A Force to be Reckoned With – Pathologies of Occlusion

Dr. Scott Cairns, PDS®-supported owner dentist and PDS Institute® faculty member, authored the article “A Force to be Reckoned With” that was published in the February issue of Dental Economics.

In his article, Dr. Cairns discusses why pathologies of occlusion are infrequently diagnosed and treated, and how this can be changed. He identifies eight specific factors that can potentially contribute to the lack of treatment.

  1. Uncertainty regarding the cause
  2. Patients’ absence of concern
  3. Dentists’ avoidance
  4. Lack of advanced training
  5. Treatment uncertainty
  6. Lack of third-party payer support
  7. Interrelatedness to medical conditions
  8. Little public awareness

Dr. Cairns reviews these eight factors in depth and encourages clinicians to reflect on which factors could be contributors to their practice and which are within their control. He says, “By recognizing which of these barriers may be present in your practice, you can begin to address them and better serve your patients in the prevention and treatment of all diseases of the oral cavity.”

To read the full article, click here.

Dr. Scott Cairns

Dr. Scott Cairns








About Dr. Scott Cairns

Dr. Scott Cairns graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1999 and is a multiple-office owner dentist supported by Pacific Dental Services®. In his 15+ years of practice experience, Dr. Cairns has been recognized as a subject matter expert in both occlusion and dental photography. He has had numerous speaking engagements, published articles, and more. To learn more about Dr. Scott Cairns, visit his PDS Institute® faculty page.


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