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September 18, 2014 News Dental CareDental HygieneGeneral NewsMedical news


by Kahaliah Richards

The Gum Guardians believe dental professionals can be perceived as “healers” rather than “cleaners” by using  9 questions to guide their patient discussions. By initiating conversations with patients during dental visits that reinforce their role as gatekeepers for their patients’

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 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 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

August 5, 2014 News CharityGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

Heal the Effects of Domestic and Sexual Violence by Joining ‘Virtual Race For Smiles’

by Kahaliah Richards

MADISON, Wis. – Improve your own health while restoring the smile of someone in need: Join the Virtual Race for Smiles, which benefits the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program. GBAS restores

July 30, 2014 News General DentistryGeneral NewsOverall HealthWellness

“It’s like driving through a stormy night!”

by Kahaliah Richards

Recently, National Public Radio featured a story on stress felt by American adults. It featured a survey by the Harvard School of Public Health which found that 1 in 4 had a great deal of stress in the previous month,

July 25, 2014 News CAD/CAMGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsTechnology

Crown for the queen of the jungle

by Kahaliah Richards

Spectacular dental procedure on a big cat in Denmark: The CEREC CAD/CAM technology was actually developed for humans but was successfully used for the first time on a lioness in a Danish zoo. Bensheim/Salzburg  – After Danish zoos received negative

July 23, 2014 News General DentistryGeneral NewsKeeping you guessingMedical newsOverall HealthResearchTooth decay

Ancient tooth plaque shows surprising use for common weed

by Kahaliah Richards

Scientists examining dental plaques from prehistoric Sudanese skeletons say that purple nutsedge, today considered one of world’s worst weed, was not always a pest. By:Kate AllenScience and Technology reporter, Published on Wed Jul 16 2014. Donatella Usai / Centro Studi

July 14, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsKeeping you guessingTechnology

Don’t Fear Technology

by Kahaliah Richards

Technology around the world has grown exponentially over the past century. From the invention of the automobile, to ATMs, and the World Wide Web, technology has made our lives more efficient and has made the information we need extremely accessible.

July 7, 2014 News General DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthResearch

Tooth protein offers promise for bone regeneration

by Kahaliah Richards

Patients suffering from osteoporosis or bone fractures might benefit from a new discovery of a protein that plays an important role in bone regeneration made by bioengineers at Queen Mary University of London. Normally found in the formation of enamel,

July 3, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

Dental cleanings improve lung function in COPD patients

by Kahaliah Richards

The Canadian Lung Association reports that 10% of Canadians have lung disease or COPD.  Half of these 3 million Canadians have a formal diagnosis, the others simply struggle on with difficulty breathing. A growing number of studies have connected oral

June 27, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall Health

Boost those cavities, Ensure more replacement crowns

by Kahaliah Richards

A recent article in the New York Times cautioned about the sugar content in those nutritional drinks taken by older Canadians. These drinks have the brands such as Boost and Ensure and are called by some geriatricians “liquid candy with

June 26, 2014 News Dental HygieneGeneral NewsOverall Health

Dental Hygiene Profession Sees ‘Moment of Opportunity’ to Improve Access to Oral Health Care

by Kahaliah Richards

As dental hygienists prepare to take increased responsibilities, Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice provides critical updates St. Louis, June – With opportunities to take increased responsibility for oral health care and to deliver care in a more comprehensive way, it’s

June 24, 2014 News General DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

high blood pressure, diuretics and root caries risks

by Kahaliah Richards

The most recent data on the prevalence of Americans for high blood pressure show that about 1 in 3 are hypertensive at mid-life, and over age 60, 2 out of 3 are. A preferred first-line method to manage blood pressure

June 10, 2014 News Dental CareGeneral NewsOverall HealthWellness

Nutrition is key to oral, overall health

by Kahaliah Richards

Nutrition is vital to a person’s oral health — and therefore to their overall health. Collaboration between registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered and oral health-care professionals is recommended for health promotion, disease prevention and intervention, according to a new