Do's and don'ts for feedback: Use compliments and complaints to improve your practice
April 23, 2018 -- Both positive and negative feedback can help you to improve your practice. While receiving patient complaints is never fun, they can help alert you to mistakes that you may not be aware of. Be sure to use all feedback to your advantage in creating the best experience for your patients, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Investigating the link between gut and gum health
April 18, 2018 -- Inflammatory bowel disease doesn't sound much like an oral health issue, but studies show a possible link between this and gum health. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg would like to know more about this relationship, so rather than just read about it, he's in the process of creating a double-blind, randomized clinical study. Curious? Read on to see how your practice might be able to help.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for your practice's cellphone policy
April 16, 2018 -- Practices should direct patients and other practice visitors on what they can do -- and where -- with their cellphones. Employing a policy that allows for the quiet use of smartphones can help all patients handle tasks conveniently and wait for their appointments undisturbed, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What is the role of a hygiene department?
April 13, 2018 -- A hygiene department should be the economic engine of your practice, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. Ensuring that doctors and hygienists are working toward the same goals is crucial for a practice's success.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for improving your practice: Upgrade your practice performance
April 9, 2018 -- All dental practices have room for improvement. If you're not steadily experiencing growth, you can take steps to upgrade your practice, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Do you have a practice vision, targets, and goals? Taking the time to examine every aspect of your practice and creating a vison with clear goals and targets can take your practice to new heights.  Discuss
5 reasons you need job descriptions
April 5, 2018 -- When everyone knows their job responsibilities, it can make for a more efficient, better operating team, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. She offers five practical reasons why taking the time to create and discuss job descriptions with your team will help your practice thrive.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice leadership: Become a better leader
April 2, 2018 -- Efficiency, productivity, and communication are all reflections of your leadership skills. A mismanaged practice is a stressful place to work, but dentists who work to improve their leadership skills can measurably reduce the stress in their practices, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
3 components to your practice's mission statement
March 29, 2018 -- What is your practice's mission? You likely studied and practice dentistry because you want to help people live healthier lives and provide care to the ailing, but have you articulated that to your team and your patients? Practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests one way to get everyone in your practice pulling in the same direction is to create a mission statement that reflects your values.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for insurance: Stay on top of insurance participation
March 26, 2018 -- Practices should review patient insurance participation each year, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. They should be aware of important data, such as what percentage of total practice collections is generated by insurance and which insurance plans pay the highest and the lowest reimbursement rates. This information will help practices make the best decisions regarding insurance participation.  Discuss
Fad diets and oral health
March 21, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg was forwarded an email about fad diets and their effects on oral health, including bad breath and dehydration. The practical issues for Dr. Danenberg, however, are what is a fad diet and what do you tell your patients about these diets and their side effects.  Discuss