The 2010 State of Dentistry Address

Jim Du Molin's 2010 State of Dentistry AddressIn Jim Du Molin’s “The 2010 State of Dentistry Address,” he discusses how the #1 problem facing President Obama is the same as that faced by dentistry.

“2010 has arrived,” Jim says. “While the president talks about the state of the union… what about the state of dentistry?

The 2010 State of Dentistry AddressIs dentistry stuck in the same hole as the rest of the country?” he asks.

Pretty much, folks,” he continues.

“Our surveys tell us that the average dental practice production is down from 15% to as much as 50%…

“But the real culprit is unemployment.

“The President tells us that unemployment is at 10% nationwide and our country’s #1 problem. But if you dig deeper, looking at all the numbers… the real unemployment number is closer to 17.5%.

How does this translate to dentistry? Roughly speaking, this 17.5% – and all their family members – are out of the dental market, unless they are in pain… at which point they turn into an emergency appointment, one that does not convert into a full treatment plan, because they don’t have the money!

“If dental implant, cosmetic dentistry and braces patients have been a little scarce lately in your practice… it’s simple. These are highly discretionary services. No one is in pain here, and money is tight.

“Now at this point, as a dental management guru, I’m supposed to kick your tush and tell you to get out there and spend some money on marketing for new patients.

“Well, I’m not going to do that.”

Want to know what Jim suggests? Just go to to view the video and learn more.

Joke of the Week: “When Pigs Fly”

Obama jokeIt was once said that pigs would fly before Americans would elect a black president.

Indeed, we’re 100 days into the Obama presidency… and SWINE FLU!!

If you don’t get the pun, try saying the joke out loud.

This joke has led to some controversy online, with a few calling it racist. In reprinting the joke here, we are simply sharing a silly pun. The only comment we feel this joke makes as regards race relations is the fact that, until it happened, the US electing an African-American president seemed unlikely.

Obama Fails When It Comes to Dentists

As our new President approaches 100 days in office, 67% of dentists we surveyed don’t approve of the job he’s doing, and over half of respondents gave him a grade of D or F.

“He is a socialist and he does not have America’s best interests at heart!” declared one.

Report Card:
Barack Obama
as graded by dentists
A 19%
B 12%
C 11%
D 26%
F 32%

Dentists’ biggest political concerns are taxes, the economic stimulus plan, and health care.

Dentists tend to be relatively high-income small businesspeople, and previous surveys indicate that dentists as a group tend to be significantly more conservative than the country as a whole. Prior to the primaries, a Wealthy Dentist survey found Mitt Romney to be the favorite candidate of dentists.

The President’s economic recovery plan has disappointed a number of dentists. “His wealth distribution is so backwards. I almost completely disagree with his entire economic strategy,” said a Washington dentist. Offered an Ohio dentist, “We have witnessed one of the greatest non-wartime spending sprees in our history. Only to now find out that what we thought we were getting (infrastructure) is to be replaced by pipe dreams (high speed rail and wind farms).”

Some urged patience before judging Obama’s policies. “It took a lot longer than 100 days to get us into this mess – it will take longer to get us out,” said a Florida dentist. Agreed a Michigan dentist, “He has been handed a tough job by President Bush’s mismanagement and lack of relevant focus.”

Others are certain the Obama administration will lead the US to disaster. “If we have another terrorist attack (God forbid), it will be Obama’s fault, pure and simple,” declared a Florida dental office worker. “He is taking our country down a dark road,” agreed another in Texas.

Some dentists felt alienated by the previous President. “The man inherited an absolute mess from the previous administration,” said a Texas dentist. “He is opening up diplomatic channels to a lot of countries we should have been talking to years ago. Because of the Bush administration and extremist neoconservative Republicans, I am out of the Republican Party.”

Read the 100 days of Obama press release or see the complete Barack Obama approval rating survey results

How Will Barack Obama Affect Your Life and Dental Practice?

There is a saying in the US Military: “We salute the rank, not the man.” Unlike the media (for example, the CNN pundit who called President Bush a “highly functional moron“), I still feel the office deserves a high level of respect… regardless of the man or woman who holds the position. So, if you’re looking for a series of Obama-bashing editorials, you aren’t going to find them here.

Truth be told, we just don’t know what our new president-elect is really all about. Plus, he is a politician. As a class, campaign promises and party positions are rarely translated verbatim into real legislation by politicians.

As dentists, you need to watch two areas: taxes and health care reform. Of the two, taxes will probably have a more direct impact on your life in the next four to eight years than national health care legislation.

It will take two to three years for health care legislation to be hashed out and a new government bureaucracy built to implement it. The lack of financial resources will initially limit it to physicians and medicine. Once again, be thankful you chose dentistry! You now make more than the average physician, and you will be free to continue to do so for the immediate future.

Taxes are another thing entirely. If president-elect Obama is true to his word and does not increase income taxes on those of us earning $250,000 or less, then all is well and fine. However, Obama will most likely allow the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 to lapse in 2010. Allowing the rates to return to higher levels is not technically a “tax increase.” It’s just the lapsing of a tax cut.

For the next tax issue, I would like to quote Ned Barnett of The American Thinker.

The next loophole involves the payroll tax that you pay to support the Social Security system. Currently, there is an inflation-adjusted cap, and according to the non-profit Tax Foundation, in 2006 — the most recent year for which tax data is available — only the first $94,700 of an unmarried individual’s earnings were subject to the 12.4 percent payroll tax. However, Senator Obama has proposed lifting that cap, adding an additional 12.4 percent tax on every dollar earned above that cap — and in spite of his promise, impacting all those who earn between $94,700 and $249,999.

Please note that the current FICA cap is $102,000 (versus $94,700 in 2006). The individual only pays half of this tax; the employer pays the other half.

This extension of the payroll tax could turn out to be the biggest bite you see coming out of your income in the coming years! However, remember that reality will most likely moderate this new graduated payroll tax system along the lines of the income tax tables.

Until next week…

Jim Du Molin

Dentists Say McCain Would Be Better for Dentistry

McCain More Dentist-Friendly Than Obama (Survey)

In this survey, we asked dentists which presidential candidate would be better for dentistry. Dentists trend Republican, and the outcome of this poll was no exception.

Two out of three dentists surveyed said John McCain would be a better president for dentists. One in six favored Obama, and the remaining one in six said there would be no difference between the two.

Because of his sensational smile, Obama would give cosmetic dentistry a boost by being President,” said a Georgia dentist.

Here are some additional comments from dentists:

  • “Due to higher taxes by Obama, there will be less money to spend on dentistry.” (Louisiana dentist)
  • “God forbid Obama gets in… socialized healthcare, here we come!!” (Arizona dentist)
  • “Obama is a classic Robin Hood Democrat: Tax the people who work to create wealth, and redistribute it to the masses who don’t.” (Florida dentist)
  • “An Obama presidency would be better for the country, and therefore better for dentists.” (California orthodontist)
  • “The last thing I need is higher taxes.” (California periodontist)
  • “Truly, neither one will be good, since the Democrats in Congress will call the
    shots and ram healthcare down our throats.” (New York dentist)

Post your own thoughts on the presidential election or read the candidates and dentistry survey results


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