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Is it the What, the When, or the Why?

I must admit that I love to play games. One of my favorite dinner table games is 20 questions. In this game, a player picks a secret object from one of 4 categories (person, place, thing or animal). The other players have to guess what the secret object is by asking no more than 20 questions. Whoever guesses correctly, then …

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Is It Really That Simple?

A few years ago, I was a guest on a dental podcast discussing and fielding questions from the interviewer about the oral effects of methamphetamine. Prior to the “live” podcast, we had discussed questions in advance, which I thought I had adequately prepared for. But then came that moment, that pregnant pause, when I was asked a question, that stumped …

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Interview: Treating Patients with Substance-Use Disorders

One of the biggest challenges that we face as dental professionals is treating patients with substance-use disorders. Addiction is a sensitive topic that is easily misunderstood, extremely sensitive and sometimes extremely personal! Although national statistics estimate that 1 out of every 10 Americans has a substance-use disorder…which means 1 out of every 10 of our patients…very little time is spent …