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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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Dos and don'ts for the new patient experience: First impressions last
October 20, 2014 -- The average new patient contributes a production level of approximately three times that of a current patient. That's why it's so important to make an excellent first impression, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. The patient sees that yours is a caring practice dedicated to providing excellent dentistry -- and the patient in turn will become dedicated to the practice.
Why women in dentistry rock!
October 20, 2014 -- Amy Morgan, CEO of the Pride Institute, examines how the leadership and problem solving skills that are considered feminine are really just the beginning of a new way for you to look at opportunities to make your practice better.
That didn't go as planned
October 20, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler looks at what happens when negative emotions arise when things doesn't go as planned. She notes that even when you've done your homework, things can go wrong. She presents some practical and innovative ideas for seeing these events as opportunities, not obstacles.
FTC, Texas business groups oppose new DSO rules
October 17, 2014 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Texas business groups are urging the rejection of new rules by the state dental board regarding dental service organizations (DSOs), saying they would restrict dentists' ability to contract with DSOs.
DrBicuspid.com Dental Excellence Awards winners recognized at ADA 2014
October 17, 2014 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to recognize the winners of our 2014 Dental Excellence Awards, highlighting the very best in people, products, and services that are helping to improve the dental industry. Seven awards were presented at the recent ADA 2014 annual meeting in San Antonio.
Review of guidelines can calm Ebola fears
October 16, 2014 -- As dentists and other healthcare practitioners are being queried by their patients about the Ebola virus and their practice's infection-control procedures, a review of the ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines is called for so you can provide accurate information for your staff and your patients.
Study: Scientists discover cancer-fighting berry in Australia
October 16, 2014 -- An experimental drug derived from berries from an Australian rainforest tree appears to kill head and neck tumors, as well as melanomas, according to the authors of a new study in PLoS One.
U.S. Supreme Court justices divided in teeth-whitening case
October 15, 2014 -- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared divided during oral arguments on Tuesday in the closely watched North Carolina teeth-whitening case, with some concerned that the state dental board may be unfairly restricting competition.
How do you assess the performance of associate dentists?
October 15, 2014 -- In a multipart series, Thomas Climo, PhD, and Jill Nesbitt turn their analysis to an examination of a dental practice group and the profitability of its associate dentists. In this second part, they focus on how to measure the performance of associate dentists in a group practice.
ADA 2014: Pain management and addiction -- the dentist's role
October 14, 2014 -- SAN ANTONIO - Pain management, identification of patients at high risk for substance abuse, and utilizing interventions for drug abusers were the focus of a well-attended session at the ADA 2014 annual meeting.
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