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.
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.
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.
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?
What is your relationship with power and control? June 5, 2017 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles wanted to know more about her team and how they could work together better. So her office took a personality test. The results reminded her that we all have power and control issues. But the real issue, she writes, is when you try to lead your team without knowing their personalities -- or your own.
3 problems with self-help for your practice May 31, 2017 -- When dentists are struggling, they may find it difficult to admit they need help, writes Sally McKenzie. Instead of seeking outside advice from an industry expert, they tell themselves they can fix their practice problems on their own. She details three reasons why these good intentions often do not turn into practice advances.
Does gum disease cause cardiovascular disease? May 24, 2017 -- Does gum disease cause cardiovascular disease? This is a critical question. It needs to be answered, if possible. Dr. Alvin Danenberg looks at three peer-reviewed medical studies and offers his clinical perspective on this crucial issue for your patients' health.
One surprising thing effective leaders do well May 24, 2017 -- What does being a leader mean to you? You may think it means always being at the front of the line. But in real life, every great leader begins as an excellent follower, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. Embracing the role of follower to someone who can challenge you to reach your full potential is the first step toward becoming a great leader.
Do's and don'ts for the scheduling coordinator: Reactivate inactive patients May 15, 2017 -- Many patients slip through the proverbial cracks. They cancel. They postpone. They fail to show. And then they don't reschedule. The practice gets busy and forgets about these patients, and, suddenly, they have become inactive. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin shares his tips for reactivating these patients.
What's the best dental insurance? May 10, 2017 -- What's the best dental insurance? As Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes, it's not the dental rider on your employer's health plan. It's not the government-assisted program better known as a freebie. It's not some self-pay contraption. It's none of those obvious things. Read on to find out what it is.