Dentists Not Concerned About Chemicals Used in Dentistry

Dentists Not Concerned About Chemicals Used in Dentistry“Not particularly worried” is the most popular response for concerns about the chemicals in dentistry among dentists, according to a new The Wealthy Dentist survey, but the results are pretty evenly split.

The online survey asked dentists from the U.S. and Canada if they are concerned about the safety of dental composite and sealants.

54% were not worried, while 46% had concerns about safety.

Here’s how the dentists responded —

  • 21% – Definitely yes! I am very concerned about this issue.
  • 25% – Somewhat. I have some worries about safety.
  • 38% – Not really. I’m interested, but not particularly worried.
  • 16% – Definitely not! I’m not worried at all.

Chemicals Used in Dentistry Survey Results Graph

“It’s about the same argument as the amalgam and mercury issue. I don’t see that the literature to date points in any direction toward concern about BPA!” a Mississippi dentist said.

BPA in tooth fillings has been in the news recently due to a study linking the chemical to behavioral problems in children.

According to Dr. John Reitz of Reading Eagle Press, “When dental manufacturers became aware of the health risk of BPA they made a conscious effort at eliminating or at least limiting the amount in dental products. According to research by the American Dental Association, BPA is rarely used today as an ingredient in dental products.”

Most of the dentists who responded to this survey agree that there are minimal risks from dental chemicals.

Here’s what many dentists had to say on the subject —

“We need more long-term studies.” (New Jersey dentist)

“To temper this, we have to remember that ANYTHING in the body outside of what is indigenous is considered foreign and has potential to elicit yet another of those unexpected side effects, sort of like most of Congress’ laws. Since I stopped doing sealants years and years ago, I am less concerned about the effect on most adults.” (General dentist)

“Amalgam is on its way out. Let the chemist reformulate BPA-free dental products!” (Alabama dentist)

“I didn’t know that I need to be concerned…” (California dentist)

“No patients have shown any worry. I do feel extensive research should be conducted.” (Mississippi dentist)

“Yes – patients ask about it! But I understand there are different kinds…some more damaging than others.” (Michigan dentist)

“I’ve never had a patient even mention it, unlike the ‘wackos’ who won’t let fluoride touch their kids lips…” (General dentist)

“None of our patients have mentioned it, yet. But, I won’t be surprised if or when they do in the future. I’m personally concerned about BPA in composites. I certainly didn’t want it in the plastic baby bottles my child used, so why would I want it in composite resin dental restorations? Dentistry certainly needs to have BPA free restorative materials.” (Ohio dentist)

“Parents are now asking me about our materials and if they contain BPAs.” (Pediatric dentist)

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has not identified evidence to suggest that the use of resin-based dental sealants or composite resin restorative materials is linked to adverse health effects from BPA exposure. (Source: ADA)

Dentists, what are your thoughts on chemicals used in dentistry?

Dentists Report Dental Practice Production Up Slightly for 2012

Dentists Report Dental Practice Production Up Slightly for 2012 SurveyThe latest The Wealthy Dentist survey indicates that 2012 production income is up for almost half the dentist respondents.

4 out of 10 dentists have experienced growth over the last 6 months, which many are attributing to dental marketing efforts and strict financial management, and many expect continued growth throughout 2012.

“After three years of flat production numbers, finally, the flood gates have opened! I hope we are now permanently over the Great Recession!” reports an Illinois dentist.

But not all dentists are upbeat about the economy.

A California dentist remarked, “The first quarter started well, but we have just finished the 2nd quarter and are producing numbers on par with where we were between 2004 and 2005. We are currently 80k off our high reached in 2007. This recovery is not happening and it appears to be getting worse.”

Dental Practice Production 2012

The survey revealed 43% percent of dentists have experienced some growth in the last months, another 21% have experienced no growth, and 36% have actually seen their practice production decrease in 2012.

This reflects a 5% increase in production compared to July 2011 responses to the same question where just 38% of dentists said their revenue in 2011 was climbing.

Dealing with dental insurance plans remain a struggle for dentists, with some not expecting to see an improvement in the ability of their patients to pay more out of pocket treatment expenses.

“With more companies dropping dental coverage, patients are postponing necessary dental treatment,” writes an Arizona dentist.

Here’s what dentists had to say about 2012 practice production —

Production is down…

“Production slightly up, right-offs up more. Net is flat.” (General dentist)

“There’s lots of cancelling of hygiene appointments and less acceptance of treatment plans — even using outside financing, which most do not qualify for. If we financed ourselves people would do more treatments but we refuse to finance patients.” (Connecticut dentist)

“This thing is not over yet.” (Texas dentist)

“There’s been a 2% decrease in production and collections.” (Louisiana dentist)

“We are down 12%.” (Minnesota dentist)

Production is up …

“Our production is up — actually 38%!” (Texas dentist)

“Best year ever!” (Michigan dentist)

“Up the first half. Will it continue? Stay tuned…” (Alabama dentist)

“A lot more people have discretionary income now and they are using it to improve their oral health. Haven’t seen this much demand in the last 6 years.” (General dentist)

“Not bad for a tough economy.” (Oklahoma dentist)

“We are predicting an even greater increase in production in the second half of 2012 compared to the first half.” (Ohio prosthodontist)

“Production has increased more than 20% but my practice is not normal. It is in it’s third year. I started it after selling my ‘old’ practice. This Dental E.R. was built with these economic times in mind. This business model is still being improved as I learn more about our clients.” (Missouri dentist)

Keeping dental patients consistently visiting their dentist while bringing in new dental patients is a crucial part of increasing dental practice production. What are you doing to keep production up at your dental practice?

Dentist Believes Better Economic Outlook is Government Brainwashing Propaganda

Economic Outlook is Government Brainwashing PropagandaRecently the U.S. Central Bank reported that the economy continued to expand at a moderate pace from mid-February through late March indicating a brighter outlook for most Americans, but is the recession really over?

Only 9% of the dentists we surveyed think so.

“More government brainwashing propaganda. This recession will never be over!” said one dentist.

In fact, only 37% of the dentists surveyed feel things are starting to improve. For 56% of dentists, the recession is still going strong. However, these numbers have declined since 2010 when The Wealthy Dentist asked if the recession was over. In that survey, only 4% of dentists felt the recession was over and 78% thought the recession was still going strong.

But there’s still not much optimism out there, judging by some of the dentists’ comments to this survey —

“Do not believe the Government cheerleaders. Read what real economy PhD’s have to say. It is not pretty, but with the real facts you can plan your financial future better. Good luck to you all and God bless.” (General dentist)

“It is not over. People are simply comfortable where they are at. Big difference.” (Suburban orthodontist)

“I am seeing pent up demand coming through, although I don’t believe it will last. There are many things in the economy that are yet to be fixed.” (Texas dentist)

“Better inform my poor unemployed patients!” (South Carolina dentist)

“We didn’t go through a downturn because we quickly assumed that a “new normal” was in place and adapted to it. This meant becoming even more patient centered in terms of economics,i.e. insurance friendly, willing to phase treatment, many financial options, willing to do build ups instead of crowns. The office philosophy became “keep ’em in the practice” in 2009 and stays that way today.” (New York dentist)

“It won’t be over for at least another 5-10 years.” (General dentist)

“Not in New Jersey!” (New Jersey dentist)

“If the recession is over, then why aren’t the banks, yes the same banks that we, the American people bailed out, willing to lend again!?” (General dentist)

“The gas increase reduced the new patient calls.” (Indiana dentist)

“Dental patients who have never been concerned about being out-of-network are beginning to turn to the network to save money. Big-box offices are coming in to town and luring patients from single doctor offices. The message that the best dentistry will win out is not accurate at this time. Patients will go where they can save money. They are not as concerned about changing their standard as they have been in the past. Mediocrity doesn’t matter!” (General dentist)

“Insurance companies are continuing to lower reimbursement yet costs rise and fees are stagnant.” (Missouri dentist)

“I’ve had patients put off fillings, crowns and routine cleanings, examinations, and radiographs because they had to pay their mortgage, car payment and utility bills instead.” (Illinois dentist)

“We went from an average monthly collections of $120k last year, to $142k/month for the first quarter of 2012.” (Indiana dentist)

“We are noticing a slow improvement, but we can’t bank on that continuing. It’s way too early to tell at this point.” (Ohio prosthodontist)

“A lot of employers now have cut out dental insurance or lowered the maximum coverage. Patients now have many other expenses that they have been waiting to pay off before having elective dental treatment.” (Washington dentist)

“My practice is doing well but what about my real estate and the cost of gas? I appreciate the practice situation but it’s only part of the puzzle.” (California dentist)

“The recession is over for everything but large cosmetic cases.” (General dentist)

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A $450 a Day Dental Hygienist’s Salary Utopia? (video)

A $450 a Day Dental Hygienist's Salary Utopia? (video)The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists dental hygiene as one of the top 20 fastest growing occupations with an average mean wage of $33.54 an hour.

However, many dental hygienists work part time and only about 38% percent work full time at a dental practice.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists the average hourly base pay for their dental hygienist.

Dentists were varied in their responses, ranging from statements that dental hygienists are the lifeblood of the of their dental practice to dental hygienists being overpaid leeches sucking the practice dry.

One dentist complained, “I do not know what they are thinking. Do they think they are worth more than doctors? I am paying my hygienist too much . . . and it is the market rate.”

But another dentist reported paying his dental hygienist $55.00 an hour and raved, “She’s worth every penny. She makes me a fortune!”

It all comes down to how much money a dental hygienist can bring in to a dental practice.

To hear what dentists had to say about dental hygienist compensation, Click on Play to watch the video —

The U.S. geographic profile of annual mean wage for dental hygienists as of 2011 —

Dental Hygienist mean wage May 2011

How much do you pay your dental hygienist an hour? Do you feel that they are worth it?

Why Many Dentists Enjoy Treating Children (video)

Why Many Dentists Enjoy Treating Children (video)Dentists nationwide are seeing an increase in cavities among young children.

As doctors contemplate the reason for this increase, The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if they encouraged their adult patients to bring their kids in for dental care.

Children are a wonderful blessing upon the world, unless you are a dentist treating a difficult child that doesn’t want dental care. In this case children can feel like a troublesome scourge upon the earth.

One dentist told The Wealthy Dentist, “No! I don’t treat kids! I want to live a long life!”

Another disagreed saying, “I love it when patients bring their children in. I am a kid at heart and really can relate to them. It is so much fun!”

To hear more of what dentists had to say about treating children, Click on Play —

Do you you enjoy treating children?

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