News From The Wealthy Dentist #37: March 21, 2007
North Carolina Dentist Donates His Dental Practice to County
At age 64, Greensboro dentist John Chandler was ready to retire. But what to do with his dental practice? So he donated it to his country’s low-income dental clinics. Yes, that’s right, he donated his entire dental practice – the
building, the equipment, the computers, the chairs, every bit of it.
Chandler estimates the value of the gift at $1.4 million. Chandler (who also owns Chandler Foods) decided to skip the profit and the headache of selling his practice. He’s financially comfortable and ready to move on. Said the dentist, set to retire in May, “I’m just walking out.”
Needless to say, North Carolina’s Guilford County is delighted with the gift to
its cash-strapped dental clinic program. Unfortunately, the clinics do not receive enough funding to support a full-time dentist at the new office, but officials are hopeful that grant money will allow them to do so in the future.
The clinics are currently open only three nights a week, and may be further cut back to two weeks a month. Of the county’s estimated 54,000 uninsured, 3,000 are already on the waiting list for the clinics, which charge only $10 per visit.
How many of you have considered this strategy as an option for retirement? Share your thoughts on Dr. Chandler’s donation by posting your comments to our blog.
Survey: Dentist and Gender
In this poll, we asked dentists: Are female dentists more caring and nurturing
with their patients than male dentists?
Four out of five dentists don’t think so. A full eighty-three percent responded,
“No – some dentists are more caring than others; gender has nothing to do with
it.” Only 17% replied, “Yes – in general, female dentists are more caring than
Women were significantly more likely to reply “yes” than men, indicating that
many female dentists feel their gender makes them a more caring dentist.
Regardless of gender, rural dentists were also more likely to agree with the statement that female dentists are more caring and nurturing.
Here are some of the comments our dentists had to share:
- “Women can be just as rough and insensitive as men.” (Missouri, male)
- “Women are generally better listeners, and that comes through to the patient as
caring.” (Illinois, male)
- “Most women dentists are more unreasonable!!” (Illinois, male)
- “Caring is a learned trait.” (Tennessee, female)
- “The problem I have with female dentists is that they generally work far fewer
hours and far fewer years than their male counterparts. As far as I’m concerned,
they have simply wasted a slot in dental school.” (Mississippi, male)
UK Hospital Accused of Tossing Out Patients’ Dentures
The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton has received a number of very public complaints recently, alleging that hospital staff carelessly and regularly throw patients’ dentures in the trash – and, what’s more, that hospital staff brush off the problem in general, and do not offer to assist patients in obtaining replacement dentures. Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s hard for NHS patients to see a dentist in the UK these days? Well, at least two elderly women have been left without teeth for months.
It seems possible that these were not isolated incidents, but rather reflections of the hospital’s general disregard for patients’ property. “Dentures go missing in hospitals and the trust is not always responsible for the loss of personal
property,” said a spokeswoman for the trust that operates the hospital. “We always recommend patients use the denture pots provided.”
Mike Wilson’s mother Mary lost her false teeth last December when she was a patient at the hospital. She lost her lower dentures first, then the upper ones two days later. She won’t be getting her new dentures until May. Her son claims
the hospital had a “couldn’t care less” attitude, saying, “The word disgraceful is the only polite one that comes to mind.” He has filed a formal complaint.
Dental Caries Bacteria Research Supports “Out of Africa” Evolutionary Theory
A research team at New York University’s College of Dentistry has been tracing the genetic lineage of Streptoccocus mutans, a bacterium associated with dental caries. (Transmitted from mother to child, S. mutans is also the target of
anti-cavity vaccine research.)
The bacterium has apparently co-evolved with humans over the past 100,000 to 200,000 years. Though there are many strains of S. mutans today, all can be traced back to a single African ancestor – much as scientists have traced human DNA back to one “ancestral Eve” in Africa.
The study focused on over 60 varieties of the bacterium gathered from over 600 samples taken across all six inhabited continents. “By tracing the DNA lineages of these strains,” said Page Caulfield, leader of the research team, “we have
constructed an evolutionary family tree with its roots in Africa and its main branch extending to Asia. A second branch, extending from Asia back to Europe, traces the migration of a small group of Asians who founded at least one group of modern-day Caucasians.” The team plans to continue their research, next tracing the path of ancient humans out of Asia and into the Americas.
Also in the News…
- Successful Organ Transplants Linked to Sound Oral Health
- UK: Top 50 Most Influential People in Dentistry
- Cops: Sham Dentist Worked out of New Jersey Apartment
- Getting a Tattoo Feels Like Going to the Dentist
- Woman Robbed
After Suspect Accuses Her of Stealing His Gold Teeth
- Dog Rushed to Surgery After Eating Owner’s Dentures