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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
Hiring an associate should be rewarding
December 14, 2018 -- Is your practice at a point where you are considering adding an associate? It's a process that can lead to additional practice growth and satisfaction, but it also is a big step with many stages to consider. Cindy Bickers, manager of Henry Schein Nationwide Dental Opportunities, details the practical steps, some of which you may not have considered before.  Discuss
Are periodontists where they're needed? Yes and no
December 13, 2018 -- Where are the periodontists? As the number of people with periodontitis continues to increase in the U.S., are periodontal specialists located where they're most needed? To find out, researchers examined the geographic proximity of periodontal offices throughout the U.S. to the homes of the people who need their care.  Discuss
Why do our kids have tooth decay?
December 12, 2018 -- It's a question dentists and hygienists hear every day whether they are in the office or not: Why do our kids have so much tooth decay? Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that the roots of the issue are nutrition and activity.  Discuss
Does CBCT top panoramic images for accuracy?
December 12, 2018 -- Researchers asked residents in oral surgery and orthodontics to make a diagnosis for nine different conditions by first looking at a panoramic radiograph and then at a cone-beam CT (CBCT) image. They reported on which modality was more accurate and the factors that might influence imaging decisions in a new study.  Discuss
Case report: Anesthesia-free subgingival restoration
December 11, 2018 -- Dr. Joshua Weintraub reports on the case of a 67-year-old man found to have recurrent subgingival decay under an old composite restoration on examination. He describes performing a gingivectomy and restoring the tooth using a laser for treatment.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for answering patient calls: Use the phone to your advantage
December 10, 2018 -- The telephone is your practice's main connection for bringing in new patients. Your front desk coordinator must always use answering the phone as an opportunity to welcome new callers enthusiastically, build value for the practice, gather information, and schedule an appointment, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
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