Levin on practice leadership; Madow Bros.' insight on change; CDC caries report follow-up

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand the emotions -- yours and others -- that arise in interactions and to work with them to get the desired results. Studies show that the best leaders have high emotional intelligence, so it makes sense to concentrate on this area as a practice leader, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.

As the Madow Brothers illustrate in this insightful and witty column, while much has evolved in the practice and science of dentistry, some things -- for good or bad -- haven't changed much. They give some specific examples of how your practice, and your patients, have evolved.

While cautiously optimistic about the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on dental caries and sealant use in U.S. children, representatives from the ADA, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) spoke with DrBicuspid.com about the report's impact and what needs to happen next to reduce the caries rate. Read these experts' insights here.

Do you enjoy the hiring process? Are you finding the right team members to improve your practice? As practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, the hiring process can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Think of it as an opportunity to improve your systems and your practice.

As Paul Casamassimo, DDS, the director of the AAPD's Pediatric Oral Health Research & Policy Center, told me, the overall message of the CDC report was positive in general, but there was still much work to do. I hope you'll read the experts' comments on this important report here.

Later this week, we'll be bringing you coverage of the IADR/AADR General Session from Boston.

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