Thought Leaders in Dentistry

Using follow-up calls to educate your patients
October 8, 2019 -- It would be great if patients agreed to a treatment plan before they left your office, but most of them don't. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie recommends making follow-up calls to these patients to educate them on the benefits of treatment. Her tips can help your practice improve your acceptance rates and help your patients at the same time.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for increasing efficiency
October 7, 2019 -- Inefficient offices are breeding grounds for confusion and chaos. Practices must always look for ways to improve efficiency in every area. Those that do will decrease stress and increase revenue, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Why you need to upgrade before the Windows 7 end of life
October 7, 2019 -- In all the discussion about protecting your practice from cyberattacks, one important factor is not being discussed: Many dental practices are still running Microsoft's Windows 7. With support for Windows 7 ending in January 2020, you should plan your operating system's transition now to keep your practice safe, advises Tom Terronez of Medix Dental IT.  Discuss
7 methods to build an amazing team
October 3, 2019 -- Every practice owner wants an amazing team, but they often expect their team to come together without any effort. As Mike Monfredi, the practice manager at Monfredi Family Dentistry writes, great teams are made, not born. He offers seven steps you can take to build your team.  Discuss
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