Thought Leaders in Dentistry

Do's and don'ts for working through recovery
January 18, 2021 -- Ever since the pandemic occurred, I have identified "recovery" as the No. 1 area where dental practices need to focus. While it may seem counterintuitive to focus on less instead of more, concentrating on the essentials will ensure a faster, better, and deeper recovery, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Why the physician-dentist relationship is the biggest barrier to integration
January 13, 2021 -- There are many inherent differences and prejudices between dentists and physicians. How do you close the gap? How do you bring the dentist and physician into alignment so that the necessary care is delivered for mutually shared patients? These are the questions that would be most powerful to address now rather than later, writes Dr. Marc Cooper. Read More
Do's and don'ts for patient interaction
January 11, 2021 -- When you first started your practice, you may have thought that dealing with patients would be easy. They're people too, right? Well, of course they are, but it's not that simple. Dealing with patients on a personal level takes the same amount of thought, time, and patience that you put into providing your clinical care, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Do's and don'ts for keeping production on track
January 4, 2021 -- In a crisis, dental practices must refocus on production because production leads to revenue, cash, and income. When basic practice systems are properly executed, production will be sufficient and revenue, cash, and income are almost always assured, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
The question you must answer about troublesome employees
December 23, 2020 -- What constitutes acceptable behavior from your team members? What happens when one of them crosses that line? Is it time for that person to leave, or is he or she coachable? These questions and more were recently posed during a discussion between dental consultant Lynne Leggett and a dentist. Their conversation could change the way you look at your team members and next steps during a difficult time. Read More
Do's and don'ts for planning the morning meeting
December 21, 2020 -- COVID-19 has thrown quite a few challenges at dental practices. Unfortunately, whenever chaos is thrust upon a business, its employees often give up on the normal rituals that have made them successful in the past. In dentistry, the morning meeting is still critically important and must not be abandoned, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
The scientific and feel-good importance of remembering to smile
December 17, 2020 -- From science to just starting the day off right, Dr. Alvin Danenberg says there are plenty of reasons for all of us to smile, even during a pandemic. Even those in the dental industry need a reminder of why smiles are so important every day, and Danenberg provides just that in his latest article. Read More
Year-end planning using your hands, head, and heart
December 16, 2020 -- As you begin to plan for 2021, Dr. Robert Maguire is here to remind you that dentistry is a people business. Much like it takes all of the right ingredients to properly bake a cake, it takes examining all aspects of your dental practice to make sure your business is prepared to succeed in the new year. Read More
Dr. Sheri Doniger on gratitude at the end of a trying year
December 15, 2020 -- As the holidays arrive and thoughts turn to the end of the year, Dr. Sheri Doniger offers some advice on what you can do for team members to celebrate what your business has been through in 2020. She also discusses some reasons why she feels a sense of gratitude. Read More
Do's and don'ts for team building
December 14, 2020 -- Team building may be one of the most complex components of a successful dental practice. Levin Group has found that the average team member in a top 10% performing practice remains with the practice five to seven years longer than in most other practices. This isn't the only reason why these practices move into the top 10%, but it's a very important component, explains Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More