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December 2008 Blog Posts (6)

Our weekly Starbuck's gift card winner is...

Carol Tekavec from Colorado. Congratulations!

Added by Kevin Henry on December 5, 2008 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Drink Brewed Tea To Avoid Tooth Erosion

When deciding between the many beverage options available today, the best thing to drink is brewed tea, according to a study in a recent issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Apart from tasting good, brewed tea has many health benefits. It is loaded with natural antioxidants, which are thought to decrease the incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

The study found that the erosive effect of tea… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on December 4, 2008 at 10:26am — 6 Comments

Unless you are the only periodontist in town..............

Remember when there weren't nearly the number of providers per capita as there are today, and thus, 'competition' in practice was an almost foreign concept? Amazing, eh? Makes you kind of wish for the old days......ok, maybe not.

To say that things have changed is putting it mildly. Private practice providers have slowly but surely awakened to the fact that a practice is indeed a business, and that there's a LOT of competition out there. And, not unlike the restauranteur or financial… Continue

Added by Jill Kring Carter on December 3, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A Little Holiday 'White' Humour.......

Never before have we lived in a world with so many shades of white. And, I'm not sure that's a good thing, as we can't bleach all white things to keep their brilliance, and when we do, we sometimes risk yellowing as a result. Gosh knows in this world of over the top vanity, we don't want anything resembling yellow......though we sure have embraced that which is obviously fake.....from teeth to ti..(fill in the blanks).

Ok, so here's where I am going with this. Driving down the lane… Continue

Added by Jill Kring Carter on December 3, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Securing a Loan for Practice Acquisition, Expansion and Merger in Today’s Credit Market

The Credit Crisis, with banks now less willing to lend to one another, has redefined the playing field. Standards are back. Gone are the days of knowing there is a loan out there for almost any credit situation. Gone are the days of ‘NINJA/No Doc’ lending – no income, no job, no assets. It’s kind of amazing such a loan ever existed, really. But no, it has not become impossible to secure a loan. You will just have to shop smart, and put to use the services of an experienced commercial… Continue

Added by Jill Kring Carter on December 3, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Would Your Financial Arranger Pay for that Dentistry?

Putting people who have personal financial problems on the job of Financial Arranger can have some pretty disastrous consequences on your collections. A person having a lot of trouble paying their own bills won't be able to do the job properly because they too easily go into agreement with the objections the patient has.

Another problem with some Financial Arrangers is that they simply don't listen to the patient. I drill this scenario with staff:

Patient says, "That's a… Continue

Added by Jonathan Hayes on December 2, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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