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Data Trends: Why are more diagnostic services being done?
September 12, 2017 -- How many diagnostic services does your practice perform each month? Is it 350? 450? More? Fewer? How does your practice's number of diagnostic services performed each month compare with other practices in the U.S.? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the data.  Discuss
Are middle-aged Americans taking care of their mouths?
September 12, 2017 -- Almost 40% of U.S. adults between the ages of 50 and 64 cited pain and other health problems because of an oral health issue in a recent poll. Perhaps more worrying is that 13% of respondents said they expected Medicare or Medicaid to cover their dental care when they are older. Learn more about the results and what they mean to your practice.  Discuss
JADA report: Fewer dentists own practices
September 11, 2017 -- Fewer dentists owned a dental practice in 2015 than in 2005, according to an article in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Author Marko Vujicic, PhD, from the ADA Health Policy Institute, explored how this trend is poised to change dentistry.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for customer service: Convenience matters
September 11, 2017 -- You can be the greatest dentist in the world and have the friendliest staff, but if your hours aren't convenient, patients will choose to go elsewhere. People are busier than ever before, and it's harder for many patients to make it to the dentist during normal business hours. If you're having trouble growing your practice, your office hours be an issue, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
How peri-implant disease is evolving
September 8, 2017 -- How prevalent is peri-implant disease? And what are its pathogenesis and risk factors, as well as the best ways to diagnosis and treat it? An expert on inflammation and regeneration offered practical device on the changing facets of this increasingly common condition.  Discuss
Infographic: Toothache and U.S. emergency department visits
September 7, 2017 -- Having a toothache was the most reported avoidable reason for patients to visit an emergency department (ED), according to a new study. Researchers also found that among avoidable visits, dental issues were the second most frequent reason for discharge from the ED.  Discuss
Second Opinion: It's time to extend CHIP
September 7, 2017 -- The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) runs out of federal funding on September 30, leaving Congress with only a few weeks to ensure that nearly 9 million children maintain their medical and dental coverage. Deborah Vishnevsky from the Children's Dental Health Project outlines the reasons to extend this important program.  Discuss
6 tips to put even your most nervous patients at ease
September 6, 2017 -- The thought of going to the dentist sends some patients into a state of panic. However, visiting the dentist is not just difficult for the patient -- treating these patients can be stressful for you and your team. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers six tips to help you put these patients at ease.  Discuss
Treatment planning is key for practice growth
September 5, 2017 -- Ready to take your practice to the next level? Sonia Leziy, DDS, spoke at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2017 meeting about the most important innovations in recent years to her periodontal and prosthodontic group practice. They're not what you think.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for the 4th quarter: How to finish the year strong
September 5, 2017 -- We're coming up to the final quarter of the year. Things can get a little crazy as we move toward the end of the year. Once we get past Halloween, it's a mad sprint to the finish. The holiday season will soon be here. Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his advice for how to finish the year strong in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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