Best practices accounting needed for dental industry
April 17, 2015 -- With total annual revenue of $125 billion in 2014, U.S. dental practices are on a revenue level with AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and other similar companies. But for all this revenue, too often best accounting practices are missing. Consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, writes that better financial reporting ultimately leads to better practice valuation when it comes time to sell your practice.
New review highlights periodontitis link with heart disease
April 16, 2015 -- The role dentists and hygienists can play in helping patients reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease is highlighted in a new literature review in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. The review further links periodontitis and the risk of heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and peripheral artery disease.
Quarter of patients misuse opioids for pain management
April 16, 2015 -- About 1 in 4 patients misuse opioids prescribed for chronic pain, according to a new study. Dentists are in a prime position to help prevent such prescription drug abuse by educating patients about drug misuse.
And the 'official dentist' is ...
April 15, 2015 -- How do you build trust and name recognition for your practice? In their latest column, the Madow Brothers offer a suggestion that is both unique and cost-effective -- become the "official dentist" of a local organization, sports team, or school.
Why dentists should embrace salivary diagnostic technology
April 15, 2015 -- When oral cancer is diagnosed in later stages, survival rate after five years is less than 45%, which magnifies the need to detect cancer earlier. In this column, PeriRx Chief Dental Officer Dr. Neil Gottehrer reports on the results of his company's cancer detection test and why administering a risk-detection tool builds patient confidence in your practice.
Insurance marketplace enrollment offers practice growth opportunity
April 14, 2015 -- As enrollment in the U.S. health insurance marketplace increases to almost 12 million people, general dentists should use this opportunity to attract new patients, according to Marcia Vannuccini of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.
Company creates 'Terminator'-style 3D printing for dental structures
April 14, 2015 -- New 3D printing company Carbon3D has created a continuous printing technology inspired by a scene in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." The 3D printer may be able to help dentists quickly print customized dental structures within minutes.
Dos and don'ts for scripting: Subtle scripting for superior service
April 13, 2015 -- What you say to patients, and how you say it, has a huge impact on customer service and your ability to influence and educate. Detailed scripting can help you and your team interact with patients in powerful ways, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
4 reasons you can't ignore staff conflict
April 13, 2015 -- Are unresolved staff conflicts slowly, but surely, undermining your practice and costing you revenue? In her latest column, practice management expert Sally McKenzie reminds you that if you as practice CEO are sensing staff conflict, it's certain that your patients are also.
Study finds HPV vaccination of boys is cost-effective
April 13, 2015 -- Vaccinating adolescent boys for HPV may be cost-effective for preventing oropharyngeal cancer, according to a new study in Cancer. Besides extending lives, the vaccine could save millions in treatment-related costs, the researchers said.
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