Introducing the newly-redesigned EvoSALES mobile app, version 13.0, from Atlanta Based Systems. EvoSALES mobile app is the premier mobile CRM, ideal for salespeople or customer service representatives on the go. This app is available for all Android and Apple smart phone or tablet devices.
EvoSALES 13.0 can be used for adding notes for doctors or their cases, seeing sales details for an account based on departments and even by individual product, viewing invoice information and even seeing case details for those cases that are currently at your laboratory.
November 1st is National Brush Day (NBD). This ad campaign was first rolled out in August of 2012 and was designed to give parents ideas on how to get their kids to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. What better day to discuss the importance of brushing your teeth properly with your children than the day after they consume a pound of sugar? The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council really nailed the timing of this nationally-observed holiday.
Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America. In an effort to try to improve this issue in The United States of America, The Dental Trade Alliance has taken on the responsibility of promoting NBD. This year’s marketing campaign includes National Brush Day awareness. The intent is to spread the word to families about making NBD a family affair. You can find more information about National Brush Day 2021 here.
Making brushing your teeth a family affair after Halloween this year is a great opportunity to teach your children how important oral health is to their overall wellbeing. It could be a starting point for your kids to develop an essential habit that will help ensure a healthy smile. If your children already have a healthy brushing routine, you could use National Brush Day to help reinforce those habits.
Back in March, LMT put out an informative article on how to protect your dental lab from cyber attacks. The piece discusses some of the more common vulnerabilities within your computer network and how to help keep your data from unwanted intruders.
It was like something out of an episode of 24: Jim Thacker, CFO, Utah Valley Dental Lab (UVDL), walked into the Provo, UT, lab one Monday morning last October and found nearly every computer locked with a chilling message on the screen: “All of your data is encrypted. Your files are safe and will be returned to you after you pay us ransom.”
Fortuitously, UVDL had recently purchased a cyber insurance policy from CFC Underwriting, a U.K. company that specializes in cyber incident response, recovery and liability. CFC’s team took over as soon as Thacker discovered the attack. It negotiated with the hackers, covered the ransom fee and helped—with the assistance of the lab’s IT company—get the company back up and running in a week and a half.
“It was certainly the most mentally challenging crisis we’ve faced, like the stress of nine months of the pandemic crammed into eight days. All financial and case data was encrypted,…
Monday is the deadline for healthcare workers in New York State to get at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. With just 84% of New York hospital workers vaccinated as of September 22, tens of thousands of unvaccinated workers could lose their jobs and healthcare organizations may face critical staff shortages.
While staff in New York hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies must now be vaccinated in order to do their jobs, there’s no mention in the emergency order of a key group of providers: dentists.
Atlanta Based Systems is proud to introduce our newly redesigned EvoTECH mobile app, version 13.0. The EvoTECH mobile app is just one of Evolution’s technician productivity tools and is available on Apple iOS or Android smart phone and tablet devices.
EvoTECH 13.0 can be used by technicians to clock in and out, check cases in and out of their steps, view case notes, images and detailed case information.
When I first implemented layered anterior composites into my practice, I would frequently finish a case and think to myself, “Oh gawd, this looks terrible.” It took me a while before I figured out why my restorations were not turning out like I had planned. As I practiced, I noticed a few common themes with my technique and eventually learned how to correct my mistakes.
In this article, I share the lessons I learned with the hope to save you a lot of time and heartache. I’ve found that layering anterior composites make me happy. And isn’t life just better when your schedule is stacked with the procedures that make you happy?
From choosing the wrong shade to trying to get too fancy, let’s review the most common reasons anterior composites don’t turn out quite right, what happened clinically, and how to fix them. The best part is you don’t have to start over completely.
Did you know that one of the National Tooth Fairy Days just passed on August 22nd? Yeah, there’s actually TWO National Tooth Fairy Days. The other one is on February 28th. No one knows for sure, but it’s believed that the reason for a double dose of the fairy-themed day has something to do with American Dental Association’s recommendation of two cleanings annually.
WHAT IS THE TOOTH FAIRY?
Many of you have grown up with fond memories of losing teeth because of the Tooth Fairy. If you’re unaware of the Tooth Fairy, she or he will visit you in your sleep whenever you lose a baby tooth. As long as you leave the tooth underneath your pillow the tooth fairy will take the tooth, leaving a prize (usually money) in its place! I mean, that sounds pretty awesome. What kid doesn’t like receiving a gift or money for something as simple as putting a lost tooth under their pillow?
In the 1920’s fairies were commonly used for different types of health education. These fairies were created to get kids to do things like eat their vegetables, wash behind their ears and get a good night’s rest. In 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a play about the Tooth Fairy. Schools began to perform the play the following year and kids have been getting visits from the Tooth Fairy ever since.
A WAY TO INSTILL GOOD ORAL HEALTH HABITS IN CHILDREN
“One in three parents agreed that Tooth Fairy visits are a positive way to instill good oral health habits in their children,” according to a survey conducted by Delta Dental.
About half say that the Tooth Fairy visits are exciting, special and fun for their kids. Emily O’Brien, Director of Strategic Communications for Delta Dental Plans Association, says “The Tooth Fairy tradition invites oral health conversations into households in an exciting and fun way…”
THE RISING COST OF BABY TEETH
The Original Tooth Fairy Poll conducted by Delta Dental has tracked how much the tiny fairy is willing to shell out for a child’s lost baby tooth. The average cost of a tooth was around $1.50 in 2001. The cost in 2021 seems to average around $4.70! That’s more than a 300% increase in 20 years. At this rate, our kids (I mean, the tiny, magical tooth fairy) will be paying around 15 bucks for a single tooth in 2040. Is this Tooth Fairy inflation? Well, not exactly.
The Tooth Fairy pricing poll has typically tracked with the economy’s overall direction and closely matched the trend of Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) index. So in 2040 your children (The Tooth Fairies of their time) might be paying around $15 for each of their kid’s teeth, but they’ll likely be paying a lot more most other things as well.
If you haven’t heard, ABS has developed several mobile applications to work in conjunction with its dental lab management software suite, Evolution. These applications have recently been updated to our latest version, 13.0.
Among these, EvoDRIVER 13.0 is a silky-smooth mobile app that your local delivery drivers can use to manage the stops along their routes. This app gives them the ability to process deliveries and pickups, view and add notes, get directions to the doctor’s address, and even get signature verification.
Give your drivers the ability to know what stops they should be making in REAL-TIME. They can even get text notifications when pickups are added to their routes and see them updated, automatically, within the EvoDRIVER 13.0 application. New functionality within the app allows your drivers to pull up the doctor’s address in maps for step-by-step directions to the location. Another new feature lets the user tap on the phone number for the account to make a quick call to the doctor for any questions or clarification.
On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, Jennette’s Pier of North Carolina posted photos of a fish with human-looking teeth. The Facebook post lead to a barrage of mixed comments from a variety of the platform’s users.
FISHING FOR SHEEPSHEAD
Nathan Martin reeled in the 9-pound fish that almost appears to be wearing dentures. He said that he was out fishing with his twin brother on Monday when he pulled up a “mouth full of teeth.” Martin is a regular at the pier and went out that day in hopes of bagging one. “It’s a very good fight when you’re fighting on the line. it’s a really good catch, and it tastes very good,” he told McClatchy News in a phone interview.
The Sheepshead gets its name from its mouth full of teeth that resemble those of Sheep. This omnivorous species use their unique incisors and molars to crush and eat shellfish. And, believe it or not, these fish aren’t rare. They occur in abundance along the Atlantic coasts of the United States and are one of the most valued food-fishes of North America.
The 9-pounder that Martin reeled in is a good size Sheepshead, although they are know to grow up to 15 or 20 pounds. One reason you may not see a whole lot of people catching these is because of their notorious ability to steal bait off of a hook. That, combined with their black and white stripes, have earned Sheepshead the nickname “Convict Fish.”
Some commenters confirmed that the fish is, in fact, very tasty, with one person writing: “Yum! Best tasting fish in the sea! Craving some fish tacos now!!”
Other users chimed in with comments like: “Good eating” and “delish!”
There were some who didn’t find the meal to be too appetizing, saying, “Nah, I’m not that hungry, thanks.”
As you can imagine, there were no shortage of dental jokes mixed in there. Here is just a sampling of some of the best (or worst) takes regarding the animal’s chompers:
“Is this where dentures come from?”
“That fish has better teeth than me”
“He definitely needs a cleaning! Lol”
“Bad dentist. Must look elsewhere.”
And, “Looks like he ate somebody’s dentures.”
EQUIP YOUR LAB FOR SUCCESS
If you’re looking for a dental lab management software that will help your lab create much more aesthetically-pleasing restorations for your doctors and their patients, take a look at Evolution. If you’d like to learn more about the best dental lab management solution available, feel free to contact us to schedule a free demo for your lab.
Dental laboratories are essential. Thank you for dedicating yourselves to improving the lives of your fellow humans, (and in some cases NOT humans). You provide a service which ultimately enhances an individual’s aesthetic, self-confidence, physical health and overall well-being. The true magnitude of your impact on society could never be measured.
Something that has been studied is the correlation between tooth loss and cognitive impairment. It’s fairly well known, according to studies, that poor oral health increases someone’s chances of suffering from cognitive issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Recently, additional research “revealed that the association between tooth loss and cognitive impairment was NOT significant when participants had dentures.”
New analysis by NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing reaffirms tooth loss could increase a person’s risk for cognitive decline. Additionally, “…with each
tooth lost, the risk for cognitive impairment increases.” The research was published in JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine on July 8th, 2021. Another observation from the meta-analysis is that “timely prosthodontic treatment with dentures may reduce the progression of cognitive decline related to tooth loss.”
What I find interesting is that the research suggests that with each tooth lost, the risk of cognitive impairment increases. Analysis by the NYU researchers showed that each additional missing tooth was associated with a 1.4% increased risk of cognitive impairment and a 1.1% increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia. So, basically, the more teeth you’re missing, the more likely you are to suffer from cognitive decline. This is fascinating to me and underscores the correlation between oral health and mental health.
Researchers have offered many possible explanations for the connection between tooth loss and diminished cognitive function. One major reason could be that missing teeth leads to difficulty chewing which might hinder a person’s ability to maintain a healthy diet. The inability to smile naturally could be another reason for increasing cognitive impairment. A positive self-image that a patient receives from a dental prosthetic works to improve their mental health.
Furthermore, a major factor for tooth loss is gum disease, according to a growing body of research. Gum disease is a major factor of tooth loss and contributes to deteriorating oral health. These issues ultimately lead to a compromised physical and mental health.
The most effective solution is maintaining oral health. You should also receive timely treatments or dentures if necessary to help reduce your risk of developing any cognitive deficiencies as you get older.
Let us help you, help your dentists. If you are looking for solutions for managing your dentists’ cases more effectively take a look at Evolution from Atlanta Based Systems. Stay on top of your customer service game with automated communications with all of your accounts. Contact us for more information or schedule a free demo to view the best dental lab management software available.