Publisher’s Note: A Season of Gratitude

I always look forward to this time of year. The holiday season gives us a time to reflect on the things that are important and that we need to be thankful for.  More than likely everyone reading this has said “I am ready for 2020 to be over.” I say it at least once a week.  Given the year we’ve had, it may be difficult to think about the things that we should be thankful for and remember. Here are a few of mine: 1. I am thankful for the health of my family. 2. I am thankful that I …

Trends: ADA: Dentists have knowledge and skills to deliver COVID vaccine

The American Dental Association offered its support to dentists who are seeking to administer vaccines, including – when it becomes available – a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, according to a resolution passed by the ADA House of Delegates on Oct. 19 and reported by ADA News. Resolution 91H-2020 states that dentists have the requisite knowledge and skills to administer critical vaccines that prevent life- or health-threatening conditions and protect the life and health of patients and staff at the point of care. “The pandemic has highlighted the potential benefits of an expanded role for dentists in preventive health …

Infection Control: The Need for a Respiratory Protection Program

Dental group practices must have a clear understanding of the standard and its rationale to provide a sound respiratory protection program for all employees. By Katherine Schrubbe, RDH, BS, M.Ed, PhD The global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 has had a huge impact on the dental profession regarding dental health care personnel (DHCP) safety and the safe delivery of dental care to patients. On March 16, 2020, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommended dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks, stating that concentrating on emergency dental care will allow dentists to care for emergency patients and alleviate the burden …

Health news and notes

Teeth grinding prevalent in election season This year’s political arguing has apparently contributed a significant amount to teeth gnashing, according to the Washingtonian. According to dentists interviewed, America, overwrought and under-rested, is grinding its choppers away. “The collateral damage has just been incredible,” says DC dentist Brian Gray of the pandemic-meets-election season’s effect. Part of that damage is due to stress-related clenching and grinding, which causes people to come in complaining of headaches, jaw pain, or cracked or broken teeth. Antidepressant medications can cause teeth-grinding too. Gray estimates he’s making about 30 percent more night guards than he usually would. …

Training and Compliance: Emerging OSHA Guidance

COVID-19 has raised the stakes for providers and patients. In years past, dental providers have generally been adamant about utilizing personal protective equipment and adhering to OSHA and CDC guidance. The onset of COVID-19, however, has raised the stakes for providers and patients. As new safety protocols have emerged, infection control leaders are working hard to keep the industry informed. Efficiency in Group Practice spoke with training and compliance expert Katherine Schrubbe, RDH, BS, MEd, PhD, about evolving OSHA guidelines and how they will continue to impact dental practices. Efficiency in Group Practice:  How has COVID-19 changed OSHA’s concerns about …

2021 OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™ Registration Now Open

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) announced registration is now open for the 2021 OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™. OSAP will host the course virtually from January 25 – 28, 2021. The 2021 OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™ will provide a comprehensive review of all the basics in dental infection prevention and control, including employee and patient safety. Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the curriculum will also cover interim guidance and any related regulations. OSAP has designed this course for: Infection Control Coordinators and Dental Practice Managers Educators/Program Directors Consultants/Lecturers Military/Federal Service Personnel Federally Qualified …

People News

Founder, former CEO of Mortenson Dental Partners retires Wayne Mortenson, DMD, who founded Mortenson Dental Partners with his wife, said he would retire from the DSO September 30. Dr. Mortenson and his wife, Sue Mortenson, opened their first dental practice, Mortenson Family Dental, in Middletown, Kentucky, in 1979. The DSO now includes 140 practices across nine states and employs nearly 1,800 people. The retirement announcement comes two years after Dr. Mortenson stepped down from his CEO role to serve as an executive adviser. He plans to stay an active member of the DSO’s board of directors and lead the Mortenson …

Year in Review

2020 has been a year like no other. While the pandemic grabbed most of the attention, dental group practices none the less continued to grow their businesses and find new ways to solve old industry challenges. The following are some of the highlights from Efficiency in Group Practices interviews this year. A game changer (January/February) The first prosthodontic specialty level practice to join Mortenson Dental Partners, Louisville, Kentucky-based Advanced Dental Solutions provides life-changing care to patients who often mistakenly believe their treatment is out of reach. To a large extent, belonging to a dental service organization has made this possible, …

Leadership: Maximize Potential

Addressing the confidence gap: By Lisa Earle McLeod Organizations are filled with untapped potential, undermined by the thousands of small slights that erode the confidence of anyone who doesn’t “fit in.” This is costly to everyone because when people aren’t confident, they’re not fully present and they don’t contribute as well as they could. Why confidence erodes over time It’s easy to say, “Be Confident!” Yet how confident would you feel if every day of your working life, someone told you, directly or subtly, you don’t belong here? What if whenever you spoke in front of a group people, they questioned …

DEO Case Study: Building Up

Best practices for creating alliances, and new owner buy-in, for DSOs. Tarek Aly has always taken a glass half full perspective to things. “Life’s too short not to enjoy it,” said Aly, BDS, MBA – Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer, OrthoDent. “With straight roads, you don’t need skillful drivers. You really need those obstacles to grow and learn. So whatever life throws at you, use that to jump to the next level.” In dentistry, that positivity is more than justified by market trends. “There is a huge demand for dentistry in general,” he said when describing the keys to OrthoDent building …