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
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
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
CareCredit now integrates with Dentrix December 17, 2018 -- Henry Schein and CareCredit have announced the integration of CareCredit's financing tool into the Dentrix and Easy Dental practice management software programs.
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