5 ways to get patients on board with home care
March 11, 2014 -- With the oral-systemic health link now well recognized, this is the time to help patients understand what they need to do to control bacteria at home. Carrie Ibbetson, RDH, presents five practical techniques to help your patients improve their oral healthcare at home.
Sheri's Solutions: 'What is an IFU?'
March 11, 2014 -- We all have patients who enjoy telling a good joke or saying something funny, just at the perfect moment. Sometimes it's a ray of sunshine on a bitter cold day in Chicago, lending levity to a procedure that may cause fear in some patients. Others may consider this an annoyance, but Dr. Sheri Doniger never finds humor an annoyance.
Analysis of ADC vs. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
March 6, 2014 -- Why should anyone care about a dental Medicaid ruling from an administrative law court in Travis County in Texas? Not just because it potentially involves millions of taxpayer dollars, but also because public record disclosure revealed mechanisms for defrauding taxpayers.
Sheri's Solutions: The 'new' piece of equipment
March 4, 2014 -- When it is finally time to replace or add equipment, how can you ensure that you know all that you need to know about it until you actually try to use it? Always ask for instructions, even if you think you know how it works, Dr. Sheri Doniger advises.
Dos and don'ts for leadership: The importance of setting targets
March 3, 2014 -- The first step in creating a more efficient, more profitable practice is setting targets. This is essential, because starting out with vague, simplistic goals does not drive change. Targets must be clearly defined, then the objective becomes very clear, according Dr. Roger Levin.
Why cosmetics matter
February 26, 2014 -- How can a private practice survive? DrBicuspid.com Advisory Board member Dr. David A. Landau looks at the changes in dentistry as a practice, and explains why a strong understanding of cosmetic restorative dentistry will continue to be an essential part of the evolving private practice. He also issues a rallying cry to deliver exceptional patient care as a blueprint for a practice to thrive.
Dental therapists' value measured by Pew report participant
February 25, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion column, Dr. John T. Powers responds to questions about a Pew study that focused on how he integrated a dental therapist into his private practice. As with any report, the Pew study did not include every detail, so Dr. Powers wants to offer some additional information to help answer any questions. He also explains what he sees in his community and why the decision made financial sense.
Can mouthguards really prevent concussions?
February 25, 2014 -- What do you tell pediatric patients and their parents and coaches when they come to you for advice on using a mouthguard? Mouthguards protect the teeth and jaw, but do they guard against concussions or other head injuries?
Dos and don'ts for marketing: Embracing social media
February 24, 2014 -- Social media provides excellent opportunities for sharing news about the practice, giving valuable advice about oral health, building relationships, raising brand awareness, and much more. Establish your practice's presence as soon as you can.