Dental spending projected to grow to $183B by 2025
February 21, 2017 -- Spending on dental services is expected to continue to grow steadily through 2025 to $185 billion annually, according to a new report based on data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, these projections are lower than previously forecast and slightly trail expected overall health expenditures.
Do's and don'ts for patient marketing: Ask for patient testimonials and reviews
February 20, 2017 -- Treat patients well, in terms of both clinical care and customer service, and they'll have good things to say about you. Ask them to write a testimonial or online review, and you'll soon have excellent word-of-mouth advertising to help you achieve greater practice success, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2017: Part 1
February 17, 2017 -- A highlight of the upcoming 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting will be the vast exhibit hall, where hundreds of companies will showcase their products. Here we bring you a preview of new and recently introduced products to look for while you're walking through the exhibit hall in McCormick Place in Chicago.
Lawsuit seeks to reinstate EPA amalgam separator rule
February 16, 2017 -- Did your practice purchase an amalgam separator when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations for mercury waste in December 2016? Many did, but developments by the Trump administration have thrown this regulation into question.
Can functional medicine help your patients?
February 15, 2017 -- The term functional medicine is floating around the internet, but what does it mean and how can you use it to help your patients? As Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes, we know what the obvious causes of gum problems are, but what if a patient's issues go beyond those causes? Functional medicine tests help him deliver answers and treatment options for his patients.
What's love got to do with your practice's success?
February 15, 2017 -- Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier wants to talk about love. Not the romantic kind, but the kind that your practice should embrace and exude: a love of new patients. In his latest column, he offers four tips to help your team recognize the importance of these patients to your practice.
Are splints beneficial for TMDs? It depends
February 14, 2017 -- Despite the common use of stabilization splints to treat temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), strong evidence of their effectiveness has been lacking. Splints appear to be beneficial in the short term, but they are no better than other treatments over the long term, according to a new study.
4 ways to lower stress and improve practice performance
February 14, 2017 -- You have a lot to think about and get done each day at your practice. And that is even before you begin seeing your patients. While it can seem overwhelming, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers four practical ideas that will both lower your stress and improve the performance of your practice.
Can you trust implant dentistry consensus guidelines?
February 13, 2017 -- Consensus guidelines help dentists make good clinical decisions and improve patient safety, but a new study has found that the quality of these guidelines in major implant dentistry journals is mediocre. Methodological improvements are needed to ensure that guidelines adhere to high, transparent standards, the authors noted.
Do's and don'ts for case presentation: Get over negative feelings about 'selling' treatment
February 13, 2017 -- If you hesitate to urge patients to accept treatment that you believe is in their best interest, you may be confusing selling with service. Motivating patients to "do the right thing" for the sake of having a healthy smile is NOT selling. It's good dentistry, even though it also results in increased production, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
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