Community Advocacy

Throughout my career I have noticed a pattern that is worth making note of. There is a strong correlation between those that give back to their community and succeed in their respective businesses. Corporate social responsibility is an incredibly important idea that more professionals ought to take upon themselves. We in the healthcare field have an especially important role to play, representing our field in the honorable way we should. Giving back matters. Providing the best of services to our patients is what is required of us. But the special thing about going the extra mile is that it’s a choice we make.

Here are some quotes from leaders about committing ourselves to community advocacy.

“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” –Jodi Picoult

Nadia Kiderman No Man Is an Island
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“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” –John Donne

 

 

The Current State of Dentistry

Whereas dentistry used to be a profession that was considered incredibly rewarding both professionally and financially, much has changed in the last decade. The unfortunate reality is that regulations and government intervention have created an environment where the ability for professionals to have the same financial success they used to, is being hampered.

Here are some experts in the field weighing in on the subject, particularly on the dramatic changes in dental insurance.

“Over the course of time, insurance companies have not kept up with cost of living or changes in the industry,” Wendling said, “so generally speaking when you deal with them, you’re still dealing with the same numbers that you may have seen in the ‘70s and the ‘80s, and it’s just not that way anymore.” –Dr. Mark Wendling

Nadia Kiderman State of Dentistry

The problem is it hasn’t … and the dental industry has changed dramatically. It’s a multimillion-dollar business when it comes to products and supplies. A lot of things can’t fall under an umbrella where you can’t go over $1,000 in spending. That’s not how dentistry works. Heaven forbid one of your daughters loses a front tooth. You have to do something about it and there’s not too many insurance companies who are likely to do the right thing for a family. –Dr. Mark Wendling

A lot of the way we do dentistry today and the way we used to do it is that the first visit is a lot of conversation, asking people what it is that they want versus us telling them what they need. In those conversations, you find out some interesting things. You talk about changing someone’s life. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve had tell me they don’t smile in pictures anymore because of the way their teeth are, or they’ve literally trained their lips to smile one-sided. –Dr. Mark Wendling

 

 

The Affordable Healthcare Good a Burden for Dental Care

Much has been made about the administration’s push for a healthcare law that has hurt small businesses and has been rightfully labeled a tax by many economists. The regulations that come along with this piece of legislation are excessive. However, the story that unfortunately is not being discussed, as extensively is the adverse affect the law is and will continue to have on dentists and patients.

The following are some quotes from leading experts that further illustrate the point:

Nadia Kiderman Affordable Healtchare

“While 5.3 million children will gain dental coverage in 2014 thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, up to 11 million adults could drop their own dental coverage when their children are covered separately, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.” -Dr.Bicuspid.com

“With the exchanges, you have an individual marketplace where people will be purchasing pediatric oral care, so insurers will be making sure they position themselves and their product so they can attract business. It’s also important to understand that people on the exchanges may look a little different than the group of people that have historically been covered under employer-sponsored plans.” -Dr.Bucispid.com

Nadia Kiderman: Community Activist

Making a difference has always been at the core of who Nadia Kiderman is. “Serving the community in different areas is what I was brought up to value,” says Nadia Kiderman. Giving financial sums of money to different charitable certainly ought to be recognized as philanthropy, but there is nothing that compares to giving of oneʼs own time.

Thatʼs why Nadia Kiderman has begun volunteering of her time to develop a new initiative that will allow brides to give back through their rings. This revolutionary initiative will allow all sorts of people to participate in the act of charity.

“Charity shouldnʼt be limited to the rich and affluent, says Nadia Kiderman.”

Philanthropy comes in all forms and giving of oneʼs time at a local soup-kitchen or participating in community service should be looked up to and recognized as well.

“We as a community should do a better job at making the philanthropy of everyone appreciated – no matter how menial the task might seem”, says Nadia Kiderman.

Nadia Kiderman hopes that this new initiative will lead to a new generation of philanthropists. “We can and will do better”, says Nadia Kiderman.

Nadia Kiderman Reinventing Dentistry

Nadia Kiderman
Nadia Kiderman

With the cost of healthcare only rising and many patients being put off of the benefits they wielded prior to the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, Nadia Kiderman has begun developing a program to afford the service of dentistry at a lower cost. “Dentistry is not an accessory and should be treated as such. It is a necessity”, said Dr. Nadia Kiderman.

This is not the first time Nadia Kiderman has worked toward challenging the status quo. When Medicare and Medicaid began capping the amount of money theyʼd provide to subsidize for Dental professionalsʼ medical devices and equipment, she worked toward assisting Dentists in this unfortunate predicament as well. In fact, she developed a device that would help patients who were suffering from deteriorating teeth and enamel. Such patients were complaining about rings showing around their teeth.

These rings were in all likelihood the product of cavities and nourishment of foods that were not healthy. Rings around teeth can hurt both the individualʼs physical well being and his or her perception of herself. Such rings can also cause the teeth to further degenerate.

Ultradent products include:

The V3 Ring which has the widest indications for the use of any sectional matrix ring, and it produces high quality, anatomically accurate Class ii composite restorations. The nickel-titanium V3 Ring has exceptional strength for stability and exerts optimal separation force on the teeth to produce consistently tight contacts.

The V shaped tines ensures there is no competition with the wedge in the embrasure, and they grip both teeth equally, preventing the ring from collapsing into wide cavities.

– Best ring for wide cavities

– Outstanding spring strength

– Optimal force for tooth separation

– NiTi for outstanding spring strength and elasticity

– Spring title allows for easy stacking of multiple rings

– V-shaped tines accomodate wedge

– Two rings: Universal (green) for large teeth or Narrow (yellow) for small

teeth

– Stable in forcepts

– Stable on teeth

-Fully autoclavable

Always looking to assist her colleagues in the industry and the public at-large, Nadia Kiderman is on a mission to make dentistry more affordable and to ensure that the entire public has access to it.

“I look forward to working on this newest project to make a difference. Giving back to the community has always been a central value of mine” said Nadia Kiderman.