How to stand out among your competition June 8, 2017 -- If you bought a fancy new piece of equipment for your practice, how would you describe it to your patients? Would you call it by its technical name and leave it at that? Or would you emphasize all of its cool features and benefits to them? Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier votes for the latter and also recommends applying the same approach to market yourself and your practice.
Are nonnarcotic analgesics effective for post-op endo pain? June 8, 2017 -- Some patients and dental practitioners favor the use of nonnarcotic analgesics or opioid alternatives for treating postoperative endodontic pain, but studies on their effectiveness for this indication have been conflicting. However, a new review suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are potent options.
What motivates you to save your life? June 7, 2017 -- What motivates any of us to save our own lives? Dr. Alvin Danenberg recalls a past patient who came to his office for periodontal treatment but had a much more concerning health issue: This patient had already lost a lung from smoking and continued to smoke. This patient's particular circumstances made Dr. Danenberg ask what it takes to get people to save their own life?
How to improve care for stigmatized patients June 7, 2017 -- Patients with a history of addiction and mental illness sometimes experience being stigmatized by dental practitioners and staff, which can include being labeled, stereotyped, and discriminated against. A new study explored this issue and offered suggestions for improving dental care for this population.
Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. Karen Becerra June 6, 2017 -- Dental care is out of reach for many U.S. senior citizens. Often, the inability to get to a clinic coupled with high out-of-pocket expenses are insurmountable barriers for adults age 65 and older, many of whom are struggling just to get by. Dr. Karen Becerra wants to fix that, and she describes the challenges and rewards of being a geriatric dentist in the latest installment of our Leaders in Dentistry series.
Catch-and-release June 6, 2017 -- In dental practices throughout the U.S., certain employee issues continue to be concerns from dentist bosses. Dental hygienist Corinne Jameson-Kuehl understands your concerns about these employees and has some suggestions to help you handle, or even prevent, these situations.
What is your relationship with power and control? June 5, 2017 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles wanted to know more about her team and how they could work together better. So her office took a personality test. The results reminded her that we all have power and control issues. But the real issue, she writes, is when you try to lead your team without knowing their personalities -- or your own.
Do's and don'ts for practice success: Midyear progress report June 5, 2017 -- We're nearly at the halfway point for 2017. Are you on target to reach your goals for new patients, accepted cases, production and profitability? Now's a good time to take a hard look at your practice's performance, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. If performance is lagging in certain areas, make adjustments. If you're doing well in others, build on those strengths.
Regional fees survey: Part 2 -- How much are you charging? June 2, 2017 -- Do you know what the practice down the street is charging for a certain procedure? How do you know if your rates are competitive and also geographically appropriate? In the second of a two-part series, Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at regional differences in what is being charged for an additional 10 procedures. How do your fees compare?
What's the best way to avoid staining after bleaching? June 2, 2017 -- How can dental practitioners and patients combat the greater susceptibility of teeth to staining immediately after bleaching? A new study tested the effectiveness of various surface treatments and waiting times at preventing staining from red wine after bleaching.