The intentional calendar
December 13, 2017 -- 2018 is right around the corner. How can you ensure that it will be a successful year? Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier uses a simple tool you probably have in your office already -- a calendar. A successful year, he writes, includes much more than just your practice's patient schedule.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for creating a happy work environment: Be a great doctor -- and a great leader
December 11, 2017 -- Every day you strive to provide great dental care, but as the practice leader, you are also responsible for helping to keep your team happy, enthusiastic, and inspired. Keep in mind that the way you lead your staff can have a tremendous positive or negative influence on the morale and performance of staff members, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
5 reasons production is down
December 8, 2017 -- It is December and you are probably looking at your practice's year-end numbers. If your production numbers are down, it can impact your bottom line and also your team's morale. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie has five reasons your production numbers might be lower and what you can do to improve them.  Discuss
5 questions patients ask about gum disease
December 6, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg receives questions from patients all over the world about gum disease. While patients' specific conditions vary, in general the conversations seem to revolve around these five questions. How do you address these patient questions?  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice finances: Get a clearer idea of where you're headed
December 4, 2017 -- Did you have a good fiscal year? Remember, you're the CEO of your practice, so it's up to you to know how your practice is progressing toward its profitability goals. If your financial picture is unclear, now's the time to bring everything into focus, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Dentists still stressed and depressed: Is there good news?
December 1, 2017 -- Are private practice owners or group practice dentists more stressed? Practice management consultant Jen Butler looked at the responses from two surveys more than a decade apart, and she comes to some interesting conclusions.  Discuss
4 steps to set your 2018 goals
November 29, 2017 -- Goals give you a defined destination, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. Sometimes it may seem challenging to determine your goals -- and to commit to them. He shares a few steps that will help ensure you are setting the right type of goals to get you on the road in 2018.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice analysis: Is it time for new systems?
November 27, 2017 -- Most dentists try to get by with their management systems for as long as possible. They put up with the bottlenecks and the breakdowns for years. When owners finally implement new systems and the practice is running better than ever, they often ask themselves, "Why did I wait so long?" Dr. Roger P. Levin asks, are your practice systems in good shape, or have they passed their expiration date?  Discuss
Oral cancer research points to an old enemy
November 22, 2017 -- If we knew what was causing oral cancers, we might be able to treat it before it spreads, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He looks at the research that suggests that Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacteria very familiar to periodontists, may play a role in the spread of the most prevalent form of oral cancer.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice marketing: What's your plan for 2018?
November 20, 2017 -- You can't recycle the same marketing strategies year after year because they become less and less effective. Sure, you might want to repeat some of your most potent promotions, but you should also add new campaigns, methods, and activities. Putting together your marketing plan now will help your practice hit the ground running in 2018, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss