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In a Spirit of Caring
Helping you develop exceptional Doctor-Patient-Client-Team Relationships

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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 >>

An update and another early review of Motivational Interviewing in DentistryAn update and another early review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry
Greg Tarantola, DDS
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 reviewThe 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 >>

Early review of Motivational Interviewing in DentistryEarly review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry
Bill Wathen, DMD
An early review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry by Bill Wathen DMD. Bill is an Associate Professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry and former editor-in-chief of the ADA. "It is a pleasure and privilege to make some remarks about Dr. Lynn Carlisle's newest book, 'Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry'. Motivational Interviewing, or MI, is a powerful tool for enhancing our communication skills." . . . 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 >>

Early review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry
Bill Wathen, DMD
Early review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry An early review of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry by Bill Wathen DMD. Bill is an Associate Professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry and former editor-in-chief of the ADA. "It is a pleasure and privilege to make some remarks about Dr. Lynn Carlisle's newest book, 'Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry'. Motivational Interviewing, or MI, is a powerful tool for enhancing our communication skills." . . . keep reading >>

A review of the oral/systemic connection and how an Australian dentist markets it in her dental practice - updated.
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
A review of the oral/systemic connection and how an Australian dentist markets it in her dental practice - updated. More and more of this kind of research is appearing on the oral/systemic connection. This review is from a new medical journal, - Astrocyte: The Complete Multi-disciplinary Medical Journal. "A peer-reviewed quarterly medical journal, Astrocyte is an official publication of the National Board of Examinations". The article has excellent citations. It is important from a trend standpoint that a medical journal is discussing the oral/systemic connection. . . . keep reading >>

"Everything old is new again." A Collection of CC Bass, MD's preventive dentistry research articles
"Everything old is new again." A Collection of CC Bass, MD's preventive dentistry research articles Charles C. Bass, MD - 1875-1975: the "cantankerous genius of preventive dentistry". If you aren't familiar with Bass, he was an MD and Dean of the Tulane medical school from 1922 - 1940. He did much of the early research on what caused dental caries and periodontal disease in the 1940's and 50's. His research preceded the current work on the oral/systemic connection by 50 to 70 years. . . . keep reading >>

Regaining your motivation in your dental practice - from burn out to satisfaction and contribution
Bill Brown DDS
Regaining your motivation in your dental practice - from burn out to satisfaction and contribution The fire is out. Most dentists face the problem of regaining interest in the profession after years of the same old procedures. How can you bring the passion back? Will expanding your scope of practice rekindle the burnout? Are you concerned about the financial roller coaster in today's uncertain economic and political environment? Do you envision a practice that puts the patient first, or one based on arbitrary goals? . . . keep reading >>

75 year classic Harvard study on what makes men flourish
George Vaillant, who directed the classic Harvard study for three decades, has written an update of the classic study in his 2012 book, Triumphs of Experience. He gives a historical and current interpretation of the studies and how they applied then and now for males and those who know them and work with them. Here is a blurb from the book's synopsis: . . . keep reading >>

Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry - First chapter
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry - First chapter Here is an early version of the first chapter of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry to give you an idea of what the book will be like. It is about the history of the person-centered approach in dentistry. You will see the deep roots relationship-based dentistry has in this approach. You will also see some familiar themes in this chapter. . . . keep reading >>

Planning a summer vacation? Family road trips - establishing lifetime memories
Lynn D Carlisle DDS
Planning a summer vacation? Family road trips - establishing lifetime memories I am just back from a two week road trip to the Pacific NW. It reminded me of this article and why I enjoy road tips. Don't become so involved in the busyness of your dental practice and life that you forget to establish these yearly road trip vacation traditions that you and your family will remember and treasure for the rest of your lives. . . . keep reading >>

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