Week in Review: OSHA inspection must-knows | Changes coming | 3 key ingredients your practice needs

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

As I write this note, the snow is coming down here in Colorado and it's a beautiful sight against the Christmas lights of the neighborhood. I took a moment before writing this just to take a deep breath and enjoy the sights of the holiday season, and I hope you'll be able to do the same at some point this month as well.

I have also been reflecting on some of the articles we published this week on DrBicuspid.com and wanted to suggest a few of them for your weekend reading.

Let's begin with a thought that is on everyone's mind right now: change. We've endured plenty of that in 2020, and there is still more to come in 2021.

We know that the dental industry will be affected by a change in administration on the national level in January. What might that mean for you and your patients? That question and more were answered in a recent roundtable discussion that provided some context for what could lie ahead.

As an industry, we can also get a sense for what is to come by what is currently happening in the medical and dental space. Dr. Marc Cooper thinks now is the time to rethink what the dental practice will become when it is integrated with primary care. Why? Because this is the future that he believes will happen.

And the changes that are coming mean now is the time to ensure your practice is running at optimum levels heading into the new year. Using information that Levin Group has been compiling since 1985, Dr. Roger P. Levin believes there are three key ingredients that every successful dental practice must have. He explained what they are and how you get there earlier this week in an article that I believe is a must-read for every dentist.

So, now that I have suggested a must-read, I'm also going to offer you a must-listen. If you think the pandemic is going to slow down inspections from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), think again, says Mary Govoni, RDH, CDA. In a podcast that lasts just under 20 minutes, Govoni tells dentists and dental team members what they need to know about an inspection and what should be done now to prepare for one.

Finally, on the clinical side, a panoramic x-ray scan revealed bilateral osteolytic lesions in a man's jaw, leading to the diagnosis and treatment of the rare condition Langerhans cell histiocytosis. The photos and explanations in this case report will provide you with another reason for your patients to understand the value of regular x-rays.

For those of you celebrating Hanukkah, my team and I say to you, "Hanukkah Sameach!" Thank you for being a DrBicuspid.com subscriber and reader.

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