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
Do's and dont's for setting goals and targets: Stay on track
February 12, 2018 -- It's easy to get caught up in daily routines and lose sight of the big picture. Your practice vision will never be realized without setting goals and targets, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his latest Practice Success tip, he shares ways to help keep team members focused on moving forward.  Discuss
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