If a train is coming, get off the tracks
October 17, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg often has patients asking him about what they can do to live a more healthy lifestyle. He looks at one study that examined the link between a healthy lifestyle and chronic diseases, but notes that many patients aren't willing to make changes when the "train" of ill-health is bearing down on them.  Discuss
How to educate team members about practice economics
October 10, 2018 -- Many clients have come to practice management consultant Sally McKenzie asking about how they can get their team members on board when it comes to their practice's finances. She offers an inclusive solution that will make sure no team member is in the dark: monthly staff meetings to go over a practice's finances.  Discuss
Is there an autoimmune component to periodontal disease?
October 3, 2018 -- Periodontal disease can be looked at as both an acute and a chronic infection, notes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg in his latest column. He wonders if the chronic phase is related to an autoimmune reaction in patients. Dr. Danenberg examines the research and suggests some new areas of treatment that might help your patients.  Discuss
5 tips for dealing with bad reviews
September 21, 2018 -- Negative online reviews can seem damaging to your practice, but there are ways to handle these reviews and come back stronger. Practice management consultant Jen Butler offers five practical tips for dealing with bad reviews.  Discuss
Is an antibiotic always necessary for bleeding gums?
September 19, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg realizes that there are times to prescribe an antibiotic medication for patients whose gums are bleeding. Yet there are many more instances that call for a different strategy. He offers three suggestions for these patients.  Discuss
There is enough time in the day: Part 2 -- Clinical struggles
August 31, 2018 -- How often do you find yourself thinking that there aren't enough hours in the day? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has a way to fix that. In the second of a three-part series on how to create a productivity blueprint, she shares ways to overcome your clinical productivity backlogs.  Discuss
There is enough time in the day: Part 1 -- Personal productivity
August 24, 2018 -- How often do you find yourself thinking that there aren't enough hours in the day? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has a way to fix that. In the first of a three-part series on how to create a productivity blueprint, she offers an introduction to increasing personal productivity and how to take the first steps.  Discuss
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