Proactive Oral Wellness
Preparing for Health Vs Reacting To Disease
Clinical dentistry today is firmly entrenched in the restorative model. Reacting to the results of disease with technology and restorations. Science is telling us today that the health of the mouth is dramatically affecting our overall health and we must become more proactive in the actual prevention of dental disease. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Are we up to this challenging paradigm shift?
The Pathway To Making Our Patients Independently Healthy
Picture a patient-centered practice connecting with patients through concern, empathy, patience, and the prospect of improved health. A dentist whose role is a health care advocate in a partnership both guiding and educating. Giving patients information and understanding so that they can make good healthcare decisions for themselves. Initial consultations should be about biological disease assessment well before ultimately guiding a patient to restorative care. Our common goal should be for all of our patients to become independently "Healthy"'
"If there were a video microscope required in every dental office in America, I would venture to say the incidence of dental disease would fall dramatically overnight. The impact of visual learning is that powerful" Thomas Larkin DDS
"Our mission is to set the standard in dental oral-systemic implementation protocols and provide the first online training in video microscopy, salivary diagnostics, and guided biofilm therapy, "'
The Microscope Solution
In the fall of 2017, I solved a very frustrating problem. The video phase contrast microscope was without question the disruptive game-changing technology that I was introducing to progressive practices but the setup that was available was not user friendly at all. It was a very complicated setup out of the box and for an inexperienced person, an absolute headache. To top it off, placing a security camera in the top of a microscope tube was not cutting edge technology. I then began to purchase and test EVERY online scope/monitor/camera/tablet vendor on the market. I needed a plug and play solution. I was down to my very last vendor when the breakthrough occurred. I met an individual with 40 years experience that promised me he could fulfill my desires. He custom built a Wifi enabled, Ipad friendly, clinical grade scope, with NO bells and whistles. The optics are SPECTACULAR! This is for biofilm display only. He removed the costly darkfield and oil immersion objectives that DRAMATICALLY changed the price point. The custom configuration is the game changer and has enabled cost-saving virtual implementation..
The Larkin Protocol
One of the unexpected blessings of the Covid19 pandemic was a chance to work virtually in Australia with a brilliant individual named Sue Rusalen. A dental hygienist for over 35 years, Sue was passionate about making a final definitive statement to her career. She chose my work as a template on how to elevate the profession of the dental hygienist and bring prevention to the forefront of that conversation. One year later and dozens of implementations, I can safely say I have never met anyone as determined and relentless in reaching her goals. She calls it "The Larkin Protocol" and I modestly approve.
Your Coaching Staff
Dr. Tom Larkin is the founder of Proactive Oral Wellness (powhygiene.com), After attending the BaleDonnen preceptorship in 2013, he designed the first and only web-based training for dental phase-contrast microscopy and advanced prevention. An expert in dental start-ups and acquisitions, Dr. Larkin works closely with practices that desire to make the shift to wellness models. His collaboration With Dr. Czubiak has resulted in a new podcast and training events to raise the level of expertise among a growing community of dental practitioners seeking more career and personal satisfaction.
Tosha is founder of TOSH, Teaching Oral-Systemic Health. She’s a science nerd at heart with a passion for connecting how the mouth directly affects the body. Tosha’s been regarded as an expert in the field of dental hygiene, consistently producing over $3,500 in daily production. Her skillset has allowed her to teach dental hygienists across the United States to replicate her production and solidify a foundation of consistent results. Tosha bridges the gap between the science of oral-infection and the way we communicate it to patients. She understands patients won’t say Yes to treatment they don’t understand.
Dr. Mike Czubiak is a practicing general dentist in Camarillo, California. It was a "lightbulb" moment the first time he investigated the oral-systemic connection and it changed his life. He attended the BaleDoneen preceptorship in 2013 and became a patient of the method in 2016. He already had a strong preventive program, but getting to the root cause of disease including perio and restorative failures led him on a journey that included building a team of 10 hygienists dedicated to challenging the status quo. He co-wrote the book Hygiene Superstar, lectures nationwide of the value prospects of dental hygiene and co-hosts the Hygiene Superstar podcast.