Dentaltown November 2015 - (Page 74)

public health feature You're a Public-Health Dentist (...and you didn't even know it!) by Natalie Peterson, DDS 74 W When Dentaltown asked me to write an article about public-health dentistry, I was stumped, thinking, "How can I make this topic even remotely interesting to the average dentist?" I brainstormed the topic with Karin Quick, DDS, Division Director of Dental Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and she recommended taking the angle of how public health is a part of every dental practice in some way, and offered a list of programs. Riding home on the bus that afternoon from my day at the dental-school clinics, I was listening to Howard Farran's podcast with Guy Moorman, and was struck by his quote, "They never talk about the public-health dentist, and I think deep down inside, we're all a specialist, because at the end of the day we're all a public-health dentist." I thought, I guess this is the universe's way of telling me my topic! When most people think of public-health dentistry, they tend to think of dental professionals who are working in the U. S. Public Health Service, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), or school-based programs. But there is so much more to public health than those full-time career paths. I'll review a few avenues that you may not be aware of, and hopefully inspire some readers to get involved with a program as a way to help their communities. Continued on p. 76 NOVEMBER 2015 //

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dentaltown November 2015

HOWARD SPEAKS: Avoid a Perfect Storm: Focus on Infection Control
PROFESSIONAL COURTESY: Suffering from Arithmophobia?
Continuing Education Update
Industry News
Check Out This Broken Implant
Disaster Case— Hail Mary
Internal Marketing Begets Referrals
When to Refer to a Periodontist
Parents in the Operatory: Friend or Foe?
What You Need to Know to Hire the Perfect Hygienist
Space Maintenance: The Right Appliance at the Right Time
Practice Solutions: AMD LASERS
Practice Solutions: Planmeca
Product Profi le:
Adhesives: 60 Years of Clinical and Chemical Improvement
Product Profi le: DEXIS
Misaligned Anterior Teeth Straightened with Direct Composite Bonding
Five Common Web Design Mistakes
You’re a Public-Health Dentist and You Didn’t Even Know It!
Retirement Planning Made Simple
Young Patient Redefi nes the Face of Dentures
New Products
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body: A Patient Info Sheet
Ad Index
You Should Know: Synergy Dental Partners
Practice Growth Fueled by Technology
The Clinical Algorithms of Rehabilitation
Dentally Incorrect

Dentaltown November 2015