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  • Scams played on dentists: Part 2 -- Consultants and practice brokers
    August 6, 2014 -- In the second of a three-part series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This part discusses unethical practice management consultants and practice brokers.

  • Scams played on dentists: Part 3 -- The insurance industry
    August 13, 2014 -- In the final part of this series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This part discusses the insurance industry and concludes the series on the scams played on dentists.

  • Conn. dentist transitions from practitioner to entrepreneur
    August 27, 2014 -- When it became difficult for Dr. Greg Schwab to continue serving his patients, he sought to use his expertise in a way that would allow him to stay connected with dentistry. After examining different opportunities, Dr. Schwab has transitioned from practicing dentistry to acquiring practices, keeping him involved in what he is passionate about.

  • Federal auditors blame Texas agency for poor oversight of ortho services
    August 11, 2014 -- In the latest development in the ongoing Texas Medicaid scandal, a federal report by the U.S. Office of Inspector General has laid the responsibility for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on dental and orthodontic procedures that may have been medically unnecessary squarely on the Texas state agency that oversaw the program.

  • JADA study: Dentists need to be better informed about sealants
    August 19, 2014 -- Sealants are inexpensive and have proved to be effective, but a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) has found that many dentists need to improve their understanding of them and their uses.

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Sheri's Solutions: The invitation
In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger discusses how to make potential new patients feel welcome. She notes that when patients feel as if they received an invitation to our practices, they feel as if they are joining a family of patients rather than becoming a number.

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Understanding practice valuation -- It's not just return on investment
October 31, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, certified public accountant and valuation analyst Mike Bark makes the case that dental brokers take many factors into consideration when coming to a valuation of a practice, including demographics, location, equipment, and more.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about setting and hitting targets
October 30, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book, What Dentists Can Learn From Top CEOs, Dr. Roger P. Levin draws the distinction between targets and goals, and explains how to set -- and hit -- your targets for your practice.
Scientists identify genetic mutation associated with cleft palate
October 30, 2014 -- Scientists studying birth defects in humans have identified an association between cleft lip and cleft palate and a mutation in the ADAMTS20 gene. Their findings were presented at the recent American Society of Human Genetics 2014 annual meeting.
How profitable are your associate dentists? Part 4 -- Expenses
October 29, 2014 -- Consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, and Jill Nesbitt, MBA, continue their series of examining how to measure the productivity and determine the profitability of each provider in your practice. This time the focus is on allocating the expenses based on production.
3 reasons you're losing patients
October 29, 2014 -- DrBicuspid.com welcomes practice management expert Sally McKenzie's insight into how you can run a more successful practice. Her first column focuses on three reasons your practice isn't retaining patients.
Dental Sedation Death and Injuries: Part 1 -- Perspectives
October 28, 2014 -- In his latest series for DrBicuspid.com, Dr. Michael W. Davis focuses on injuries and death that result from dental sedation incidents and how the profession can work together to limit the risks. In this first part, he looks at the reporting, monitoring, and reimbursement status of sedation.
Dental eye-protection movement born from infection-control issues
October 28, 2014 -- When patient Jenn Morrone went to her local dentist for a root canal, she had no idea about the need for protective eyewear or infection-control standards. More than a year after a series of issues left her blind in one eye, she is leading the advocacy for patient protection eyewear and infection-control vigilance.
Dos and don'ts for leadership: Grow yourself to grow your practice
October 27, 2014 -- Almost no one is born an excellent leader. Leadership comprises of skills that can be learned and improved upon just like a language or other area of study. As the CEO of the practice, dentists should strive to constantly better themselves, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Ultimately, becoming a stronger leader will help doctors get the most out of their careers.
Cancer patient who had jaw removed gets new teeth via 3D printing
October 27, 2014 -- An Indian cancer patient who had a section of his upper jaw removed has been given a new set of teeth made with the help of 3D printing. The prosthetic device made from a wax model with 3D printing improved the patient's speech, swallowing, eating, smiling, and bone structure.
Ancient skulls highlight modern risks of periodontal disease
October 27, 2014 -- Periodontal disease might be the most common disease in humans. But a new study in the British Dental Journal that examined dried skulls from ancient Britain estimates that the rate of periodontal disease was considerably lower in ancient times than it is today.
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