8 spaces your backstage is (probably) missing September 28, 2016 -- When patients walk into your office, what's the first thing they notice? The reception area, the front desk, or sign-in sheet and, hopefully, a smiling face from your team member. But as Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier asks, what about the spaces they don't see?
Pain: Is it dental or something else? September 28, 2016 -- Many patients go to the dentist seeking relief from pain. While most dental problems are readily identifiable, many aren't so obvious. An orofacial pain expert discussed the different types of oral pain and the appropriate treatments in a presentation at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2016 conference.
Study: Hygienists feel ready to practice independently September 27, 2016 -- Dental hygienists feel ready to practice independently in underserved communities, according to a new study. Enabling hygienists to practice preventive care without supervision from a dentist can help resolve oral health disparities, the study author suggests.
Highlights from CDA Presents 2016 in San Francisco September 27, 2016 -- The California Dental Association's CDA Presents in San Francisco is one of the largest annual dental meetings in the U.S. DrBicuspid.com was there, bringing you exclusive coverage on topics that affect your practice.
Insulin resistance is a risk factor for perio disease September 26, 2016 -- People with insulin resistance are more likely to have severe periodontitis than people without insulin resistance, according a new study. The authors found that insulin resistance can be considered a risk factor for periodontal disease, even for people with a normal weight.
Dos and don'ts for production growth: Help patients say 'yes' to implants September 26, 2016 -- Most patients now know about dental implants and why they may be better than alternative treatments in most cases. Yet the cost still stands as a formidable barrier for many patients. For their sake (and yours), you should try to ease the sticker shock for patients you know are good candidates from a clinical standpoint, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Sheri's Solutions: Do you get a health history update? September 23, 2016 -- When a 20-something patient walked into Dr. Sheri Doniger's office with an obvious lip augmentation but didn't mention it when asked about any health updates, she again realized that it's crucial to help patients understand that seemingly unrelated situations may impact their oral healthcare. In her latest Sheri's Solution, she offers some ideas to aid your patient communication.
Do resin cements affect CAD/CAM materials? September 22, 2016 -- What's the best combination of resin/ceramic CAD/CAM materials with adhesive resin cements? Is it better to go with self-etch or etch-and-rinse cements? A new study from Dental Materials Journal might change how you think about these cements.
The dentist's guide to optimizing local search September 22, 2016 -- Many patients start their search for a new local dentist online, and optimizing your local search ranking delivers the highest return on investment for online marketing tactics, research shows. Greg Pang of healthcare management company PatientPop shares steps you can take to improve your practice's online presence.
Are you asking your patients this critical question? September 21, 2016 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg was attending a continuing education conference earlier this year when he learned something that changed the way he talks with his patients. Was it an innovative product or a new technique? No, it was a simple question.