Entries in the Category "Dental School"

What will dentistry do?

I'm deeply saddened by the story of Deamonte Driver. This poor child, suffered from an abscess, didn't get treatment, and died from it. The finger is being pointed [squarely] at the dental profession, and I have serious doubts that we can solve this on our own. The ADA has issued a response, which addresses the major problem..."We need state and federal public officials to stop shortchanging dental programs, which costs all of us heavily in the long run"... aka - insurance and access to care. The Driver family didn't have any. That is the reason they waited to get treatment. Had they been covered, it wasn't easy to get to a dentist that would accept medicaid. It was one hurdle after another for this family.

We have all seen what has happened to medicine thanks to insurance companies. Preferred Provider Plans, and HMO's have all but destroyed private medical care. I am thankful that the ADA is so strong, and I have confidence that we as dentists will have the ability to guide our state and national leaders to a solution. This tragedy is all too common, and the access to care needs to be improved in our country. If everyone makes a small effort, we can solve this big problem, together.

I am not planning on accepting insurance when I start practicing. Why? Because I don't want to be told how much my services are worth. We have spent a lot of money on our education, we have worked hard to develop our talents, and we deserve to be paid a fee reflective of that. I don't want to be regulated, and I don't want my patients care to be compromised because their insurance company won't pay.

What will my part be in the solution? I'm not sure yet. I see myself taking one day every other week, and spending it at a "free clinic". I could also see myself doing some work pro-bono, or taking "mission trips" to underserved areas. I do think it is important to do something, anything, to help those who don't have access to care. If we don't find a solution as dentists, then someone else will, and we might not like it.


Lexi-Comp Lunch and Learn

Lexi-Comp gave a great lunch and learn today. They passed around all of their reference library, giving us dental students a chance to see what they were about.
I am already familiar with the PDA version of the drug data-base that Lexi-Comp produces specificaly for the dental profession. It has come in handy so many times already [and I'm not even in the clinic full time yet]. So, I didn't come wanting to purchase anything...

I did anyway, though, because I was impressed with their "Illustrated Handbook of Clinical Dentistry". Designed for dental students, and written by Dr. Richard Lehman, a former perio resident at Harvard [who passed away before the book was published]. Some of the money made from the sales of this book are donated to his foundation, so it's a good cause as well. The pricetag is a bit hefty on a dental student's budget at $45. However, they are pretty good about discounts when you buy more than one title, or if they visit your school [they gave a copy of "Your Roadmap to Financial Interity in Dental Practice" if you purchased any title today].

I posted a picture of the cover, as well as a sample page. The print is easy to read, and all of the information is nice and condensed. I think it will serve me well even before I enter the dental clinic...


ortho impressions 2

ortho impressions 2
ortho impressions 2,
originally uploaded by Balaze.
We took alginate impressions in ortho today. Enough said.

...and the bass player asks, "Are there any good dental blogs?"

Since I've committed to writing a blog, I thought I would look at what else is out there. I wanted to find out who else was writing, and what topics they were writing about. So I did a simple search, and grabbed the top 10 pages or so. Based on the relevance of recent entries, the design, and the quality of writing, here are some of the best, and worst dental blogs on the net.

OK. Here's what I found [these are in no particular order].

Dental Blogs.com
Edited by Tom Hedge, this site is, " a real-time, interactive web site about the world of dentistry made possible by a calloborative effort by the greatest minds in dentistry today."

With over 15 different authors, this blog touches [on the first page] on topics from HDTVs, soft tissue lasers, the economics of a digi-pan, new milling machines, and the mid-winter meeting. Articles are short and to the point, well written, and designed for you to "take it or leave it" depending on your interests. I look forward to checking out the rest of their archives.

The Digital Dentist
Written by Dr. Lorne Lavine, the Digital Dentist offers opinions, advice, and information about the latest trends/gadgets/technology in dentistry. Very easy to read, and embedded links make it quick to see what Dr. Lavine is talking about. Excellent resource.

Dr. Chris Kammer's blog
This is what happens when good intentions go so, so, wrong. The articles are not bad [there's only 2 that I could find]. Geared more for the general population, [from what I can tell. only 2 articles, remember] this blog hasn't been updated since 12/05. Thumbs way down, Dr. Kammer.

Dr. Thomas O'Neil
This is a great example of what a blog can be when associated with your practice's website. Directed to patients, and regarding topics relevant to patient education and services offered. The information is relevant, but it is also used as a sales-pitch. Dr. O'Neil very clearly states the negatives of amalgam, and the positives of composite [in school, we were taught positives and negatives of both]. Also, there are no links to any research articles, or references. Overall, the bolg/website is well written and the layout is good. I'm not a big fan of the website design, but I'm less of a fan of not citing where you found your information.

Brookside Dental
This blog is also linked to a dental practice website. Dr Patricia Pauley DDS, Dr Cynthia Pauley DDS and Dr Carrie Magnuson DDS provide information regarding their practice and, like Dr. O'Neil, services offered as well as general topics in dentistry and patient education. I prefer the layout of this site to the one listed above. It is easy to read, and I feel the opinions/information offered are balanced and reflect current trends in dentistry. Nice site.

Tooth Booth Dental blog
Canadian alert. I like this site. Easy to read from a patients perspective, relevant to professionals, and concise enough to read quickly or skim to find topics that interest you. Dr. Hans Skariah posts [based on the first page] regarding current topics in dentistry and dental health websites. Most of these posts are, "Hey, check this out," types, which save me time looking for these things myself. He also has a habit of citing the articles he gets his information from.

My Dental Complaint
Not a dentist. Not an expert. Though, he does cite faculty at dental schools, and the ADA, Mr. Kowalsky runs a business helping people find dental insurance. Insurance companies have not solved our health care problems, or improved the quality of care recieved, and I don't expect them to do the same for dentistry.

Blue Harmony
This blog is written by another dental student, Ping, at NSU. The layout is hard to read, and the topics are along the daily diary vein. She is consistanty posting, and I can relate to many of her dental school stories [minus the car wrecks and manicures].

Dr. Bob's blog
Dr. Bob has posted an article. It's well done though, I like the writing and the site design. But, he's only posted once.

Dr. Kenneth Mogell's blog
Dr. Mogell has a blog linked to his practice website. Just in case you forgot what blog you were reading, he places his banner at the begining of every entry. Every single post. I think that the blog is well written, like the other dentists above [with the blog linked to the practice] it's designed for patients. He provides information regarding how he can improve your headaches, how periodontal disease might be linked to pancreatic cancer as well as the move into his new office. All in all, a nice site.

If there are any others that I should have mentioned, let me know.