Week in Review: Teaching patients oral health; legal cases; and cosmetic dentistry survey

Dear DrBicuspid.com Member,

What is the best way to teach patients about oral health? The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recently released guidelines to help dental teams create effective patient-centered oral health promotions. Read Assistant Editor Theresa Pablos' article here.

In their latest column, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler present a case from a general dentist's office. This dentist, experienced in implant placement and restoration, saw a 49-year old patient for a single implant. What happened during and after treatment is a cautionary tale. Read it here.

More than a quarter of responding dentists reported making $2,500 or more each time a patient comes to the office for a cosmetic procedure in a new American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) survey. Read Features Editor Donna Domino's article here.

The availability of treatment financing can often make the difference between accepting and rejecting your recommendations for some patients. By making treatment affordable, such as offering a payment plan from a reputable lender, it opens the door for increased production and reduces your financial risks and collection headaches, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.

Have you ever wondered what the value of your practice is? Our team has released a beta version of Practice SnapShot, an online tool that will calculate a financial estimate of the value of your practice. Click here to give it a try. We'd love to get your feedback, so let us know what you think and how we can improve it.

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