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4 ways to become a better practice CEO
November 6, 2017 -- Do you consider yourself the CEO of your practice? While most dentists do not think of themselves that way, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie details four areas in which embracing the CEO role will benefit your practice.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for strategic planning: Step back and focus on the big picture
November 6, 2017 -- With a new year just around the corner, it's a good time to review what your practice accomplished in 2017, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. What performance goals did your office meet or exceed? And in what areas did you fall short? With that information in hand, you can begin working on your strategic plan for 2018.  Discuss
Practice technology calls for an evolution, not a revolution
November 3, 2017 -- You've heard sales reps and manufacturers tell you for years that you should invest in technology that will change your practice. But this investment likely also includes money and time. Kim Miranda of Brighter writes that there is a way to spend 10 minutes to make a positive impact on your practice's bottom line and improve your patient retention.  Discuss
Can yogurt help fight periodontal disease?
November 2, 2017 -- Is avoiding periodontal disease as easy as telling your patients to eat more yogurt? Of course not, but a new study found that those who ate more yogurt were indeed less likely to have periodontal disease.  Discuss
New U.S. bill would remove Medicare prescription rule
November 2, 2017 -- A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 31 would remove the mandate for dentists to become a Medicare provider for their patient's prescriptions to be reimbursed by Medicare Part D. This bill would theoretically allow older Americans a wider range of dentists to choose from.
Why pulling teeth doesn't have to be like pulling teeth
November 1, 2017 -- Dental extractions don't have to be the equivalent of, well, pulling teeth. That's according to Dr. Sonia Leziy, an expert on implant and surgical protocols, who explains that better tools, techniques, and technologies are making extraction and implantation smoother and quicker for patients and practitioners.  Discuss
2 weeks to go in Dental Excellence Award voting
November 1, 2017 -- It's your turn to join hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards. With tight races in many of the 10 categories, your vote matters more now than ever.  Discuss
Data Trends: Active patients per practice on upward trend
October 31, 2017 -- How is your practice doing when it comes to the number of active patients on your books? If your practice is anything like the U.S. average, your numbers are on the rise. Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software finds that data show a promising trend for U.S. practices.  Discuss
How Americans rate their oral health
October 31, 2017 -- The majority of Americans say their oral health is excellent, very good, or good, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find out what else U.S. residents think about their oral health in the accompanying infographic.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for patient satisfaction: Is your customer service a trick or a treat?
October 30, 2017 -- Do you and your team make patients feel they are part of something special -- that your practice is the best place for their oral healthcare? It can be easy to take patients for granted, especially if they've been coming to your practice for a while. Always look for ways to strengthen the relationship and delight patients, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Your efforts will keep them coming back.  Discuss
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