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Now Is Not The Time
Article Date: Mar 16, 2017 Vol 16, No 3
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

 For several months, in many of the dental journals, I read, I am reminded of the decline of dentistry.
The soothsayers are predicting that the gross earnings of dental practices will decline. The Golden age of dentistry that we witnessed in the 50- 70s is over. Kaput! And they may just be correct in their predictions. Some practices will decrease by significant amounts, while others will fail and go into bankruptcy.

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Scams, Scum and Other Fakes
Article Date: Feb 21, 2017 Vol 16, No 1
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

 As dentists, we see our share of scams each and every day. Let me give you a few examples.
Instruments that the vendors tell you are made with the finest of stainless steel, are in fact inferior
material that rust and fall apart before a year of use. Dental Materials that claim to be the best on the market turn out to be counterfeit although the packaging appears, at first glance, to be the real McCoy.

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She’s Clean Throughout
Article Date: Feb 21, 2017 Vol 16, No 2
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

 We now live in a world of con artists. Web sites are hacked, credit cards are counterfeited and used to steal millions of dollars from unsuspecting owners. One of my credit cards was stolen recently and had to be cancelled.
Incidentally, the case was referred to the fraud division of the card company.

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NO means it’s a YES
Article Date: Dec 19, 2016 Vol 15, No 9
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

 Recently, my son, who is a PC user, was telling me that every time he turned on his PC laptop,
Microsoft sets up a notice that asks: “Do you want to upgrade to Windows 10? His answer was always, NO!

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Smaller IS Better
Article Date: Oct 13, 2016 Vol 15, No 8
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

 Recently, while attending and celebrating the wedding of a close friend’s daughter, I noted that the cinematographer was using a heavy, bulky camera.

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Real Chutzpah* or Stupidity
Article Date: Sep 13, 2016 Vol 15, No 7
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

 The other day, while enjoying the amenities of a Toronto Marina where my wife Hope and I temporarily docked our boat, I was exploring the view when I noticed two young women on paddleboards. Both of them were standing on the flimsy boards barefoot and not wearing life jackets. This is not a safe maneuver and the water was not very warm. Anyone submerged in this frigid liquid of Lake Ontario could suffer a severe hypothermic reaction.

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You Can’t Clap with One Hand
Article Date: Jun 27, 2016 Vol 15, No 6
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

 Have you ever sat in a theatre and watched a wonderful performance of actors on stage? The lights come up and you want to show your appreciation by applauding. You try to clap with one hand. You can’t!!
And you won’t, no matter how hard you try. Nobody can. You need both hands.

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Botched Again
Article Date: May 10, 2016 Vol 15, No 5
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Dictionary: “Botched, carry out a task badly or carelessly. Bungled, mismanaged, make a mess of, muff, fluff.” In a recent newspaper, I read a story about German and Egyptians archaeologists restoring an ancient golden mask of King Tut. The mask was damaged by a botched effort to reattach its beard, that had been broken off.
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A Personality-To Be Aware Of
Article Date: Apr 15, 2016 Vol 15, No 4
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

I pressed the UP button on the elevator and waited for the doors to open. Within seconds, two heavy metal plates parted, a bell rang, and I proceeded to enter the tiny, confined cage.
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TRADITION-A FOWL SITUATION
Article Date: Apr 01, 2016 Vol 15, No 3
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

In Toronto, there’s an Italian family that has a long standing tradition of preparing a turkey before placing said bird in the roaster and sliding it in the oven. The tradition goes back several generations and mandates that the tail and part of the end be cut off and removed before cooking.
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Can you Spell?
Article Date: Feb 12, 2016 Vol 15, No 2
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Recently, the newspapers carried an interesting article about a plaque the Queen unveiled at Canada House in London, England. Sloppy proof reading that failed to see and correct spelling mistakes, had cost the Canadian taxpayers $4,000 in repairs to the bronze plaque.
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Hard To Believe
Article Date: Feb 05, 2016 Vol 15, No 1
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

I stepped into the restroom of a down town Toronto restaurant and saw the notice taped to the wall. “Please do not put paper towels in the toilet.” I read it a second time because I wasn’t prepared to believe my eyes as to what I saw. No, I saw it correctly! “Please do not put paper towels in the toilet.”
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