Dental Economics magazine is trying something novel and innovative – a dental trade show on the internet.
And, why not?
It is a pain in the ass for the active practicing dentist to run out to a dental society or other dental organization sponsored trade show in a distant locale to attempt to look at a product with a horde of other folks crowding around. Besides the exact product that you may be researching may not be there or the booth/exhibit space so crowded you cannot see it demonstrated.
Then, there is the competing dental continuing education that NEVER allows enough time to get down to the exhibit floor.
Flap knows of the dental manufacturers and sales representative concern about the costs of these shows. It is a legitimate concern and pushes up the costs of dental care unnecessarily.
A virtual trade show is a step in the right direction.
From the press release:
Flap has moved the graphic press release which has active links for registration here. Check it out.
Oh, by the way, Flap has not accepted any gratuity or anything from the companies featured in the press release over at My Dental Forum.
Nicole Linker, left, an iSmile technician, checks on Katie Blood during her whitening treatment.
Why would anyone think this is NOT practicing dentistry, despite the lame excuses the iSmileXpress company gives?
The California Dental Board will currently go out of business on July 1 of this year, thanks to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger so the enforcement of California law has probably been lax. Also, Jerry Brown, the uber liberal former Governor ond now the Attorney General is too busy suing county governments and President Bush over global warming to bother.
Let’s see why should these companies be regulated?
1. The treatment is worthless – mostly dehydration of the teeth and hence a fraud
2. A patient actually may be harmed by the materials and how would the technicians (who ain’t dentists) know anyway?
The video is here.
Flap is amazed at the fast buck artists in and around dentistry.
Yes, they can.
It was claimed last week that the fruit drinks could be twice as healthy as first thought.
But dentists warn that the beneficial effects of boosting consumption of fruit are likely to be far outweighed by damage the drinks cause to teeth.
They warn that the high levels of sugar in the drinks can promote decay without good dental hygiene.
Flap has been amazed at the lack of educational awareness of deleterious effects of sugar and citric acid on the teeth of children AND adults. Yet, folks continue to distribute these tooth rotting drinks and warrant them as healthy.
Be true to your teeth (watch the sugar, practice good dental hygiene, see the dentist) or they will be FALSE to you.
William Kelly, 43, extracted part of his own tooth, leaving a black stump. He plans to pull one more.
The American League of dentists declared this a noble mission.
“A noble mission yes, but not an entirely easy one.” said Dentist General Charles Chicklets. “These people have never seen a toothbrush, toothpaste or even a toothpick in their entire lives! We’ll be sending advisors at first. We’ll then slowly build up our forces there. We may be in country for a decade or more.”
About damn time those Brits were civilized…….