Does in-office teeth bleaching produce more inflammation? November 15, 2016 -- If you offer teeth whitening in your practice, you're probably concerned about both the result and keeping your patients' teeth and gums healthy. Teeth bleaching, a popular form of teeth whitening, is used in both in-office and at-home procedures. In a recent study, researchers from Brazil wanted to know if this procedure caused damage to a patient's dental pulp.
Dos and don'ts for communication: Turn first-time callers into patients November 14, 2016 -- New patients can now learn about your practice and make an initial appointment online. But many people will still connect with you by phone. When they do, your front desk staff should be prepared to create an excellent first impression, gather important patient information, build value for the doctor and practice, and, of course, schedule an appointment, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
6 ways to stop losing patients November 14, 2016 -- Developing a strong, loyal patient base is key to building a successful practice, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. Yet it's something many dentists struggle with. She offers six tips to help you retain your patients and grow your practice.
Dental Excellence Award nominating ending soon November 11, 2016 -- Join hundreds of your peers and colleagues in participating in the nominations process for the 2016 DrBicuspid.com Dental Excellence Awards. You only have until midnight on November 18 to make your voice heard and help honor researchers, companies, educators, and institutions that make dentistry stand out.
The Naked Dentist: The numbers that really matter November 11, 2016 -- Dental Intel's Curtis Marshall married into a dental family. He's seen how the profession has evolved and its focus on numbers. But as he reminds all of us, while numbers do matter, it's not just your practice numbers that matter, but the time you spend with your family.
Hygienists feel the time crunch when giving dietary advice November 10, 2016 -- For hygienists, there's never enough time, including time to give dietary advice to patients. Although hygienists and dental therapists value the importance of nutrition counseling, they believe time is the No. 1 barrier to providing advice at the dental office, a new study has found.
Are the holes in your schedule haunting you? November 10, 2016 -- As the holidays approach, you want to have fewer, not more, holes in your schedule. However, as dental hygienist Corinne Jameson-Kuehl writes, it takes a concerted team effort to focus on scheduling. She offers practical ideas to help your office fill your slots.
U.S. elections: 4 soda taxes pass; 3 tobacco taxes fail November 9, 2016 -- Election night in the U.S. saw four cities pass new taxes on soda and sugary beverages, while there were mixed results on tobacco tax measures. However, a proposition backed by the California Dental Association that included e-cigarettes in California's tobacco tax passed overwhelmingly.
CMS delays Medicare enrollment rule to 2019 November 9, 2016 -- Dentists may get a temporary reprieve from a U.S. government program designed to get a handle on the country's opiate crisis. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it has delayed by two years the date by which dentists must be enrolled with the government to be able to prescribe powerful Part D drugs such as opiates.
Your 2 greatest competitors all year November 9, 2016 -- Fall is a great time of year, writes Jay Geier, president of the Scheduling Institute. But you can't let everything going on around you blind you to the opportunities in front of you for your practice. He offers some ideas you might not have thought about to help your practice thrive during this busy time of year.