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Cannabis in Medicine and Dentistry: An Uncertain Future

A few weeks ago, I attended the annual Oregon Dental Conference in Portland. One of the most interesting topics discussed at the conference is the impact of marijuana (cannabis), its active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD), in the medical and dental industries.

As many in healthcare may know already, cannabis is classified as a Schedule I substance, and according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, "has no currently accepted medical use." However, in the last few years...

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New Tech at the Dental Office

New technology has reached every facet of our lives, from the way we make our coffee in the morning to how we consume the news late at night. We don’t watch TV the way we did twenty years ago. We don’t listen to music the way we did even a decade ago. And we don’t even use transportation the way we did five years ago. And in so many ways, the office, even the dental office, is getting its makeover, too.

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A Word on the Internet

“The internet is not something that you just dump something on- it’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes!” Senator Ted Stevens will live in infamy thanks to his public comments on the internet. Signal is down? Call the plumber. Trying to download too much at once? Use some Drano.

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Of course, the internet has long since evolved from the days of dial-up, when you were excited to hear that “You’ve Got Mail” and Pets.com was the way of the future.

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Steven 374a4fd1fa63cb292e348824522405643a2fe669013b95ba1cae7879ec1ee920

Back to Basics

In Scott's last post on the Academy of Osseointegration meeting, he mentioned that digital dentistry and digital workflow are the way of the future. There is no denying that advances have not only enabled a complete transformation of patient care, but they have also have begun to impact the future of clinical education and clinical standards. 

I went through training alongside Scott at the University of Pennsylvania, where the next research paper in CAD/CAM always seemed just around the corner while instructors constantly reminded us to not forget the basics of time-tested techniques and materials. Since graduating, I've constantly pondered on the nature of this dualism. 

Dentistry is in many ways like making sushi.

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Steven 374a4fd1fa63cb292e348824522405643a2fe669013b95ba1cae7879ec1ee920

Shortening the Dental Supply Chain for the Dentist (and why it matters!)

We get one question all the time from dentists: "What makes your website relevant?" 

It's no secret that the dental marketplace is crowded with sales reps, discount warehouses, and independent retailers. There are now more choices than ever for purchasing materials, and it can be really confusing. For dentists, understanding where your products come from and how much you pay for them is critical for your office budget. In other words, you want to maintain a high-quality patient experience with exceptional outcomes at low cost.

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