Second Opinion: Dental therapists, teledentistry, and the ultimate win-win
August 15, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Patti DiGangi, RDH, tackles the issues surrounding the recent approval of dental therapists in Arizona. DiGangi considers the arguments made against dental therapists and addresses them with a focus on access to care and practice profitability.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Make back-to-school appointments count
August 14, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Joseph Castellano, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, notes that the back-to-school time frame is often hectic for parents, their children, and dental practices. He writes about how to use this time to remind pediatric patients, and their parents, to focus on their oral healthcare.  Discuss
10 practical ways to make your patients, team, and you happier
August 10, 2018 -- Sometimes Jen Butler is in the middle of a practice management consulting session and she'll notice that her clients sometimes forget why they got into patient care in the first place: the chance to help people and make them happy. She offers 10 practical ideas for when you find yourself in that rut.  Discuss
3 practical ways to create 5-star customer service
August 9, 2018 -- Dr. Roger P. Levin explores practical ways you can improve your practice's customer service in his latest monthly column, based on the most thought-provoking topics from the Dental Business Study Clubs, an organization focused on the business of successful dentistry. This month, Dr. Levin shares ways you can create outstanding customer service.  Discuss
The future of dentistry is unconventional
August 8, 2018 -- Up until now, dentistry has been conventional, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. However, he wonders if dentistry will be different in the future. In his latest column, Dr. Danenberg discusses how the conventional way of doing things may begin to embrace current unconventional ideas.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for scripting: Create powerful scripts
July 30, 2018 -- You can't just wing it when it comes to communicating with patients. Knowing what to say greatly enhances every interaction. Excellent scripting is powerful, effective, and allows dental teams to improve performance on a daily basis, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
3 common pitfalls of adding an associate
July 27, 2018 -- Adding an associate might be the next step in the natural evolution of a dental practice. However, many practices experience issues with a new associate, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. She outlines three of the most common pitfalls and how to handle them so the practice can grow.  Discuss
4 practical ways to win the stress game
July 19, 2018 -- Dr. Roger P. Levin explores practical ways you can tackle stress in his latest monthly column, based on the most thought-provoking topics from the Dental Business Study Clubs, an organization focused on the business of successful dentistry. This month, Dr. Levin shares ways you can decrease and manage your stress.  Discuss
Survey your patients for higher hygiene numbers
July 13, 2018 -- Is there a way to help start the conversation with your patients about needed treatment and also boost your practice's hygiene production numbers? Practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests having your patients fill out a hygiene practice survey, which will help your practice zone in on patient concerns while opening the treatment discussion.  Discuss
The real cost of inadequate exams
July 11, 2018 -- An inadequate exam can have repercussions for patients beyond their immediate oral care issue, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He relates a phone call he received from a friend with pain in his upper left molar area.  Discuss