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Why credit card security is important for dental practices
December 27, 2018 -- Does your practice accept credit or debit cards? If so, are you aware of the necessary security protocols to protect data? Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners shares some ideas to help your practice stay secure.  Discuss
Ending fluoridation linked to more caries, higher costs
December 21, 2018 -- Ending community water fluoridation may have long-lasting oral health and financial consequences. Researchers found the number of caries treatments and their associated Medicaid costs soared in Juneau, AK, after the city stopped adding fluoride to its water supply.  Discuss
The dentist will see you now: Primary care at the dental clinic
December 20, 2018 -- Could the dental office become a one-stop shop for oral and primary healthcare? The ADA Health Policy Institute evaluated the feasibility of incorporating some primary care tasks at the dental office. The idea may be more popular than you might think.  Discuss
5 practical ways to statistically measure your practice
December 20, 2018 -- What are key performance indicators, and why are they important? In his latest monthly column based on the most thought-provoking topics from the Dental Business Study Clubs, Dr. Roger P. Levin defines these indicators and illustrates how they can help your practice thrive.  Discuss
Want to improve teens' oral hygiene? Text them
December 19, 2018 -- If you want your teenage patients to brush and floss regularly, you may want to text them. In a new study, teenage orthodontics patients who received daily text reminders showed remarkably improved oral hygiene within a few weeks.  Discuss
Congratulations to DrBicuspid.com's 2018 Dental Excellence Award winners
December 19, 2018 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Dental Excellence Awards. Please join us in honoring the best new products in dentistry. Awards will be presented at the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting in February.  Discuss
3 reasons why your practice should accept electronic payments
December 18, 2018 -- Patients who are frustrated with a practice's billing processes may decide to find a new dental home, according to recent research. How can your practice ensure this doesn't happen? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners suggests accepting electronic payments. She offers three reasons why your practice should consider this option.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for collections: Make getting paid less painful
December 17, 2018 -- Just as with any business, one of the main reasons you run a dental practice is to make money. So it's illogical that you would wait long periods of time to collect payments or, even worse, not get paid at all. Collecting a debt can be uncomfortable, but avoidance isn't the answer, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Create an effective collections plan and stick to it.  Discuss
'Hope for the future' drives orthodontic decision-making
December 17, 2018 -- How do potential patients and their families make decisions about undergoing orthodontic treatment? The process can be complicated, in part because of the treatment's expense and largely cosmetic status, as well as the involvement of mental health factors. Researchers interviewed orthodontic patients to learn more.  Discuss
New law provides $32M in funding for U.S. oral health programs
December 14, 2018 -- The Action for Dental Health Act became law on December 11, 2018, after stalling for more than 18 months in the U.S. Congress. The law funds oral health promotion and disease prevention program and also aims to increase access to care in underserved communities. It is cited by both the ADA and Oral Health America as a victory for dentistry and public health.  Discuss
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