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Do's and don'ts for answering patient calls: Use the phone to your advantage
December 10, 2018 -- The telephone is your practice's main connection for bringing in new patients. Your front desk coordinator must always use answering the phone as an opportunity to welcome new callers enthusiastically, build value for the practice, gather information, and schedule an appointment, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
What determines nickel-titanium rotary instrument usage?
December 10, 2018 -- Why are some practitioners using nickel-titanium rotary instruments and some not? What might encourage practitioners to try these instruments? Researchers surveyed endodontists and general dentists to find out the answers to these and other questions.  Discuss
New resource offers guidance on opioids for pregnant women
December 7, 2018 -- What considerations should you have when prescribing opioids for pregnant women? The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center created a new guide to help dentists answer this very question.  Discuss
4 tips to improve collections in your practice
December 6, 2018 -- Getting patients to pay on time can be quite a challenge for any practice. And beyond the stress and hassle in collections, the lack of cash flow can affect a practice's ability to expand. In her latest column, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers four practical tips to improve collections and your practice's finances.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Disruptive patient and incomplete restorative work
December 5, 2018 -- In their latest Legal Cases column, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler present a case in which a patient became disruptive and had to be removed from the dental office by the police after incomplete restorative work. Read on to learn how the case was resolved and what you can do to help your practice.  Discuss
JAMA: Nearly a quarter of U.S. dentists were born abroad
December 4, 2018 -- The need for healthcare professionals is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages, so researchers explored the current field of U.S. health professions, including dentistry, and how country of origin and citizen status vary among them. Almost a quarter of U.S. dentists were born in other countries, they reported in a new research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Questionnaire helps distinguish between types of orofacial pain
December 4, 2018 -- A questionnaire originally developed for patients with lower back pain may be able to help distinguish between different types of orofacial pain. Researchers found that higher scores on the painDETECT screening questionnaire were able to help rule out pain that is musculoskeletal or dental in nature.  Discuss
Study: Opioid prescriptions by dentists linked to abuse risk
December 3, 2018 -- Opioid prescriptions by dentists and oral surgeons may lead to a statistically significant increased risk of persistent opioid use and abuse for adolescents and young adults, according to a major new study in JAMA Internal Medicine on December 3.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for debt management: Set goals for tackling debt
December 3, 2018 -- You probably didn't learn about debt management in dental school, but it's essential to your success. Mounting debt nipping at your heels will drain both your finances and your passion for dentistry. Set debt management goals early and tackle them often, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
3 ways to avoid stressing out in the office
November 30, 2018 -- Stress can manifest itself in many ways, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. She analyzes some of these manifestations for dentists and hygienists and offers some possible solutions for finding ways to reduce everyone's stress levels.  Discuss
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