The Present State of Dentistry

Great Quotes Concerning the Present State of Dentistry:

 

“If you use your smart toothbrush, the data can be immediately sent to your dentist and your insurance company, but it also allows someone from the NSA to know what was in your mouth three weeks ago.” – Evgeny Morozov

 

“I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.” – Rodney Dangerfield

 

“We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.” – Nassim Taleb

 

“I didn’t want to be an actress. I wanted to be a dentist, but you never know what life will bring you.” – Sofia Vergara

 

“Every time I go to the dentist they say, “You really need to fix that gap of yours”. I’m like ‘my gap is paying your dentist bills.’ – Lara Stone

 

“Put your energy into music. If it fails you, you can become an accountant or a dentist. And then if you become a dentist or an accountant, it’s too late to become a musician afterwards.” – Peter Tork

 

“Trips to the dentist – I like to postpone that kind of thing.” – Johnny Depp

 

“One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears.” – Temple Grandin

 

“I’m always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can’t understand is, if they don’t know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?” -Paul Merton

 

 

Visiting the Dentist

Here are some great quotes about the visit to the dentist. We have a major PR problem in our field. Many patients or prospective patients don’t view their regular dental visit as a rewarding experience, when they should.

Maintaining dental hygiene is essential and dentists are the providers of a very important service.

Here are some fascinating quotes on the subject:

“We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist.” – Joseph Heller

 

“This is how war starts. One day you’re living your ordinary life, you’re planning to go to a party, you’re taking your children to school, you’re making a dentist appointment. The next thing, the telephones go out, the TVs go out, there’s armed men on the street, there’s roadblocks. Your life as you know it goes into suspended animation. It stops.” – Janine di Giovanni

 

“All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I’d sooner go to my dentist any day.” – Evelyn Waugh

 

I don’t remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.” – Mark Haddon

 

“I think what it does is it gives me a much broader perspective than the average politician. You know, having walked in those shoes of being hungry and being homeless. The indignities of not getting health care, or waiting in the public hospital, hoping somebody will care for you. Going to sleep with a toothache because you can’t go to the dentist.” – Richard Carmona

 

“Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.” – Johnny Carson

 

“Now, most dentist’s chairs go up and down, don’t they? The one I was in went back and forward. I thought “This is unusual.” And the dentist said to me “Mr. Vine, get out of the filing cabinet.” – Tim Vine

Honesty and Dentistry

The actual practice of dentistry is by no means an easy one. It’s a challenging task at times. Not just working together with your colleagues, but also with your patient.

You need to make sure to maintain a good rapport with all of your patients and treat them with the utmost level of respect, integrity and professionalism.

Often times there can be miscommunications between the Dentist and the patient. These miscommunications can come in all forms. Whether it’s related to an actual operation, to the billing process or something else, it’s always important for the dentist to be upfront and fully honest.

Unfortunately there have been misperceptions about the dental profession because of a few bad apples. We cannot allow a few bad apples to destroy our good name and profession as a whole.

Whether you’re billing a private insurance company or medicare, or whether you’re simply being paid by personal check the billing process must be handled with care and transparency.

We have all heard too many horror stories that patients have experienced as a result of deceptive billing processes. These horror stories have not only been heard by us, but by the public writ large.

They’ve responded. And many have ceased their visitation to their respective dentists. Others have begun coming only periodically as opposed to before when they would come to their dentist’s office fairly regularly.

It’s an unfortunate situation when any profession is defined by a few bad apples. They certainly don’t speak for us and they don’t certainly don’t speak for me.

No matter what your occupation is in whatever field, it’s integral that you focus on maintaing a great amount of integrity through your business dealings. The field of dentistry is no exception.

Be honest. It’ll make your workspace a better place and it’ll make your business-place a better place as well. It will pay dividends down the road.

 

Going to the Dentist

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Nadia Kiderman

For various reasons, many people don’t like going to the dentist. They don’t find it to be a pleasant experience.

 

Here are a few quotes about the experience:

” Look, if you have somebody who doesn’t have health insurance, who doesn’t have a doctor or dentist, and in order to deal with their cold or flu or dental problem, they go to an emergency room – in general, that visit will cost ten times more than walking into a community health center.” – Bernie Sanders

 

“I was never afraid of anything in the world except the dentist.” – Taylor Caldwell

 

“I’m so glad I’m not a dentist. How many times does someone say, “Oh, Doc, it felt so good when you were drilling my teeth?” Never. But when you give someone a wonderful cookie, you put a little of yourself in, and you see someone’s face light up – that’s immediate approval.” – Paula Deen

 

“When I was in sixth grade there was a talent show, and I wrote my first sketch, “The Dentist.” I played the dentist, and I had my friend play a patient. It was sort of what can go wrong at the dentist, and I just remember I had lots of fake blood and everything.” – Trey Parker

 

“Low-income people, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, seniors, people with special needs, people in rural areas – they all have a much harder time accessing a dentist than other groups of Americans.” – Bernie Sanders

 

” If you took your child to the dentist and check for cavities, the child likely won’t get them. If you take them just for emergency, that’s all they’re gonna get.” – Bill Cosby

 

“Sometimes, giving up your privacy is a little like going to the dentist and we have let him have access that no one’s ever had.” – Tom Petty

 

“Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.” – Joseph Barbara

Professionals Must Continue Doing Good

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Nadia Kiderman

I have long held onto the firm belief that it is incumbent upon those that are successful in their respective fields to give back to their communities. Giving back can come in all different types of forms. You need not give yourself financially necessarily. There are all types of ways to give back and I personally encourage the broader professional community to commit themselves to establishing foundations and participating in volunteer work.

The following are some quotes regarding committing good deeds:

“In a society in which nearly everybody is dominated by somebody else’s mind or by a disembodied mind, it becomes increasingly difficult to learn the truth about the activities of governments and corporations, about the quality or value of products, or about the health of one’s own place and economy.

In such a society, also, our private economies will depend less and less upon the private ownership of real, usable property, and more and more upon property that is institutional and abstract, beyond individual control, such as money, insurance policies, certificates of deposit, stocks, and shares. And as our private economies become more abstract, the mutual, free helps and pleasures of family and community life will be supplanted by a kind of displaced or placeless citizenship and by commerce with impersonal and self-interested suppliers…

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Thus, although we are not slaves in name, and cannot be carried to market and sold as somebody else’s legal chattels, we are free only within narrow limits. For all our talk about liberation and personal autonomy, there are few choices that we are free to make. What would be the point, for example, if a majority of our people decided to be self-employed?

The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.” -Wendell Berry

 

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

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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

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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:

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“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

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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.