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Extraordinary times for the dental industry: Adapting to rigorous new IPAC standards

Extraordinary times for the dental industry: Adapting to rigorous new IPAC standards

Posted Jan 9th, 2020 in the wire, thought leadership, 2020

The dental profession is going through an extraordinary period of change; technology is rapidly advancing, research is expanding in a variety of new directions, regulations are being revised, and expectations about what a visit to the dentist means are evolving.  Change is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Over the past few years, the media, regulatory bodies, and the general public have taken a greater interest in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC).

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The Dental Clinical Companion: 007 Dr. Gary Glassman, “Enjoying My Journey to the Apex"

Posted Dec 16th, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

dentalcorp’s Dr. Gary Glassman, Chief Dental Officer, discusses his unique journey to success, the importance of building solid relationships, and how we can all discover our hidden leadership skills on The Dental Clinical Companion podcast.

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How to Craft the Perfect Re-care Program

How to Craft the Perfect Re-care Program

Posted Dec 12th, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

In the world of dental hygiene, we commonly refer to routine follow up exams with patients as ‘recall’ appointments. More appropriately, these can be considered re-care exams, as our patients aren’t recalled per se, rather compassionately re-cared for through the ongoing monitoring and maintenance of their oral health.

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Dental Service Organizations: They’re Not all the Same

Dental Service Organizations: They’re Not all the Same

Posted Dec 11th, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

The dental industry in Canada is evolving. With over 24,000 dentists and 14,000 practices across the country, today’s market is highly saturated and fragmented. The fragmentation, along with increased expectations of consumers, has given rise to a new business model: Dental Service Organizations (DSOs). DSOs can be thought of as independent business support centers that contract with dental practices to facilitate further growth and success.

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Holiday Blues: Navigating Patients’ Loneliness

Holiday Blues: Navigating Patients’ Loneliness

Posted Dec 2nd, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

It’s been said that there is no health without mental health—the truth of this statement is difficult to refute. Mental illness presents a serious barrier to receiving good health care and dental care is no exception. The enormity of this public health concern becomes clear when you consider that, at any moment in Canada, mental health issues impact 1 in 5 people; that’s 20% of dental professionals and 20% of patients in need of oral health care. Oral health and mental health issues cannot ....

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Leveraging New Technologies to Enhance Patient Experience and Increase Patient Retention

Leveraging New Technologies to Enhance Patient Experience and Increase Patient Retention

Posted Nov 25th, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

The dental patients we once knew are a thing of the past – much like your old flip phone.  Today’s patients are tech savvy, well educated and likely to have researched all of their symptoms and dental treatments prior to arriving in your chair. In today’s competitive landscape, dental care professionals need to inform and engage patients in a way we never could before. We need to be prepared to filter through the myths (and truths) they are reading online and educate them in a patient specif...

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The Business of Dental Hygiene

The Business of Dental Hygiene

Posted Nov 20th, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

As a practicing dental hygienist, I focused on the delivery of patient-centred care, avoided the financial and operational aspects of a dental practice, and had no need for business acumen. Over time working in dental clinics, my interests and horizons expanded, and I became more and more fascinated by the economic underpinnings of an oral health care clinic. However, as a practice consultant, I find myself seeking the bigger picture. I am intrigued by a practice’s foundation, culture, patie...

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The Shared Responsibility of Infection Prevention and Control

The Shared Responsibility of Infection Prevention and Control

Posted Oct 24th, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

In July 2017, Public Health Ontario closed the first dental practice in Ontario due to an Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) lapse. Dental offices had not yet faced this kind of IPAC audit, and the regulatory bodies were caught off guard as well. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) and the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) were alerted to the fact that regulated health professionals had been involved in the delivery of instruments that may not have been ...

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Navigating Career Options in the Complex World of Dentistry

Navigating Career Options in the Complex World of Dentistry

Posted Oct 22nd, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

Now more than ever, dentists, like all new professionals, are prioritizing work-life balance and overall well-being. This is having a profound impact on their ambitions and career choices. Unfortunately, with unprecedented debt loads burdening most dental grads, there is overwhelming pressure to start working (and earning income) as soon as they become licensed. The desire for balance and the pressure to work makes choosing the right career path all the more important. Navigating that choice...

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Top 10 Risk Management Tips for General Practitioners Providing Orthodontic Services

Top 10 Risk Management Tips for General Practitioners Providing Orthodontic Services

Posted Oct 7th, 2019 in the wire, 2019, thought leadership

With the rise of clear aligner therapy in dentistry, it has become increasingly common for general practitioners (GPs) to provide orthodontic services like Invisalign. Offering orthodontic services is a differentiating factor for general practitioners and can help set practices apart in today’s highly competitive market.

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