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 patients' lack of understanding 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
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
Sugar causes more problems than just rotten teeth
August 2, 2017 -- You know that dietary sugars are a major cause of tooth decay, but do you know that these sugars cause more than just rotten teeth? In his latest column, Dr. Alvin Danenberg reviews some recent literature on the subject and discusses how he talks with his patients about this topic and their health.  Discuss
The law of attraction
August 2, 2017 -- Have you heard of the law of attraction? Basically, whatever you are moving toward is also moving toward you. But what does this mean for your practice and your patients? Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier asks, what and who are you attracting?  Discuss
Are periodontitis and metabolic syndrome connected?
July 19, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes that chronic inflammation is a symptom of both gum disease and metabolic syndrome. In his latest column, he wonders what would happen if this chronic inflammation could be brought under control and the body's cells are given a chance to heal.  Discuss
How to create a patient communication loop
July 18, 2017 -- If you are not used to creating a communication loop with others, or if you have no idea what a communication loop is, you are probably missing out on stronger relationships with those around you, writes Dr. Lisa Knowles. In her latest column, she defines this concept of a communication loop and shows how it can help your practice.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Is toothpaste necessary?
July 5, 2017 -- There are more than 1,400 different types of toothpaste available, according to Dr. Alvin Danenberg. But is toothpaste itself necessary for your patients to properly clean their teeth? He asks this provocative question to discuss the larger topic of what is in toothpaste, what manufacturers claim, and the best way for you to help your patients clean their teeth.  Discuss
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?  Discuss