What do you say when patients ask about food?
January 9, 2019 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg is often asked about more than just oral healthcare by his patients. He devotes considerable time in talking to them about food and diet. In his latest column, he summarizes some of his latest thinking on food and eating.  Discuss
Teen substance use linked to dental treatment nonadherence
January 8, 2019 -- As adolescents transition to greater independence and adulthood, what determines whether they adhere to recommended dental treatments? Do socioeconomic factors have an effect? Might adopting certain habits or associating with certain people interfere with following suggested care? Researchers conducted a study to find out.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for building strong bonds with patients
January 7, 2019 -- Practices can stand out by building strong relationships with patients and letting them know that they are the office's No. 1 concern. This requires that you and your staff make time to get to know your patients in a personal way. When you do, your patients will see that they're at a practice that truly cares for and about them, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Continuing education improves physicians' oral health knowledge
January 7, 2019 -- One way to improve patients' oral health is for family physicians to pass along useful information promoting better oral care. Researchers conducted a study with 100 physicians to discover the best methods for presenting oral health information to these doctors and if they retained the information.  Discuss
3 tips to make switching software systems as painless as possible
January 4, 2019 -- Mention the process of changing practice management software systems to dentists and you're bound to see some exasperated looks. It's not surprising, writes Dan Easty, a technology advisor for Patterson Dental. There is much to consider, but he shares some ways to ease the transition for your practice and your patients.  Discuss
4 ways to use patient complaints to grow your practice
January 3, 2019 -- If your practice is like most, you don't want to deal with complaints. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie suggests that these complaints may help you identify areas where your practice needs improvement or can grow.  Discuss
Study finds teeth whitening has positive patient impact
January 3, 2019 -- Patients spend billions each year on at-home whitening procedures. But are these products effective at changing the color of patients' teeth, and do they have a positive effect on their quality of life? Researchers conducted a study with nearly 60 patients to test one brand's effectiveness and impact.  Discuss
Vibrations and cold may ease kids' injection pain
January 2, 2019 -- For many children, seeing a long, silver needle headed for their mouth is one of the most fear-inducing parts of dentistry. But a bee-shaped distraction device may help ease this pain and anxiety, according to the findings of a new study.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for dealing with unhappy patients
January 2, 2019 -- When it comes to dealing with unhappy patients, you must be proactive. When you take the time to prepare for difficult patients, you'll increase your chances of coming up with solutions that will satisfy them while causing minimal disruption to the practice, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Setting your practice's goals for 2019
December 28, 2018 -- As the year winds down, naturally you think about what you want to accomplish in 2019. Clients of practice management consultant Jen Butler have the same thoughts. She takes them through a process of goal setting. In Jen’s latest column, she walks you through this process and how it can help your practice.  Discuss
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