Why membership plans make even more sense now
October 14, 2020 -- What should you be looking for in a dental membership plan? What trends are occurring in our society that make this the right time to research your options when it comes to implementing these plans into your practice? Natalie McCarty and Fred Joyal take a look at the questions surrounding this growing trend.  Discuss
Ask the Dentrix Expert: How can I reach out to patients about remaining insurance benefits?
October 14, 2020 -- With the end of the year quickly approaching, many of your dental patients still have insurance benefits they haven't used. How do you know who those patients are and the best way to reach them? Dayna Johnson, a certified Dentrix trainer and founder of, offers some ideas and advice.  Discuss
Poll: U.S. patients prioritize oral health during COVID-19
October 13, 2020 -- Nearly three-fourths of patients in the U.S. believe that routine dental appointments remain important during the pandemic and that the benefits of going to the dentist outweigh the potential risks of delaying preventive care, according to new data released on October 8 by Delta Dental Institute.  Discuss
How milling, scanning can become an asset for your patients
October 13, 2020 -- Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for, has seen what the collaboration between two dental technology companies has meant for his practice and patients. Now he's sharing his thoughts on why dental milling and scanning should be a part of your plans for your practice.  Discuss
The traditional referral system is broken, and teledentistry can fix it
October 13, 2020 -- The time between when a patient is referred to a specialist and when he or she actually sees the specialist (if it happens at all) can become a black hole. Dr. Julia Heinrichs believes that teledentistry can help bridge the gap between general practitioner and specialist for many patients. In this article, she provides scenarios to illustrate this belief.  Discuss
Mouth ulcers may be early sign of autoimmune disease
October 12, 2020 -- People in South Korea who were diagnosed with recurrent aphthous stomatitis were at a much greater risk for developing several autoimmune diseases, according to a study published on October 3 in Oral Diseases.  Discuss
What do insurance breakdowns have to do with collections?
October 12, 2020 -- One thing Ashley Bond likes to say when it comes to insurance breakdowns and collections is that, for the most part, patients do not mind paying their dental bills. What they do mind is paying surprise dental bills. How can you avoid these types of situations in your practice? It all starts with a little homework, and Bond is here to explain how you can get a patient visit off on the right foot.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for managing feelings
October 12, 2020 -- It has been several months since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, and things are still very uncertain. Uncertainty is a breeding ground for many emotions, including fear, anxiety, and even anger. Having these emotions while you're running a busy dental practice is not ideal. However, you're human, and being upset is sometimes unavoidable, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Did COVID-19 trigger a patient's severe lip necrosis?
October 9, 2020 -- The presence of COVID-19 likely led a woman, who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, to develop severe hemorrhagic necrosis on her lips. This could show a link between blood diseases and SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a case report published on September 30 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.  Discuss
Eddie Van Halen's death another reminder of oral cancer's reach into society
October 9, 2020 -- The death of rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen earlier this week has once again brought oral cancer into the spotlight. But why does it ever fade from the front of our minds? As dental professionals, perhaps it's time to take a renewed vow to educate your patients about its dangers and form even stronger alliances with those on the medical side of the equation.  Discuss
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