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November 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Dentists And Healthcare Professionals Can Get Ample Working Capital Through Factoring

Are you a dental professional or healthcare provider in need of working capital? The simple solution could be accounts receivable factoring.

Until recently, individual doctors, dentists and physician groups could easily go to their local bank and get all the working capital they needed. But, while banks still loan money for that purpose, getting a loan or line of credit can be an uphill battle.

The ‘credit crunch’ has caused a major tightening in underwriting parameters at… Continue

Added by Sandra Simmons on November 26, 2008 at 7:19am — No Comments

Inflammation — linking mouth to body

Brush after every meal. Floss daily. See your dental professional regularly. These instructions make sense coming from your dentist to help you sustain your oral health. But now not only dentists, but also many physicians, are stressing the importance of maintaining oral health in an effort to keep the rest of the body healthy. Research has long suggested an association between gum disease and other health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, but now scientists are beginning… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on November 25, 2008 at 9:57am — No Comments

Is there a weak link in your practice?

Your practice is as strong as its weakest link.

The problem is that the weakest link is probably you.

The good news? Your job is safe. The bad news? Your practice may not be.

Some dentists have a poor employee (or two) but think, "It's better than no employee at all" or perhaps the thought is, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.”

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Maybe in a large corporation a few bad apples… Continue

Added by Jonathan Hayes on November 24, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Congratulations to our weekly Starbuck's gift card winner...

It's Christine Taxin from Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Congrats!

Added by Kevin Henry on November 24, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Economy

The state of the economy is on most dentists' minds lately. Makes me wonder why some dentists also have trouble during a booming economy. Oh well, that's a story for another day. Now I'm not saying a worsening economy doesn't impact your practice - it does. But just like the weather and the time of the year you can't control the economy. Speaking of the time of the year have you ever had patients say:

November: "With the holidays coming up I'll need to get back to you after the first… Continue

Added by Jonathan Hayes on November 20, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Has Your Front Desk Been Taken Over by a Porn Site?

Recently I was using a client’s computer and noticed that it was running really slow. On a hunch, I installed anti-spyware software.

Spyware, for those of you who don’t know, is computer software that is installed secretly on your computer to intercept or take partial control over your computer without your OK.

Commonly this is done when you or one of your staff download something from a web site. The download could be something as innocent as a solitaire game. The key… Continue

Added by Jonathan Hayes on November 19, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY (First Friday In February)

How do you get the local community to volunteer for your GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY EVENT???????

I have been the coordinator of Give Kids a Smile Day in the Aiken area. (South Carolina), for the last 5 years and I have trouble every year trying to get dentists, hygienists, and assistants to volunteer their time in helping provide free dentistry to underserved children.

Every year has been successful. but its always the same group giving their time. Any ideas for… Continue

Added by Angela Odom on November 16, 2008 at 2:02pm — 3 Comments

Congratulations to our weekly Starbuck's gift card winner...

It's Dr. Daniel Cohen of Wyckoff, N.J. Congratulations!

Added by Kevin Henry on November 14, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

A day-late happy Veteran's Day tale

A couple weeks ago, I had a patient in my chair whose 80th birthday was this month. Cliff loves to talk and reminisce. (I always add 15 minutes onto the appointment time to accomodate him.) This time he told me about how his parachute failed to open during a jump in WWII. He told me that a soldier named Dante managed to catch him and they went down together. Cliff survived the jump with only a broken nose. I asked him if he still kept in touch with Dante. He told me they kept in touch briefly… Continue

Added by Kirsten Brancheau on November 12, 2008 at 1:11pm — 3 Comments

Insurance program available for international medical tourism

Now you shouldn't have to worry about taking that trip abroad (you name the international destination of your choice) in order to save money on those dental and/or medical surgeries that we think are so expensive in this country but cost less elsewhere. According to a Nov. 11 Marketwire news release, Seven Corners has launched the first worldwide medical tourism insurance program. Underwritten by Lloyd's of London (you probably have heard of this company before), the program aims to reduce… Continue

Added by Duane DaPron on November 11, 2008 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Goofy for Goodwill

A dental assistant from St. Asaph in North Wales is willing to formally change her name to benefit a charitable organization known as Children in Need.

Eileen De Bont, age 37, has posted 50 “weird and wonderful” names on eBay, and the highest bidder gets to choose her new name. Half of the proceeds will go to Children in Need, and Eileen will keep the other half so she can give her two children “a nice Christmas.” Only three people have bid so far, with the auction closing on Sunday… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on November 11, 2008 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

Does aromatherapy really work?

Our noses can help us relax. That’s right. Studies reveal that certain smells calm us.

Many of you who practice aromatherapy (the use of essential oils for a calming affect) already know this. In the pages of RDH Magazine, Debra Grant, RDH, CA, often explored this topic at length in her column, “Mind, Body and Spirit.”

According to, the affects… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on November 11, 2008 at 11:00am — 23 Comments

Happy Veteran's Day ... and thank you

To all of the men and women who have served this country over the years, thank you for your service. On this Veteran's Day, please take a moment to remember all of the sacrifices made by these brave men and women.

My grandpa served for five years during and after the Pacific conflict during World War II. My dad served two years in Vietnam before coming home on a medical discharge. They are two of the countless people who have given of themselves for this country, and I am thankful… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on November 11, 2008 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

Congratulations to our first Starbuck's gift card winner...

It's Tracy Alexander, RDH. Congratulations! We'll be drawing another $10 gift card next week...

Added by Kevin Henry on November 7, 2008 at 11:21am — 7 Comments

Some numbers relating to the PennWell community

Thanks to you ... we are booming! Check out the numbers below...

We went from 435 members in September to 1,132 members at the end of October and from 6,000 page views to 19,537 page views.

Nice job! Let's keep growing. Invite your friends and colleagues to be a part of the community today...

Added by Kevin Henry on November 7, 2008 at 10:38am — 7 Comments

Maine experiences dentist shortage

Maine is a beautiful state. I'm from the Midwest, so the Atlantic Ocean, mountains, forests, and fresh seafood sound intriguing, not to mention it's a stone's throw away from our neighbor, Canada.

But I guess not enough dentists share my point of view. Is it the cool temperatures, though the state experiences “warm and humid” summers? Rough winters? Rugged terrain? The fact it's the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi? Dentists, what's keeping you from practicing in… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on November 5, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Volunteer in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle

Yantalo, a +5000 community in the Alto Mayo Region of Peru experienced the visit of the first dentist [frm NY] in APR'08! Since, another dentist [frm Alsaka] arrived in JUL and two more [Frm Vancouver, Canada] this past month of OCT. Do you have a week or more to visit this beautiful corner of the world? Please contact us. Visit Write to us:,
Let us hear from you. LUIS VASQUEZ, MD - 847 561 5732 - Gracias.

Added by Luis on November 1, 2008 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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