Stimulus package: 4 key updates for dental practice owners
January 19, 2021 -- As dentists continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic, they can start 2021 with renewed confidence and additional financial assistance now that the latest COVID-19 relief bill has been signed into law, writes Mark Schmidt. He goes over some key updates related to the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program and signature 7(a) loan program that affect existing and new borrowers.  Discuss
Are you performing aerosol-generating procedures safely?
January 18, 2021 -- The risk of exposure to infections such as SARS-CoV-2 from aerosol-generating procedures appears low in open plan clinics where there are several feet of distance between bays, according to a study published online January 6 in the Journal of Dentistry.  Discuss
Is now a good time to sell or buy a dental practice?
January 18, 2021 -- Is it a buyer's or seller's market right now when it comes to dental practices? Dr. Teresa Yang spoke with a pair of dental practice brokers to get their opinions on the market, as well as what is necessary if you're looking to either buy or sell a practice in the age of COVID-19.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for working through recovery
January 18, 2021 -- Ever since the pandemic occurred, I have identified "recovery" as the No. 1 area where dental practices need to focus. While it may seem counterintuitive to focus on less instead of more, concentrating on the essentials will ensure a faster, better, and deeper recovery, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Survey finds the most annoying sound has a dental connection
January 15, 2021 -- Don't you love it when your patients have strong enough teeth and gums to eat whatever they want, whenever they want? But while we may love to see people eating, we love it even more when it's done quietly. At least that's what a recent survey pointed out after investigating the sounds we find most annoying.  Discuss
What are the biggest vision errors that dentists make later in their careers?
January 15, 2021 -- As dentists move along in their careers, they often lose sight of what's coming next for them and their business. Dr. Jeanette Kern believes the most detrimental vision error for dentists is losing sight of their dreams or what success means to them. In this article, she offers advice on how to keep your vision and dreams in focus.  Discuss
What is the real cost of your patients smoking?
January 15, 2021 -- Cigarette smoking-related illnesses have led to more than 20 million deaths in the U.S. over the past 50 or so years. The societal and economic hits are just as costly, according to a report released on January 13 by the personal finance website WalletHub.  Discuss
Do your patients know the risk of hookah smoking?
January 14, 2021 -- Chronic smoking of shisha or tobacco extracts from a water pipe or hookah increases cell proliferation, invasion, and migration, all of which are traits of cancer cells, according to a study published on December 28 in the Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine.  Discuss
The importance of knowing what you really want as a new year begins
January 14, 2021 -- Amanda Hill, RDH, BSDH, says it's easy to get caught up in the great goal race or feel inadequate if your vision for 2021 doesn't sound as glamorous as someone else's. Why lose 10 pounds when you could lose 20? Why increase your revenue by 10% when you could double it? More is better, right? Well, not exactly. Before you hop on the bandwagon, she believes a little reflection and introspection are necessary.  Discuss
Ask the Dentrix Expert: How do I clean up old, outdated treatment plans?
January 14, 2021 -- If one of your business-related resolutions for 2021 is to clean up old and outdated treatment plans clogging up your system, there is a way to make that happen within your Dentrix practice management software. Dayna Johnson, a certified Dentrix trainer and founder of, offers advice on how to clean up old plans and keep things clean in your software in the new year.  Discuss
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