Ralph Crawford


February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014

Progress is a truly word of life itself as mankind, down through the ages, has made every effort to make things better.  In reflecting upon this particular issue of The Professional Advisory (ThePA) I did, as I sometimes do 

upon reflecting on particular words, turn to the Latin/English dictionary I used during my high school days those many, many years ago.  Sure enough, there I found it, the Latin word for progress: progressus – a going forward, advance.  And just to bring us into the so-called modern era I checked Wikipedia on the computer and found:  Progress, the idea that the world can become increasingly better in terms of science, technology, modernization, liberty, democracy, quality of life, etc.

And Readers will note upon reading this particular issue, Volume #63 of The Professional Advisory, that once again progressus – a going forward, advance – is truly in place.  Starting with its inaugural issue   in May 2001 and then initiating a new format in November of 2007, The Professional Advisory advances forward yet again. Down through the years Readers have been privileged to receive copies of ThePA accompanying delivery of their Oral Health.  Now, ThePA is privileged to have Oral Health not only continue to regularly deliver ThePA to Readers’ mail boxes but also by e-blast to their e-mail addresses. The format has also been updated and enhanced into a new very attractive presentation that encourages Readers to open or click through the pages for information that will surely help to develop Progress within their practices and private lives.

Nor is that all!  Beginning with this issue, Volume #63, The Professional Advisory – and all other issues since Volume #1 in May, 2001 – ThePA will be available in its entirety on the Internet merely by going to /. Now that is what we call Progress!

And speaking of Progress:  Just look at what ThePA’s contributors have to say about the Latin dictionary’s going forward, advance. In his article David Lind’s opening sentence is “Dental practices in general are growing” and throughout the remainder of his article gives the reasons and explanations why “Bigger is Better”.   David Rosenthal certainly deals with Progress as he advances from Part 1 in Volume #61, Part 2 in Volume #62 and now into Part 3 of his Associate Agreements where he focuses in from the associate’s perspective. Ron Weintraub in his article Two Contentious “C” Words in Dental Practice – client and cleaning – makes an excellent case why dentists should Progress into the reality of what a practice is all about – dentists are really dealing with patients and delivering recare. Ian Toms within his Administering the Offer to Lease clearly shows that not properly following the proper steps in the offer to lease – that is, carefully making Progress from one step to another – can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. And who wants to do that!  Whenever we talk of Progress surely an inherent element is the proper allocation of when and how it is timed.  David Chong Yen and Louise Wong in their article, Sometimes, Timing is Everything show exactly that and how careful timing your business decisions, income inclusions and tax deductions can postpone or even save taxes. For his article, Dentists With $3,500,000 Portfolios Mark McNulty and his team reviewed the files of dentists with such impressive retirement incomes, with the specific goal of looking for the consistencies – isn’t that Progress – in the way those dentists manage their finances.

Yes, when looking at past history, the development of dental practices, the enormous strides that has brought us into today’s technology and the advances of The Professional Advisory, it surely must be admitted that Wikipedia is on the right track:  Progress, is the idea that the world can become increasingly better in terms of science, technology, modernization, liberty, democracy, quality of life, etc.