Leaders in Dentistry: Gwen Essex August 4, 2015 -- Gwen Essex, RDH, EdD, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, is actively working to create a more diverse and inclusive environment within dentistry. In this latest installment of the Leaders in Dentistry series, she talks about why diversity can positively impact access to care.
6 easy ways to create an efficient front desk August 4, 2015 -- What percentage of phone calls to your practice go to voicemail during business hours? The number of calls that go unanswered is probably higher than you think, writes Jay Geier, president of the Scheduling Institute. He offers six easy ways to decrease that number of unanswered calls and increase the number of new patients.
Dos and don'ts for team building and growing your practice August 3, 2015 -- As practice owner, you bear the main responsibility for the success of your dental business. But you don't have to go it alone. For help developing growth strategies, involve your staff. Seeing the situation from a different perspective, they can bring fresh practice-building ideas to the table, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Sheri's Solutions: Birthday rule August 3, 2015 -- Your practice handles denial of benefits issues every day. Sometimes, however, the insurance company's birthday rule complicates billing and leads to patient questions. In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger details her practice's efforts to show patients the benefit of focusing on care, not costs.
CDC: Many U.S. adolescents not getting HPV vaccine July 31, 2015 -- The number of 13- to 17-year-old boys and girls in the U.S. receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has increased for the second year in a row, but about half of all U.S. adolescents still haven't received it, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Naked Dentist: 2 call lists to grow your practice July 30, 2015 -- Having patients in the chair is the only way a dental practice is going to produce. You can wish, work, or yell as much as you want, but without patients in your chairs, you will never be able to drill and fill. In his latest Naked Dentist column, Curtis Marshall pulls the weeds of a Minnesota practice and finds two ways to make the practice bloom.
Meet the company that wants to kill drill-and-fill July 30, 2015 -- Dentistry may be one step closer to ending the drill-and-fill model. The U.K.-based company Reminova wants to naturally rebuild caries-damaged teeth and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help bring its device to practices worldwide.
Don't talk with your patients about Donald Trump July 29, 2015 -- Sometimes, during conversation with your patients, politics comes up. And while the Madow Brothers suggest avoiding the topic, they offer a clever way to change the conversation if your patients bring up Donald Trump.
Spending on dental care will grow 60% in next decade July 29, 2015 -- Spending for dental care will grow 60% during the next decade, according to a new report in Health Affairs. Increased expenditures will result from economic growth following the recession, rising insurance premiums, and higher cost sharing in employer-sponsored health insurance plans.
5 infection-control questions to ask about your gloves July 28, 2015 -- Although glove procedures haven't changed too much over time, the gloves themselves have. With new features and improved materials, now may be right time to think about how you use gloves in your practice and whether you need to refresh some policies.