The Dawson Academy Blog

Dental Articles on Occlusion, Centric Relation, Restorative Dentistry & More

The Importance of the “Periodontal-Systemic Connection”

The emerging body of knowledge within oral-systemic science and the changing nature of the healthcare environment are having a dramatic impact on the practice of dentistry. In the coming years (or even months) dental professionals will be required to play a larger role in collaborative healthcare management teams, as community practice continues its transition to an inter-professional care model.

Current estimates indicate that 75% of the North American population has some form of periodontal disease with approximately 15% demonstrating severe disease. These untreated oral infections have systemic effects.

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3 Ways Technology Helps Dentists With Patient Communication

If you’re anything like me (and most of our faculty), you like your gadgets and apps. I’ve got my smartphone, tablet, computer and an apple TV just to name a few. And of course, each of those devices have all kinds of apps on them.

These devices and apps help make my life easier – I can get directions to a new place without studying a map. I can avoid waiting in line at the bank by depositing a check via my phone. And I can even check in to a flight and access my boarding pass on my phone. But technology and apps don’t just help in our personal lives, they can help when it comes to a dental practice.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Taking Digital Photos in Your Dental Practice

The use of digital photography has changed the practice of Complete Dentistry for the better.  One reason is it allows us to view, edit, and modify images with ease.  

A fundamental goal of Complete Dentistry is to provide patients with predictable, natural and long lasting restorations.  The use of digital photography is a great way to help achieve this goal, allowing the treatment planning process (16 Step Checklist) to be more predictable.  

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When You Don’t Yet Know How to Comprehensively Treatment Plan


When you are still going through the Dawson curriculum, do you wait to treat or do you try anything immediately?

This is an important question for anyone still learning occlusion and smile design. When you look at the totality of what we're training you to do, there are still a lot of patients who need preliminary mouth preparation to get healthy. There’s still periodontal and biological work to be done, like fillings and build ups.  There are also going to be patients that don't have tremendous functional problems.

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[Infographic] New Patient Complete Exam

As Dr. Dawson says “every great treatment plan comes from a well organized Records appointment."

This infographic is a visual representation of our new patient complete examination, as taught in our Examination and Records course. The complete exam is one of the most important skills that a dentist will master on the path to complete dentistry. 

Click on the image below to enlarge.

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