IS SOMETHING IMPORTANT MISSING FROM YOUR N.P. EXAM?

Does your New Patient exam include a Sleep Apnea screening? 
-Patients are realizing how a blockage of oxygen to the brain, caused by nocturnal 
apnoeic events, can influence systemic damage. 
-Sleep Apnea is connected to strokes, cardiac arrest, diabetes and dementia.  
-The public asks their dentists for help- most dentists are unprepared. 
-Less than 4% of practicing dentists are trained and qualified to screen and treat 
the over 40 million victims of Sleep Apnea. 
-One of the next three patients that walk thru your doors is a Sleep Apnea victim. 
-Are you prepared to help them? 
1-29-13  SNORINGDentists are in the first line of discovery and defense of many systemic diseases. 
We are often the first ones to discover sleep apnea, diabetes and oral cancer. 
These serious conditions lare all too frequently under-diagnosed. 
New tools and techniques are now available for dental professionals to be able to 
do far more as comprehensive caregivers for their patients. An interdisciplinary 
approach, enabling conferencing and sharing of information between patients' 
full medical teams will provide the most reliable diagnosis and optimal treatment.
Dr. Jeff Horowitz has a unique perspective on Dental Sleep Medicine and 
will share ideas from his own successful dental practice

Learn Dental Sleep Medicine with 16 CE credits. 

Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd in Miami, Fla., at the Sclar Center.  
In beautiful South Miami, Florida, the Sclar Center is just 20 minutes from 
Miami International Airport by car or taxi. It is easily accessible by all major airlines.  
After enjoying the Dental Sleep Medicine seminar, you can also take advantage 
of Miami's excellent recreational activities and dining options.
4-23-14 SCLAR

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge to confidently return to your practice and immediately begin implementing new screening and treatment protocols.


In this 2 day seminar Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz presents a Dental Sleep protocol from A to Z, including Medical Insurance billing- Codes, Fees and Procedures.1-21-13 LOGO DENTAL PROS SHARING

Review the course outline and register here:

http://sleepgroupsolutions.com/2.0/modules/piCal/index.php?action=View&event_id=0000003047

Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz

5-16-13 JEFF HOROWITZ

Dr Horowitz has dedicated himself to continuing education, earning fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry, Mentorship status at the prestigious Kois Center for Advanced Dental Studies, and fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Horowitz is also a member of the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Are you providing a Comprehensive Exam?

 

 

Question: How do you fill a dental schedule hole caused by a last minute cancelation?

2-9-12 FIT YOU IN
Situation: The scheduling coordinator comes into the office on a Monday morning and hears messages on the answering service that the 2nd patient in the AM and the 2nd patient after lunch have canceled. What can she do to fill those openings?
6-10-12 MONEY PIT
 
 
 
Answers?

CELEBRATE VETERANS’ DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY!

Live web-cams from the Statue of Liberty

On October 28th, 2011, 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.
 
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 Sunday, 11/11/12 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.

CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY! Live web-cams- NYC and DC

On October 28th, 2011, 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.

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night, 24/7, starting now.

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 Monday June 28th, 2012 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.
 
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You can also watch the Memorial Day parade on Capitol Hill Mall – Monday June 28th, 2012 (This day only) by live web-cam:  http://www.myworldwebcams.com/memorial/washington_parade.html

BUILD A SOLID DENTAL PRACTICE THRU RECIPROCAL REFERRALS

 

The “Reciprocal Referral” is an effective method to build a strong referral-based dental practice, and the opportunities are always right in front of your eyes. Many of your patients have businesses or services that you can use either personally or in the dental office.
I have seen exceptional networking returns by a dentist who purchases a weekly delivery of fresh flowers for his Reception Room. (The Florist and husband are loyal patients and they consistently refer many of their own customers.)
 
Another dentist “thanked” a referring patient who is an IT specialist by having him set up an office computer system in 5 operatories, private office and business office. That patient referred nine additional families over the next six months.
 
Some other examples of Referral Acknowledgement by Reciprocating that have produced well for my clients were with a plumber, a commercial printing company, a realtor, and even with an attorney. In all these cases, both the doctor and the referrer were exceedingly pleased with the results of their networking.
 
“Scratching each others’ backs.” 
 
You are quite familiar with the phrase “A referral is a compliment from a patient or a friend.” That compliment can’t be ignored. When someone thinks enough of you to refer one of their family or trusted friends, ignoring their kindness would be taken as an insult, while acknowledging their referral will encourage more referrals. It seems simple, but many dentists, surprisingly, just can’t figure out what to do.
 
Do you or a team member make calls, send cards, flowers, gifts, movie tickets, dinner certificates, or something even more creative? Or truthfully, are you taking the referrals for granted?
 
 
In your next TEAM meeting, mastermind a Program of Acknowledgements. What is one referral worth to your practice? How would you thank a patient, friend, or associate who refers 5 patients? What about 10 referrals? Create your “program”. Make it part of your written Office Policy.
 
And who are the patients- tomorrow- that you can initiate into your Reciprocal Referral Program?
 
 
 

New concerns related to PERIODONTAL DISEASE- Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Colon Cancer

Now add Altzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, and Colon Cancer to the connection between Periodontal (gum) Disease and many other systemic diseases.

It is well documented that the same bacteria that harbor in the gums are directly related to heart disease, strokes, lung disease, kidney failure, and premature underweight births.   We have been aware of systemic relationships for a long time and have been warning our patients of the necessity to have healthy gingivae (gums).

 
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, Diabetes, and Colon Cancer. The inadequate coverage by most insurance companies discourages patients from accepting essential periodontal services.
 
Here are some documentation regarding recent findings:
 

1. Alzheimer’s disease 

 A report from The Journal of Neuroinflammation, August 2011, which is well documented: “Alzheimer’s disease – a neurospirochetosis.” http://www.jneuroinflammation.com/content/pdf/1742-2094-8-90.pdf

FOR A QUICK SUMMARY CONCLUSION SEE THE FOLLOWING:
  
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.”
 
Spirochete under magnification by phase microscope.
 
 

 

 

2. Diabetes

A recent study conducted by scientists from New York University found that oral blood samples drawn from pockets of periodontal inflammation can be used to measure hemoglobin A1c, a marker for diabetes.

“In light of these findings, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct an initial diabetes screening – an important first step in identifying those patients who need further testing to determine their diabetes status,” said the study’s principal investigator, Shiela Strauss, M.D.

Strauss added that there is an urgent need for more opportunities where people can get screened for diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 8 percent of the population has the disease, and 79 million people are pre-diabetic, meaning that if they continue with their current lifestyle habits then they will most likely develop the condition.

 
3. Colon Cancer

During Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, James Bramson, D.D.S., chief dental officer for United Concordia Dental, emphasizes the role good oral health may play in good colon health. “A recent study of 35,000 people in England revealed that the bacteria responsible for gum disease could be a ‘pre-curser’ for the development of colon cancer,” said Dr. Bramson. “While more research is needed to determine the extent of any association between the two, the research suggests the bacteria could play a role.”

In a recent study, researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute in America found unusually high amounts of the bacteria associated with periodontal disease in nine colorectal tumor samples.

 
 
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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. Discover the Disease early and be able to treat it more CONSERVATIVELY.
 

HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY – A little diversion.

An Irishman, an Englishman and a Scotsman go into a pub. Each orders a pint of Guinness. Just as the bartender hands them over, three flies buzz down and land — one, two, three — in each of the pints.

 Beer GlassThe Englishman looks disgusted, pushes his pint away and demands another… the Scotsman picks out the fly, shrugs, and takes a long swallow.

 The Irishman reaches into the glass, grabs the fly between his fingers and shakes him as hard as he can, shouting, “Spit it out, ya’ stinkin’ lout! Spit it out!”

Thank your Dental Assistant this week!

From the American Dental Association news.

It’s that time of year to thank the assistants who help your practice succeed.

Dental offices throughout the world will celebrate Dental Assistants Recognition Week March 4–10.    The theme for this year’s event is “Key to Productivity: The Professional Dental Assistant.

 Each year, dentists take a week to honor dental assistants for their role on the dental team, recognizing their broad spectrum of duties and highlighting their often unheralded contribution to quality dental care. The American Dental Assistants Association, American Dental Association, Canadian Dental Assistants Association and Canadian Dental Association jointly recognize the observance. Dental assistant associations, dental assisting schools, and U.S. Army and Air Force dental clinics all join dental offices in honoring dental assistants during this designated week.

“Dental assistants are valued members of the dental team. The role of assistants has become even more important in recent years with the advent of expanded functions,” said Dr. Mark Zust, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. “More than ever, assistants achieve professional growth by studying and receiving advanced training. Dentists delegate more procedures and assistants take pride in their accomplishments.”

Dental assistants will celebrate their contributions to the profession by participating in educational and charity events and other team activities. Dentists typically show their respect for dental assistants’ diverse contributions to the dental profession and the public by providing perks such as luncheons, flowers or treats.

“Dental assistants show their value by providing everything from supportive procedures to direct patient care through expanded functions, which boosts productivity. The assistant provides a valuable connection with the patient; it is often the assistant that the patient turns to when they have questions, the assistant who explains the finances and the assistant who keeps the patient calm during treatment,” said Claudia Pohl, president of the American Dental Assistants Association.