“I chipped my tooth at the Sydney show because I was making wild gestures and I hit the microphone and I hit myself on the mouth,” Sara said about her show in Sydney. “My favorite thing is when the audience is kind of rowdy and are shouting things at the stage and there’s something to work with.”
“With an oversupply of dentists and people travelling overseas for treatment, dentists are under more pressure to cut costs. This has been compounded by corporations and health funds buying up dental practices and pushing their employed dentists to produce more work for lower costs and KPIs.” He said young dentists were no longer mentored by their employers, as had previously happened in traditional family practices and were not receiving adequate on-the-job training. “The focus is on profits, not patient care,” he said. “Almost 70 per cent of dental lab work is going offshore and the savings are not passed on to the patient. Some dentists are buying dental crowns in China for about $50 and selling them fitted to patients for up to $2100.”
“On Thursday, September 4th, Dr. Misee Harris (the Black Bachelorette) was called into an unannounced meeting at the dental practice where she has worked as a Pediatric Dentist and was recently offered a partnership in the practice. Dr. Harris, the sole African American dentist in the practice, has worked tirelessly with underprivileged young patients on Medicaid to ensure their smiles remain healthy, and the quality of Dr. Harris’s work has never been called into question. Once in the meeting, Dr. Harris was ambushed and presented with screenshots from her private Facebook page. Being that Misee had blocked work colleagues from accessing her account, it was explained to Misee that a doctor who is a partner at the office, and who led the meeting, had been having a friend spy on Misee’s Facebook page. Screenshots were taken of Misee’s Facebook posts and were sent to the doctor who led the meeting. Misee was then told that some of her Facebook posts about recent racial issues in America were “unprofessional.” The biggest bone of contention to the partners was a cartoon (see graphic below) related to the recent police murders of several innocent African-Americans across the nation. The partner held up the picture and asked Misee “Do you think we (meaning Misee’s White colleagues) are all like this?”
Last year, a patient died while under his care in Harrison’s Williamston office. The board says Harrison sedated James Williams, a 71-year old man, before a procedure, but Williams never woke up. The board says it was Harrison’s failure to follow several protocols regarding sedation that lead to William’s death.
“It’s something the board takes very seriously and it’s in the process of reviewing even all of our rules regarding the use of sedation,” said Bobby White, a representative with the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners.
Although the obvious tool for a dentist would be the drill, my digital camera has become my most indispensable tool in my day-to-day practice. When it comes to aesthetic treatments, the camera allows us to better plan a smile design. The difference between an average and exceptional result hinges on detailed visualisation, and my digital SLR has been fine-tuned to produce ultra-high definition images that produce stunning detail. An important element of creating great smiles is to match them to the individual, so an integral part of any consultation or treatment involves a comprehensive photographic survey, capturing the character of the person and the fine details of tooth form, shade and texture.
“All we can say” based on the data from this group, she said, “is that prolonged endurance training might be a risk factor for oral health.” Whether less frequent or intense exercise would likewise affect oral health is uncertain but unlikely, Dr. Frese said.
Still there are a few precautions that anyone who exercises and has concerns about their oral health might want to take, she said. Drinking water during workouts could be a start, although the connection between hydration and oral health is not scientifically established, Dr. Frese said. More generally, brush and floss, as you know you should. And if you’re a serious endurance athlete, consider visiting a dentist with a specialty in sports dentistry, she said.