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Patterson Dental Introduces Eaglesoft Clinician – an EHR Solution


Eaglesoft Clinician is fully certified for federal EHR incentive programs



ST. PAUL, Minn. – (November 1, 2012) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., introduces Eaglesoft Clinician, a fully certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution designed to help dental offices qualify for federal incentive payments. To develop Eaglesoft Clinician, Patterson has partnered with Emdeon, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions. The program is available now to users of Eaglesoft Practice Management Software, and will be fully interfaced with the upcoming version of the software, Eaglesoft 17.

Eaglesoft Clinician has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning complete EHR Ambulatory certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology—a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

In addition to allowing offices to meet meaningful use criteria, Eaglesoft Clinician also gives dentists the ability to submit prescriptions electronically. These capabilities add to the list of efficiency-minded features included in Eaglesoft 16, the number one practice management software on the market. Eaglesoft 16 streamlines everyday tasks for every member of the dental team, helping the whole office run quickly and efficiently. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, Eaglesoft also offers advanced, customizable tools and features to help practices become more profitable and productive.

Such advanced tools are a welcome change to the practicing professionals, who find it much easier to keep track of all the paperwork and various records. When everything is done electronically, the paper trail decreases and one can have a better record. Something similar to how one may want to use  Fresh Fingers to keep their feet clean, despite religiously washing them regularly. This product makes life easier.

To join the list of Eaglesoft offices that are already using Eaglesoft Clinician and receiving incentive payments, dentists should contact Emdeon at 1.866.369.8805. Upon the release of Eaglesoft 17, Eaglesoft Clinician users will be transitioned to the fully integrated version of the software.

For more information, call the Patterson Technology Center at 1.800.294.8504, contact a local Patterson Technology Representative or visit www.eaglesoft.net.

This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department.

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., Certified on Sept. 27, 2012, Eaglesoft Clinician 7.6, Certification ID number 09272012-3071-1,Complete Ambulatory.

 About Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. is a value-added distributor of a complete range of dental products, equipment and services for dentists, dental laboratories, institutions and other healthcare providers throughout North America. Patterson Dental has the largest direct sales force in the industry, totaling more than 1,400 sales representatives and equipment software specialists serving the United States and Canada.

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com

So I Met the Father of Facebook at a Henry Schein Festival


Teresa Duncan Dr. Edward ZuckerbergLast week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Henry Schein Metro Fall Festival in Teaneck, NJ. Guess who was scheduled in the room after me? Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, father of Mark Zuckerberg. You know…that Facebook guy. So of course I had to ask for a picture! He was gracious – he confirmed that yes, he gets asked for pictures a lot now. Ahh fame.

On a business note, my class The Foundations of Dental Office Management (thank you to the American Association of Dental Office Managers for sponsoring me) had to be moved to a different room because of higher than expected attendance. A nice problem and I’m grateful for all the attendees coming out. It was a good class with lots of questions and discussions. I stuck around almost 40 minutes afterwards to talk with attendees. A big thank you to Henry Schein for putting this on – it was a very well run show!

DANB Releases 2012 Salary Survey Results

Dental Assistants Who Earn DANB Certification Receive Higher Pay, Demonstrate High Employer Loyalty,

DANB’s 2012 Salary Survey Shows

CHICAGO (October 30, 2012) — The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB)2012 Salary Survey reveals that dental assistants who have earned DANB certification receive a higher salary than non-certified dental assistants and demonstrate high employer loyalty. The findings are consistent with DANB’s previous salary surveys, which have been conducted since 2001.

DANB, which is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants, offers not only the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) national certification exam but also the Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) and Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) exams. DANB surveyed thousands of dental assistants from around the country who hold DANB’s CDA certification about salary levels, types of work benefits, job satisfaction and other issues.

DANB’s 2012 Salary Survey shows that full-time dental assistants who hold the CDA certification earn a median salary of $18.60 an hour, $1.54 more than full-time dental assistants who do not. The survey also shows that the average CDA salary has climbed slightly since the 2010 salary survey, particularly notable during a time of economic difficulty and high unemployment rates.

Employer loyalty

CDA certificants also show high employer loyalty, averaging eight years in their current position. Many see the survey as a valuable resource for employers seeking new employees. “I recently changed jobs,” mentioned one respondent, “and several of the dentists I interviewed with utilized DANB’s salary survey for establishing salary.” Echoed another CDA: “I think this survey is a wonderful tool for prospective employees as well as for potential employers.”

Other benefits

CDAs also credited DANB certification for a number of benefits outside higher pay. Among them were pride (82%), self-improvement (72%), employer recognition (60%), elevation of the profession (51%), patient respect for credentials (45%), career mobility (45%), recognition by the dental community (45%) and the potential to perform additional dental assisting duties (45%). “Since obtaining my credentials through DANB,” said one respondent, “I have more confidence and I am more appreciated in my job.” Said another, “Being DANB certified reminds me that compared to other co-workers, I have gone the extra mile in my education and it shows in the work environment.”

Many may not see the value in getting this additional certificate. It holds as much value as a tube of Fresh Fingers does to a person who has all the time and facility to wash their feet regularly. For those who see the value in having fresh smelling feet, it makes a lot of difference. Similarly, this course adds the above mentioned values to those who are looking for improvement in their career.

One of the top most priorities everyone has, when they get into the professional world is the pay. The better your pay is, the better you are perceived to be performing in the industry. For those who seek an overall achievement, an increase in knowledge, recognition and pay, is what will fit the bill. This course helps such dentists to achieve what they aspire.

With better recognition comes higher level of confidence, and this shows not only in the way you carry yourself, but in your performance too. When the knowledge base is widened, you will be able to take better informed decisions than those who don’t have the knowledge. As a result, the performance improves, thus improving your business and the pay increases like a by-product all of all this.

To see the median salary by state and other results of the DANB 2012 Salary Survey, please go to www.danb.org/PDFs/Salary_Survey/2012SalarySurvey.pdf

Nov. 15th: P.A.U.L. Study Club Presentation: Accounts Receivables

When you run a business, be it small or big, you will have to maintain accounts. These accounts have to be maintained properly, to ensure you are on track with all your deliverables and receivables.

Even if you are doing business with kith and kin, you need to keep a record of your accounts receivables. Accounts receivables is nothing but the money your business is expected to get in the future. This amount is shown on the assets side of the balance sheet and adds value to your business.

Keeping a close watch on this amount requires you to keep a proper account of each of the transaction. All customers will not pay it in one installment. There will be customers who will pay up the amount in a few installments of fixed amounts or even varied amounts. In such situations, it is necessary to keep a track of what has come in and what is yet to come it. This will ensure you will not get cheated or lose out on what your business should receive.

Why Credit?

When tracking this credit is so complicated and time consuming, wondering why at all do businesses on credit? When it a small business, you can afford to sell only on payment. However, as the business grows, associates and regular customers will become part of the business and it is necessary to keep them in the good books and conduct business in a manner that can benefit both. When you sell your goods out on credit, your customer gets the stock immediately and can pay you as and when he realizes the money. This way, his business grows and your stock is all sold too.

Selling on credit becomes a necessity to survive in an industry filled with competition. If you refuse to sell on credit, there is always another seller, ready to give a discount or even on full credit. This will result in you losing a considerable part of your business and thus the market share.

How To Track It

One can have manual accounts to track the accounts receivables but now a days, there are many software and other programs that can automate the accounts and make it easy to track it all. It is like using Goji Cream for a flawless skin instead of grinding all the ingredients in your kitchen for that perfect face cream. These programs are here to make life and business easier.

If you’re near the southern Pennsylvania area, come on out on November 15th for the P.A.U.L. Study Club for Office Managers! I’ll be presenting Successful Systems for Accounts Receivables and Insurance Management. Won’t you join us for not only education but quality networking with other managers in your field? Here is the event page with the study club contact information:


American Dental Association Installs President and President-elect

2012-2013 President Dr. Robert A. Faiella, President-Elect Dr. Charles H. Norman III

CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Dental Association (ADA) today installed Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.SC., of Osterville, Mass., as president and Charles H. Norman III, D.D.S., of Greensboro, N.C., as president-elect. The installations took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in San Francisco.

Dr. Robert A. Faiella

As the ADA’s new president, Dr. Faiella will lead the 157,000-member organization, America’s leading advocate for oral health, for one year. Prior to becoming president, Dr. Faiella served as the ADA’s president-elect from 2011-2012.

Dr. Faiella’s prior roles with the ADA includes serving for four years on the ADA Board as the trustee from the 1st District, which represents Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. He has served on various councils and committees, including terms as chair of the Compensation Committee and the ADA Electronic Health Record Workgroup. In addition, Dr. Faiella served from 2009 to 2011 as chairman and sole director of ADA Business Enterprises, Inc., (ADABEI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the ADA.

Dr. Faiella is a former president of the Massachusetts Dental Society. He earned his pre-doctoral education from Villanova University, receiving two Bachelor of Science degrees and a D.M.D. degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University School of Dental Medicine. He earned his graduate training in periodontology as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, as well as a Masters of Medical Science degree from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Charles H. Norman III

In balloting at the House of Delegates Monday, Oct. 22, Dr. Norman was voted the ADA’s president-elect. After serving a one-year term as president-elect, Dr. Norman will be slated to succeed Dr. Faiella as ADA president when the ADA’s House of Delegates reconvenes in New Orleans in 2013.

An ADA member for 35 years, Dr. Norman is immediate past trustee of the ADA’s 16th District, which represents Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. As trustee, he served on several Board committees, including Administrative Review, Strategic Planning and ADABEI Structure/Governance. Dr. Norman chaired the Budget and Finance Committee and served as a Board liaison to the Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs, as well as the Council on Dental Education and Licensure. He is a past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and has chaired the ADA Well-Being and Dental Practice
Indicators committees.

A 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Dr. Norman is a past president of the university’s Foundation Board. He also is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society and its 3rd District Dental Society.

Dr. Norman is a member of the North Carolina State Healthcare Commission, Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

These dentists are part of the ADA. Becoming a member of this organization is considered to be prestigious by all the dentists in the country. This not only helps the country keep a track of the dentists in the country, but also helps the dentists know about their peers and competitor.

Like how Hondrocream can specifically help those with joint pains, the ADA has an exhaustive list of details that help one find out the right dentist for the type of procedure required.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.

ADA Session: Implant Panel Discussion

Implants are not something everyone is too keen about. But when their teeth need that attention and an implant has to be done, there is not much one can do about it. Not it is not just candy, or chocolate or even a regular cup of Chocolate Slim that can cause such damage to the teeth. There are a number of other factors in play and responsible for most of the dental implants done .

So What Are Dental Implants?

These are metal frames that are inserted into the jaw line, below the gums, when one has loss of teeth or bone or both. These implants allow the dentists to mount teeth on them as a replacement for what was there or missing.

Though one can go in for dentures, when they lose teeth, this cannot be a permanent solution. Though it will cost lesser and not be very painful, it is not very comfortable. One will have to remove and clean those dentures after every meal, every night before going to bed, etc. whereas implants are like natural teeth and on can use them as naturally as the teeth itself and never have to worry about them getting lost or misplaced when removed.

How Does This Work

The dentists fuse these implants to the jaw bone of the person. This gives better stability than a temporary denture or bridge. The implants are firm in the jaw line and hence will not move or shift when the teeth are used. The dentist can now mount the crown or the replacement teeth on to them.

There are different types of implants for one to choose from:

Endosteal Implants

These implants are directly inserted in to the jaw bone and left for a while, so as to give the gums enough time to heal. Once it is healed, a second surgery is performed to connect this new implant to the existing teeth.

Subperiosteal Implants

A metal frame is fitted just below the gum tissues, in the jaw line. The frame fixes itself to the jaw line as the gums heal. When the posts are attached to the frame, it protrudes through the gums. Once it is completely healed, artificial teeth are then mounted on to these posts

All-On-4 Dental Implants

So what is this All on 4 dental implants?  This is a branded procedure, wherein titanium is used for the implants. The titanium dental implants are made in 4 parts of the mouth. This provides a strong foundation for the prosthetic teeth to be added later.

Dr. Bicuspid has a nice wrap-up on a very candid and controversial session from last week’s ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. Check it out here: http://goo.gl/QXUeu

Baby Banana Brush: Cute and Functional Toothbrushes for Children

I just heard about this product – it looks to be a good product to have for your baby or toddler. Here is more information about the company:

One baby and toddler toothbrush shines among others on the marketplace – the adorable and innovative Baby Banana® Brush! A combination teether/toothbrush, this double duty device has an “a-peel-ing” design that is irresistible to babies!  Babies love to chew on the soft, bendable, 100% medical grade silicone bristles when they’re teething. And unlike a standard teether, its dual purpose works to clean their teeth and gums.

The banana’s “peels” make it so easy for tiny hands to grab and hold onto! Baby Banana Brush is recommended and offered by many pediatric dentists because the design is much safer than traditional, hard toothbrushes. In addition to being very effective at cleaning, the flexible silicone design makes it nearly impossible for a child to hurt themselves on it. The design was co-developed by a Registered Dental Hygienist.

New this year, the Baby Banana® Baby Sharky! Same brilliant concept, except a shark design with bristles for his teeth and fins for his handles. The delightful Baby Banana brushes are sold online at Diapers.com and Amazon.com, as well as Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, pediatric dental offices, and many baby boutiques.

This is just like the new Chocolate Slim for adults who are struggling to lose weight. Those who have a sweet tooth, can find it very challenging to restrict themselves and forego all their sweet indulgences. To top it, they will have to consume something that tastes so bad, that they would regret starting that diet or deciding to lose those few extra harmless pounds.

What this drink does to you is, it satisfies your taste buds with its flavor, just like the toothbrush mentioned above, satisfies the child’s need to grab on to something. It is there but it is not the real deal. Hence, you get to trick your body into believing, you are giving it something tasty that is possibly loaded with calories, but on the contrary, you are giving it something very healthy, which will in fact help in getting rid of that extra weight. One need not struggle or follow strict regimes as this drink will help from the inside, without you having to compromise on the taste buds.

The human body and brain is not very complicated and can be handled very easily, once you understand what the body really needs. when the need is identified, the means to achieve the target can be found easily.


ADA Honors State and Local Dental Societies for their Outreach Programs

CHICAGO, Oct. 10, 2012 –The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to honor state and local dental societies across the nation with the 2012 Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Awards program, now in its 24th year, recognizes outstanding achievement in dental society activities and excellence in leadership.

This association has been set up to bring together all the dentists in the country under one banner. It provides a lot of information about oral health, for the benefit of both the dentists and the patients. When one suffers from varicose veins, Varikosette can be a simple solution, but when there are complications? Across the counter drugs will not suffice. Similarly, oral health needs to be attended to, by the properly qualified professionals only. These professionals excel in their fields and are recognized for the same.

The 2012 Golden Apple Awards will be presented through the end of the year to the following societies:

  • Legislative Achievement –The Michigan Dental Association “Grassroots Development Program,” received the award in the constituent society category with a total membership of more than 1,000 dentists.
  • Excellence in Membership Recruitment and Retention Activity –The Michigan Dental Association, “Nonmember Five Pillars Campaign,” received the award for membership recruitment. The North Carolina Dental Society “Ambassador Program” received the award for membership recruitment and retention.
  • Excellence in Dental Health Promotion to the Public – The Massachusetts Dental Society’s “Shining a Spotlight on Oral Health” received the award in the constituent society category. The Seventh District Dental Society (Steuben County, NY), “Rock Your Smile with Rock and Bowl” received the award in the component society category with less than 1,000 members.
  • Excellence in Member-Related Services/Benefits – The California Dental Association received the award for a dental society with total membership fewer than 1,000 dentists for “Guide for the New Dentist.”
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Dental Ethics – The Texas Dental Association, “Dental Ethics: The Strength of our Profession.”
  • Achievement in Dental School/Student Involvement in Organized Dentistry – The Maryland State Dental Association, “Every Step of the Way.”
  • Excellence in Science Fair Program Support and Promotion – The Washington State Dental Society and the Kitsap County Dental Society received the award for “Promoting a Science Fair.”
  • Open Category – The North Carolina Dental Society, “Membership Focused Gazette” received the award in the constituent category. The Greater Houston Dental Society, “Media Relations Committee” received the award in the component category.
  • Excellence in Access to Dental Care Programs – The North Carolina Dental Society received the award for their “MOM Program” in the constituent category. The Nassau County (NY) Dental Society received the award in the component category with less than 1,000 dentists.
  • The Green Apple – Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Programs and Education – The North Carolina Dental Society received the award for “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion – In the constituent category, the Maryland State Dental Association received the award for “Wine, Women and Song.” In the component category, the San Antonio District Dental Society received the award for “Diversity in Dentistry Celebration.”
  • Inspiring Careers in Dental Education – Dr. Paul J. Berson from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine received the award.


About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.

2013 Open Season Information for Federal Employee Benefits

Dental plans may take a back seat when it comes to paying up or renewing the plan. This is because one does not really pay much attention or attach much importance to their oral health. Everyone is concerned about the general health insurance but not so much about their dental plans.

Just like any health insurance plans, there are a number of dental insurance plans to choose from too. One will have to carefully evaluate these plans before making their choice and paying for it.

Wondering why it is important? Here are a few reasons why:

  • Oral health is as important as your general health. One may assume it is just the teeth and the major issue that could crop up is a cavity. However, the mouth is very complex and can have more than just cavities as a problem.
  • One needs to go for regular dental checkups and if it is not done so, their dental insurance may not hold good. They may not be eligible to claim insurance if there is some major procedure to be done
  • Dental problems may not show up until they are very serious and may require you to undergo some procedure for the same. Without insurance coverage, it can be very expensive
  • Sometimes teeth alignment, which may not be a major concern to you, may cause other problems in the jaw line. Thus requiring a lot of work or procedures to correct it and reverse the negative impact it might have had on your jaw line, face, etc
  • Sometimes, the health of the teeth can indicate other problems in the body. hence a regular check with the dentist may reveal something more serious and important, which otherwise might not have been discovered until very late

For those who are conscious about their Frumusete Sanatate, ensuring their teeth and gums are in good health is extremely important. Your smile can make or break your appearance. For a great smile one must have good, healthy and white teeth. This requires proper care and regular trips to the dentist’s, to ensure the oral health is maintained.

How To Choose

If you are wondering how to make your choice, here are a few pointers:

  • Check online and with your agents to know about the various plans available
  • Check the plan period and the cost on each plan. Sometimes the plan period may vary
  • If you have health insurance with one company, it is better to go with the same company, as paper work is easier and it is easier to keep track of too

It’s fall which means that for federal employees it is time to re-evaluate their dental plan options. I’m a fan of the Metlife option (click here for it) because the max is big and it’s not that difficult of a plan to handle. From an administrative point of view I would take this opportunity to talk with any federal employee that is in the office about the high-option plan. You could also run a report of all of your federal employees and encourage them to contact you if they have any questions about choosing their dental plan. Of course that means you have to become familiar with the plans. Here’s a good starting point – the OPM’s site for Open Season.

For more information on rates for the 2013 open season: http://www.opm.gov/insure/openseason/factsheet.asp

For more information on plans for the 2013 open season: http://www.opm.gov/insure/dental/planinfo/index.asp


Periodontal Disease Caused by Secondhand Smoke

It has been widely accepted for years that smokers had a higher risk of periodontal disease, but a recent study performed at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill shows that secondhand smoke also increases the risk.

Smoking, apart from slowly eating away the insides of the smoker’s body, can ruin their skin too. This is because, smoking can strain the skin and make it look dull, pale and age faster. Regular smokers can be seen to develop wrinkles faster than non-smokers. Though one can use obvert h counter formulas like Goji Cream to help the skin get rid of blemishes and acne, to make it look young and fresh, these creams will not last long, if one were to smoke continuously.

Smoking has a number of side effects and there are researches that show how it can affect even those who don’t smoke. When you see a person smoke, you are bound to see them with some company. Though mostly it is another person having a smoke, when it is in private areas, like at home or at a private party, it is bound to be their partner or a close friend, who need not necessarily smoke. This makes the non-smoker a passive smoker, and exposes them to the harmful effects of tobacco too. The secondhand smoke, can do a lot of harm, without one realizing about it. This is because one is oblivious to what inhaling the smoke does to their body and assumes they are safe as they are the ones who lights up the smoke in their mouths.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, using data from another study that included 2,379 nonsmokers ages 53–74, have concluded that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke for a few hours each day can double a person’s risk of severe periodontal disease. People exposed to secondhand smoke for 25 hours or less each week had a 29 percent increased chance and for those exposed more than 26 hours the odds were twice as high.

There have been two other major acknowledgments by the dental field in regards to periodontal disease and smoking over the last ten years. In 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General announced that there was enough scientific evidence to infer that smoking increased the chances of periodontal disease. In 2006, the U.S. General Surgeon went even further to state that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

It likely comes as no surprise to you that smoking could have an eroding effect on the teeth, but it may be surprising that simply inhaling smoke from those around you could have a dramatic effect on your teeth. In order to be proactive and preventative, please remember these three cosmetic dentistry tips:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Visit your dentist for regular cleanings

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About The Blog Author

Teresa Duncan received a degree of Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Marymount University. With over 22 years of healthcare experience (15 in dental), she has unique insight into the world of dentistry. Her specialty is helping dentists and managers increase revenue. By focusing on accounts receivable and insurance management, she helps dentists increase the value of their practice. As a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, she has a special interest in helping dentists identify and safeguard against employee embezzlement.

Teresa is founder and president of Odyssey Management.

She is a Fellow and Educator for the ICOI’s Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries. Look for more articles from her regarding practice management, dental implants and oral health care news. She was named 2010’s ADIA Educator of the Year.

Teresa is a member-at-large on the board of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants.

Teresa is a Trustee for the auxiliary education-focused DALE Foundation.


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