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
Do's and don'ts for new patients: Improve the new patient experience
March 19, 2018 -- Ensure that more new patients become loyal, long-term ones by creating a positive initial experience for them. Each aspect of the new patient experience should be planned and scripted for maximum effectiveness, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. Practices that exceed expectations during patient interactions will continue to grow and be successful.  Discuss
7 ideas to move to higher-reimbursement patients
March 16, 2018 -- Is your practice meeting your production and collection goals? Is your schedule full, but your per-hour reimbursement lower than you would like? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has seen clients in this situation and offers seven practical tips to shift your practice to higher-reimbursement patients.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for better team communication: Improve practice communication
March 12, 2018 -- The success of your practice depends on how well you communicate with patients, but that begins with how well you communicate with each other. Always keep everyone informed and help each other maintain a positive attitude, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Patients will appreciate it.  Discuss
What do you tell your patients about detoxification?
March 7, 2018 -- Patients spend billions of dollars each year in the U.S. on so-called detoxification products. When periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's patients ask him about the detoxification process and these products, he tries to consistently remind them that there are other methods that may be more effective and safer.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for education: Make business education a priority
March 5, 2018 -- The Great Recession and its aftermath have ushered in a host of permanent changes that have forever altered the dental profession. In this new competitive environment, the business of dentistry has taken on far greater importance than in the past. To be successful, dentists must continue to improve their business skills, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What are your clinical commandments?
March 2, 2018 -- Clinical commandments are a means of providing consistent, repeatable standards for your team and your patients. They help ensure everyone in your practice is on the same page and that your patients don't receive mixed messages. Practice management consultant Jen Butler offers practical tips to put these commandments into place.  Discuss
6 tips to fix scheduling stress
February 27, 2018 -- When you drove to your practice this morning, did you know what to expect? Or is there no such thing as a typical day, with too many broken appointments turning your schedule into chaos? Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers six tips that can help your practice address the scheduling stress.  Discuss
Advice can be found in the most unusual places
February 21, 2018 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg was recently encouraged by a fellow dentist to understand the science of evidence as it applies to taking care of a patient's mouth. As he writes, the only problem is that this dentist based his science on the view that the mouth is an island unto itself with little influence from anywhere else in the body.  Discuss
Treating our transgender patients
February 13, 2018 -- About 1 million people in the U.S. may identify as transgender, according to recent research. While Dr. Lisa Knowles understands all too well that there can be a learning curve with these patients, she asks all dental team members to focus on what makes us similar as opposed to what might be different  Discuss