Dentists still stressed and depressed: Is there good news?
December 1, 2017 -- Are private practice owners or group practice dentists more stressed? Practice management consultant Jen Butler looked at the responses from two surveys more than a decade apart, and she comes to some interesting conclusions.  Discuss
4 steps to set your 2018 goals
November 29, 2017 -- Goals give you a defined destination, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. Sometimes it may seem challenging to determine your goals -- and to commit to them. He shares a few steps that will help ensure you are setting the right type of goals to get you on the road in 2018.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice analysis: Is it time for new systems?
November 27, 2017 -- Most dentists try to get by with their management systems for as long as possible. They put up with the bottlenecks and the breakdowns for years. When owners finally implement new systems and the practice is running better than ever, they often ask themselves, "Why did I wait so long?" Dr. Roger P. Levin asks, are your practice systems in good shape, or have they passed their expiration date?  Discuss
Oral cancer research points to an old enemy
November 22, 2017 -- If we knew what was causing oral cancers, we might be able to treat it before it spreads, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He looks at the research that suggests that Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacteria very familiar to periodontists, may play a role in the spread of the most prevalent form of oral cancer.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice marketing: What's your plan for 2018?
November 20, 2017 -- You can't recycle the same marketing strategies year after year because they become less and less effective. Sure, you might want to repeat some of your most potent promotions, but you should also add new campaigns, methods, and activities. Putting together your marketing plan now will help your practice hit the ground running in 2018, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Blind Spots: How to easily lose long-time patients
November 16, 2017 -- A friend of practice management consultant Jan Keller called her and said that the team members at her general dentist's practice admitted that they did not know how to check emails that come through the practice's website. Keller writes that if this is happening at your practice, you could be losing both patients and practice revenue.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for a strong finish: Keep focused
November 13, 2017 -- As we approach the end of the year, the distractions multiply. The holidays will soon be here and that means family gatherings, preparations, shopping, travel, etc. Without strong leadership, your practice could limp to the finish line. Use morning meetings and encouragement throughout the day to build momentum, so your practice can finish the year strong, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
3 times to ask for a referral
November 8, 2017 -- To attract new patients to your practice, referrals are still the most cost-effective way to obtain these patients, according to Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. He outlines a strategy that everyone in your office can follow to help your referral numbers grow.  Discuss
Not the person I remembered
November 8, 2017 -- Two old friends, a physician and a dentist, sat down for lunch recently to compare notes. As lunch progressed, Dr. Alvin Danenberg began to realize that he and his friend had taken very different paths when it came to health, lifestyle, and preventing chronic degenerative disease. In his latest column, he asks if you are willing to strive to thrive.  Discuss
4 ways to become a better practice CEO
November 6, 2017 -- Do you consider yourself the CEO of your practice? While most dentists do not think of themselves that way, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie details four areas in which embracing the CEO role will benefit your practice.  Discuss