Dentists should walk away understanding three core concepts after their time at the Kois Center: how to use a risk based decision making protocol; where teeth should be positioned in the face for optimal esthetics; and how to enable proper tooth function with minimal adverse events. Dr. Kois will hit on these three concepts as part of his talk at the Dental Influencers Alliance annual meeting in December.
“If dentists can manage these three core aspects of treatment, all the more product driven or procedure driven or technique driven aspects will be more sustainable,” Dr. Kois said. “This is why I believe people come to the center. They come to learn those things more than anything else.”
Once students complete the curriculum, they’re considered graduates and are invited to attend the Annual Symposium, where they can network with other Kois Center graduates and learn about the yearly curriculum updates.
Social media has become an important part of dentistry in recent years, especially when it comes to promoting oral literacy, which is something Dr. Kois strives to foster through the center.
“For me, social media has been very positive for dentistry,” Dr. Kois said. “It helps educate the public as well as other dentists, so it has a peer to peer benefit and a peer to the public benefit.”
Dr. Kois also sees how social media can be used as a marketing tool for dental practices. Potential patients are more educated about oral health topics and how keeping their mouth healthy can improve their quality of life—making them more likely to seek treatment. Of course, social media also can be used to perpetuate myths and fears about dentistry, Dr. Kois said, but the positives it provides far outweigh the negatives.
A commitment to research and his students
Dr. Kois has what he describes as a relentless work ethic, and is committed to staying up-to-date on the most recent dental research so he can keep his evidence-based courses current. He reads 28 journals a month and infuses the most recent research into course materials and the center’s annual symposium. Everything is constantly changing and updating. That, combined with his personal commitment to his students, is what makes the center so successful.
“What I like best is seeing the students grow and seeing the transformation they go through,” Dr. Kois said, “and to know that when they leave the center they’re a different dentist than when they started.”