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Should Holistic Dentistry Be Part of Your Practice?

Posted by Kate Ranta on Jun 3, 2016 9:30:00 AM

With alternative approaches to everyday medicine becoming more popular, you may consider adding some holistic touches to your practice. Before you modify your way of doing business, you should consider some important points.

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Stress Your Services to Promote Vision Care

Posted by Kate Ranta on May 11, 2016 1:56:08 PM

In our busy world, people are constantly hounded with demands. They must juggle work, family responsibilities, recreational activities and other commitments. With these important aspects of life clamoring for attention, sometimes simple things are lost along the way. Regular doctor's appointments, teeth cleanings, vision care appointments, and other preventive health care measures can fall through the cracks.

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Minority Dental Health: Barriers to Care

Posted by Kate Ranta on May 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The minority community faces many challenges when it comes to dental health. Oral health in the U.S. has improved over the past half century. But, it’s still a significant public health issue. And, it affects low income and minority populations in particular. When it coems to minority dental health, there are barriers to care.

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Educate Your Patients: Not All Mouth Guards Are Created Equal

Posted by Kate Ranta on Apr 28, 2016 3:00:00 PM

A concerned parent of a young soccer star is with his child at your office with damage to his teeth. “But he was wearing a mouth guard…” the father explains.

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Child Abuse Awareness Month: Know the Signs

Posted by Kate Ranta on Apr 22, 2016 11:19:12 AM

April marks Child Abuse Awareness Month. As professionals who typically have frequent contact with children, dentists are obligated to document and report suspected cases of abuse in all states. They are not obligated to prove abuse or neglect, but just to report what is suspected. Dental hygienists may be similarly obligated, depending on the state in which they work.

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Connection between Dentistry and Sleep-Breathing Problems

Posted by Kate Ranta on Apr 7, 2016 11:40:49 AM

It is estimated that 100 million or more Americans snore and about a quarter of them suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA causes both physical and emotional issues that go beyond just the patient, but impact the entire family. Symptoms that are experienced as a result of OSA and Sleep Disordered Breathing Syndromes (SDB) include:

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Let Your Patients Know the Importance of Vision Care

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 24, 2016 9:16:45 AM

Which of the five senses do people worry about losing the most? Vision. When talking with your patients, it’s important to remind them about taking good care of their vision. Without vision, life becomes infinitely more challenging. In addition to the loss of independence, vision loss can also lead to:

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, which is a time to raise awareness about standard eye safety protocols, review training for employees that involves eye safety in the workplace and double check that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements are being met by places of work. As an eye care provider, this is a good time to talk with your patients about keeping their eyes safe at work.

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Preparing for Patient Safety Awareness Week

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 14, 2016 10:40:24 AM

Patient Safety Awareness Week, a campaign of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is March 13-19, 2016.  The goal of the program is to increase awareness of patient safety among healthcare professionals and the general public.  What can your office do to support a safety-first experience?

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Provide Patients with Vision Literacy

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As an eye care provider you are very knowledgeable about diseases, diagnosis and treatments. It can be easy to forget, however, that your patients may never have even heard of the names of the eyes diseases before. To patients, the names may sound quite scary. Keep in mind the following tips for providing your patients with vision literacy so they are not confused or unnecessarily frightened by their diagnosis. Vision literacy is also important to make sure they fully understand their options.

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