Thought Leaders in Dentistry

New research of oral anomalies aids understanding of schizophrenia
October 14, 2019 -- The causes of schizophrenia are not entirely understood, but healthcare practitioners are increasingly intrigued by the links between this complicated condition and human physical and neurological development. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Gary Hack details his team's recent research and offers hope for improving the dental experience for these patients.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for scheduling: Rethink your schedule
October 14, 2019 -- In business, time is money. In dentistry, time is controlled by the practice's scheduling system, but many practices are using outdated schedules. While dentistry is different than a corporate business, some business time management principles can be reoriented to work well within a dental scheduling system, increasing efficiency and decreasing stress, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
The 4 ways to grow a practice
October 10, 2019 -- There are four ways to build any business -- and these same models apply to dental practices, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his monthly column from the Dental Business Study Club, he explores the four options, which range from building on what you do well to opening a new practice.  Discuss
To avoid lost revenue, read your insurance contract's fine print
October 9, 2019 -- Being unfamiliar with limitations in insurance network contracts can cost your practice revenue and even patient goodwill. Dr. James Anderson of eAssist details why you need this information and how you can use it to improve your practice's bottom line.  Discuss
Using follow-up calls to educate your patients
October 8, 2019 -- It would be great if patients agreed to a treatment plan before they left your office, but most of them don't. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie recommends making follow-up calls to these patients to educate them on the benefits of treatment. Her tips can help your practice improve your acceptance rates and help your patients at the same time.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for increasing efficiency
October 7, 2019 -- Inefficient offices are breeding grounds for confusion and chaos. Practices must always look for ways to improve efficiency in every area. Those that do will decrease stress and increase revenue, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Why you need to upgrade before the Windows 7 end of life
October 7, 2019 -- In all the discussion about protecting your practice from cyberattacks, one important factor is not being discussed: Many dental practices are still running Microsoft's Windows 7. With support for Windows 7 ending in January 2020, you should plan your operating system's transition now to keep your practice safe, advises Tom Terronez of Medix Dental IT.  Discuss
7 methods to build an amazing team
October 3, 2019 -- Every practice owner wants an amazing team, but they often expect their team to come together without any effort. As Mike Monfredi, the practice manager at Monfredi Family Dentistry writes, great teams are made, not born. He offers seven steps you can take to build your team.  Discuss
The facts about dental cavitations
October 2, 2019 -- It seems to Dr. Alvin Danenberg that many patients are being diagnosed with dental cavitations in their jawbone. In his latest column, he details the definition of these cavitations, what to do about patients in pain from them, and what imaging modality is best for viewing.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for delegating responsibilities
September 30, 2019 -- While it may make you feel better to have your hand in everything, as the practice's primary producer you can raise production dramatically by delegating all nonclinical responsibilities to staff members, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Delegating will also give your practice greater flexibility in daily operations and empower your team members to excel and take pride in their work.  Discuss