Survey your patients for higher hygiene numbers
July 13, 2018 -- Is there a way to help start the conversation with your patients about needed treatment and also boost your practice's hygiene production numbers? Practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests having your patients fill out a hygiene practice survey, which will help your practice zone in on patient concerns while opening the treatment discussion.  Discuss
The real cost of inadequate exams
July 11, 2018 -- An inadequate exam can have repercussions for patients beyond their immediate oral care issue, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He relates a phone call he received from a friend with pain in his upper left molar area.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Perspectives on the growth of the DSO model
July 6, 2018 -- Dr. Alexander Wojtyna has worked in both private and dental support organization (DSO) practices. In this Second Opinion, he details what works for him as a clinician and practice owner in the DSO model.  Discuss
3 benefits of online scheduling
July 3, 2018 -- Patients may have something come up that prevents them from calling your office while it is open to make an appointment. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes that this is when an online scheduling program that syncs with your practice management software can help with your scheduling and also allow your team to focus on patient care.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for managing change: Be open to change
July 2, 2018 -- Change can be scary, but it's necessary and good for your practice. To be successful in today's changing dental business environment, practice leaders must rethink how they operate and make improvements to their management and marketing systems. Rather than clinging to the way things were, take a positive approach to learning new skills and protocols, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Patient conversations go beyond oral health
June 29, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that he is fortunate to have patients who are willing to ask him detailed questions about both their oral and overall health. Recently, he had a patient ask about intermittent fasting as this patient wanted to lose a little weight. Dr. Danenberg recounts this example of how a dental practice can offer more than just care of the oral cavity.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for self-care: Take care of yourself
June 25, 2018 -- Too many dentists and team members run themselves ragged by not eating properly, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, or taking time out for themselves. Both doctors and staff should develop healthy routines that include regular exercise, sleep, healthy food, and bonding with family, friends, and even co-workers, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. All of these things are important to your physical and mental well-being.  Discuss
Are you all on the same page in your practice?
June 21, 2018 -- Being and remaining on the same page are constant demands of any dental office, writes Dr. Lisa Knowles. As technologies change and philosophies evolve, there is a constant need to update communication between the professionals and the patients. Dr. Knowles offers five practical ideas to ensure everyone in your practice is on the same page.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for updating your practice website
June 18, 2018 -- If your practice website looks unsophisticated, functions poorly, or contains obviously outdated information, it will create a bad impression and may turn away referrals and prospective patients, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. Hire a professional to upgrade your website's appearance and functionality, and designate someone in the practice to keep updating and adding new content.  Discuss
How a flow chart can help your practice
June 14, 2018 -- Is there a way to help your office improve patient and communication, get your team members all on the same clinical page, and improve your bottom line? Practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests to many of her clients that they use a perio flow chart to help. In her latest column, she outlines the benefits these charts can bring to your practice.  Discuss