7 ways to increase patient retention May 18, 2017 -- It's no secret that getting new patients leads is an investment -- worthwhile, but an investment nonetheless. One of the best ways to maximize that investment is to focus on retaining patients, writes Josh Crockett of dental marketing firm Practice Cafe. How? By improving their experience from the moment they first arrive to when you say goodbye at the end of their appointment.
4 oral healthcare points for your pregnant patients May 17, 2017 -- What is the most important information to communicate to your pregnant patients? In observance of National Women's Health Week, DrBicuspid.com spoke to dentists and obstetricians about how pregnant women can best take care of their own oral health and that of their children. Some recommendations have evolved and may surprise you.
Which fixation system performs best over the long term? May 17, 2017 -- Oral surgeons and other dental practitioners faced with a challenging presentation in orthognathic and reconstructive surgery will often consider either a titanium fixation system or a biodegradable system. Researchers from the Netherlands wanted to compare the two systems and see which performed better over the long term.
Negotiating your dental office lease: Part 1 May 16, 2017 -- Negotiating a dental office lease is an essential process that affects the overall value of your practice. Failure to negotiate your lease, or a misunderstanding of key provisions, can place unwanted restrictions on your cash flow and your freedom to build out your business, writes attorney Matthew Odgers in the first part of a two-part series.
Are transplanted third molars an implant alternative? May 16, 2017 -- The autotransplantation of third molars has been called a feasible, fast, and economical alternative to an implant when a suitable donor tooth is available. But how do these teeth hold up over the long term, and what kind of socket is best for their placement?
Is a preference for sweets driven by genetics? May 15, 2017 -- Our genetic code may determine whether or not we have a sweet tooth, a new study has found. Researchers noted an association between people who consumed high levels of sweets and one variation of a hormone.
Do's and don'ts for the scheduling coordinator: Reactivate inactive patients May 15, 2017 -- Many patients slip through the proverbial cracks. They cancel. They postpone. They fail to show. And then they don't reschedule. The practice gets busy and forgets about these patients, and, suddenly, they have become inactive. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his tips for reactivating these patients.
Perio treatment aids heart health in people with diabetes May 12, 2017 -- Does periodontal treatment improve the overall health of people with diabetes? A new study examined the effects of periodontal interventions on cardiovascular disease in patients with periodontitis and type 2 diabetes, and found that some therapeutic treatments may reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications.
6 ways the AHCA may affect your dental practice May 11, 2017 -- On May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), designed to reshape healthcare in the U.S. Some of the bill's provisions may directly affect your practice and your patients.
Is good customer service hurting your practice? May 11, 2017 -- Most practices have good customer service, but good is no longer good enough, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes. In the first of a new series focusing on this important aspect of patient growth, he writes that you need to provide great customer service to stand out in today's crowded dental field.