Thought Leaders in Dentistry

Do's and don'ts for making effective improvements
September 3, 2019 -- 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 management and marketing systems, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Team members also will need to be receptive when asked to work differently than in the past.  Discuss
Solving 3 common issues with claim attachments
August 29, 2019 -- Obtaining predetermination from a payor is crucial for a practice, but being told that a paper image didn't arrive or was unusable is a common frustration. Robert Patrick of Vyne outlines three common issues with claim attachments and how your practice can avoid them.  Discuss
Second Opinion: A look at the recent fluoride and IQ study
August 27, 2019 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation Society, looks at a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics about fluoride and IQ. Dr. Johnson addresses the study's drawbacks and calls for robust research on fluoride and fluoridation.  Discuss
5 customer service mistakes to avoid
August 22, 2019 -- You likely wouldn't return to a business that offers bad service, so why would your patients come back if they experienced bad service at your practice? Dr. Roger P. Levin writes that paying attention to your customer service is key He examines five customer service mistakes and how your practice can avoid them.  Discuss
5 ways to design a scroll-stopping social media ad
August 21, 2019 -- You probably see ads for dental and other healthcare practices when you are scrolling through your social media feeds, writes Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari. She offers five ways your practice can take advantage of these opportunities, from storytelling to special offers.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for planning: Build a 5-year plan for your practice
August 12, 2019 -- Developing a five-year plan is one of the most powerful things that you can do for your practice, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. It's creating a realistic plan about where you want your practice and personal life to be in five years with enjoyment and success along the way.  Discuss
Why social media is a must for your dental office
August 7, 2019 -- When it comes to social media, the idea is to remind your community that you are more than just a doctor and a business owner, writes Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari. She suggests highlighting your interests and activities beyond the practice to help build a connection with patients and to let your personality shine.  Discuss
Don't make these 3 mistakes when hiring an office manager
August 6, 2019 -- One key component in a practice's success is having a qualified office manager. But what do you do if your present office manager leaves or your practice has grown to where you need to hire one? Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers practice advice to help you avoid three common mistakes.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for payments: Make treatment affordable
August 5, 2019 -- Some practices wrongly assume that only a small portion of patients can afford elective treatment and, therefore, present cosmetic dentistry only to these select few. Many people are willing to pay for elective treatment if they are aware of all the available financial options, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his weekly Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Biological dentistry: Part 2 -- 10 questions to ask
July 31, 2019 -- In the conclusion of his series on biological dentistry, periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg lists 10 questions he urges other practitioners and patients to ask a provider using the label biological dentist. Dr. Danenberg also offers his suggested answers to these questions and how they impact patient care.  Discuss