Practice Management
Dentist fined after firing dental assistant for texting
August 1, 2019 -- A dentist from British Columbia has been ordered to pay roughly $5,500 after she fired a dental assistant for texting during a meeting. A Canadian agency ruled the offense did not qualify as just cause to not compensate the employee for her six years of service.  Discuss
Biological dentistry: Part 2 -- 10 questions to ask
July 31, 2019 -- In the conclusion of his series on biological dentistry, periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg lists 10 questions he urges other practitioners and patients to ask a provider using the label biological dentist. Dr. Danenberg also offers his suggested answers to these questions and how they impact patient care.  Discuss
4 steps to more productive scheduling
July 30, 2019 -- The entire day of a dental practice revolves around the appointment schedule. Yet many practices experience chaotic days far too frequently. Dayna Johnson, founder of Rae Dental Management, offers some practical and productive scheduling tips for practices that use Dentrix.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for consultations: Work on case presentation
July 29, 2019 -- It takes time for even the most experienced dentists to master case presentation skills. Case presentation has to be learned, practiced, and mastered if doctors are committed to taking the next step toward greater profitability. A little short-term frustration will be offset by long-term gains to the practice, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What you need to know about service dogs at the office
July 29, 2019 -- A patient shows up at your dental office with a service dog -- what should you do? Dr. Robert Wilson Jr. explored the ethical and legal implications for patients with service animals in a feature published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Study finds dental visits decline with age
July 26, 2019 -- The number of dental visits decline as people age and dramatically drop after age 80, according to a new study. The researchers worry that the lack of preventive dental care could lead to tooth decay and loss for these patients.  Discuss
5 little things you should do every day
July 25, 2019 -- You've heard many times that it's the little things in life that matter. Dr. Roger P. Levin writes that it is often these little things that make a difference to patients and will help keep your practice thriving. He offers five practical ideas to make patients feel appreciated and be loyal.  Discuss
Hackers demand $10K from Fla. dentist
July 25, 2019 -- A ransomware attack on a Florida dental office instructed a local dentist to pay $10,000 to retrieve encrypted accounting files.
5 steps for talking with patients about opioids
July 24, 2019 -- Talking with patients about opioids and pain management is important, but it can be a difficult topic for many providers. Experts discussed how to use motivational interviewing to help make this conversation a little easier during a recent webinar.  Discuss
Biological dentistry: Part 1 -- What is it?
July 24, 2019 -- What is biological dentistry? Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg defines it as an approach that takes the best concepts from conventional dentistry and combines that with the knowledge that all parts of the body are interconnected. However, there is some controversy around this designation, as he writes in part 1 of this new series.  Discuss
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