Dos and don'ts for phone calls: Win the telephone game July 6, 2015 -- Telephone communication has been completely transformed in the past 20 years with the advent of the cellphone and voice mail. However, the phone still allows dental practices to connect with prospective patients in important ways. Dr. Roger P. Levin discusses how to keep phone skills sharp.
3 ways to reduce practice debt July 6, 2015 -- Debt is a four-letter word. But as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, there are practical ways to turn your practice debt into a successful bottom line. She offers three ways to reduce your debt and help your practice thrive.
Sheri's Solutions: 'She can't get up that early' July 6, 2015 -- You've received phone cancellations because children are sick, family emergencies, and the like. But how about a pediatric patient who can't get up for an early appointment? In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger shares a recent experience of a cancellation and how she turned the situation into a positive for the patient and the practice.
Study: Blood, saliva tests may aid early HNC detection July 2, 2015 -- Blood and saliva tests can identify DNA from head and neck cancers (HNCs), which could pave the way for noninvasive diagnostic tests, according to a new study in Science Translational Medicine. Such screening tests could lead to early diagnosis of these and other cancers.
Should patients be used for licensure exam purposes? July 2, 2015 -- Somewhere, a fourth-year dental student is desperately searching for an adult who will allow a tooth to be drilled and filled in a ritual called clinical dental examinations. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Allen Hindin questions the usefulness of this practice and why this practice is still continuing.
8 things that are holding you back July 1, 2015 -- The Madow Brothers ask: Are you ready to take your practice to a higher level? Having problems getting there? Most likely, eight things are holding you back from getting what you want. What will happen if you fix these eight common problems? Your life may totally change.
The Naked Dentist pushes the 'dislike' button July 1, 2015 -- The like button is one of the best inventions since sliced bread. But where is the dislike button? In the case of Dr. Ohio and his four-chair practice, the dislike button wasn't where he thought it might be. How the Naked Dentist located the dislike button and turned it into a like button can help your practice thrive.
Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. Robert Boyd June 30, 2015 -- When Dr. Robert Boyd was in dental school, he wasn't thinking about becoming an orthodontist. Now, as the chair of the department of orthodontics at the University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, Dr. Boyd has long been one of the leaders in orthodontic research. In this video for the latest installment of our Leaders in Dentistry series, he talks about his career, research interests, and experience as a principal investigator for Invisalign.
The growing trend of new leadership in dentistry June 30, 2015 -- In a dental practice, what does the word leadership mean? Does it mean being cool, calm, authoritative, and dominant, or can it mean being warm, nurturing, and friendly? In this Second Opinion, Dr. Monica Garnache argues that leadership comes from taking risks and believing that you are doing the right things when you are true to yourself.
Dos and don'ts for goal setting: Time for a practice checkup June 29, 2015 -- We're now at the halfway point of the year. Do you know if your practice is on target to reach its annual goals for production, new patients, elective treatment, and case acceptance? Do you know what's working well and where improvements need to be made? If not, it's past time to analyze your numbers for 2015, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.