Do you know how hard COVID-19 is hitting dentists' wallets?
November 25, 2020 -- In addition to patient volume stalling in November, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many dentists spending more to operate practices, with about 40% of them either breaking even or losing money, according to the latest data from the ADA's Health Policy Institute.  Discuss
Why now is the time to invest more in your hygiene schedule
November 25, 2020 -- Dr. Robert Maguire has a simple message: If you haven't modified your hygiene schedule and systems, your patients' needs as well as other safety protocols are being overlooked. Knowing that the dentist and hygienists are the major producers in the practice, are you allowing enough time for adequate patient care?  Discuss
Why cross-training is important for your practice
November 25, 2020 -- If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it is to be prepared, writes dental office manager Claudia LaSmith. In this article, she discusses how cross-training dental team members has benefited her North Carolina practice, as well as the difference it could make for your patients and the bottom line.  Discuss
What store-bought mouthwashes kill SARS-CoV-2 in half a minute?
November 24, 2020 -- Over-the-counter mouthwashes containing cetylpyridinium chloride or ethanol/ethyl lauroyl arginate killed SARS-CoV-2 within 30 seconds of exposure to the virus in lab tests, according to a study published on November 13 on the preprint server bioRxiv.  Discuss
The importance of educating patients during a pandemic
November 24, 2020 -- Keeping the team on track during a crisis requires leadership, focus, and a defined culture of the message you wish to convey to patients and the community, writes Dr. James Anderson. In this article, he discusses the important messages that should be communicated to both parties as the pandemic continues in our society.  Discuss
Subscription revenue and why you need it for your dental practice
November 24, 2020 -- Dental patients are increasingly looking for ways to streamline their purchases and make transactions easier. When it comes to software and online purchases, those transactions are more often moving to a subscription-based model, where patients put their purchases on autopilot. Jordon Comstock details how this can benefit your dental practice's bottom line.  Discuss
Is your patient a virus superspreader? It may be the teeth
November 23, 2020 -- Patients who have a full set of teeth and a clogged nose may be more likely to spread viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, according to a study published on November 12 in the Physics of Fluids.  Discuss
Why you should seriously consider 3D printing for your practice
November 23, 2020 -- There is no denying that 3D printing is changing dental care and making treatments more accessible overall, writes Jake Hilburn. From lowering costs to greater accuracy, there are many benefits to incorporating this technology into your practice. Hilburn details the technology basics and benefits.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for customer service
November 23, 2020 -- One of the best ways to compete effectively as a dental practice -- even in a crisis -- is to treat patients with the highest level of customer service and respect. When people feel that you're going out of your way to create an outstanding experience, they develop a stronger loyalty to the practice that results in referrals, case acceptance, and positive reviews.  Discuss
3D printing, imaging reveal prehistoric shark's peculiar jaw
November 20, 2020 -- Researchers used 3D printing and computed tomography imaging to get a better understanding of a prehistoric shark and its unusual jaw, in a study published on November 17 in Communications Biology.  Discuss
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