Second Opinion: Data needed now for dental Medicare plan
October 21, 2021 -- Political lobbying around Medicare dental benefits misses one key point: Seniors need dental benefits now. In this Second Opinion piece, Dr. Margaret Scarlett writes why data collection is essential to creating an immediate program that works for Medicare beneficiaries and small business dentists. Read More
Can unbiased hiring help fix the pay gap?
October 21, 2021 -- October 21 is Latina equal pay day -- the day when the average annual pay for Latina women working full-time equals what white, non-Hispanic men earned the year prior. To mark the event, we spoke with DentalPost CEO Tonya Lanthier, RDH, about pay gaps and the importance of diverse dental teams. Read More
Patients see the dentist less often after a hospital stay
October 20, 2021 -- Patients are less likely to visit a dentist after a hospital stay, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. They are slightly less likely to undergo certain types of dental procedures, including periodontic, endodontic, and oral surgery services. Read More
Hygienists brace to battle dentists over practice laws
October 20, 2021 -- This year, the Illinois Legislature considered measures to allow hygienists to clean the teeth of certain patients without a dentist. But when the Illinois State Dental Society met with key lawmakers, the proposals seemed doomed. The situation is indicative of legislative dynamics around the U.S. Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: How much cash do you need?
October 20, 2021 -- Dental practices typically don't have to think about cash in the way they think about losing a team member or an unhappy patient. But having enough cash on hand can ensure the success and longevity of a practice, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. Read More
It's 'irresponsible' not to know your dentistry data
October 20, 2021 -- Dentists must pay attention to key performance indicators such as production, overhead, and income, to name a few -- otherwise, they're operating blind, according to dental experts. In addition, they should check the data on a regular basis. Read More
Fuse: Your guide to key performance indicators
October 20, 2021 -- If you graduated with your doctorate in dentistry ready for practice but not for business, you're not alone. Approximately 30% of dentists in practice today are unfamiliar with the "numbers" side of their dental practice, making business training an on-the-job learning experience. Fuse, backed by Patterson Dental's expertise, is built to help. Read More
How to use KPI data for practice success
October 20, 2021 -- Keeping data on key performance indicators (KPIs) and financial figures is key to the viability and success of a dental practice, according to leaders in the dental industry. That's because data alone are not beneficial unless the information is related to something else in the practice. Read More
Dental x-rays may help diagnose bruxism
October 19, 2021 -- Patients who grind their teeth may be significantly more likely to show bone apposition on panoramic dental x-rays, indicating another possible way to diagnose bruxism. The study was published on October 18 in BMC Oral Health. Read More
Technology Focus: RevenueWell built a better phone system
October 19, 2021 -- RevenueWell Phone is a new digital phone system that will make you want to drop your landline if you haven't already. RevenueWell's chief technology officer, Max Longin, showed off the design in the latest Technology Focus episode. Read More
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