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When it comes to oral health, every Dental Association endeavours to meet the needs and expectations of the public through its education, advocacy, research and development of standards.
Our health is an integral part of general health and well-being. In order to achieve optimal oral health of the nation, all the dentists, surgeons and dental students need to be updated and should be on the go so as to cater to the public in a responsible manner. It would also help them to achieve dental excellence that would result in the advancement of dental professionals. All the dentists and surgeons are supporting the upcoming scientific innovations to meet the changing needs of the society and promoting its well-being.
Many dental offices are managing their dental practices with the help of amazingly available mobile applications or websites that provide great utility when it comes to maintaining oral health.
Have you heard of BrushDJ [http://www.brushdj.com/]? It is a creative mobile app that is designed to get the patients to brush their teeth. This app randomly picks up a song from the iTunes library of your iPhone and plays it for a time period of 2 minutes till which you need to brush your teeth. This can be given as an interesting exercise by the dentists to their patients.
Let us look at the various websites and mobile applications that would help dentists, surgeons and dental students to be cognizant in the field of dental developments.
Useful Websites and Blogs for the reference of Dental Students and Practitioners:
1) Dental Buzz
Dental Buzz is one of those sites which is kept up-to-date on what is happening in the world of dentistry. The upcoming technologies, new techniques and even the information which is easy to digest for the patients as well are made available by this site’s owner in order to educate the dentists further. It also provides assistance to the dentists by making available sections on dental team communications and practice management.
If dental debates are your thing then make sure you visit the site, Dental Buzz.
2) The Dental Geek
Are you a newbie in starting your practice in the realm of dentistry and keen on updating yourself on the various dental topics including the controversial ones? Then your search ends at “The Dental Geek”. This site is run by various dental geeks and their specialization is in Dental Marketing. Pay this site a visit, if you feel this sounds right up your alley.
3) The Dental Warrior
As combative as the name of this site sounds, the Dental Warrior is an informative page run by a lifelong dentist named Mike. This site is for those who want to gain insight in the life of Mike, who has practiced since 1988 and also this site is resourceful for all those dentists, surgeons and others who want to learn from someone with incredible experience in the field of cosmetic dentistry.
4) Junior Dental Blog
If you are on a lookout for a steady stream of content for students’ dentists, then Junior Dentist Blog will come to your rescue as it offers more than its share of interesting articles. Write-ups on this site range from educational pieces regarding the muscle structure in the jaw to new developments that would help the dentists in repairing cavities.
5) Dental Town
This site is perfect for dentists, surgeons, dental students and any other person who needs information so as to build a great skill set on diverse topics like pediatric dentistry, endodontics or even about the newest trends prevalent in the field of implant technology. Also, the use of magnifying dental loupe could reduce the endodontic treatment time significantly.
6) Dentistry Subreddit
Reddit is the most popular website on the internet and it is basically “Subreddit” that covers topics of a diverse range. The topics assist the patients who are looking for insights into the dental procedures and these topics would also provide useful information to the dentists.
iOS and Android Mobile Apps that can be handy for Dentists and Dental Students:
1) Tooth Morphology
This great app assists the dental students in terms of real teeth micro scan and includes 3D demonstrations in relation to it. With its user-friendly design and comprehensive explanations, it becomes an excellent and informative app for the dental patient in order to educate them.
This app is built for iPad and is a full-fledged 2D and 3D image-viewer mobile application. The images created by Planmeca X-ray units is displayed by this app. The image quality is high-end which is used for patient education and consultation with the colleagues in a convenient manner. This app organizes and categorizes the images of the patients properly and is compatible with the Romexis desktop software that allows sharing of images with mobile devices present anywhere.
3) Lexi Dental Complete
This app is designed keeping in mind the dental student community and the practicing dentists. The app consists of a wide range of necessary resources that includes a medical dictionary, description of illustrated procedures and the drugs information which is constantly updated. You will also be able to get access to the unique pharmacology database and thousands of photographic materials. This app has a 30-day free trial and after that, there is a paid annual subscription available.
4) iStuDent MCQ
The aim of this gamified app is to provide aid to the students to prepare and pass the exams. This app consists of a number of questions under various categories, high-quality images and a timer. It is a great Dental school app that helps the students to escape boredom and learn without drilling.
In order to get the best quality along with the most informed services and information, the patients can make use of MyDentist app and can contact your office for an appointment and access the pre and post operation information. GPS capability present in this app would guide the patients and lead them to your office from the present location.
MyDentist app will help your patients to refer other patients to you. It is a bit costly app but provides a lot of features that would help all the dentists out there in interacting, connecting and transacting with their patients.
This app provides the current and original content related to dentistry from DentistryIQ.com. The information related to dental news from Dental Economics and RDH magazines is also provided by this app. The focus point of DentistryIQ is dental focal management news and resources required by dentists in order to improve their practice by keeping in mind the sound business advice and planning.
7) Cosmetic Dentistry Calculator
In order to analyze the width-to-length ratio of the patient’s existing tooth, this app is really very useful. The ideal dimensions of the maxillary anterior teeth are based on the well-established principles of cosmetic dentistry. It is a diagnostic tool that provides aid during patient consultations.
In order to have a natural looking and gorgeous smile, the Smile Design Checklist which is included in this app takes care of it. For all the dentists who are a novice in the field of cosmetic dentistry and are not sure of which dental loupe is to be used, then they should go in for that dental loupe that has lower magnification factor.
8) Dental Practice Monitor (iDPM)
In the field of dental practice, the Dental Practice Monitor does wonders in tracking every major indicator. With the help of iDPM, various dentists and team members can read about account receivables, top procedures, and top patients after comparing with the peer group in the United States of any percentile and so on.
9) CDT Code Check
CDT Code Check is a handy tool that helps the dentists and their staff to look up for the procedure codes when a CDT manual is not ready. You can search CDT codes by code number, keyword and category of service. The app contains the new and the revised CDT codes as well as a full listing of CDT codes.
As a dentist or a surgeon, it is hard to stay updated on both industry and business side because you are busy in running your practice. So with the help of the aforementioned websites and mobile apps, the student dental community and the dentists can stay updated and informed in terms of dental exams, latest technological advancements, increasing leads to gain new patients and lastly a flourishing practice with just a click.