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May 12, 2020 Feature Dental HygieneOverall HealthWellness

A Selfcare Survival Guide for Busy Dental Professionals

by Uche Odiatu, DMD; Mahsa Bakhshandeh, RDH

Many of us only think of getting fit and healthy to look good for college reunions or to rebound after the failure of a relationship (the proverbial “revenge body”). It’s beyond just looking good; it’s about creating a body that

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November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneHygienistsOverall HealthWellness

7 Career Boosting Reasons To Being Healthy & Fit

by Uche Odiatu, DMD; Mahsa Bakhshandeh, RDH

Forget trying to lose weight for the next selfie on Instagram – get healthy and fit to boost productivity and mental clarity. You see being physically fit has major physiological benefits that go far beyond fitting into your skinny jeans.

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October 31, 2019 Feature Dental StudentsNew dentistsNew gradsOral HealthOverall HealthWellness

Seven Lessons To Create Balance For The New Graduate

by Uche Odiatu, DMD; Mahsa Bakhshandeh, RDH

The new dental hygiene graduate is filled with enthusiasm and the promise of the future but their path can be full of landmines if they do not have life balance. This article was designed to provide support for a busy

May 18, 2016 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryMedical newsWellnessWomen in dentistry

Will You Help Us?

by Kahaliah Richards

After 30 years in the Dental Community, as a Dental Speaker lecturing in North America and internationally, I retired in 2015. Following my wonderful career, I wanted to give back and volunteer with women. Good Shepherd offered me the opportunity to donate my

February 10, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseDental industryInsuranceOverall HealthWellness

Giving Back is the New Normal in Dentistry

by Kahaliah Richards

The easiest and most effective way to highlight your commitment to oral health… Last week, we discussed that the future growth of the hygiene department is based on the foundational truth that oral health is the gateway to overall body

August 13, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental CareDental industryGeneral NewsTooth decayWellness

Floss or Brush First?

by Kahaliah Richards

Essentially, we don’t know which hygiene procedure should be done first, nor for that matter, whether flossing has any preventive effect on dental decay. Read this quick review by the New York Times about the limited evidence to support flossing.

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 30, 2015 News Dental CareGeneral NewsWellness

A big incentive to visit the dentist — a longer life!

by Kahaliah Richards

A new study which followed mortality of young Seniors over 5 years, found a significant predictor of death was the number of teeth. Even when allowing for other risk factors for mortality (gender, BMI, serum albumin level, current smoking status,

May 19, 2015 News Dental practice transitionGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsPatient educationPatient ManagementPublic Relations - Patient CareWellness

The Patient is a CUSTOMER

by Kahaliah Richards

Your critical area of focus… In today’s fast paced world of change, competition and customer (patient) sophistication, it is critical to focus on your service, reputation and referrals. Also critical, is to know how your patients feel about you, talk

April 2, 2015 News General DentistryWellness

Hug a grandma!

by Kahaliah Richards

An experienced venture capitalist recently identified some major trends which are affecting American health care and presumably your practice too! a shift from fee-for-service to compensation based on better health patients are becoming consumers who want a true retail experience

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 12, 2015 News Dental HygieneGeneral DentistryWellness

Does expensive hygiene care work better (?)

by Kahaliah Richards

A recent NY Times article reported that, in an experiment, Parkinson’s patients said an expensive version of a drug worked better than the cheap version of that same drug. Does the same principle apply to hygiene services? Would patients rate

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

December 2, 2014 News Chronic dental care for the elderlyGeneral NewsMedical newsWellness

“longer life in retirement – but more ill-health”

by Kahaliah Richards

Such is the future of the British population and that in Canada too. The UK prognosticators now say: Newly retired men in the UK can expect to live more than two years longer than those who finished work a decade

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 9, 2014 News General NewsMedical newsPublic SpeakingWellness

AIDSbeat 2014

by Kahaliah Richards

Please join us as we kick off AIDSbeat this year.  We will be opening the night at 8pm. Here are a couple of videos from last year: SoSumi – Foo Fighters (Cover) SoSumi (Pearl Jam Cover) Click below for tickets

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