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By Wendy Briggs, RDH
What in the world is happening in our society? The AP publishes an article saying that science doesn’t support flossing as beneficial, and our world goes crazy! Here are a few headlines:
Dentists Say You Need to Floss. Science Says You Don’t. – Forbes
Studies Show Flossing Likely a Waste of Time – Newser
To floss or not to floss: That is suddenly the question – UCLA
Patients are gleefully flushing their unused floss down the toilet (LOADS of it) and thumbing their noses at dental professionals who are wringing their hands.
What is a Dental Hygienist to do? Let’s see what some of the media has said: Dallas Morning News columnist Mac McCann commented, “This is huge news, life-changing, even. Before, I’d almost never floss and then I’d feel guilty when I lied to my dentist about it. Now, I can skip flossing without shame — other than the shame of being duped for this long.”
Have we really been misleading our patients? After all the AP study said, “The majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal.” The news agency also cited a 2015 review that found “inconsistent/weak evidence” for flossing’s benefits.
Let’s focus on the weak evidence the AP referenced. There are plenty of studies that show benefits, but according to the FDA, don’t quite meet the scientific standards for longevity, or sample size. One such study published in 2012, examined this issue. Scientists collected and analyzed randomized controlled trials that compared the effects of tooth brushing and flossing with tooth brushing alone. Twelve studies, encompassing nearly 1,100 subjects were deemed suitable.
Results? “There is some evidence from 12 studies that flossing in addition to toothbrushing reduces gingivitis compared to toothbrushing alone.”
Another study published in 2006, the reviewers found that children who had their teeth flossed by a professional hygienist five days per week for 1.7 years had a 40% decreased risk of cavities. But, the weakness in the results comes from the children who flossed themselves. The benefits were not nearly as powerful.
If the evidence for flossing seems suspect, that’s likely because the studies have followed people for a short period of time — some for only two weeks, rather than years.
“The dental profession is behind flossing 100 percent,” said Dr. Paulo Camargo, associate dean of clinical dental sciences and the Tarrson Family Endowed Chair of Periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. “It’s not enough time for periodontal problems to develop,” Camargo said. “In order to evaluate the effect of flossing on the onset and progression of periodontal disease, a prospective study would require that a group of people not floss for a few years. Ethically, you can’t do that type of study.”
The bottom line for dentists and patients is that a lack of strong evidence doesn’t equate to a lack of effectiveness. As doctors of oral health, dentists are in the best position to advise their patients on oral hygiene practices because they know their patient’s oral health status and health history.
So, sadly…patients might be disappointed to know that flossing is still a good idea. As are other methods of cleaning between the teeth. Let’s be honest. We can tell when a patient sits in the chair and opens their mouth whether they floss or not. So, plan on handing out more floss than you may have had to in the past. After all, we need to help patients replace the floss they all flushed down the toilet.November 18, 2016 | Category Product Videos
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Running a dental practice is expensive.
There is a laundry list of costs attributed to running a successful practice including employee wages, dental supplies, equipment purchases, lab fees, insurance fees, etc. Then there’s your rent – you have your base rent, additional rents, and operating costs. Base rent is the amount you agreed to pay in your office lease agreement for occupying the space. Additional rent can include municipal taxes, insurance premiums, repair and maintenance costs, and common area utility charges. Lease terms governing these costs are often general in nature because it is not possible to contemplate all of the variables.
What Are Operating Costs?
Operating costs are the expenses related to the operation of the building. Some landlords have been known to take advantage and back charge virtually any expense to their tenants, filing it under the term ‘operating costs’. A great example of this is “Administrative Fees” – in certain cases, landlords add as much as 25% to operating costs to cover these fees.
Reviewing the Charges
It’s perfectly acceptable to request an “itemized receipt” of the operating costs to determine what you’re being billed for. Upon closer examination of the breakdown, many dentists are shocked when they realize what “operating costs” they’ve been paying for over the years.
Are you paying for your landlord’s income taxes? Are you paying for operating costs of the building prior to your tenancy? Are you actually being billed your proportionate share? Is the landlord billing ‘travel expenses’ to tenants in the building? In the past we’ve discovered that upon examination of the landlord’s books, “travel expenses” was categorized as anything from traveling to and from the building, to taking the wife and 3 kids to Disneyland for a week!
It’s important to understand that not every landlord is going to take advantage of you, but without the right to review operating cost statements, you will never know for sure what you’re paying for.
The “Right to Review Operating Costs” in Your Dental Office Lease
Before you sign your dental office lease, make sure that you have the “right to review statements of operating costs” included. If you have the right to see exactly what is being charged, it is unlikely that you will be billed for something completely unreasonable. If you don’t have this language in your office lease, make a note to negotiate it into your new lease at renewal time. If you’re not comfortable dealing with your landlord, be sure to contact a dental office lease negotiation firm like Cirrus to explore your rights and options.
If you do have the right to review statements of operating costs in your lease, how can you tell what is fair and what isn’t? Obviously charges related to running and maintaining the building are acceptable, including the replacement of old or dysfunctional systems (i.e. HVAC) to keep quality as it was when you initially moved in.
What Costs Are Unreasonable?
- Improvements to Increase Property Value: You should not have to pay for any improvements or replacements done in order to increase the value of the property.
- Repairs or Professional Fees: You should not pay for repairs or replacements of structural components, real estate broker commissions, or professional fees charged that do not specifically relate to your space.
- Interest Charges: You do not need to pay for the interest or principle payments on mortgages or other debt costs unless it is your debt or Tenant Improvement Allowance (TIA).
- Marketing: You should not be required to pay for any marketing costs attributed to attracting new tenants to the building, or general building marketing costs.
- Administration Fees: Make sure that there are no duplication of operating costs on the statement, and that you are not paying extremely high administration fees. “Administration Fees” and “Management Fees” mean the same thing; don’t get caught paying twice.
The above expenses are typical to doing business as a landlord, and are not the tenant’s responsibility. It’s important to understand your rights as a dental tenant. If you are unsure about any language outlined in your dental office lease or in your statement, contact a leasing professional for advice. And remember, any money saved on unfair operating costs can go towards your Disneyland getaway, not your landlord’s.November 4, 2016 | Category Product Videos
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