Never believe your patients
April 27, 2016 -- Has this happened at your practice? The patient in your chair is certain that pain emanates from a certain tooth, but you can't find anything that would be causing that pain, until you search other areas of the mouth. This has happened to Dr. Lisa Knowles, and she's developed three tips to help her diagnose these patients with clarity.
Don't wait to plan your retirement
April 26, 2016 -- Avoiding thinking about retirement? Retirement planning too complicated? Many of your colleagues feel this way, writes financial planner John G. McCarthy III. But the sooner you make it a priority, the better off you and your family will be in the long run.
Dos and don'ts for interdisciplinary cases: Improve interoffice communication
April 25, 2016 -- When you refer patients to a specialty practice, you can end up alienating them because the two offices may fail to communicate with each other in a timely, efficient way. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises taking the lead in clarifying exactly how you and the specialist will keep each other updated on a patient's progress and case developments.
Second Opinion: Georgians need more than new campaign
April 25, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, advocates for better oral healthcare for all Georgians. She points out the difficulties many rural and poor Georgians face in trying to access oral healthcare and urges the Georgia Dental Association to work to increase access to care.
Sheri's Solutions: How do you destress?
April 22, 2016 -- Combine a complicated patient list with practice management concerns and more and you have stress. But how do you destress? In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger relates a conversation she had with Dr. Desirée Walker at the 2016 Women in Dentistry conference about beating stress.
5 steps for breaking through self-imposed limitations
April 20, 2016 -- Seemingly insurmountable barriers can be overcome, if you have a process for breaking through those barriers, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. He lists steps and actions you can take to help break through yours.
Second Opinion: ADA supports competition, except in dentistry
April 19, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss asks an important question about healthcare insurance, competition, and the ADA's approach to both. Dr. Krauss wonders why competition is important in one area and not in others.
Dos and don'ts for referral marketing
April 18, 2016 -- When current patients are satisfied with the care and service their dental practice provides, they would probably be comfortable recommending it to others. But are enough of your patients actually doing this? If not, you have tremendous growth potential just waiting to be tapped, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Do dentists need to doctor up on oral cancer?
April 15, 2016 -- Michael Ventriello, owner of Ventriello Communications and an experienced voice in dental public relations, explains why he "fired" his dentist over the lack of oral cancer screening. He writes that dentists and hygienists need to embrace examination tools and protocols to improve oral cancer screening and survival rates.
Dentists make too much money
April 13, 2016 -- Everyone wants to know what is coming next. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Benjamin Burris would like to see increased access to care and better service for patients. He also sees that increased competition and market disruption are almost inevitable, unless dentists do a better job of policing themselves and serving their patients.