5 steps to help stop substance abuse: Part 1 September 10, 2015 -- About 1 in 4 people abuse drugs and alcohol, according to a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2015 meeting. The speakers addressed how dental professionals can help patients understand substance abuse.
The Naked Dentist: Creating top 10 plays September 10, 2015 -- With college and pro football kicking off, game highlights are everywhere. But, as the Naked Dentist writes, to get to the exciting top 10 plays, you have to have a solid game plan and execute the details. In the case of Dr. Hawaii, this means examining the numbers and focusing on hygiene.
'How long will this crown last?' September 9, 2015 -- How do you respond when you are asked a difficult question by a patient, such as "How long will this crown last?" Will everyone in your practice give the same response? The Madow Brothers offer not only an answer to that question, but a way to get everyone in your office on the same page.
Office lease negotiating: Part 1 -- Location & relocation September 9, 2015 -- The largest expense for a dental practice, besides employees and staffing, is routinely the cost associated with the office real estate. In the first of a new series, Matt LaMaster focuses on the common traps and negotiating points in offices leases that most dental practices fail to consider when negotiating their lease.
3 things to consider before giving a raise September 8, 2015 -- All too often, dentists give their team members raises for the wrong reasons. You want to keep them happy, after all, and what better way to motivate them than with a bump in pay? However, as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, sometimes you need to look behind the numbers before you commit to a pay increase.
Dos and don'ts for team building and assigning targets September 8, 2015 -- Many dentists complain about their teams, but often the problem stems from a lack of motivation or engagement. If staff members simply go through the motions every day, with no clearly expressed performance expectations, their role will probably seem like "just a job" to them. An excellent way to solve this problem is to create and assign performance targets, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
5 things to prepare for when selling your practice September 5, 2015 -- While the desire to step away and sell a practice can stem from different reasons, the goal remains constant: maximizing your profits from the sale and making sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible. Practice transition expert Scott Mortier writes that several issues must be considered to ensure the transaction goes off without a hitch.
CDA Presents 2015: 3D imaging aids endodontic options September 4, 2015 -- Advances in 3D imaging, instruments, materials, and growth factors in bone-grafting material have changed the way dentists decide between doing root canals or implants, according to a presentation by Dr. Mohamed Fayad at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2015 meeting.
CDA Presents 2015: Prevention is key for sports trauma September 3, 2015 -- Nearly every dentist will need to address sports-related trauma at some point, and the best time to educate patients about injuries is before they occur, according to a presentation by Dr. Ray Padilla at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2015 meeting.
They said what about my practice? September 2, 2015 -- You do everything you can to provide the highest-quality dentistry, best customer service, and most fantastic patient experience ever. You answer everyone's questions, are empathetic, and even work through lunch to squeeze in that emergency. And then one day, you get a link to a bad review. Don't panic, the Madow Brothers offer practical advice to deal with this scenario.