Is an antibiotic always necessary for bleeding gums?
September 19, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg realizes that there are times to prescribe an antibiotic medication for patients whose gums are bleeding. Yet there are many more instances that call for a different strategy. He offers three suggestions for these patients.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Opioids and the dental community
September 14, 2018 -- Dr. Jacob Elefant opened an addiction treatment facility to help patients overcome their addiction to substances such as methamphetamine and opioids. In this Second Opinion, he spells out what dentists and dentistry need to do to address the opioid epidemic.  Discuss
There is enough time in the day: Part 2 -- Clinical struggles
August 31, 2018 -- How often do you find yourself thinking that there aren't enough hours in the day? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has a way to fix that. In the second of a three-part series on how to create a productivity blueprint, she shares ways to overcome your clinical productivity backlogs.  Discuss
There is enough time in the day: Part 1 -- Personal productivity
August 24, 2018 -- How often do you find yourself thinking that there aren't enough hours in the day? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has a way to fix that. In the first of a three-part series on how to create a productivity blueprint, she offers an introduction to increasing personal productivity and how to take the first steps.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Dental therapists, teledentistry, and the ultimate win-win
August 15, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Patti DiGangi, RDH, tackles the issues surrounding the recent approval of dental therapists in Arizona. DiGangi considers the arguments made against dental therapists and addresses them with a focus on access to care and practice profitability.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Make back-to-school appointments count
August 14, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Joseph Castellano, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, notes that the back-to-school time frame is often hectic for parents, their children, and dental practices. He writes about how to use this time to remind pediatric patients, and their parents, to focus on their oral healthcare.  Discuss
10 practical ways to make your patients, team, and you happier
August 10, 2018 -- Sometimes Jen Butler is in the middle of a practice management consulting session and she'll notice that her clients sometimes forget why they got into patient care in the first place: the chance to help people and make them happy. She offers 10 practical ideas for when you find yourself in that rut.  Discuss
3 practical ways to create 5-star customer service
August 9, 2018 -- Dr. Roger P. Levin explores practical ways you can improve your practice's customer service in his latest monthly column, based on the most thought-provoking topics from the Dental Business Study Clubs, an organization focused on the business of successful dentistry. This month, Dr. Levin shares ways you can create outstanding customer service.  Discuss
The future of dentistry is unconventional
August 8, 2018 -- Up until now, dentistry has been conventional, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. However, he wonders if dentistry will be different in the future. In his latest column, Dr. Danenberg discusses how the conventional way of doing things may begin to embrace current unconventional ideas.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for scripting: Create powerful scripts
July 30, 2018 -- You can't just wing it when it comes to communicating with patients. Knowing what to say greatly enhances every interaction. Excellent scripting is powerful, effective, and allows dental teams to improve performance on a daily basis, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss