Thought Leaders in Dentistry

Do's and don'ts for feedback: Create an environment where feedback is welcome
January 27, 2020 -- Whether from patients or team members, constructive feedback can help you increase efficiency, profitability, and career satisfaction. You should always make sure that both your patients and staff know that you value their opinions, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
An important note to remember about your toothpaste choice
January 24, 2020 -- Toothpastes have become like Hallmark holidays -- there's one for everything, such as for caries prevention, tartar control, teeth sensitivity, and whitening. For our patients' sake, it's time to become educated, especially about relative dentin abrasivity, advises Dr. David Rice.  Discuss
Dental associations' opposition to advanced practice providers is bad for dentists, patients
January 23, 2020 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss writes that it's time for dentistry to emulate the medical profession and support the licensure of advanced practice providers to improve access to care, lower costs, increase productivity, and enhance professional and public satisfaction.  Discuss
How to help patients see value in the care you provide
January 22, 2020 -- Many patients just don't make dental care a priority or fully understand the importance of routine checkups or recommended treatment. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie shares her tips on how to help patients see the value of the care you provide -- and grow your practice in the process.  Discuss
What is the weather policy in your practice?
January 22, 2020 -- The weather forecasters are predicting a "snowmageddon" this week in parts of the U.S. You have a full day of restorative and hygiene patients scheduled. What to do? In times like this, you have to think about the safety of both your team and your patients, advises Dr. Sheri Doniger.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for starting the new year off right
January 20, 2020 -- The new year offers a great opportunity to start fresh. Now's the time to look back on what went well, evaluate what went wrong, and devise a plan for improving performance in 2020, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Proper introduction of associate dentist crucial to patient relationships
January 16, 2020 -- If you're considering hiring an associate dentist for your practice, it's important to heed some key advice when making this critical move. Dr. James Anderson explains why a proper introduction of a new associate to your patients is vital and shares tips on how to do so.  Discuss
When is ideal care inappropriate?
January 15, 2020 -- When is ideal care not the best care we can deliver? This is one of the more important clinical questions we can ask ourselves, writes Dr. David Rice. He describes certain situations and patients for which ideal may not be the best treatment course.  Discuss
Are you scheduling correctly using the 'and' philosophy?
January 14, 2020 -- The schedule is the heartbeat of the dental practice -- it can either increase or decrease the stress of the team and is vital to meet your daily financial production goal. But is it convenient for your patients to schedule appointments? Dental consultant Lynne Leggett of Victory Dental Management explains how you can manage your schedule to meet your daily goal and make patients happy.  Discuss
Why you need to know about palatal myoclonus
January 14, 2020 -- Are you familiar with palatal myoclonus? It is the repetitive contraction of the soft palate and pharyngopalatine arch and has an unknown cause. Dental hygienist Lacy Walker shares her experience encountering this rare condition -- in her daughter.  Discuss