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Nov 11 2020
We are rapidly approaching my favorite holiday. As a kid, I looked forward to Christmas and my birthday. As a young adult, New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July were prime holidays. I do have to confess that I have never warmed to Halloween, but I know it’s become quite the event these days for many people. Then ... [continue reading]
Oct 14 2020
I’ve spent quite a bit of time and effort recently dealing with chipmunks. Not “the Chipmunks” (Alvin, Simon and Theodore), who sang their way through cartoons when I was young. They were cute and funny, and completely harmless. No, I’m dealing with the small furry kind that burrow in the garden and shrubs, digging all kind ... [continue reading]
Oct 14 2020
Breaking News! All dental disease in the State of Ohio has joined the other deadly scourges of humanity like smallpox, diphtheria and polio in the archives of cured infectious diseases! Wait, you didn’t know that? Well, you probably haven’t read the 2020 report of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio in conjunction with the Ohio ... [continue reading]
Sep 3 2020
The internet age has given us instant access to everything that is known. We have the ability to ask questions and receive answers to matters both monumental and trivial. All discoveries since the dawn of time are available for our perusal. So why do we seem to be descending into tribal mysticism and closely held beliefs that would be more at ... [continue reading]
Sep 3 2020
During this COVID quarantine, I have had a family strategy for grocery shopping. Because I have a large family of six, I still felt the need to go to the grocery store and do bulk shopping every six weeks to avoid any unnecessary exposure. I would wake up at 5:30 a.m. and make my way to the large Giant Eagle in Brecksville by 6 a.m. to be one of ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
Sadly, each generation will be faced with an event that shakes them to the core. That generation is not defined by the event itself, but by their response to the cataclysmic change in their world. The generation that were my parents (and many of your grandparents) were called “The Greatest Generation” for their response to World War ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
Thanks to the pandemic, we have had time recently to consider more of the softer side of dental care. Understanding what makes our relationships with patients valuable and patient care successful is of paramount importance. In private practice for years and now in discussions with students, I stress the responsibility of dentists to be leaders for ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
A favorite of health care future-gazers these days is value-based care (VBC) or you may have heard it called pay-for-performance (P4P). Like much of health care reform, it comes down from Washington, from those who wish to transform our health care system from its present state to something few if any have ever seen. In a nutshell, VBC intends to ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
I was being interviewed this week by a reporter about how dental practices were returning to seeing patients. She wanted to know how “the average person” was feeling about going to the dentist. Considering that, even pre-COVID-19, only slightly more than half of the people in the country see the dentist on a regular basis, wondering ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
I think the words “unprecedented times” have been used ad nauseam. As a collective brethren, we have probably all shared the same emotions during this global pandemic. Like the stages of grief, I feel we have all gone through stages of “handling.” This time my little column won’t do justice to all the things I have to ... [continue reading]
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