Ready for Vacation? Pack Your Dentist’s Phone Number

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When you’re packing for vacation, you wouldn’t think of leaving your sunscreen or bathing suit behind. However, it may not have occurred to you to bring your dentist’s phone number with you. Yet your home dental office can be a big help if you have tooth troubles while away.

For one thing, your dentist can help determine if you have a problem that needs to be taken care of immediately or if it can wait until you come back. In addition, your dentist may offer helpful tips for dealing with the situation in the short-term.

Also, your dentist may be able to help you find a local dentist who speaks your language and has suitable training. That way, you won’t have the added worry of communication problems or that the approach to dental care will be vastly different.

If you can’t reach your dentist and need to find dental care while on vacation, the hotel concierge may be a good resource. However, if you are in a foreign country, you might first want to contact your home country’s embassy or consulate for an unbiased recommendation.

So before you leave, don’t forget to bring your toothbrush, your floss…and your dentist’s phone number.

ACE Panel needs volunteers to share opinions

The ACE Panel is a network of practicing ADA member dentists who want to share their opinion on topics and products evaluated and published in the ADA Professional Product Review.

The mission of the ACE Panel is to ensure that the content provided in the ADA Professional Product Review represents the firsthand, day-to-day experiences of practicing member dentists. And being on the ACE Panel won’t be a time waster — there is an average commitment of less than 10 minutes a month.

To join a panel, click here.

Study clubs from a business perspective

Together to learn: New dentists from around Colorado attend a study club sponsored by the Colorado Dental Association New Dentist Committee to learn about business matters.

Together to learn: New dentists from around Colorado attend a
study club sponsored by the Colorado Dental Association New Dentist
Committee to learn about business matters.

Englewood, Colo. — For new dentists, there can be a lot to learn when it comes to creating or running a small business.

Establishing the necessary business elements and learning how to run a successful dental practice can provide challenges early in one’s career.

DrPearsonThe Colorado Dental Association New Dentist Committee is taking a unique approach in an effort to help their member dentists bridge the gap.

Over the past few years, Dr. Justin Pearson, a 2008 University of Michigan School of Dentistry graduate and current chair of the Colorado Dental Association New Dentist Committee, has been working with a team of general dentists and sponsors who volunteer their time to organize quarterly study clubs aimed solely at providing business education to their members.

Because Colorado is a large state that encompasses more than 100,000 square miles, the New Dentist Committee also live-streams each study club session for free in an effort to reach dentists who cannot make it to the study club on a given night. Podcasts will soon be available on the Colorado Dental Association website ( and New Dentist Committee Facebook page ( to allow members to listen to the programs at their leisure. Watch parties for the study clubs are also regularly organized in other communities to encourage engagement throughout the state as members watch the presentations together.

The program is interactive and attendees can ask the presenters questions from the outreach locations via an online chat function.

“I really enjoy networking with our younger colleagues and owe a lot to the many clinicians who have helped me get my start over my first nine years in general practice,” Dr. Pearson said. He enjoys keeping current on the latest trends in dentistry and maintains that these networking opportunities afforded to young dentists allow them to share ideas and work together to solve many business quandaries.

Dentists who are interested in finding a study club near them, including ones that offer continuing education, can contact their local or state dental society.