This Newsletter is an independent publication, and is not a product of the Central Oregon Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association or the American Dental Association. This Newsletter relies on the dental community, its readers and Editor for its content and aims to relay announcements, information and dialogue relevant to the Central Oregon Dental Community.
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- CONTENTS OF NEWSLETTER:
- Upcoming Central Oregon Meetings & Events
- Central Oregon Dental News
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Classified Ads
- Regional CE Calendar
- More Info.
- Dear Dr. Rupert
UPCOMING CENTRAL OREGON MEETINGS & EVENTS
(Please email or send any dental related events or courses that you would like posted on this calendar.)
October 21, 2021 (Thursday) Elevate Your Game: A Comprehensive Review of Periodontal Charting
- Speakers: Cassandra Beck, BS, RDH & Kindra Manning, RDH
- Immersion Brewing Barrell Room (550 SW Industrial Way, Bend, OR)
- 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- 2.5 CEU
- Cost: $200 (includes dinner, drinks, prizes) — Sign-up by October 10th for a 25% discount!
- More information and register at www.SkylinerSummits.com
- Hosted by Skyliner Summits LLC
Course Description & Objectives:
Comprehensive Periodontal Charting is a foundational element of dental hygiene school, but is rarely re-visited after graduation. Elevate Your Game by reviewing this essential component of the daily dental hygiene practice.
This course is designed to benefit the health of your patients and the success of your practice. Review techniques, learn new tips and tricks, find areas for improvement and have better success diagnosing periodontal disease in new and existing patients.
A deep dive into the fundamentals of periodontal charting, so often considered tedious, is designed to help you emerge with a better understanding and renewed enthusiasm for patient care.
- Identify opportunities to improve periodontal charting
- Evaluate radiographs to improve periodontal charting accuracy
- Review periodontal probing technique to improve charting accuracy
- Learn to recognize active periodontal disease and mucogingival defects that require treatment
- Plan calibration of perio charting between hygienists within an office
- Use information from this course to convert existing adult prophy patients into periodontal therapy appropriately
Cassandra Beck BS, RDH grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. She graduated with an Associates Degree of Dental hygiene from Mt Hood Community College in 2008 and a Bachelor’s Degree of Dental Hygiene from OIT in 2012. She has practiced as a full-time dental hygienist in Seattle, Portland, and for the past 7 years in Bend. Throughout her career, Cassandra has developed advanced periodontal treatment skills by following treatment outcomes of her patients, attending advanced instrumentation courses, becoming laser certified, collaborating with other advanced hygienists, and helping several offices develop their periodontal disease protocols. She enjoys teaching colleagues and patients about what she has learned. Cassandra works for Mill Point Dental Center in Bend, Oregon. She enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, and spending time with family.
Kindra Manning, RDH grew up in St. Helens, Oregon. She completed her dental hygiene education at Portland Community College and has worked in both the General Dentistry and Periodontal settings. She honed her understanding of periodontal disease and advanced instrumentation through AAP and other continuing education seminars. She is laser certified, proficient in diode laser and has worked in offices using Nd Yag and Waterlase. She is trained in Perioscopy and was on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Dental Hygienist Association. She is currently the Lead Dental Hygienist for Drew Family Dentistry in Bend, Oregon and after 25 years’ time is happy to report that she still loves what she does! She maintains her enthusiasm by inspiring others to retain or rekindle their own passion for dental hygiene and superior patient care.
November 12, 2021 Medical Emergencies for the Dental Team
- Speakers: Nathan Lenox DMD, MD & Jake Peterson, DDS, MD
- Tetherow Golf Club
- 8 AM to Noon (Breakfast provided)
- 4 CEU
- Providers: $150 and Staff $60
- A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kemple Children’s Dental Fund
- Email your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Symposium sponsored by Krueger & Lenox OMS
November 18, 2021 Central Oregon Dental Society Business / Dinner Meeting
- 6:30 p.m.
- Riverhouse Convention Center (Bend, Oregon)
- Speaker: Deb Hainisch, Speech Pathologist at St. Charles will make a presentation on “The Role of the Tongue and Myofunctional Therapy for Swallow Disorders and Sleep Disordered Breathing, the most serious of which is sleep apnea.”
- An RSVP email usually comes from Dr. Lenox a few weeks prior to the event. If you aren’t on the Dental Society email list or haven’t received an RSVP email 10 days prior to the event, please contact Dr. Lenox’s office to be added to the email list and RSVP for the dinner and meeting.
Risk Management Update & Reminder
The Oregon Dental Association requires its members to complete three (3) hours of approved Risk Management education, every three (3) years. Completion and verification are required by December 31st of each three year cycle.
Retirees, full time faculty, and those permanently disabled are exempt from this membership requirement.
TDIC Risk Management:
TDIC is an endorsed partner of the ODA. They offer Risk Management every April at the Oregon Dental Conference, and local dental societies offer additional courses throughout the year. TDIC also offers the following online options for your convenience:
This is a 3-hour, online course provided by TDIC. $50.00 fee.
This is a collection of online courses across risk management topics provided by TDIC. Each course has a $25.00 fee.
ODA members can use a one-time coupon code* to receive a $25.00 discount on any TDIC Risk management course.
Coupon Code: NWODA9H5F
*Coupon may be used for a one-time credit of $25.00 on a retired or current Risk Management course. One coupon per person and must be used by December 31, 2021. The coupon expires on January 1, 2022 and has no cash value.
Other Risk Management CE:
We are happy to verify whether additional CE courses meet ODA requirements. Please email Margy Simco the course information. We also encourage you to check with your malpractice carrier for dividend qualifications.
Once you complete a risk management CE course, please email your certificate of completion directly to the ODA via Email to Margy Simco.
If you have any questions regarding this membership requirement or risk management CE, please reach out directly to:
Margy Simco, Education & Events Administrator
E: email@example.com P: 800.452.5628 x2004
CENTRAL OREGON DENTAL NEWS
COCC Dental Assisting Program Update & Request for Volunteers
Dear Valued Dentists,
Since COVID-19 befell us, dentistry has faced serious challenges, yet you each found ways to meet those challenges in order to provide safe dental care to your patients. In my book, that’s heroic.
The Dental Assisting program too was impacted by the pandemic. The program was not allowed to open the Dental Clinic that many of our community’s low-income individuals have come to depended upon to address their urgent dental needs.
Good news though! The college is again allowing the program to open the Dental Clinic held two Fridays a month during the academic year. The students are excited to be able to work with you amazing volunteer dentists and these patients. There are currently has 23 students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program.
So this year we will again need dentist volunteers for our Friday Dental Clinic. A big THANK YOU to all of our past volunteers! We would love to welcome you back and to welcome dentists that are new to our clinic! Faculty, students and patients are very appreciative of your time and expertise!
How it works:
Patients are seen in the Dental Clinic at COCC (the dental laboratory with 8 operatories). Dentists are scheduled for a 6 hour day, and 6 Continuing Education hours are awarded to them. And coffee and snacks are provided! The first patient is seen at 8:00 AM.
We usually try to schedule two dentists per clinic. We have had excellent feedback from dentists that they really enjoy working with another dentist and connecting with their peers. Dental Assisting students assist the dentist, while a faculty member stands behind them to back them up or to obtain needed materials or supplies.
The clinic is limited in its scope and provides patients with restorations (composite or amalgam) and extractions. A radiograph of the problematic tooth is obtained, the dentist diagnoses the need, and treatment (if within our scope) is provided. You will find patients are so appreciative for the care they receive and of the dentists who donate their time and talents! And students love the experience working with dentists! You should hear how excited they are during our debriefing sessions.
We have organized Clinic Dates for the academic year hoping that a date might work for you! The Clinic dates for the 2021-2022 academic year are as follows:
Dental Clinic Dates:
- November 5 & 19
- January 7 & 21
- February 4 & 18
- March 4 & 18
- April 1 & 22
- May 6 & 20
- June 3
Please contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule your date. And if you have another dentist you would like to work with please let me know. You can reach me at 541-383-7574, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule your best date! Feel free to leave a phone message with the date or dates you like and I will return your call. I look forward to working with you all!
With Warmest thanks,
Lynn L. Murray, M.Ed., CDA, EFDA, RFC, CPFDA, FADAA
Professor of Dental Assisting
Dental Assisting Program Director
Dental Clinic Manager
Healthy Beginnings Program Update & Request for Volunteers
Partnering with parents for those important first five years.
WHAT IS HEALTHY BEGINNINGS? Healthy Beginnings is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free wellness and developmental screenings for children, ages 0-5. It was created in 1994 by early childhood experts who saw the need to establish a way for families to identify concerns before their children entered school. Over the past 27 years the organization has served over 11,000 children throughout Central Oregon and is recognized statewide and nationally for the innovative service provided to young children and their parents.
WHO DO WE SERVE? Healthy Beginnings provides its screening, referral and follow-up services to every child between the ages of 0-5 years, residing in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Our services are always FREE to ALL CHILDREN. There are no income requirements, and no need for insurance or a referral. We are free for everyone – every time.
WHAT SERVICE DO WE PROVIDE? Healthy Beginnings provides the most comprehensive screening assessment program and referral service for the health and development of every child under six years old in Deschutes County. Covering 12 key areas of health and development, the free screenings determine whether a child is developing appropriately for their age, identifying problems that can easily be overlooked at regular check-ups.
WHY ARE THESE SCREENINGS IMPORTANT? The early years are the best opportunity for a child’s brain to develop the connections they need to become healthy, capable, successful adults. In fact, 90% of brain growth happens before kindergarten. A child’s development should be assessed regularly and completely – several times before entering kindergarten.
The Healthy Beginnings screening program helps detect potential issues early, when intervention and treatment are most likely to be successful. Parents are provided with assessment results, appropriate professional referrals, and follow-up consultation and guidance.
MORE INFORMATION: Call the Healthy Beginnings office at 541.383.6357 or www.myhb.org
- Oct. 15 Redmond
- Oct. 28 Bend
- Nov. 6 Sunriver
- Nov. 16 Sisters
- Dec. 3 Bend
- Dec. 18 Redmond
- Jan 13 Bend
- Jan. 29 Madras
- Feb. 16 Bend
- Feb. 26 Sisters
- Mar. 4 La Pine
- Mar. 12 Prineville
- Mar. 30 Redmond
- Apr. 16 Bend
- Apr. 26 Redmond
- May 5 Madras
- May 14 Prineville
- May 24 Bend
If able to help or volunteer your services, please reach out to Healthy Beginnings at:
Leadership Opportunity in Central Oregon Dental Society
Want to get involved on the local level within the Central Oregon Dental Society?? The Secretary/Treasurer position is up for new leadership! Duties include working with other component leaders to ensure the success of the society, communication with vendors to secure sponsorship, maintaining the societies monetary funds, taking accurate minutes at component meetings and reporting them for inclusion in the monthly newsletters. If you are interested in this position or have additional questions please contact Erica Crosta (email: email@example.com , cell: 503-267-3828). We will hopefully be holding elections at one of our upcoming society meetings!!
UPDATES FROM THE ODA
- Wellness Support for All. We’re living through a time of uncertainty, and it’s normal to feel stressed and anxious. We have many challenges that lie ahead, and if you feel the need to reach out to someone, we are here and you are not alone. The ODA’s Wellness Program offers a robust network of compassionate Wellness Ambassadors, armed with resources to help support colleagues. The wellness program is open to all members, non-members, and dental students. If you need help or know of someone that needs help, please request support.
- Oregon Dentists Now Covered by the Oregon Wellness Program. The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) has partnered with Permanente Dental Associates (PDA) and the Oregon Wellness Program (OWP) to expand free access to well-being resources to all licensed Oregon dentists. This expansion was made possible by a generous 3-year grant from PDA. The Oregon Wellness Program promotes Oregon Healthcare Professionals’ well-being through education, coordinated regional counseling services, telemedicine services, and research. Access to OWP program benefits are the latest addition to the ODA’s Wellness Initiative prioritizing the physical and mental health of Oregon dentists and dental students. Learn more here.
- Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). All dentists who hold an active DEA license must register with the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). If you have not already registered, please access the registration portal here.
- SmileCon™, Oct. 11–13 in Las Vegas! Electrifying experiences and out-of-the-ordinary surprises planned for you and your dental team. The time is now to get in on the SmileCon action—registration prices going up soon.
- Please go to the ‘VOLUNTEER‘ page on the menu bar for contact and additional information about the following Central Oregon organizations seeking dental volunteers:
- Central Oregon Community College Friday Clinic
- Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van
- Donated Dental Service (DDS) Program
- Healthy Beginnings
- Smile Central Oregon
- Central Oregon Community College Dental Assisting Program
- Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
REGIONAL CE CALENDAR
Please check with the CE Provider, to make sure the Course has not been cancelled due to COVID-19 measures.
|Date||Host Dental Society||Course Title||Speaker||CE Hours||Location||More Information|
|10/20/2021||Multnomah||3D Printing Techniques – Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering||Luiz Bertasonni, DDS, PhD||2||Wilsonville (ODA Building)||Register: http://www.multnomahdental.org|
|10/16/2021||Clackamas||Composite Restorations||Carmen Phifer, DDS, PhD||2||Zoom – Virtualfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|11/12/2021||Central Oregon||Medical Emergencies||Nathan Lenox, DMD, MD and Jake Peterson, DDS, MD||4||Bend (Tethrow Golf Club)||email: email@example.com|
|11/16/2021||Clackamas||CBCT Radiography||Kate Dubois, DMD||2||Zoom – Virtualfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1/25/2022||Clackamas||Prosthodontics||Brian Bray, DMD||2||Oregon City (Providence Willamette Falls Community Center)||email@example.com|
|1/19/2022||Multnomah||Teen Invisible Alignment||Judah Garfinkle, DMD||2||TBD||Register: http://www.multnomahdental.org|
|3/15/2022||Clackamas||Functional Occlusion for Full & Removable Partial Dentures||Jim Sagawa, DMD||2||TBDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3/16/2022||Multnomah||Cyber Crimes Safety, Social Media/Website Accessibility & Professional Insurance – What do I need?||Cory Roletto, Chris Verbiest & a Cyber Security Attorney||2||TBD||Register: http://www.multnomahdental.org|
|4/26/2022||Clackamas||The Current State of Practice Valuations and Transitions||John Van Leeuwen||2||TBDemail@example.com|
You are welcome to email or send in anything dental that you might want to advertise, trade or buy. Slight charge may apply to businesses offering services.
Burns Dental Group Looking for a Dental Hygienist
Burns Dental Group in Burns, Oregon is looking for a Registered Dental hygienist for our office. We are looking for someone that wants to live a rural lifestyle. Our office is a teaching office, and we would welcome any experience level. We have a Periodontist on staff with over 35 years of experience. One of our Doctors was a hygienist for almost 10 years before transitioning to the Doctor side. Both of our Doctors are adjunct faculty with OHSU and love to help Young Professionals learn their craft. We would offer a sign-on bonus/relocation reimbursement upon hire, with longevity bonuses. We are looking for both full-time and part-time positions.
We are a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site. As a NHSC site, providers may be eligible for loan repayment of up to $50,000 for a minimum 2 year commitment. For Hygienists, it is a requirement to have their Expanded Practice Provider (EPP) certification. They will need to go to the NHSC website for more information and to apply.
Here is the link to our Employment Department Ad: https://secure.emp.state.or.us/jobs/index.cfm?location_content=jobdisplay.cfm&ord=2892613&system=new&type=N&lang=E
For Sale Dental Training Equipment
My name is Cathy Taylor my background is in dental education. I owned a business that traveled around the state of Oregon on the weekends to teach and prepare assistants to take their board exams.
The following equipment has been extremely well taken care of and is for sale:
DXTTR III -Xray Trainer (Quantity 4) Photo shown is one of the human skull X-ray Trainers.
- 2 are Human Skull with natural teeth and come with Arm/Finger Ball Assembly
- 2 are Plastic Skull without Arm/Finger Ball Assembly
Columbia Dentoform Manikins with SM-PVR 860 Model Assembled on M-1R-3 Chair Mount. with extra prepped teetj.
- Quantity = 10 Photos and detailed information available upon request.
Please contact me for pricing and specific questions, also please feel free to share with anyone that you feel might be interested.
Cathy Taylor 541-905-3010 firstname.lastname@example.org (-12/21)
Searching for a Dental Hygienist?
You might want to email the High Desert Dental Hygienists’ Association (CODHAinfo@gmail.com) and tell them about your need. They are very helpful and have a great database of Central Oregon Dental Hygienists and will email information about your opening to their members.
Announcements, Articles or Classifieds for the Newsletter
Article submissions for the Central Oregon Dental Community are encouraged and welcomed. You can email your content to Dr. Mehdi Salari (email@example.com). The deadline to contribute articles or request the posting of information in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of each month. The Newsletter is typically sent out on the first or second day of each month.
Advertising or Content for Future Newsletters
Please contact Dr. Mehdi Salari (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to post a classified or advertisement in future issues of the Central Oregon Dental Newsletter. The Central Oregon Dental Newsletter is available & sent to all practicing and retired Dentists, Specialists in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Sisters, La Pine, Sunriver, Warm Springs & Powell Butte & Mitchell. The deadline to update or post an advertisement in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of the each month.
Everything above the red line is put together as a service to the Central Oregon Dental Community and is the nonpartisan news and events of this Newsletter.
The Red Line
The Red Line
Everything below the red line is either for entertainment purposes or to stimulate conversation or debate. It’s personal, opinion based, has a conservative slant and is not meant to offend anybody. Reader discretion is advised.
DISCLAIMER / WARNING: The opinions expressed ARE NOT those of the Central Oregon Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, American Dental Association or any of the Advertisers or Business Partners. Editorials are OPINIONS ONLY and are meant to encourage discussion or dialogue. Readers are welcome and encouraged to contribute editorials or comments for inclusion in future issues.
Please Consider Contributing an Editorial or Column For Future Newsletters
This Newsletter is a forum for the Central Oregon Dental Community to stay in touch and connected and a place to have your voice heard. Your opinion columns, thoughts and feedback are encouraged and welcome.
Why Are Our Elected Representatives So Quiet Amid Social Injustice? Mehdi Salari
In last month’s Editorial, I did my best to argue against the COVID Vaccine Mandate which is set to impact all dental practices, medical practices, hospitals, schools, sporting events, active military, city and state workers and many other people and organizations around our state.
I argued that even though I am pro-vaccine; I am against mandating individuals who have not consented to treatment to have it coerced and forced upon them. I’m all for continuing to educate the public about the benefits of vaccination; but I personally find the Governor and the Oregon Health Authority’s mandates upsetting, coercive, immoral and wrong.
I too want COVID eradicated, for nobody to get sick or die and open ICU beds in hospitals again; but while these mandates may have good intentions, their unintended consequences are destroying relationships, neighborhoods, communities, businesses, lives and towns. The damage from these mandates is worsening an already bad situation. It defies logic and common sense that one Governor and her self-appointed Health Authority can create mandates (these are not laws, since none of them have gone through the regular Legislative process) which are further damaging already crippled family owned small businesses and adversely affecting people’s livelihoods, our children’s education, the staffing of our community hospitals, our dental and medical practices, schools and city/state offices.
Of course the lives of those vulnerable and affected by COVID is important, but so are the lives, livelihood, businesses, education and rights of those who are already vaccinated or recovered uneventfully from the virus, or those whose immune systems was barely affected by the virus at all! A horrible situation is continually being made worse by decisions and mandates which might work in a Totalitarian Dictatorship, but are facing stiff resistance and at best partial compliance in a free society.
We are all short-staffed and having a hell of a time finding qualified and hard-working individuals to help us take care of our patients, and now we’re forcing a small BUT STILL CRITICAL percentage of our already depleted staff to do something they don’t want to do, or face being discharged from their place of employment. How am I going to properly care for my patients, when the Governor and her self-appointed Health Authority is firing a minority of my already depleted staff who do not want a vaccine forced upon them? The same thing is happening at our hospitals, our schools and other government service sectors.
Aren’t needed surgeries being cancelled at hospitals due to shortage of hospital staff already? Do these mandates help the shortage of staff and those patients not suffering from COVID awaiting care? Are we currently experiencing a high transmission rate of COVID from dental and health care workers to patients; or from teachers or school staff to students? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! We’re all faithfully wearing our masks at work! These mandates are solving a problem that didn’t exist, and instead is further crippling businesses, lives and communities. Does it help our hospitals in Oregon if their experienced and qualified employees eventually move to Idaho, Montana, Utah or another state that isn’t mandating vaccines to them?
Is this not Social Injustice? Is forcing a treatment on somebody who has not given their Informed Consent not considered wrong by Dentists and Physicians? What’s the difference between an unscrupulous, unethical and out-of-control cop putting his knees on the neck of a man and choking the life out of him; and a Governor and her self-appointed Health Authority putting their knees on the throat of so many Oregonians and choking away their livelihood and means of supporting themselves?
Why is Organized Dentistry, Organized Medicine, The Teachers Unions, our City Councilors, and our other Elected Representatives not coming out with statements against these mandates? Why are they all so quiet? Isn’t forcing somebody who has not given their Informed Consent to do something they don’t want to do morally, socially and economically unjust to a portion of our population?
We have all seen Organized Dentistry, Organized Medicine, The Teachers Unions, Our City Councilors and our other Elected Representatives quickly publish statements of support for race inequality; but they have not made a peep in support of those who do not want the Governor’s knees forced upon their throats?
How many family-owned restaurants and small businesses have closed or died because of these repeated and crippling mandates? How many needed surgeries have been postponed or cancelled because of lack of staff at our hospitals? How many patients have had further complications from their illnesses due to a lack of qualified healthcare workers? How many more students are we going to cram into already over-crowded classrooms because of the shortage of teachers? How many more school or enrichment programs are we going to kill off at our schools because of lack of coaches, aides, bus drivers, specialists, referees and administrators? I realize a lot of people have died from the COVID pandemic, but isn’t the number of people whose lives are being injured, businesses killed, and communities shattered as a result of the consequences from mandates which have done little to stop the spread of this virus exceeding the actual number of casualties of the virus itself?
Come on Organized Dentistry … Organized Medicine … The Teachers Unions … City Councilors and our other so called Representatives … you have all come out in the past and caved to the shame of political correctness by the corrupt media and voiced your support for equality, fairness and justice. Do our so-called elected representatives not see the knees of our Governor and her Health Authority on the necks of so many hard working, honest, experienced, awesome, ethical healthcare workers, teachers and citizens who have not given their informed consent to a vaccine. Is this latest mandate by the Governor really going to solve the problems of this pandemic, or is it simply making things worse again?
DEAR DR. RUPERT
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Dear Dr. Rupert,
I recently had a parent inquire about bleaching for their 8-year old child. The parent told me in front of the child that they felt the child’s teeth were yellow and wanted to know what the bleaching options for the child were?
I didn’t know how to respond and told the patient that I would get back to them. I am curious if you’ve ever ran into such a situation before?
Signed, 8-year Old Bleaching Options
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Dear 8-year Old Bleaching Options,
Yes … unfortunately, there are a group of parents who have made every wrong decision possible in their own lives, and have now started to make every wrong decision for their children’s lives as well. Unfortunately, a lot of these people happen to also hold public office and are making every wrong decision at the city, county, state and national level as well.
It’s hard educating the brain-washed, ignorant or those who feel they are more woke than you. Odds are that you would fail miserably if you tried to talk common sense with people who simply have no grasp of reality or appreciate the wisdom of the experience from our elders. They believe they are smarter and more righteous than everyone before or around them.
This is how I handle the adult patient who believes their 8-year old child has yellow teeth and requests bleaching for their child:
1) Give the patient an estimate of costs for in office bleaching for their child which is 2-3 times higher than the equivalent procedure for the adult patient (try to de-incentivize the procedure by giving them a ridiculous price; but realize that parents who want their children’s teeth whitened will pay any price). If they question the price for the child, tell them that the bleach solution for kids is VERY expensive and that the procedure needs to be done in the office.
2) Take a quick alginate impression and have your Assistants fabricate regular bleaching trays.
3) Bring the child into the office (to protect them from their parent) and perform the procedure without the parent in the room.
4) When the child arrives, rinse the bleach trays under tap water and put them on the child’s teeth without anything inside them.
5) Give the kid an iPad or something to keep them occupied for a while.
6) After 30 minutes, bring the parent back into the room, while telling them how happy and impressed you are with the results and shade improvement. Let them know that you’ve removed all the stains and that you couldn’t get the teeth any whiter.
7) Give them the usual spiel about not eating for half an hour and expecting a little temperature sensitivity and to call you if they have any issues or problems.
The suggestion or statement from you that the child’s teeth are now whiter, is enough for the parent to no longer consider their child’s teeth as yellow. They will no longer see their child’s teeth as dark, since they will have paid a fortune to have them whitened and the Dentist proclaimed them as improved and was impressed with the results. Beauty as you know is in the eye of the beholder and you can influence what those eyes see with smoke and mirrors.
So in summary:
- You can’t educate everybody in the world.
- You must protect the child from negative perceptions of their own teeth which the parent is planting in their mind.
- You must protect the child from any unnecessary procedure which the parent is going to subject them to … with or without your help.
- You deserve to be paid handsomely for your time and efforts.
Glad I could help,