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Succession and exit: Avoiding costs and legal wrangling

April 29, 2016

Whether you are in the final stages of your career or just starting out, the need for a succession plan and exit strategy is equally important. You may be a sole practitioner or partner within a partnership or own shares in an incorporated dental practice, or it may be that you are contemplating the purchase of your first acquisition—one thing you need to ensure is that provision is made for a future sale or the circumstance of a sudden death.

Causes and treatment of breath odour

April 9, 2016

Breath odour is the presence of odorous volatile organic compounds in the breath of individuals. It is a widespread problem, as it affects a high percentage of the adult population; 30% of the global population suffers from chronic oral malodour and 74% considers it an issue. Breath odour has strong social implications for the sufferer and it significantly affects normal social interactions.

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The new NimrodAligner: From straightforward to complex cases

March 2, 2016

As a dental practitioner, helping your patient choose the right alignment system from the many available to improve his or her smile can be very daunting. Whatever the patient’s lifestyle, the attributes typically desired are comfort, discreteness and the shortest treatment time possible. Depending on the case, it can sometimes be quite difficult to achieve all of these with one alignment system, as each is designed to achieve very specific and individual movements, and not all are designed to do this for the whole arch.

The new NimrodAligner: From straightforward to complex cases

March 2, 2016

As a dental practitioner, helping your patient choose the right alignment system from the many available to improve his or her smile can be very daunting. Whatever the patient’s lifestyle, the attributes typically desired are comfort, discreteness and the shortest treatment time possible. Depending on the case, it can sometimes be quite difficult to achieve all of these with one alignment system, as each is designed to achieve very specific and individual movements, and not all are designed to do this for the whole arch.

What it takes to build the ultimate practice team

February 24, 2016

It is said that all teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. What separates the two is interdependence. A true team is focused on a common purpose; team members support one another and enhance each other’s work and contribution. Andrew Carnegie captured this accurately when he said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

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Reassessing risk factors for periodontal disease

January 14, 2016

Traditionally, dentists have been taught that both dental caries and periodontal disease develop and progress as a direct result of patients’ over-frequent consumption of refined sugars and patients’ failure to remove bacterial plaque effectively. Miller’s acidogenic theory of caries development and the non-specific plaque hypothesis based on Loe’s work in the 1960s allow dentists to present a simple cause-and-effect explanation to patients. Since then, the dental profession has blamed patients’ poor oral hygiene for periodontal breakdown and dental caries while often failing to diagnose and treat other contributing causative factors.

Becoming a principal, now what?

January 7, 2016

Buying your first dental practice is a major milestone in your career and your life. But while it brings opportunities, becoming the owner of your own business also brings challenges for which you must ensure you are prepared. It is enormously important that you be aware of what you are taking on before you decide to become a principal and entrepreneur, and it is essential you seek advice if in any doubt.

Shaping canals with confidence: WaveOne GOLD single-file reciprocating system

November 12, 2015

The mechanical and biological objectives of shaping root canals were beautifully described by Herbert Schilder in 1974. As relevant today, in the era of automated canal preparation techniques, as they were in the days of hand preparation techniques, these objectives provide the rationale for the designs, tapers and tip sizes of modern-day endodontic instruments. Shaping the root canal facilitates 3-D irrigation and cleaning of the root canal system of all pulp tissue, bacteria and their related by- products. Importantly, shaping the root canal provides the resistance form and facilitates filling the root canal system.

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