Do's and don'ts for good teamwork: Guide your team toward success
April 30, 2018 -- Your practice success is rooted in your team members. But they can't help you if you don't help them. Set the bar high for performance and offer training opportunities. Regularly provide encouragement and praise. By taking the time to take good care of your team, you'll help create a happy workplace and a healthy bottom line, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
What happens if you don't change?
April 27, 2018 -- In the movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character has to relive the same day until he finds a way to change his life. Practice management consultant Jen Butler has dentist clients who feel the same way, stuck repeating the same patterns in their practices and their lives. Change is not easy, but she offers practical tips to help you avoid the rut.  Discuss
How does poor time management disrupt your practice?
April 26, 2018 -- Whatever the reason, poor time management can disrupt your practice and send an unfortunate message to your patients. Practice management consultant Andrea Greer makes her debut with practical advice to help your practice run on time and build better rapport with your patients.  Discuss
3 types of patients who hurt your practice
April 25, 2018 -- The success of your practice depends on your clinical skill but also on the ability to attract and keep patients, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. But how do you handle patients who are late to pay, who don't make oral healthcare a priority, and who don't become repeat customers? Her latest column offers some practical ideas.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for feedback: Use compliments and complaints to improve your practice
April 23, 2018 -- Both positive and negative feedback can help you to improve your practice. While receiving patient complaints is never fun, they can help alert you to mistakes that you may not be aware of. Be sure to use all feedback to your advantage in creating the best experience for your patients, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Investigating the link between gut and gum health
April 18, 2018 -- Inflammatory bowel disease doesn't sound much like an oral health issue, but studies show a possible link between this and gum health. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg would like to know more about this relationship, so rather than just read about it, he's in the process of creating a double-blind, randomized clinical study. Curious? Read on to see how your practice might be able to help.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for your practice's cellphone policy
April 16, 2018 -- Practices should direct patients and other practice visitors on what they can do -- and where -- with their cellphones. Employing a policy that allows for the quiet use of smartphones can help all patients handle tasks conveniently and wait for their appointments undisturbed, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What is the role of a hygiene department?
April 13, 2018 -- A hygiene department should be the economic engine of your practice, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. Ensuring that doctors and hygienists are working toward the same goals is crucial for a practice's success.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for improving your practice: Upgrade your practice performance
April 9, 2018 -- All dental practices have room for improvement. If you're not steadily experiencing growth, you can take steps to upgrade your practice, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Do you have a practice vision, targets, and goals? Taking the time to examine every aspect of your practice and creating a vison with clear goals and targets can take your practice to new heights.  Discuss
5 reasons you need job descriptions
April 5, 2018 -- When everyone knows their job responsibilities, it can make for a more efficient, better operating team, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. She offers five practical reasons why taking the time to create and discuss job descriptions with your team will help your practice thrive.  Discuss