What is your patient's mouth worth? August 16, 2017 -- Your patients may take for granted that they can eat almost anything they want and enjoy the taste and chewing satisfaction of the food. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg wonders if patients would take better care of their oral health if a value and a cost were assigned. Discuss
What's the rush? August 16, 2017 -- We've all the heard the phrase "time flies when you're having fun." You find that your energy level is up, your mind is firing on all cylinders, and even your interactions are more positive. Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier offers five steps to keep that feeling going and to use it to help your practice grow. Discuss
The answer to higher case acceptance August 14, 2017 -- What's the biggest obstacle to patient case acceptance? Is it money or insurance? Is it scheduling issues? Maybe a lack of understanding on the patient's part about how important oral healthcare is for their overall health? Or maybe it is none of those things. Practice management consultant Jen Butler has the answer. Discuss
Do's and don'ts for implant case presentation: Play the long game August 14, 2017 -- For most patients, agreeing to implant treatment takes multiple case presentations. Implants are expensive, requiring significant out-of-pocket costs. In addition, they involve surgery, as in dental surgery. Those are two words that few people want to hear, yet the benefits of implants are numerous and life-changing. Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his tips for successful implant case presentation. Discuss
Study focuses on dental therapists' impact in Native Alaskan communities August 11, 2017 -- In the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Discuss
Do's and don'ts for employee motivation: Recognition matters August 10, 2017 -- When was the last time you complimented someone on your team? Was it last week, last month, last year -- or can you even remember? Hopefully, it was recently because team members thrive in an atmosphere where their efforts are recognized and appreciated, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. Discuss
Calif. resumes RDA licensing August 10, 2017 -- California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on August 7 that resumes licensing of registered dental assistants (RDAs) despite a continued suspension of the practical exam.
3 reasons why patients just don't appreciate you August 8, 2017 -- No matter what you and your team members do, many of your patients just don't value dentistry, and they certainly don't appreciate what you can do for their smile. Why does this happen and what can you do about it? Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers three possible reasons and how to address these concerns. Discuss