The domino effect of disease: The mouth and bowel disease
December 27, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg tells his patients that onset and progression of disease are like dominoes, lined up in a pattern and falling one by one once put in motion. One example may be the cause of, and relief from, inflammatory bowel disease.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for scheduling: Keep control of scheduling
December 26, 2017 -- Your scheduling system is the core of your practice, and it drives production. If you create an excellent schedule, you'll be able to focus your resources more effectively -- and grow practice income, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Should you hire more team members in 2018?
December 26, 2017 -- As you look into 2018, is your practice struggling? Is your staff overworked and stressed? Before you consider hiring a new team member, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie suggests asking yourself some questions to see if you need to hire or you need to train your current team.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Trust
December 19, 2017 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Lisa Knowles discusses the fallout that occurs when healthcare practitioners abuse the trust placed in them. Using a prominent case of patient abuse as an illustration, she writes that all practitioners lose credibility when one person in the professional community errs in judgment.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for the hygienist: Remember your value to the practice
December 18, 2017 -- It's a mistake to think that doctors are the only influencers in dental practices, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. Hygienists also are viewed by patients as an authority and that -- coupled with the amount of time they spend with patients -- presents unique opportunities for education, identification, and recommendations.  Discuss
The intentional calendar
December 13, 2017 -- 2018 is right around the corner. How can you ensure that it will be a successful year? Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier uses a simple tool you probably have in your office already -- a calendar. A successful year, he writes, includes much more than just your practice's patient schedule.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for creating a happy work environment: Be a great doctor -- and a great leader
December 11, 2017 -- Every day you strive to provide great dental care, but as the practice leader, you are also responsible for helping to keep your team happy, enthusiastic, and inspired. Keep in mind that the way you lead your staff can have a tremendous positive or negative influence on the morale and performance of staff members, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
5 reasons production is down
December 8, 2017 -- It is December and you are probably looking at your practice's year-end numbers. If your production numbers are down, it can impact your bottom line and also your team's morale. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie has five reasons your production numbers might be lower and what you can do to improve them.  Discuss
5 questions patients ask about gum disease
December 6, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg receives questions from patients all over the world about gum disease. While patients' specific conditions vary, in general the conversations seem to revolve around these five questions. How do you address these patient questions?  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice finances: Get a clearer idea of where you're headed
December 4, 2017 -- Did you have a good fiscal year? Remember, you're the CEO of your practice, so it's up to you to know how your practice is progressing toward its profitability goals. If your financial picture is unclear, now's the time to bring everything into focus, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss