4 team challenges of being a hygienist
February 9, 2018 -- As a hygienist, it's common to experience difficulties working within a team. And when you want to be liked by and friendly with your teammates, it can be hard to know what to do in certain situations. Practice management consultant Jen Butler looks at four of these challenges and how to respond.  Discuss
Oral bacteria's role in healthy blood pressure
February 7, 2018 -- The importance of maintaining healthy mouth bacteria goes beyond just oral health, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He looks at the research that examines the role of oral bacteria in preventing elevated blood pressure.  Discuss
5 benefits of focusing on recall
February 5, 2018 -- Your schedule looks full, but do you find your production numbers are still down? Your recall program might be the reason, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. A focus on recall can increase your patient retention and case acceptance numbers.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for building your practice culture
February 5, 2018 -- Have you established your practice culture? Outlining your practice culture and periodically reminding your team of its importance provides them with clear guidelines on how you want the practice to operate on a daily basis, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Is it time to sell your team on an updated vision?
January 31, 2018 -- Where do you see your practice in one year? In two years? In 10 years? You might have a vision for where you want your practice to go, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier, but when was the last time you refreshed this vision? He offers some ideas to help your practice thrive  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice marketing: Fill scheduling gaps with a whitening promotion
January 29, 2018 -- If you're having trouble keeping your schedule full, launch a minicampaign to bring in new patients for professional whitening at a special price, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin. This will keep staff busy during what might otherwise be slow times and also give prospective patients direct exposure to your office and team.  Discuss
What do you tell your patients about essential oils?
January 24, 2018 -- Have your patients asked you about the use of so-called essential oils? Used in the mouth, these oils may be as effective as chlorhexidine at killing bacteria, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He notes, however, that you should be aware of potential issues when you discuss them with your patients.  Discuss
6 tips for handling negative online patient reviews
January 23, 2018 -- Even the most caring and skilled clinician will inevitably receive a negative online review, writes Dr. Michael W. Davis. While such a review might appear for many different reasons, properly handling these reviews can help your practice. He offers six tips to help you deal with this problematic issue.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for an impressive office: Revamp your office
January 22, 2018 -- When you invite patients into your practice, it is as if you're inviting them into your home. Your office should be an attractive, modern space that is clean and well-maintained, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin. He shares some tips in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
How to improve your confirmation process
January 18, 2018 -- The confirmation process is at the heart of any successful dental practice, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. Without solid plans, patients can fall through cracks, which can send teams into tailspins of stress as your practice's revenue plummets.  Discuss