4 reasons to improve your patient communication September 21, 2016 -- Are you able to communicate with your patients? It's a simple question, but there's rarely an easy answer. Dr. Lisa Knowles has thought about the role clear communication plays in a dental practice, and she offers four reasons why better patient communication is good for your practice.
Study: Resin cements can change the color of ceramics September 20, 2016 -- Resin cements can change the translucency, color, and shade of high-translucent ceramics, according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Oral Science. The final color of restorations depends on a combination of the underlying tooth structure and resin cement layer, the authors concluded.
Second Opinion: Georgia's battle for access September 20, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, urges the Georgia Legislature and the Georgia Dental Association to consider the needs of the children of Georgia when a bill allowing dental hygienists to provide preventive services is reintroduced.
Dos and don'ts for the hygiene department: Raise patient awareness of periodontal problems September 19, 2016 -- It's estimated that half of American adults have periodontal disease. As part of your commitment to patients' optimal oral health, your hygiene department should monitor disease symptoms, educate patients about caring for their gums, and alert you when treatment may be necessary, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Review: SDF stops caries in primary teeth September 19, 2016 -- Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) stops caries in primary teeth, according to a new review study. The noninvasive, easily administered treatment can manage dental caries in young children or those who have special needs, the authors noted.
Avoiding 'Amphetamine Annie' and other personnel problems September 16, 2016 -- Your office may be prepared for malpractice claims, but what if a fired employee sues you for wrongful termination? Attorney Arthur Curley asked dentists that and other questions about their preparedness to handle employment situations in a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2016 conference.
Key-person insurance can be a small business' lifeline September 15, 2016 -- Have you insured what could be your most valuable asset -- your partner or associate? If not, you should consider "key-person" insurance. Financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains how practice owners can benefit from key-person policies.
The trouble with jumping on the online marketing train September 14, 2016 -- You hear a lot about how your practice should be marketing itself online. And you should. But as the Scheduling Institute's Jay Geier writes, you can have the greatest website in the world and it will mean little if your practice isn't ready when the phone rings.
CDA peer-review chair highlights process benefits September 13, 2016 -- Dr. Teresa Yang tries to help dentists and patients resolve issues in a timely and nonthreatening manner, focusing on evidence, in her role as chair of the California Dental Association (CDA) Council on Peer Review.