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August 20, 2015 News Dental CareGeneral NewsOverall HealthPreventive Dentistry

Diabetes, hypertension and the need for more preventive dental care

by Kahaliah Richards

As many as 1 in 4 older Canadians are diabetic, or in danger of this chronic disease. Likewise, more than 1 in 4 older Canadians have high blood pressure. The overlap of these conditions is common and makes for a

August 4, 2015 News General DentistryGeneral NewsManagementOverall HealthPractice management

Dental spending is a significant to Canadian employers

by Kahaliah Richards

Recently, I reviewed the spending on healthcare benefits by a mid-sized Canadian employer. In particular, I looked at the dental plan and the drug plan. Here is what I found: dental spending grew by 12% over the past year at

July 23, 2015 News Community Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall Health

The BIG issue: Affordability

by Kahaliah Richards

A recent survey of American adults found that 1 in 4 did not purchase needed dental care last year, because they couldn’t afford this service. Dentistry was, amongst all healthcare services, the least affordable (see chart).   And this was

July 22, 2015 News General NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

Predicting who will get sick — just what the patients want

by Kahaliah Richards

American insurers are now using sophisticated computer algorithms to predict who, amongst their clients, will require early re-admission to hospital or who will have difficulties with their diabetes. For those who are predicted to get sick (again), the insurers offer

July 14, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental CareGeneral NewsOverall HealthWellness

Presciption for us ALL!!

by Kahaliah Richards

This may be habit forming … I have to share the prescription I received last week from my medical doctor upon completion of my annual physical examination. My doctor stated that he was going prescribe a rare and unique script

June 10, 2015 News Dental CareDental TraumaGeneral DentistryKeeping you guessingOverall Health

Dental care in the Emergency Department

by Kahaliah Richards

Treatment of acute dental problems in the Emergency Department of hospitals has been growing relentlessly in Canada and the US for several years. A new study in Health Affairs shows that dental visits are impacted by government coverage of dental

May 26, 2015 News Dental HygieneGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthPatient ManagementTechnology

Tesla and what we know as a “cavity”

by Kahaliah Richards

Have you been following what Tesla (Elon Musk) is doing to electricity markets with its new Powerwall battery for your garage? This new technology promises to disrupt the source, distribution and use of electrical power and give the household new

May 4, 2015 News Overall HealthSocial mediaSocial networkingWebsites

Invest 10 Minutes a Day for your Twitter Account

by Kahaliah Richards

As a busy dentist, it can be very challenging for you to find time to manage your social media networks effectively. The easier way may be to delegate the task to a professional social media management firm or hire an

April 28, 2015 News Continuing EducationGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall Health

Medical schools are rebooting for the 21st century — what about dental schools?

by Kahaliah Richards

I am always amazed when I visit the U of T dental school that the biggest room ever is dedicated to drilling and filling. Seemingly hundreds of chairs over which are bent hundreds of dental students practicing their techniques on

April 23, 2015 News Chronic DiseaseDecay assessment and preventionDental CareGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall Health

Looking for Parkinson’s and dental decay sooner

by Kahaliah Richards

A new study found that Parkinson’s patients have up to 10 times more untreated decay than a healthy peer. And they live in the community on average for 15 years before being institutionalized. So, most every dental team has a

March 31, 2015 News Community outreachDental CareDental HygieneDental industryGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsHealth screeningsMedical newsOverall HealthPublic Relations - Patient CareWellness

Where You Read – Dr. Daniel Lee

by Kahaliah Richards

Attached are 2 photos of our recent annual trip in January 2015 to Quesada, Guatemala. This is part of an official Canadian charity (12+ yrs going) called Health Outreach (founded by Dr. Tim Lee, Mississauga), where the volunteers (dentists and

March 25, 2015 News Community Dental CareCommunity outreachDental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall Health

My community’s struggle to access dental care

by Kahaliah Richards

My community newspaper recently featured a story about an overload of patients visiting a non-profit community dental clinic. The irony of this story is that most dentists in my community have fewer and fewer recall patients. Most want and need

March 17, 2015 News General DentistryGeneral NewsKeeping you guessingMedical newsOverall Health

Oral Health Group at IDS 2015

by Kahaliah Richards

Oral Health Group had the opportunity to participate in the US Pavilion at IDS 2015 which took place in Cologne, Germany. Be sure to look out for the next IDS – the 37th International Dental Show – is scheduled to take place

March 17, 2015 News Dental CareGeneral NewsOverall HealthSocial mediaSocial NetworkingSocial networking

Delivering an optimized mobile experience

by Kahaliah Richards
February 17, 2015 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

Dental wellness or else!

by Kahaliah Richards

American companies are getting tough on disease. Increasingly, they incent their employees to participate in wellness programs by connecting healthy behavior to lower cost healthcare insurance. In some cases, poor health behavior leads to increased premiums. They are following the

February 12, 2015 News General NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

Taking a page from the shingles vaccine

by Kahaliah Richards

The shingles vaccine provides a good model for a new kind of dental care which is emerging to better serve an older, more knowledgeable and sicker population. The shingles vaccine is indicated for those at high risk of this acute

February 9, 2015 News ClinicalDental CareDental HygieneGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall Health

Will OHIP pay for hygiene services?

by Kahaliah Richards

Recently, I received a petition by nurses and hygienists which argued for OHIP payment for hygiene services. It seems the petition was started by nurses who were frustrated with the growing demands of ER patients experiencing dental problems. So, what

February 4, 2015 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsManagementOffice ManagementOverall HealthPatient ManagementPractice management

STOP the Cancellations While you Sleep!

by Kahaliah Richards

Supporting and Enforcing Your Cancellation Policy..  One the quickest and easiest way to begin supporting your Cancellation Policy is to STOP accepting appointment changes and cancellations to be left with your service or on your voice message service! Many patients

January 12, 2015 News Computer softwareDental CareGeneral NewsOverall HealthTechnology

Is your Dental Practice Ready for Digital Transformation?

by Kahaliah Richards

A majority of large, medium and small organizations as well as professional practices have recognized the importance of digital transformation to stay ahead in the information age. It is time to take a close look at your dental marketing approach

January 9, 2015 News Cosmetic DentistryDental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall Health

Top Smile Trends for 2015 Revealed

by Kahaliah Richards

Some trend predictions for smiles and cosmetic dentistry according to Dr. Harvey Silverman, creator of the EasySmile LifeLike Veneer System, an innovative, non-invasive new method for achieving better smiles. According to Dr. Harvey Silverman– Top Smile Enhancement Trends predicted for