Helaine Smith, DMD, EMBA '05 has developed a series of podcasts regarding oral health and cosmetic dentistry. Titled “Successful Smiles,” the complimentary podcasts can be downloaded at http://www.helainesmithdmd.blogspot.com/ or via the Apple iTunes store under the “Health” category.

The first three of a series of planned broadcasts, the informative podcasts cover topics such as bad breath and its causes, frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry, and the questions people should ask dentists when considering veneers. Future broadcasts include the relationship between sex and oral health, dental care for the elderly, and the different methods of tooth whitening available.

A firm believer in educating the public about the issues surrounding oral health and the dental industry in general, Dr. Smith’s podcasts are an extension of her e-newsletter and Website where consumers can learn about procedures such as teeth whitening and dental implants.

“The dental industry has changed dramatically in the last ten years or so,” said Dr. Smith. “Due to the Internet, people are online researching dentists and cosmetic techniques well in advance of making an appointment. In addition, you now have dental offices located in strip malls and dental professionals advertising on radio and TV and writing blogs.”

“Cosmetic dentistry has gone mainstream,” she adds, “which means more people are considering procedures, such as veneers, that they wouldn’t have thought of fifteen years ago. My goal with these podcasts is to educate consumers and help them make knowledgeable decisions when choosing cosmetic dentistry providers and/or procedures.”

Each “Successful Smiles” podcast is approximately three to six minutes long and is available as an MP3 audio file. Each file is easily downloaded to an MP3 device or computer. For more details about each podcast, see Dr. Smith’s blog at http://www.helainesmithdmd.blogspot.com/

Dr. Smith, a Boston, Massachusetts cosmetic dentist, has combined a dedication to patient care, volunteerism, and business acumen since beginning her dentistry career in 1991. She is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Las Vegas Institute graduate, and she earned her Executive MBA from Suffolk University.

In May 2006, Dr. Smith’s practice was named first runner-up in the prestigious Cosmetic Practice of the Year Award competition, sponsored by Levin Group, Ascend Media, and Philips Oral Healthcare. In June 2006, she received the Alumni Achievement Award from Suffolk University's Alumni Association. For more information about her practice visit: http://www.helainesmithdmd.com/