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Excellent article and videos of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry in actionExcellent article and videos of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry in action
Karen Williams, RDH, MS and Kim Bray, RDH, MS
Have you wondered what Motivational Interviewing looks and sounds like in action? Here is an excellent article that includes two outstanding videos by Karen Williams, RDH, MS and Kim Bray RDH, MS of the UMKC School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Department on using Motivational Interviewing (MI) in dental hygiene. . . . keep reading >>

What holistic health and its cousin wellness mean to dentistryWhat holistic health and its cousin wellness mean to dentistry
Lynn D Carlisle DDS
With the renewed interest in wellness, I am re-posting my classic article on the philosophical assumptions of holistic health and wellness in dentistry. Some people are treating wellness and "Complete Dentistry" as new discoveries. They aren't. This article is from Dental Economics in 1981. . . . keep reading >>

Mike Robichaux talks about building a patient-centered dental practice.Mike Robichaux talks about building a patient-centered dental practice.
Bill Wathen, a professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry, interviews Mike Robichaux of Slidel, Louisiana on his journey in building a patient-centered dental practice. This video was created for Bill's Dental Crossroad program that is an elective course for Baylor dental school students and alumni. This is the best description I have seen or heard on the process of building a patient-centered, relationship-based, health-centered dental practice I have seen. . . . keep reading >>

Knowing your patient, Part I, The role of empathy in practicing dentistryKnowing your patient, Part I, The role of empathy in practicing dentistry
F. Harold Wirth, DDS
This article, by Harold Wirth on Empathy, was written in the late 70's or early 1980's. With the publication of my Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry book, I thought it important to recognize how Harold wrote about it: "Trust has become so scarce a commodity that any dentist who earns a reputation for caring and being trustworthy will quickly acquire as many patients as he can handle." F. Harold Wirth, DDS . . . keep reading >>

Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry book is out!Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry book is out!
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
After a two year process (gestation?) my Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry, Helping People Become Healthier book is live and available for purchase. I have said that writing and publishing a book is like birthing a baby. Mothers, who have birthed a baby, smirk and say "You have no idea!". I cannot dispute this, but it was a long process that was sometimes a pain, but mostly enjoyable for me to write and publish. I am pleased with the result and early reviews. Find out for yourself: to read about it and/or to purchase . . . keep reading >>

Patients asking for information on the Oral/Systemic Connection?Patients asking for information on the Oral/Systemic Connection?
As mentioned in previous ISOC articles, there is an increase in articles and information on the Oral/Systemic connection in dental literature and the popular press. You may have questions from your patients on this. I have been monitoring the American Academy for Oral/Systemic Health website and blog and have found it to be a valuable resource for information on the O/S Connection. . . . keep reading >>


Excellent article and videos of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry in action
Karen Williams, RDH, MS and Kim Bray, RDH, MS
Excellent article and videos of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry in action Have you wondered what Motivational Interviewing looks and sounds like in action? Here is an excellent article that includes two outstanding videos by Karen Williams, RDH, MS and Kim Bray RDH, MS of the UMKC School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Department on using Motivational Interviewing (MI) in dental hygiene. . . . keep reading >>

What holistic health and its cousin wellness mean to dentistry
Lynn D Carlisle DDS
What holistic health and its cousin wellness mean to dentistry With the renewed interest in wellness, I am re-posting my classic article on the philosophical assumptions of holistic health and wellness in dentistry. Some people are treating wellness and "Complete Dentistry" as new discoveries. They aren't. This article is from Dental Economics in 1981. . . . keep reading >>

Mike Robichaux talks about building a patient-centered dental practice.
Mike Robichaux talks about building a patient-centered dental practice. Bill Wathen, a professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry, interviews Mike Robichaux of Slidel, Louisiana on his journey in building a patient-centered dental practice. This video was created for Bill's Dental Crossroad program that is an elective course for Baylor dental school students and alumni. This is the best description I have seen or heard on the process of building a patient-centered, relationship-based, health-centered dental practice I have seen. . . . keep reading >>

Should you set goals in your dental practice and life?
Lynn D Carlisle DDS
Should you set goals in your dental practice and life? Should you set goals in your dental practice and life? Yes, but don't get totally invested in them. Setting goals gives meaning and direction to your life. It is very important that a dentist as a business person does this. But setting goals doesn't guarantee you will achieve all of them. . . . keep reading >>

How to start 2015 on a positive note. Revisit your highlights of 2014. A team meeting topic
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
How to start 2015 on a positive note. Revisit your highlights of 2014. A team meeting topic In your rush to be onto the next year (maybe you are thinking about New Year's resolutions), you can miss a golden opportunity to reflect on the best in your personal life, your dental or consulting practice and for your team for 2014 Bud and Judy Ham introduced Kirsten and me to the concept of highlights years ago. (Also includes ISOC's 2013 highlights and plans for 2014.) . . . keep reading >>

Year end grist for your dental planning
Various
Year end grist for your dental planning I monitor many web sites for information and trends that I believe predict and validate what In a Spirit of Caring is all about - to help you develop exceptional dr./pt./team relationships with your patients and clients. Here are links to six thought provoking articles from . . . keep reading >>

F. Harold Wirth Foundation Pin Ceremony - Mike Robichaux Keynote address
Mike Robichaux, DDS
F. Harold Wirth Foundation Pin Ceremony - Mike Robichaux Keynote address This keynote presentation by Mike Robichaux is a powerful presentation of what Harold Wirth meant to the LSU School of Dentistry and dentistry as a whole. In this keynote address he passes on the wisdom teachings from Harold, his other mentors (Mike Schuster, Bob Frazer and others including me) and his own hard earned wisdom. In my opinion, with this keynote he becomes a wise elder in dentistry. . . . keep reading >>

Knowing your patient, Part I, The role of empathy in practicing dentistry
F. Harold Wirth, DDS
Knowing your patient, Part I, The role of empathy in practicing dentistry This article, by Harold Wirth on Empathy, was written in the late 70's or early 1980's. With the publication of my Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry book, I thought it important to recognize how Harold wrote about it: "Trust has become so scarce a commodity that any dentist who earns a reputation for caring and being trustworthy will quickly acquire as many patients as he can handle." F. Harold Wirth, DDS . . . keep reading >>

Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry book is out!
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry book is out! After a two year process (gestation?) my Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry, Helping People Become Healthier book is live and available for purchase. I have said that writing and publishing a book is like birthing a baby. Mothers, who have birthed a baby, smirk and say "You have no idea!". I cannot dispute this, but it was a long process that was sometimes a pain, but mostly enjoyable for me to write and publish. I am pleased with the result and early reviews. Find out for yourself: to read about it and/or to purchase . . . keep reading >>

Patients asking for information on the Oral/Systemic Connection?
Patients asking for information on the Oral/Systemic Connection? As mentioned in previous ISOC articles, there is an increase in articles and information on the Oral/Systemic connection in dental literature and the popular press. You may have questions from your patients on this. I have been monitoring the American Academy for Oral/Systemic Health website and blog and have found it to be a valuable resource for information on the O/S Connection. . . . keep reading >>

An update and another early review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry
Greg Tarantola, DDS
An update and another early review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry Dr. Lynn Carlisle's book - Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry - can take relationship based dentistry to the next level. Lynn's distallization of the motivational interviewing process in his book, both the theory and practical application, makes it user friendly for the dentist and his/her team. . . . keep reading >>

The Oral-Systemic Health Connection - a book review
The Oral-Systemic Health Connection - a book review A new book on the oral-systemic connection has just been published: The Oral-Systemic Health Connection: a guide to patient care - edited by Michael Glick, DMD. It is a collection of 13 chapters on different topics ranging from "Causation, Association, and Oral Health-Systemic Disease Connections" to "Oral Manifestations of Systemic Diseases" and "The Traveling Oral Microbiome". I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the book was to read. Upon completion of the book, I felt like I had been updated on the different facets of the science behind the O-S connection. . . . keep reading >>

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