Bleeding Trumps Pocket Depth!


In July, the American Dental Association published an abstract dealing with the delivery of non-surgical periodontal therapy with and without adjuncts like locally applied antibiotics, systemic antibiotics and laser.

The results may surprise you!!

I encourage you to watch this short 4 min video discussion about this abstract and download it at this link.

Post your thoughts on our Facebook Page.  I’d love to hear from you.

[Video Tip] How does color help them say yes?


This week, I’ve had the privilege of learning from Katherine Eitel-Belt the found of Lioness Learning. Over the last 8+ years, Katherine has played an integral part in the training effectiveness of the entire IH team. We all incorporate interactive training techniques to help our audiences and clients take what they learn and make impactful, lasting shifts in their careers and practices.

Lioness Learning Level 2 with Katherine Eitel-Belt and some dear dental friends…
Left to right: Laura Jamison, Susan Leckowicz, Angela Sullivan, me, Rita Zamora, Larry Guzzardo, Jennifer Schultz, and Robyn Ramirez

I’ve attended both of these courses before but I came back for more because I know for a fact…we MUST do more than just talk at our clients.

And the same goes for you and your patients.

To get patients to easily accept treatment we must do more than just TELL them. We must show them.

In today’s video, I’ll share a super simple tip that we’ve seen make a BIG difference in perio case acceptance over and over with any type of practice. Enjoy!

Do you have an equation for success?


Have you read the research review article published this June entitled, Evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing with or without adjuncts?

‘In 2011, the Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) of the American Dental Association (ADA) resolved to develop a clinical practice guideline on nonsurgical treatments including scaling and root planning (SRP) with or without adjuncts for patients with any severity of chronic periodontitis on the basis of an evidenced-based systematic review of the literature.  

The CSA evaluated locally applied antimicrobials (chlorhexidine chips, doxycycline hyclate gel, and minocycline microspheres), nonsurgical use of lasers (diode, both photodynamic therapy [PDT] and non-PDT; Nd:YAG [neodymium:yttrium- aluminum-garnet]; and erbium), systemic antimicrobials, and systemic subantimicrobial-dose doxycycline (SDD). They also considered systemic antimicrobials and systemic SDD separately because the latter appears to inhibit mammalian collagenase activity (matrix metalloproteinase 8) and not function as an antibiotic.’ 

Be sure to join Allanna Ivy, RDH, BSDH and myself on this month’s Special Topic Mastermind WebinarAn Equation for Success!  In addition to discussing this publication, we’ll be looking at clinical options to reduce active infection, enhance treatment outcomes and help patients manage their disease.

See you on the webinar!  Until then, stay inspired!

An Equation for Success
Allanna Ivy, RDH, BA and Kim Miller, RDH, BSDH

Are you doing everything you can to enhance your patients’ clinical outcome? This webinar will explore the options available to ‘stack the deck’ in your favor while helping your patient manage their disease and achieve disease remission.

On this webinar you will learn:

What the ADA’s new guidelines on SRP have to say
The importance of utilizing many technologies for patient care
How to evaluate treatment outcomes

Allanna Barringer Ivy, RDH, BA is an experienced hygienist, treatment coordinator, hygiene assistant and hygiene productivity coach. She brings the perfect blend of passion for leadership and patient wellness while coaching Inspired Hygiene client teams.

Kim Miller, RDH, BSDH is a Lead Profitability Coach with Inspired Hygiene, Co-founder of PerioFrogz, an international speaker, a published author and monthly columnist for RDH Magazine. Kim is passionate about helping clinicians adopt solid science based principles and treatment philosophies.

CE credits are provided by Inspired Hygiene.Inspired Hygiene is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.The current term of approval extends from 6/1/2014 to 5/31/2017.

This call will be available in our Mastermind Library on September 17. If you’re not already a member of our Mastermind group, click here to sign up.