Dental Practice Made Simple: New patient scheduling
August 4, 2021 -- A practice should see a new patient within seven to 10 days of that first phone call, says Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. That's because new patients have a 200% to 300% higher financial value than current active patients in their first 12 months. Read More
Long-term value promotes treatment acceptance
August 4, 2021 -- "Why is dentistry so expensive?" "How am I going to pay for this?" In his column, Dr. James Anderson offers his advice to help the whole dental team navigate these questions and sell the value of long-term dental health. Read More
Top 10 DSOs: Pandemic didn't curb corporate growth
August 3, 2021 -- The top 10 largest dental service organizations (DSOs) in the U.S. have grown considerably since we last updated our list in October 2019. Unlike private dental practices, the corporations do not appear to have been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
4 ways to increase practice production -- fast!
August 3, 2021 -- One of the most important business practices is to do the most productive things first. In this column, Dr. Roger P. Levin lays out four specific actions that a practice can take to increase production rapidly. Read More
Second Opinion: Dentistry is essential -- only when it wants to be
August 2, 2021 -- With personal protective equipment and vaccines on the line, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted dentistry to tout the importance of oral health. But why hasn't the profession always been this vocal? Dr. Caroline Zeller asks the hard questions in this riveting opinion piece. Read More
Do's and don'ts for patient treatment
August 2, 2021 -- Your treatment of patients is very important, and I don't just mean administering dental care. To increase patient loyalty, regular visits, and referrals, treat patients in ways that show how much you value them, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Second Opinion: Dental therapists needed for oral health equity
July 30, 2021 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss offers his response to a commentary by dental thought leaders who proposed five strategies for using the Medicaid program to increase oral health equity. Krauss argues that employing dental therapists should also be a solution. Read More
Dental visits lag for publicly insured patients
July 29, 2021 -- By August 2020, privately insured patients were visiting the dentist at about the same rate as before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. But dental utilization still lagged by 7.5% for patients with public insurance. Read More
How procurement software can increase ROI
July 29, 2021 -- Procurement is a strategic business function that plays a role in practice success. Yet too often dental practices do not fully realize these benefits. In this column, Daniel M. Traub breaks down how procurement can boost your savings and return on investment (ROI). Read More
Dental impression material gets stuck in man's throat
July 28, 2021 -- A 71-year-old man ingested a nearly 2-inch piece of dental material that ended up stuck in the lower part of his throat while having impressions taken at a Kentucky clinic. The clinical report was published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Read More
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