Dr. Deems & the lone CEO; ultrasound nearly ready for prime time

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Dentists should take leadership cues from the CEOs of other businesses in order to become more successful and satisfied in today's challenging environment, according to Dr. Don Deems in the latest episode of "15 Minutes to Excellence."

Click here to watch our conversation with Dr. Deems, who emphasizes that adjusting your leadership style to be more like that of a CEO offers many advantages to dental practices large and small.

Meanwhile, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine affords strong protection against oral HPV16/18 infections, according to a new study in PLOS One. The research suggests it may reduce the risk of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers, in particular HPV16, the type most commonly associated with this cancer.

Over in the Imaging & CAD/CAM Community, lessons learned from the lumber industry are helping a start-up company in Seattle develop a new type of ultrasound imaging device designed for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic applications in dentistry. S-Ray is now developing several prototypes and is in the early stages of working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to gain marketing approval, with an eye toward a commercial launch in mid-2014.

Finally, two dentists from the late 1800s -- Dr. Alfred C. Fones and Dr. Willoughby D. Miller -- never met, but their parallel careers had a historic impact on dentistry, yielding the first classification of oral bacteria, the first dental hygienist, and the first dental hygiene school in the world. Read more in Daniel Demers' fascinating exploration of the history of dental hygiene.

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