Are periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis linked?
September 13, 2017 -- At first glance, periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis may not seem to have anything in common. However, periodontist Alvin Danenberg digs into the research and finds they may have more common ground than first thought.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for customer service: Convenience matters
September 11, 2017 -- You can be the greatest dentist in the world and have the friendliest staff, but if your hours aren't convenient, patients will choose to go elsewhere. People are busier than ever before, and it's harder for many patients to make it to the dentist during normal business hours. If you're having trouble growing your practice, your office hours be an issue, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Second Opinion: It's time to extend CHIP
September 7, 2017 -- The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) runs out of federal funding on September 30, leaving Congress with only a few weeks to ensure that nearly 9 million children maintain their medical and dental coverage. Deborah Vishnevsky from the Children's Dental Health Project outlines the reasons to extend this important program.  Discuss
6 tips to put even your most nervous patients at ease
September 6, 2017 -- The thought of going to the dentist sends some patients into a state of panic. However, visiting the dentist is not just difficult for the patient -- treating these patients can be stressful for you and your team. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers six tips to help you put these patients at ease.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for the 4th quarter: How to finish the year strong
September 5, 2017 -- We're coming up to the final quarter of the year. Things can get a little crazy as we move toward the end of the year. Once we get past Halloween, it's a mad sprint to the finish. The holiday season will soon be here. Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his advice for how to finish the year strong in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
To treat or to send a patient home?
September 1, 2017 -- Are your patients balking at treatment presentation? If so, practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests giving patient options. It may seem intuitive, but giving the patient the power to choose between treatment options may help your practice over time.  Discuss
What is myth and what is reality?
August 30, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes that sometimes we can all take certain teachings about health for granted. However, the battle is figuring out what is myth and what is reality when it comes to your patient's care. He advocates asking questions to come to practical conclusions.  Discuss
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