Calif. hygienists' association votes to leave ADHA June 6, 2016 -- The California Dental Hygienists' Association, the largest state hygienists' group in the U.S., has overwhelmingly voted to end its 90-year affiliation with the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA).
Dos and don'ts for online communications: Optimize your practice website June 6, 2016 -- If you use an internet search engine, you know that your query will probably bring up thousands of results, and you won't look at all of them. So for your practice website, you want it to get a high ranking on the search results list. The way to do this is with search engine optimization (SEO). Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his tips for optimizing your website search results.
Can patient risk assessment help your practice? June 6, 2016 -- Are you asking the right questions when you conduct risk assessments on your patients? Doing risk assessment right is the focus of hygienist Lillian Caperila, who will speak at the upcoming American Dental Hygienists' Association meeting in Pittsburgh.
Toxic behaviors poisoning your day June 3, 2016 -- While the laundry list of things that make you angry, frustrated, and stressed is long, examining possible toxic behaviors that are holding your practice back is an important step, writes stress management expert Jen Butler. She defines seven toxic behaviors and how to take that first step toward finding solutions.
7 tips for creating a wow patient experience June 2, 2016 -- In her first column for DrBicuspid.com, dental marketing consultant and hygienist Minal Sampat offers seven tips for creating a memorable patient experience. She writes that while all practices need new patients, your existing patients can be your most loyal sales force.
Getting patients to just say 'yes' to treatment: Part 1 June 1, 2016 -- How do you get patients to say "yes" to your treatment plans? The Scheduling Institute's Jay Geier has been studying this question for years and has some ideas. In the first of a two-part series, he offers principles that can create a mutually beneficial situation for both your patients and your practice.
The ABCs of beneficiaries June 1, 2016 -- When you buy life insurance, participate in a retirement plan, or open a retirement account, you're asked to designate a primary beneficiary. Too often, dentists give little thought to this decision, writes financial planner John G. McCarthy III. But who you name as a beneficiary can make a difference in how the benefits are distributed and how much will be received.
Changing Denti-Cal: Part 2 -- Will $740M investment fix Denti-Cal? May 31, 2016 -- What happens when hundreds of thousands more children enroll in California's troubled dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal? In part two of this series, learn how the Dental Transformation Initiative, a $740 million investment, hopes to improve the system.
Blind Spots: After practice purchase, now what? Part 2 May 31, 2016 -- You've taken the huge step of purchasing a practice. Now that you've got your hands on the reins, what do you do next? In the second of a three-part series, practice management consultant Jan Keller discusses next steps and team communication.