Thought Leaders in Dentistry

Do's and don'ts for building value: Create more value during the patient experience
February 17, 2020 -- Even in today's strong economy, patients want the best value every time they spend their money. They have been conditioned by retailers to seek deals based on either lower cost or higher value. In response to this new consumer psychology, provide greater value to patients by providing a superior experience, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for making changes: Be open to change
February 10, 2020 -- Dentistry continues to evolve, especially on the business side. To be successful in today's competitive environment, dentists will need to make improvements to their clinical services, technology, management protocols, and marketing systems, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Why is a morning huddle important?
February 7, 2020 -- As a dental coach/consultant, Lynn Leggett hears similar complaints from dentists across the U.S. They typically revolve around the "team" not being on the same page. She frequently responds with a question: "Do you have a morning huddle?" She discusses why a morning huddle is so important.  Discuss
8 steps to help turn around a failing practice
February 5, 2020 -- Dental practices are just like any other business. They can have steady growth, experience ups and downs, or be in a downward spiral. Sometimes, a practice can fall so far down that it's in danger of going out of business. In his monthly column from the Dental Business Study Club, Dr. Roger P. Levin details the steps to turn around a severely challenged practice.  Discuss
5 things to learn and 5 things to unlearn in the next 5 years
February 3, 2020 -- Dentistry is evolving at a rapid pace, and what you do and how you think about your practice in the next five years will have a profound effect on your long-term success. Kim McGuire and Fred Joyal list some key things dentists should either be adapting to or letting go of that will help them keep pace with all the changes.  Discuss
Eat to improve overall heath, including mouth health
February 3, 2020 -- A breakfast sandwich with egg and processed cheese, a glass of juice, and a donut may sound delicious, but it's far from healthy, according to Dr. Alvin Danenberg. Eating this way will damage your gut bacteria and change the bacteria and acid levels in your mouth, putting you on the road to gum disease and tooth decay. He shares better options for both your overall and mouth health.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for conflict: Choose cooperation, not conflict
February 3, 2020 -- Performing your tasks well is one thing. Working well with others is another equally important part of job performance. As happens in any group, friction will occasionally occur. When it does, take a positive approach, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Work with teammates to resolve any conflicts rather than letting them linger and cause stress.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for feedback: Create an environment where feedback is welcome
January 27, 2020 -- Whether from patients or team members, constructive feedback can help you increase efficiency, profitability, and career satisfaction. You should always make sure that both your patients and staff know that you value their opinions, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
An important note to remember about your toothpaste choice
January 24, 2020 -- Toothpastes have become like Hallmark holidays -- there's one for everything, such as for caries prevention, tartar control, teeth sensitivity, and whitening. For our patients' sake, it's time to become educated, especially about relative dentin abrasivity, advises Dr. David Rice.  Discuss
Dental associations' opposition to advanced practice providers is bad for dentists, patients
January 23, 2020 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss writes that it's time for dentistry to emulate the medical profession and support the licensure of advanced practice providers to improve access to care, lower costs, increase productivity, and enhance professional and public satisfaction.  Discuss