A special DE cover

Sept. 23, 2013
I hope you will read the cover story on page 92. Four dentists who practice every day will explain what they want you to know about digital impressions.

by Joe Blaes

I hope you will read the cover story on page 92. Four dentists who practice every day will explain what they want you to know about digital impressions. This article is not hype for digital impression systems; it is the honest opinions of your peers about how these systems have changed the way they practice dentistry. I hope their stories will give you better insight into what I think is a great idea for you and your patients.

This issue marks a first for Dental Economics! In order to see it, you must go to the DE digital issue. There you will see the three dentists featured on the cover of the magazine come to life on video. Drs. Gary Radz, Robert Mongrain, and Leo Yang will explain why they have chosen to use a digital system as a solution to taking impressions in their dental practice. In the DE digital issue you simply click the arrows on their photos to start the video. If it hasn't already, the digital edition should arrive in your inbox soon.

You will notice in this and future digital issues of DE that many articles and advertisements will use this technology to clarify the written word with instant videos. A new age is upon us, one that makes the digital edition of DE more desirable than the print edition. About 12,000 dentists now receive the magazine over the Internet rather than through the mail. I received my August DE on the Internet today, on Aug. 8! Digital is much faster than the U.S. Postal Service.

Be sure to see the Annual Fee Survey on page 52! This is one of our most popular articles during the year, and it brings you very up-to-date information since it was completed just two months ago. This allows you to compare what others in your geographical area are charging for a variety of services.

I was recently honored to present a workshop at the 100th Anniversary meeting of the National Dental Association at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. It was a great meeting in a beautiful facility with three outstanding keynote speakers, including Dr. Maya Angelou, Dick Gregory, and Margo James Copeland. Congratulations to the members of the National Dental Association. In your travels, be sure to check out the National Harbor. It is a great destination.

A large group of hygienists converged on Las Vegas for the 13th annual RDH Under One Roof (UOR) meeting July 17 to July 19. This meeting is a PennWell event, and it has become the largest meeting for hygienists in the country. It is one of the best dental hygiene events in the U.S., and maybe even the world. The entire PennWell dental division supports this meeting, along with the support staff from the PennWell event division, which produces over 100 shows with various themes every year all around the world.

Listen to what some recent attendees had to say about their experience at RDH UOR this year -- Marni via Facebook, "Best meeting I have attended, by far, in my 36 years as a hygienist! My mind is still swirling with all the information I absorbed!" Danielle via Facebook, "Hands down the BEST courses I have ever attended. Everything was top notch, first class, and no holds barred. I have a renewed excitement for my profession and my passions! Thank you to everyone who made this happen. Bravo!"

Save the date for your hygienist next year in Chicago
RDH Under One Roof
August 14 to 16, 2014
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

RDH UOR is all about the hygienists. They develop their skills with challenging courses, earn CE credits, discover new products, increase their knowledge, and network with fellow hygienists from all around the country. Those who attend RDH UOR are very serious about their professional opportunities at this meeting. They are up early in the morning and go to bed late at night.

I finally got around to reading Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot." I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially since I lived through that explosive era. Like most of us in that uncertain time, I remember exactly where I was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Nothing like a good book to read by the pool or on the beach. I highly recommend it.

Joe Blaes, DDS, Editor
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