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November 20, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall HealthPatient education

What your older patients are thinking about

by Kahaliah Richards

According to PBS’ newsletter to aging Americans, 5 things which cause your older patients ongoing concern are: declining memory increased loneliness and isolation big debts and little savings risk of illness death It seems to me that a successful dental

November 18, 2014 News Dental CareFluorideGeneral NewsKeeping you guessingMedical newsOverall Health

Why do we fluoridate water? Isn’t it dangerous?

by Kahaliah Richards

Fluoridation – the addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies to prevent dental caries – is one of great public health achievements of the 20th century. Fluoridation is also the inspiration for all manner of conspiracy theories, such as it

October 29, 2014 News Dental industryGeneral NewsInsuranceOverall Health

Taking a different perspective

by Kahaliah Richards

In a recent meeting with some dental benefit brokers and one insurance company, this thorny question came up: Can Canadian insurers and benefit consultants switch to making money from dental health rather than from making money from dental disease? In

October 23, 2014 News General NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

Why 60 is not the new 50!

by Kahaliah Richards

This intriguing statement recently appeared on the PBS newsletter for older Americans called Next Avenue. (I recommend you subscribe to Next Avenue to better understand  your aging community — it is free.) The article reported there are two different groups

October 16, 2014 News CancerMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

The New Test for Prostate Cancer

by Kahaliah Richards

I recently visited a great dental practice which is symptomatic of where much of Canadian dentistry is headed: most of the patients were over 60 many had root caries all, reportedly, had dental insurance even into retirement. both dentists were

October 10, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseMedical newsOverall Health

the Great American Wellness Experiment

by Kahaliah Richards

The saying goes “anything catching on in California, comes to Canada sooner or later”. That is just one reason we should pay attention to the Great American Wellness Experiment, most recently described by the Wall Street Journal. Let me summarize

October 7, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall HealthPreventive Dentistry

The “new” Drugstore

by Kahaliah Richards

Have you been watching how American drugstore chains like CVS and Walgreens are redefining themselves? They all want to be part of a healthcare network first rather than a convenient general store dispensing prescription medications. In Walgreens’ case, it is

September 30, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryInsuranceOverall HealthWellness

Wellness is coming soon to your neighbourhood

by Kahaliah Richards

Green Shield Canada announced recently that it was bringing the concept of wellness to Canada. According to this insurer’s announcement: “The company hopes to redefine the concept of wellness by utilizing analytics to target employee populations diagnosed with chronic disease

September 29, 2014 News AnatomyDental HygieneGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall Health

Extreme Exercise and oral Health

by Kahaliah Richards

Next time you avoid exercising just say you were doing it for the benefit of your oral health. Physical exercise is considered to be good for just about all elements of health and well being, however a recent study has

September 18, 2014 News Dental TeamGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall HealthTeam motivation

The Secret To High Performing Teams Revealed!

by Kahaliah Richards

Do you ever wonder why your team isn’t performing at the level you envisioned?  No matter what you do it seems as if there’s a missing piece to the ‘perfect team’ formula.  With each new hire you’re hopeful, but you

September 16, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall Health

Dental Tourism: An Untapped Revenue Opportunity

by Kahaliah Richards

According to Patients Beyond Borders, about 1.2 million Americans will travel abroad for health and dental care in 2014. Commonly called “dental tourism,” the news media is promoting how patients can save money on dental work done in Mexico and

September 12, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryOverall Health

showing Canada’s retirees that dental care is worth it

by Kahaliah Richards

A new employer survey reports that the days of Canada’s retired workers having a dental plan, are rapidly passing. More than half of Canada’s employers do not offer healthcare benefits (including a dental plan) to their retirees, and another third

September 5, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsImplantologyMedical newsOverall Health

Want to get fit? Then get your gums in shape!

by Kahaliah Richards

Imagine if you were an influential on the physical fitness of your patients. You can be. A new Brazilian study shows that younger men with gum disease (indicated by bleeding gums amongst other symptoms) were in much poorer shape than

August 21, 2014 News Customer serviceGeneral DentistryKeeping you guessingMedical newsOverall HealthResearchSystemic links

Ever wonder what dental services consumers search for? FAIR Health offers an analysis

by Kahaliah Richards

Prophylaxis. Root canal. Periodic evaluation, or porcelain/ceramic crowns. While these are basically part of a second language to dental professionals, consumers want to know more about what procedures are available to them, and how much these services are going to

August 19, 2014 News Dental practice transitionGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthPractice management

What has chronic kidney disease got to do with building my practice?

by Kahaliah Richards

Good question. As it turns out, just about everything. Let me tell you why. This week I posted on social media a study linking periodontal disease to chronic kidney disease. The response?  It is the first time our Facebook page

August 14, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsKeeping you guessingOverall HealthPediatric dentistry

Healthy Lunches For A New School Year

by Kahaliah Richards

Back to school for kids is always a nervous and exciting time for children and parents alike. What teacher will they get? Will their friends be in the in class with them? One often overlooked item is school lunch and

August 13, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

13 Characteristics of Patient Value

by Kahaliah Richards

 How do you rank? After decades of coaching thousands of dental practices in North America to be their best, via patient retention, new patient growth and case acceptance, I have created the following list of characteristics that patients value most,

August 7, 2014 News Dental CareDental HygieneGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

The new “3Ds” of dental care

by Kahaliah Richards

This past week I met with several dental teams and asked them about the “3 Ds” which now characterize their patient caseloads: Do you have diabetic patients? Do you have patients on diuretics? Do you have patients with a dry

August 6, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall Health

Loose Tooth Makes Philly Kids Smile Highlighting National Need For Dental Checks

by Kahaliah Richards

1 in 5 low-income kids go without needed dental care; Pennsylvania receives a “D” for how it’s addressing this need (worse than 41 other states) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMYXaTZOkTo&list=UUsyy8lzxdKTUwK_CMs3dN7g Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Gentle Dental offices and their tooth mascot, Sir Floss A Lot,

August 6, 2014 News General DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall Health

sleeping pills

by Kahaliah Richards

A recent article in the NY Times talked about weaning older patients off of nightly regimens of sleeping pills. Why “de-prescribe” these medications (benzodiazepines) such as Ativan, Ambien, Halcion, Lunesta and Valium? There are many good reasons but one which