Data Trends: Gross production per chair down since 2010
September 25, 2017 -- What is your gross production per chair per hour this year? How does it compare with a few years ago? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software finds that data show that production at U.S. practices has not rebounded this decade.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for office security: How secure is your practice?
September 25, 2017 -- Fall is a good time to perform a safety inspection for your office. If you've been in the same location for a while, you might believe that there's no need for such a check. But things are always changing inside and outside your office. You want to make sure your facility is in the best shape for patients, staff, visitors, and yourself, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What dentists need to know about Graham-Cassidy
September 22, 2017 -- Experts have criticized the latest Republican U.S. healthcare bill, which would change the way state Medicaid programs are funded. The ADA cautioned that some of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy bill could reverse recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
What thickness is best for single-molar crowns?
September 21, 2017 -- If you use ceramic materials to fabricate single-molar CAD/CAM crowns, how do you determine which will hold up best? Researchers put six silicate ceramic materials through testing at three thicknesses to find out which could handle the highest fractural loading. The results might change which material you use.  Discuss
Is your retirement plan due for an annual checkup?
September 21, 2017 -- Regular visits to your office allow your patients to consult with an expert to determine if their teeth are healthy or if there are problems that need attention. Similarly, the retirement plan that you provide your team members should be reviewed with a pension expert at least once a year to check for any issues that must be addressed, writes retirement planning expert Tom Zgainer.  Discuss
Families of kids with cleft lip need more dental support
September 20, 2017 -- What's getting in the way of children born with a cleft lip or palate having better oral health? A new study examined the experience of toothbrushing in these children and their families, and found that, despite good intentions, they encountered some obstacles to maintaining consistent effective oral health routines.  Discuss
Study: High fluoride levels may affect young kids' IQ
September 19, 2017 -- Does a high level of prenatal fluoride exposure affect children's cognitive function? What about their brain development after birth? A study published on September 19 concluded that the growing fetal nervous system may be affected by high levels of fluoride, although U.S. researchers cautioned reading too much into the study findings.  Discuss
Do charcoal toothpastes live up to their advertising?
September 19, 2017 -- Do your patients use toothpastes containing charcoal? Maybe they've asked you or your team if these products have health and cosmetic benefits not available from other toothpastes. The authors of a new literature review found no scientific evidence to back up manufacturer health claims, and they urged dentists to talk with their patients about these products.  Discuss
Success is a team effort: Part 2 -- Don't neglect the business
September 19, 2017 -- In the first part of this series, Lindy Benton and Lynne Leggett, the founder and CEO of Victory Dental Management, discussed patient engagement and building a practice team. In part 2, they address other prevalent issues practice leaders face, including the human resources aspect of a practice and managing the revenue cycle.  Discuss
'But I brush'
September 18, 2017 -- How many times have you had a patient tell you how often they brush and floss after you've had to deliver the news that they have several cavities. Dr. Lisa Knowles faces that scenario more frequently than she would like, and she explores why patients aren't getting the message and what dentists can do.  Discuss
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