The Naked Dentist: Small wins add up
February 5, 2016 -- How do elite athletes, such as swimmer Michael Phelps, tip the odds in their favor and become the world's best? More relevantly, how can you duplicate this success in your dental office? As Dental Intel Vice President Curtis Marshall writes, success happens when small wins accumulate.
Web tool may bring primary care screenings to dental offices
February 4, 2016 -- Researchers have created an online support system to help hygienists provide basic primary care screenings at the dental office. The tool advises hygienists how to screen patients for tobacco use, diabetes, and hypertension, as well as how to provide nutritional counseling.
Study: Esophageal cancer survival rates tied to race, income
February 4, 2016 -- Esophageal cancer patients who are black and in lower socioeconomic groups have higher mortality rates than white patients with higher incomes, according to a new study presented at the recent meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
4 ways to improve your team's performance
February 3, 2016 -- If you want your team members to succeed, they have to know what's expected of them. They need to strive to achieve individual and practice goals and know they're part of an overall effort to help build a thriving, profitable practice. As practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, this process is too often ignored.
Western Dental seeks new solutions to Calif. issues
February 3, 2016 -- When Western Dental temporarily stopped accepting new Denti-Cal patients in 2015, it was a wakeup call to California leaders. Dr. Ronald Inge, Western's chief dental officer, explains his company's reversal of that decision and his organization's hopes for solutions to better serve these and all patients.
Specialist referrals take time and commitment
February 2, 2016 -- As you start prepping a tooth for a crown, it fractures at the gumline. This has probably happened to you or someone you know. As Corinne Jameson-Kuehl, RDH, writes, this is one of many examples where a successful relationship with a specialist makes everyone's practice better.
JADA: Dental team should screen for pediatric obesity
February 2, 2016 -- Oral healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to be part of an interprofessional effort to intervene in the pediatric obesity problem, according to a new paper in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). Because of their frequent contact with patients, dental professionals can complement and support weight screening and health behaviors, the authors noted.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: The power of shared decision-making
February 1, 2016 -- As the practice owner, you have ultimate responsibility for decisions about how to run the business. But that doesn't mean you -- and you alone -- must make all the decisions. In fact, involving your team in the process is a much better approach, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Sheri's Solutions: Hard to hear
February 1, 2016 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger relates a patient's referral experience from her office. As she notes, this is one of those times when, if someone is happy, they will tell three people, but if they are unhappy, they will tell 10.
New fluoridation society provides help to fight myths
January 29, 2016 -- Johnny Johnson Jr., DMD, president of the newly formed American Fluoridation Society (AFS) got into the fluoridation fight when local officials in his community of Pinellas County, FL, voted in 2011 to discontinue water fluoridation, citing concern that residents might be ingesting too much fluoride.
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