Thought Leaders in Dentistry

Biological dentistry: Part 1 -- What is it?
July 24, 2019 -- What is biological dentistry? Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg defines it as an approach that takes the best concepts from conventional dentistry and combines that with the knowledge that all parts of the body are interconnected. However, there is some controversy around this designation, as he writes in part 1 of this new series.  Discuss
Second Opinion: AAPD offers clarity on pediatric workforce study
July 23, 2019 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Paul Casamassimo, policy chief for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, explains the reasoning behind the academy's recent survey on the predicted growth of pediatric dentists in the U.S.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for staying on top of collections
July 22, 2019 -- Production -- no matter how much it increases -- doesn't count unless the practice collects its fees. Review your policies and do what's needed to tighten up collections, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
4 tips to improve your practice's SEO
July 18, 2019 -- If you'd asked Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari about search engine optimization (SEO) when she graduated from dental school, she admits she wouldn't have known how to answer. Now, as a pediatric dentist and successful blogger, she has come to understand how important SEO is for a practice. She shares four tips to help yours.  Discuss
Hiring the right people takes strategy
July 17, 2019 -- Your practice has a lot riding on your next hire, but how do you know if a candidate is really right for the job? Annette Igl of U.S. Oral Surgery Management has more than 25 years of human resources experience. She knows that to hire the right person you need the right strategy.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for work-life balance: Improve your practice and your life
July 15, 2019 -- Owning and operating a practice can be all-consuming, especially in these supercompetitive times. Too many dentists live and breathe dentistry 24/7. You became a dentist to care for patients but also to enjoy a rewarding life. Take good care of your patients and yourself, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Talking to patients about real beauty
July 10, 2019 -- When patients say that they only want you to crown or repair their front teeth because that's what people see while ignoring gum disease elsewhere in the mouth, it might be time to have a deeper conversation about "beauty," writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for sharpening your business skills
July 8, 2019 -- Just as clinical skills are essential for becoming a dentist, business skills are critical to success as a practice owner. The competition for new patients has intensified, so practice owners need to be more business-savvy than in the past. Take the necessary steps to bolster your business knowledge -- and results in 2019, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for improving front desk operations
July 1, 2019 -- The front desk team is responsible for many of the practice's key business systems, including scheduling, collections, the new-patient experience, and customer service. Having updated, high-performance systems in place -- and training the front desk team on all those systems -- ensures a smoothly running practice, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
2 areas to watch as your practice grows
June 25, 2019 -- Have you looked at your stockroom and seen supplies piling up? Are all the overtime hours your team members file legitimate? Practice management consultant Teresa Duncan has been asked how to deal with these two issues often, and she shares some practical advice to help your practice grow.  Discuss