Today, however, most people are aware of the obvious connection; the media are paying more and more attention, and the intellectual public is searching the web. It is our responsibility to spread the word- the correct word.
 

It is well documented that the same bacteria (primarily spirochetes) that harbor in the gums and are responsible for PD, are directly related to heart disease, strokes, lung disease, kidney failure, and premature underweight births. The bottom line is that EVERYONE must be agressive in the early discovery and treatment of PD- and it’s especially true for a systemically compromised person. A health history interview with every new patient (and “recall”) is essential.
Recent research has also shown a connection to Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Monitoring and Maintenance of Dental Implants

Here is a brilliant paper on Monitoring and Maintenance of Dental Implants.
 
Dr. Boris Pulec, Dean of Students at Toronto College of Dental Hygiene, presents an essential reading for Dentists, Hygienists, and implant patients, in a comprehensive, understandable format, with excellent illustrations.
 
 
 
 
 
“As more and more patients are opting for dental implant treatment, it is essential that both the general dentist and hygienist understand how to properly monitor and maintain the health of the peri-implant tissue. Natural teeth and dental implants differ not only in surrounding anatomy, but also in surrounding disease; the traits of which require a keen awareness to distinguish.”
 

NEW FINDINGS: Periodontal Spirochetes definitively linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

For several years dentists have been making the public aware of the connection between Periodontal (gum) Disease and many other systemic diseases. It is well documented that the same bacteria (primarily spirochetes) that harbor in the gums and are directly related to heart disease, strokes, lung disease, kidney failure, and premature underweight births.

 
After all this time, insurance companies still have little regard for the treatment of periodontal disease, which we know is the main cause of tooth loss, a major contributor to the many systemic diseases, and recently connected to Altzheimer’s Disease. The inadquate coverage by most insurance companies discourages patients from accepting essential periodontal services.
 
Here is a lengthy and technical report from The Journal of Neuroinflammation, August 2011, which is well documented: “Alzheimer’s disease – a neurospirochetosis.”
 FOR A QUICK SUMMARY CONCLUSION SEE: Periodontal pathogen spirochetes (p 3)
 
Spirochete under magnification by phase microscope.
 
 
The association of spirochetes with Alzheimer’s disease.
The frequency of spirochetes is significantly higher in the brains of
Alzheimer patients compared to controls. The statistical analysis is
based on the cumulative data of the literature entered in the table
The association is statistically significant in the four groups analyzed:
in the group where all types of spirochetes were detected using
neutral techniques (All spirochetes), in the group of oral periodontal
pathogen spirochetes (Oral spirochetes
), in the group where Borrelia
burgdorferi was detected alone (B. burgdorferi) and in the group
where all studies were considered (All studies).
 
FOR A QUICK SUMMARY CONCLUSION SEE : Periodontal pathogen spirochetes (pg 3)
The American Dental Association reports that over 85% of the adult population has some degree of Periodontal Disease. A complete “Perio Exam” can be performed by a Dentist or Hygienist.

CELEBRATE VETERANS’ DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY!

 

Live web-cams for the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty

 

On October 28th, as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

At 8:45 a.m. there was a Naturalization Ceremony, which honored the millions of U.S. immigrants who were first welcomed to America by Lady Liberty.

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. Click on this link to look and listen:

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

I wish I could have been there. When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.
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The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.
 
On Friday 11/11/11 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.
 
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GOT BAD BREATH?

There are many identified causes of halitosis. This article will deal with the oral causes and what you can do to manage them.  

 
1 Tongue
The most common location for mouth-related halitosis is the tongue. Large quantities of naturally occurring bacteria are often found on the posterior of the tongue where they are undisturbed by normal activity. This part of the tongue is relatively dry and poorly cleansed, and bacterial populations can thrive on remnants of food deposits and postnasal drip.
 
2 Mouth
Other parts of the mouth may also contribute to the overall odor, but are not as common as the back of the tongue. These locations are, in order of descending prevalence: food-impaction areas in between the teeth,  faulty dental work, abscesses, and unclean dentures. Oral based lesions caused by viral infections like Herpes Simplex and HPV may also contribute to bad breath.
 
3 Gum Disease
Gum Disease is a major cause of a bad taste in the mouth and bad breath, and this can happen so gradually that you may not be aware of the odor. Removal of the subgingival calculus (i.e. tartar or hard plaque) and dead tissue has been shown to improve mouth odor considerably. This is accomplished by “deep scaling” and root planing and irrigation.
 

Management

Chronic halitosis is not well understood by most physicians and dentists, so effective treatment is not always easy to find. The following strategies may be suggested:

  1. Gently cleaning the tongue surface twice daily is the most effective way to keep bad breath in control. Methods used to counter bad breath, such as mints, mouth sprays, mouthwash or gum, may only temporarily mask the odors created by the bacteria on the tongue. They cannot cure bad breath because they do not remove the source of the bad breath. Effective ways to clean the tongue would be to use a tongue scraper or a toothbrush.
  2. Eating a healthy breakfast with rough foods helps clean the very back of the tongue.
  3. Chewing gum: Since dry-mouth can increase bacterial buildup and cause or worsen bad breath, chewing sugarless gum can help with the production of saliva, which washes away oral bacteria, has antibacterial properties and promotes mechanical activity which helps cleanse the mouth.
  4. Gargling right before bedtime with an effective mouthwash. Mouthwashes may contain active ingredients that are inactivated by the soap present in most toothpastes. Thus it is recommended to refrain from using mouthwash directly after toothbrushing with paste.
  5. Maintaining proper oral hygiene, including daily tongue cleaning, brushing, flossing, and periodic visits to dentists. Flossing is particularly important in removing rotting food debris and bacterial plaque from between the teeth, especially at the gumline. Dentures should be properly cleaned and soaked overnight in antibacterial solution (unless otherwise advised by your dentist).
  6. Probiotic treatments, have been shown suppress malodor bacteria growth.
  7. Smoking Smoking’s contributions to bad breath include dry mouth and gum disease, and it can also increase your risk of oral and sinus infections.
Protect your dental and general health and avoid these sources of bad breath with regular visits to your dentist.

 

Here are the most prevalent sources of halitosis:
Some one quarter of the patients seeking professional advice on bad breath suffer from a highly exaggerated concern of having bad breath, known as halitophobia, delusional halitosis, These patients are sure that they have bad breath, although many have not asked anyone for an objective opinion. Halitophobia may severely affect the lives of some 0.5–1.0% of the adult population.