Thought Leaders in Dentistry

The facts about dental cavitations
October 2, 2019 -- It seems to Dr. Alvin Danenberg that many patients are being diagnosed with dental cavitations in their jawbone. In his latest column, he details the definition of these cavitations, what to do about patients in pain from them, and what imaging modality is best for viewing.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for delegating responsibilities
September 30, 2019 -- While it may make you feel better to have your hand in everything, as the practice's primary producer you can raise production dramatically by delegating all nonclinical responsibilities to staff members, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Delegating will also give your practice greater flexibility in daily operations and empower your team members to excel and take pride in their work.  Discuss
Why knowing what's happening in your practice isn't enough: Part 1
September 27, 2019 -- If the first step in helping a patient is by asking them where it hurts, why shouldn't the same procedure apply to your practice? Curtis Marshall of Dental Intelligence writes that many practice owners don't identify the pain points in their practice. In the first of a two-part series, he helps identify these pain points and how to fix them.  Discuss
4 steps to protect your practice against cybersecurity attacks
September 24, 2019 -- You have spent many years training to become a dentist, growing your practice, building your reputation, and developing a loyal patient base. It is now imperative that you take steps to protect your investment of time and money. Gary Salman, CEO of Black Talon Security, offers four steps to take to protect your practice against cybersecurity attacks.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for using social media wisely
September 23, 2019 -- Use social media to inform and entertain patients, not just as an excuse to talk about your practice. While a tweet or a Facebook post can discuss important practice announcements, you should also share stories about oral health, nutrition, and other subjects that patients may find interesting, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Talking to your patients about implants or a root canal
September 23, 2019 -- Should your patient get an implant or a root canal? Dr. Edward Harsini notes that this is a difficult conversation to have with a patient and requires the dentist to have an answer that incorporates both the patient's investment and medical history perspectives. An implant isn't always the right answer.  Discuss
How your practice can avoid production loss
September 19, 2019 -- Practices lose about 10% of their production because of no-shows, patient attrition, and other issues. How can your practice overcome or avoid these issues? Dr. Roger P. Levin details four areas to watch and offers easy-to-implement tips for improving your practice's performance.  Discuss
7 questions most dentists don't ask their marketing firm
September 18, 2019 -- As a practice owner, you want your marketing to convey the right image of your practice, writes Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari. But how do you know that a marketing firm is right for you? She specifies seven questions to help you wisely spend your marketing budget.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts of attitude: Encourage positive attitudes
September 16, 2019 -- Staff attitude is often the fundamental element that determines how patients perceive the practice and whether they remain loyal, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip. An upbeat, energized team will have a far more positive effect on patients. There will always be challenging days, but having a good attitude impresses patients and inspires your fellow team members.  Discuss
Video from ADA 2019: Dayna Johnson on solo practices' bright future
September 12, 2019 -- We hear a lot about the growth of dental service organizations (DSOs), but recent statistics indicate that less than 10% of dentists in the U.S. practice at DSOs. That so many dentists are solo practitioners is one reason Dayna Johnson, founder of Novonee, believes these practices have a bright future. She spoke with at the 2019 ADA FDI World Congress about this and other topics.  Discuss