Study projects U.S. dental visits to increase through 2026 December 5, 2016 -- In 2013, about 42% of the U.S. population saw a dentist. But what will happen in 2017 or 2026? Will the number of dental visits by Americans increase or decrease through the next decade? Two economists and a dental public health researcher took on the difficult task of assessing what will influence the number of dental visits in the immediate future.
Do's and don'ts for patient management: Reactivate patients for the new year December 5, 2016 -- Some of your inactive patients may be truly gone for various reasons, but many others could return to active status if prompted to do so. The secret to successful reactivation of patients is a combination of good scripting and target-driven persistence, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Can sleep telemedicine clinics boost your practice? December 5, 2016 -- Dentists increasingly are finding themselves on the front line of obstructive sleep apnea detection and treatment, writes Dr. Joseph Krainin of Singular Sleep. He offers some advice on how to answer your patients' questions about obstructive sleep apnea and sleep dentistry and also discusses what guidelines should you be familiar with.
Access to dental care falls short in U.S. December 2, 2016 -- The U.S. lags behind 10 other developed countries when it comes to access to affordable dental care, according to a new study. Americans are also more likely to report having financial struggles and worse overall health.
Dental care access disparities narrow among U.S. kids December 1, 2016 -- The number of U.S. children receiving dental care significantly increased from 2000 to 2014, according to a new study. Even more positively, the researchers found a steep narrowing of coverage disparities in race/ethnicity and income. However, they are concerned about the future of treatment coverage under the new U.S. administration.
Creating a diversified portfolio December 1, 2016 -- You are familiar with the adage "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." As financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains, that phrase is never more true than when it comes to your investment portfolio. A diversified portfolio will help you, and your family, weather varying economic cycles as your practice grows.
Why I take x-rays November 30, 2016 -- Over the past several weeks, two potential patients have called the office of periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg with basically the same question: "If Dr. Danenberg is holistic, why does he take dental x-rays?" His receptionist had the right answer. Read on to find out what that answer was.
The new gingival inflammation code: Part 1 -- Opportunity or chaos? November 30, 2016 -- There have been very few times in the history of dentistry that a single innovation or technology has been the catalyst for radically changing the game. This is one of those times. However, as Patti DiGangi writes, this game-changer isn't a high-tech gadget. It's an insurance code.
Second Opinion: Casting a cloud over dental coverage November 29, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion, Colin Reusch of the Children's Dental Health Project looks at what is known about the immediate and longer-term futures of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Children's Health Insurance Program as they relate to oral healthcare under a new administration.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: Become a more decisive leader November 28, 2016 -- Decisiveness is an admired leadership trait. It doesn't mean that the CEO makes better decisions. It simply means that he or she makes them more quickly -- without endless deliberation or hesitation. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin shares how you can become a more decisive leader.