Is This The End Of The Dental Filling?

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Patient Attraction Episode 1201

– Thanks for watching the Patient Attraction Podcast™.

– I’m Colin Receveur.

– Drill-and-fill dentists should take note of an announcement from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

– In animal studies, those researchers demonstrated how a molecule they created can block the ability of Streptococcus mutans to form biofilms on teeth.

– The molecule is completely selective in its action.

– It’s very easy to synthesize.

– It’s easy to apply.

– That is a potentially huge development for dentists.

– Think about it: no biofilm, no dental plaque.

– No dental plaque, no calculus.

– No calculus, no dental caries.

– If the results from animal studies prove out in human trials, you’re potentially looking at the end of a huge amount of drill-and-fill cases.

– But that’s not all.

– You could be looking at less need for your dental hygiene department services.

– You could be facing a sharp decrease in the occurrence of gingivitis and periodontitis.

– You might be looking at fewer endodontic procedures.

– And the list of potential impacts goes on and on – cosmetic dentistry, prosthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery.

– To be fair, there’s still a long way to go before this new molecule is approved for clinical use.

– So it’s not like you need to man the lifeboats right now.

– You’ll still be drilling and filling for quite a while.

– But this news should get you thinking about what you can do to position your practice for success in the face of prevention breakthroughs.

– Because now that these researchers have demonstrated proof of concept, it’s only a matter of time before a similar agent is approved.

– And the application of a biofilm inhibitor may not require your services.

– Who’s to say that the molecule couldn’t eventually be added to toothpaste?

– If it’s not this breakthrough that changes dentistry as you know it, it’ll be something else.

– Again, it’s only a matter of time.

– As a place to start, think about what your practice would look like if you did a lot less drill-and-fill.

– How much more rewarding would it be – emotionally and financially – to do more of the cases you love to do?

– You don’t have to wait for science before you decide to target the dental prospects you want.

– And you don’t have to wait to begin increasing your collections.

– SmartBox works with more than 550 dentists on 3 continents to help them get more and better patients.

– Our industry-leading Patient Attraction System™ can double or even triple your practice.

– The first step is to visit and reserve your no-cost, no-obligation Practice Discovery Session™.

– The end of dental caries may be coming, but it doesn’t have to sweep your practice away.

– Join me for our next podcast.

– Until then, keep moving forward.