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June 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Buying Your First Dental Practice Requires Planning and Strategy

Buying a dental practice can be an exhilarating experience that can enhance your career. You will have the opportunity to make decisions that will have a direct impact on your practice and be able to benefit monetarily from those decisions. But it is of utmost importance to follow certain guidelines that will help you find and acquire the practice of your dreams.

 

You might want to purchase a practice that is close to home since you may have lived in…

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Added by Kent Harlan, CPA on June 27, 2011 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Customized letters: Driving a response

How do you follow up with patients that do not schedule the treatment you recommend? Call them? Send an email? Send a letter? Drive to their house? ;)

What response are you receiving? Do the patients return the call, reply to your email? Perhaps it’s time to look again at the content of your letter.

Dentrix does a great job of getting you started – they offer more than 40 pre-written letters on a variety of subjects, such as continuing care, recall…

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Added by Jill Nesbitt on June 27, 2011 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Top 7 Dental Website Marketing TIPS

DENTAL WEBSITE MARKETING SOLUTIONS THAT WORK

Is positioning your practice a priority?  It should be in order to compete in today’s business world.  Many businesses rely on clichés that make them sound like…

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Added by Ted Takahashi on June 27, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

New Features at Weave!

Our goal at Weave is to provide you with the best dental scheduling services possible. We value our client’s feedback and do all that we can to resolve their concerns and improve our services. After a recent survey completed by our current clients we have made some improvements to our services according to their feedback. We are excited about these changes and the impact they will have on our dental scheduling services.

 

Weave’s new features:

  • Reminder…
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Added by Jake Larsen on June 24, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Ideas For Productive Patient Scheduling in a Dental Office

Feel like you're on a treadmill all the time, running fast but getting nowhere? Have you looked at the book at the end of the day feeling exhausted from seeing a bunch of patients, only to find out the production was next to nothing?

It can be a challenge to balance the need to keep the appointment book full and the desire to have every day be productive. Some simple techniques will help you reach your goals without feeling exhausted at the end of the day.

Set a Daily…

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Added by Ken Smith on June 23, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

The Ashley show just keeps getting better

This Bachelorette stuff is a riot! Mental kisses, monks, two-on-one dating, Muay Thai boxing, and, best of all for the dental geeks, Blake Julian, Dentist, who's still in the running. And fortunately he isn't the bachelor that was sent to the hospital after a Muay Thai fight (that was Ames). No teeth were damaged during filming.

Ashley chose to have the men take their aggression out on each other through boxing while she "checked out their masculinity" and "couldn't get her mind off…

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Added by Meg Kaiser on June 22, 2011 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Effective Dental Recall: Keeping the Personal Touch

For the most part businesses are detouring from human-to-human interaction when it comes to dental recall. An effective dental recall system will have the personal touch of people contacting people. Afterall, aren't your patients worth contacting?

 

Advanced softwares, text messages, emails and postcards are great for reminding patients of their appointments but there is something to be said about hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the telephone.

 

The…

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Added by Kristpher Dunne on June 21, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Dental Recall: Effective Use of Communication Tools

There are more ways than ever to contact your patients. Appointment cards, dental recall cards, emails, text messages, phone calls, Facebook reminders are all commonly used methods of communication in the dental industry today. But what is the most effective use of these tools to contact your patients, schedule them for appointments, and get them into the dental chair?

 

First we need to understand the importance of working with your patient to establish which…

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Added by Jake Larsen on June 20, 2011 at 3:47pm — No Comments

It's close to 1/2 year - are you on track to meeting your goals?

I assume you have goals – written down, measurable, deadline driven, goals. At the minimum – you have a goal for what you would like to produce this year, right? Collections as well? How about a new patient goal? Overhead? Recall rate? Case Acceptance?

Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m a statistics girl. Love the numbers. I actually enjoy running end of month to find out how we did on all our goals. It’s like getting a report card in school. And, here we are, mid-June –…

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Added by Jill Nesbitt on June 16, 2011 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Top 5 Tips for Effective Dental Recall

Keeping a full schedule is vital to maintaining a successful dental practice. One key to keeping a full schedule is performing effective dental recalls. Having worked in the dental recall industry for almost 3 years we have become very familiar with what it takes to make effective recalls to overdue patients. Here are our top 5 tips for effective dental recalls.

  1. Smile while you talk: Although you might…
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Added by Jake Larsen on June 13, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Why Dental Professionals Should Consider Utilizing a Financial Broker

Make no mistake about it:  There are lenders out there who will work directly with dentists that are looking to finance the purchase of a new practice or the renovation of an existing one.  So why would the owner of a dental practice use a financial broker like Ozarks Capital Funding to assist in getting them financing?  There are several advantages to establishing a relationship with a qualified and trustworthy Financial Broker:

  • Brokers have well-established relationships with…
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Added by Kent Harlan, CPA on June 10, 2011 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Ashley Hebert's latest drama

Looks like our girl Ashley Hebert the Bachelorette made it to the cover of People magazine following Week 3 of the show. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20500732,00.html Now we all have to buy a copy.

What started out as a good time and quest to find Ashley's "true love" has turned a bit ugly according to…

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Added by Meg Kaiser on June 9, 2011 at 11:22am — 3 Comments

Don't Burden Yourself With Tasks That Are Not Dentistry

There are many different responsibilities in a dental office that make everything run smoothly. There is insurance billing, patient care and service, office management, dental recalls, and office cleaning, just to name a few.  All these tasks, and many others, need to be taken care of almost every day and they don’t even really have anything to do with the actual dental work. For a dentist who owns his own practice, keeping up with all of these tasks along with the actual dental work can…

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Added by Jake Larsen on June 7, 2011 at 12:05pm — 5 Comments

Healthfully Speaking---Un Supersize Me

Are you old enough to remember the Basic Four?  We were supposed to eat a balanced meal of four food groups:  milk, meat, fruits/veggies and grains.  Actually, this wasn’t the first foray into healthy eating guide.  The USDA developed the first food guide in 1916, almost a hundred years ago.  During the 1940’s, there were seven basic food groups.  Then came the basic four in the ‘50’s, and the crazy, confusing food pyramid of 1992.  This food…

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Added by Sheri Doniger on June 6, 2011 at 8:44am — 2 Comments

The American Dental Association’s Leadership is the Biggest Barrier to Affordable Dental Care

 

This is in response to statements made by, Dr. Raymond F. Gist, president of the American Dental Association in the following, U.S. News & World Report article, Some Dentists Reluctant to Treat Kids on Medicaid: Study,

Resource: …

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Added by Gary W. Vollan L.D. on June 3, 2011 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Why Dentists Should Acquire Digital Radiography Equipment

Many dentists are leery of spending valuable resources on new equipment, but as GORDON J. CHRISTENSEN, D.D.S. points out in his article "Why Switch to Digital Radiography" the advantages can be substantial.  Although the article is somewhat outdated (2004) it reflects an accurate and unbiased view of the pros and cons of updating your equipment. 



This article was written long before Medicare decreed that all… Continue

Added by Kent Harlan, CPA on June 3, 2011 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Tips for Dental Patient Retention

Retaining patients is one of the most important factors in a successful dental practice. Have you ever found yourself with a number of new patients who never return to your practice more than once? If this is the case, or you are often losing your existing clients, you may need to focus more of your efforts on retaining your patients in order to grow your practice. Here are a few…

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Added by Jake Larsen on June 1, 2011 at 10:10am — 2 Comments

South Park, and when I knew I was a dental nerd

I know this episode of South Park aired in May, but I just caught the Royal Wedding spoof over the long weekend. I now realize I'm a dental nerd. I was laughing harder at the kids staging a dental hygiene play (and getting yelled at non-stop by Mr. Mackey) than I was at the Royal Wedding spoof, set in Canada, which the writers "have spent 14 seasons and a movie turning their version of the land up north into a colossal joke," according to a recap on aoltv.com.

I have seen very few…

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Added by Meg Kaiser on June 1, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

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