The Naked Dentist: Communication advances technology
October 25, 2016 -- It's not always easy to ask for help, especially when it comes to using new technologies. As Curtis Marshall writes in his latest Naked Dentist column, sometimes it just takes some open, honest communication and asking for help to overcome obstacles.
Legal Cases: Placement of implants projecting into the maxillary sinus
October 24, 2016 -- A 61-year-old man presented to a large group practice where a prosthodontist proposed a treatment plan of four implants. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document in their latest Legal Cases series, having a plan of action isn't enough -- it has to be written in the patient's chart.
Dos and don'ts for patient relationships: Partner with patients to provide better care
October 24, 2016 -- You may talk about how committed you are to your patients, but do you demonstrate it in every interaction with everyone who comes to your practice? Make your commitment clear by treating patients like partners in maintaining, restoring, and improving their oral health, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Beating the beast of dental disease
October 19, 2016 -- Creating a program to help your patients to improve their oral health and understand the biological causes of dental disease sounds intimidating. But periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg has such a program that contains five simple and effective steps. Read on to see how to bring this program to your office.
Sheri's Solutions: The elephant in the treatment room
October 18, 2016 -- What do you do when a patient brings up the current U.S. election? Dr. Sheri Doniger understands some patients want to be distracted, but it's a fine line when it comes to politics. As she writes, focusing on oral care, or perhaps how the Cubs are doing, is probably the wisest solution.
Dos and don'ts for community relations: Serve the community by adopting a cause
October 17, 2016 -- In every community, there are problems that the citizens, government agencies, and institutions can't solve by themselves. If your community's giving you and your staff livelihoods, give something back -- in addition to the excellent dental care you provide. Find an important issue that needs more attention and resources, and make it your own, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Second Opinion: NDA statement defends accepting 'Big Soda' donations
October 13, 2016 -- On October 11, reported on a published study that cited almost 100 organizations, including the National Dental Association (NDA), that have accepted sponsorship funds from the two large soda-producing corporations. In this Second Opinion, NDA President Dr. Judy Greanlea Taylor spells out her association's position.
The predictability of process in your practice
October 12, 2016 -- When you think coffee, which company pops into your head? How about if you need a package delivered overnight? Jay Geier, president of the Scheduling Institute, offers some practical advice so that your patients will think of your practice when they hear the word "dentist."
5 reasons your overhead costs are out of control
October 11, 2016 -- Overhead costs are the bane of many practices. Rather than being able to put your money toward new or upgraded equipment, it goes toward keeping your practice afloat. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers five ideas to help you get overhead costs under control.
Dos and don'ts for office efficiency: It's fall cleanup time
October 10, 2016 -- As you and your team go through your daily routines and care for patients, clutter can easily accumulate. To prevent it from getting out of control and interfering with your work, schedule semiannual office cleanups. Doing so will upgrade your operational efficiency, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.