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August 2015 Blog Posts (5)

When It Comes To Flossing – Take What the Patient Gives You

Is Floss Really The Best Choice For Inter-proximal Plaque Control?

Dental floss has long been the standard for inter-proximal plaque control. We stress the importance of its use to our patients and they all embrace it. From that day forward they are flossing every day without fail. No further discussion of it is ever needed, right? For any of you that find this to be true you need read no further.…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 31, 2015 at 4:33pm — 2 Comments

Dismissing Staff

If you find dismissing staff emotionally hard to deal with you are not alone.

After consulting dentists for 20+ years I can tell you that firing staff is very often the most difficult function a practice owner has to perform.

These two points may help you get over the emotional part:

a. Staff are the ones deciding…

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Added by Cambridge Dental Consultants on August 25, 2015 at 9:07am — No Comments

Dental Floss Compliance - It's Easy!

Dental Floss Compliance – It’s Easy???

Dental floss has long been the standard for interproximal plaque control. We stress the importance of its use to our patients and they all embrace it. From that day forward they are flossing every day without fail. No further discussion of it is ever needed, right? For any of you that find this to be true you need read no further!

If the above scenario doesn’t fit the description of your patients use of dental floss, why doesn’t it? You…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 21, 2015 at 8:48am — 1 Comment

Out of Network Financial Arrangements

Let’s the patient needs a crown and your UCR is $1000.00:

  1. Verify benefits to determine how much the insurance company is expected to pay. For example, $350.00.
  2. Tell the patient you will bill insurance company for the pay $350.00.
  3. Inform the patient they are…
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Added by Cambridge Dental Consultants on August 18, 2015 at 11:52am — No Comments

Why Not Sharpen The Face Of The Instrument?

Over the years, I have seen many educators who recommend sharpening the face of dental curettes and scalers, not the sides. They use a round stone and stroke the face of the instrument from heel to toe. I find several reasons that make this technique inappropriate.

First, think of a scaling stroke. Where is the major direction of force on the blade of that instrument? Logic tells me it is perpendicular to the face of the blade. (Picture 1) Think about what happens when you sharpen…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 12, 2015 at 6:22pm — No Comments

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