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Permanent link  New App gets users brushing


If you find your patients with their noses buried in their smart phones and tablets while they wait for their appointments to begin, recommend an App to preview your oral hygiene message. Toothsavers calls on users’ competitive spirit to get kids brushing.
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition of 36 leading organizations in the field of oral health, and the national Ad Council recently released the free app to encourage better oral health habits. Find Toothsavers online and in the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores
The game features:
 - 10 colorful characters whose teeth kids can clean with swipes and taps.
 - 10 two-minute animations to make brushing in real life fun.
 - 10 colorful cartoon teeth that animate to your voice in two-player mode.
 - An interactive map to chart each day and night that kids brush with Toothsavers.
 - New characters unlocked by brushing two minutes, twice a day with Toothsavers.
 - A parents' section to designate daily brushing times and monitor kids’ brushing progress on a calendar.
Toothsavers is the first mobile app to be entirely created by the Ad Council — a nonprofit organization that has been producing public service campaigns since 1942. It represents a big milestone in the Council’s efforts to use gaming and mobile technology to effect social change. 
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives shares the view that no child should be in pain and suffer broader health issues or endure the social stigma and lack of opportunity resulting from untreated dental diseases and conditions. Its primary mission is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention.
This campaign aims to motivate parents to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.


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Permanent link  ADA launches new Web site on evidence based dentistry


From the ADA:

The Evidence-Based Dentistry Web site is a new site by dentists for dentists and their patients. It gives you access to the most current, clinically relevant information from one centralized location.

Key features include:

  • Database of systematic reviews-currently over 1,300 reviews, which will update quarterly
  • Critical summaries of systematic reviews-one-page synopses of key elements of a systematic review with clinical implications written by practicing dentists trained in critical assessment of published systematic reviews
  • Clinical recommendations-Useful tools that can be applied in making evidence-based clinical treatment decisions
  • Links to evidence-based dentistry resources-Links to outside resources including tutorials, glossaries and databases
Please keep in mind that this launch is an introductory stage and we appreciate your feedback and patience as we establish this unique resource to its fullest potential.


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Permanent link  New dental blog friends


We're blogging from the press room, where we've made friends with Kathy Kincade and Laird Harrison of Dr.Bicuspid, a dental news website. You should check them out - here's a story they posted today from Midwinter.


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Permanent link  Google Reader can help you keep up with the internet


A lot of professionals have a hard enough time staying on top of industry happenings, reading the newspaper, and keeping an eye on the latest business and economic news; much less have the time and eyeball energy left to check out these "blogs" everyone is talking about. But there are ways you can efficiently read all of this and more.

I use Google Reader, which reads RSS feeds. An RSS feed is like a subscription to the content of a website - there are RSS feeds to trade publications, newspapers, magazines, and blogs (like this one). When you sign up for Google Reader, you can choose which sites to 'subscribe' to (for free of course - this is the internet), and the Reader will show you the content piece by piece, all in one website. No more remembering and typing URLs, clicking around the newspaper website to find what you want, or forgetting to check on a business or story you've been following. Just take a break here and there to read your RSS items.

Once you get started, whenever you find a website or blog you want to make sure to read, just click on the RSS symbol or the word "RSS" on that site, and your browser will know to add that site's feed to your Google Reader.

This video explains it all really well.

But what blogs should you be reading? Well, in addition to In The Dentist's Chair, there are a whole lot of great things to subscribe to. Here are some feeds you might want to get:

  • You'll see the link to In The Dentist's Chair's RSS feed on the right side of the page. Other dental resources on the web include; Going Dental; and Flap's Dentistry Blog.
  • All area newspapers have RSS feeds not only to news articles, but you can also choose to just subscribe to your favorite subject or columnist (or sports team). Here are pages of RSS feeds for Chicago papers: Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times; Crain's Chicago Business.
  • The blog at has a lot of news for people who run their own practice to keep an eye on.
  • Lifehacker is a blog of tips and tools to help you work more efficiently - for example, this post about saving desk space.
  • Cute Overload is a blog with a very accurate title. An occasional baby bunny picture sure does smooth out the day:

See? So go out there and read some feeds! Let us know about your experience in the comments...


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