News From The Wealthy Dentist #100: June 11, 2008
Editorial: Jim Du Molin
FDA Finally Takes a Stand on Mercury… Sort Of
With a recent settlement in a lawsuit brought by the organization Moms Against Mercury, the FDA has
finally agreed to complete its reclassification of dental amalgam by July of 2009. (The agency began that process in 2002.) “As far as the ADA is aware, the FDA has in no way changed its approach to, or position on, dental amalgam,” the ADA said in response to the news.
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Survey Results: General Dentists and Dental Specialists
Specialists Usually Refer Patients Back, Report Dentists
In our most recent survey, we asked dentists how frequently their patients are referred back after being sent out for treatment by specialists. The clear majority said they always or almost always got their patients back. Dentists reported that prosthodontists were the worst offenders when it comes to not referring patients back. “Periodontists only have incoming phone lines,” complained an Arizona dentist. “They never refer back.”
What’s on My Bookshelf
How to Read a Financial Report by John Tracy
Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers
Financial reports are full of valuable information about a company’s past and future. However, the untrained eye will have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees. The book is designed to teach the non-accountant how to make sense of the massive amounts of data contained in financial reports.
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“My Internet Dental Alliance dental practice website has led to a flood of new patients. A number of them have been high-end cosmetic or implant patients. We have also gained patients who have brought their family and friends as well,” writes Dr. Myrna Pearce.
Also in the News…
- FDA Deals With Mercury Amalgams, Dental Fillings
- UK Cancer Risks Rise Due to Poor Oral Health
- No Disability Access Forces Dentist to Treat 99-Year-Old on Street
- Dentists’ Past Patient Abuse Inadmissible in Current Case
- Dental Care for Disabled May Grow Even Scarcer
- Irish Board to Recruit Dentists from Abroad
- Dentists Most Concerned about Lead in Dental Work
- Majority of Dentist Respondents Have Owned a Sports Car
- Dentists Worried About Bisphenol-A in Composite and Sealants
- Dentists Eager to Organize Against Insurance Companies
- Four out of Five Dentists Admit to Getting Burnt Out
- Dentists Still Split Over Amalgam
Previous Editorial Highlights…
- Dental News Highlights: From the Hilarious to the Humiliating
- US Government Gets a “D” for Handling of Lead in Dental Products
- ADA Left Holding the Bag as Government Remains Mum on Lead Scandal
- The Gap Between Dentists and Dental Labs
- What’s Going on with the Lead Scare?
- What’s Hurting Our Health? Water Bottles, Baby Bottles… and Dental Composite