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December 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Clinical management of gingivitis

My previous post indicated that I approach gingivitis in my general dental practice, as a non-reversible disease entitiy. I have conluded from professional reading, dialogue with other practitioners and my clinical judgment and experience, that it is not a separate disease entity from periodontitis, just an early manifestation. Think about other conditions such as diabetes. When an individual is diagnosed with Type II diabetes, which accounts for 90-95% of all cases, they are commonly put on… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on December 26, 2009 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Paper Claim Forms

Did you know that approximately 50% of dental claims submitted by dentists are still on paper? Surprisingly it's true! Despite all of the interest and promotion of electronic claims, the tried and true paper format is still alive and in use. However, when a claim is submitted on paper, the data must be converted to an electronic format prior to any processsing by an insurance carrier. Therefore, paper claims always add a step to the payment process. Further complicating matters is the fact that… Continue

Added by Carol Tekavec on December 21, 2009 at 3:39pm — 3 Comments

The Matter of Cost

A common complaint that dentists hear, particularly in a tight economy, is that their fees are too high. The truth is when people complain about cost, it’s almost always because they don’t realize the value of what they’re paying for. That’s certainly true of dentistry. People don’t understand how it can be so expensive because they don’t understand what they’re getting for the money.



It’s incumbent upon all of us in the industry to educate patients about the… Continue

Added by Fred Joyal on December 21, 2009 at 12:05pm — 4 Comments

How to avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of Dental Marketing.

How can you avoid the most common and expensive dental marketing mistakes?



Download and read the free white paper, "The 7 Deadly Sins of Healthcare Marketing." (link below)



It contains the medical marketing mistakes that my partner and I have observed time and again while working with thousands of dentists and other healthcare clients.



So far over 10,000 people have downloaded their free copy, and we invite you to do the same. It comes with a free subscription… Continue

Added by Stewart Gandolf on December 16, 2009 at 12:01pm — No Comments

It’s Time To Set Financial Goals For The New Year

Many people set new goals for the New Year…losing weight…stopping smoking…cleaning out closets…but what about your financial goals?



If you set your financial goals, business and personal, and get to work figuring out how to reach those goals, you can improve your financial condition.



Make your goals realistic but make them a bit of a stretch too…after all the point is you need to be able to plan on how you are going to reach the goal. Don’t just pull a number out of thin… Continue

Added by Sandra Simmons on December 15, 2009 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

Dental Sedation Training Company Receives ADA CERP Approval

Conscious Sedation Consulting LLC has been named as a recognized provider in the American Dental Association (ADA) Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). The announcement comes following the fall meeting of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure, where the Council adopted a resolution to grant CERP recognition to Conscious Sedation Consulting LLC. Effective dates of ADA CERP recognition are November 2009 through December 2012.



Developed to help the dental… Continue

Added by Randy Pigg on December 15, 2009 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

Develop a Wealth Consciousness

What you THINK determines what you FEEL which influences what you SEE which

facilitates what you CHOOSE which determines what you DO which CREATES what you HAVE.



Success with money starts with what you think. What you believe determines everything that happens in your life, including whether you are a WEALTH CREATOR or a PROLIFIC SPENDER.



You must first believe in two simple but powerful ideas:



1st that you DESERVE IT!

2nd that it is… Continue

Added by Dr. Michael Schuster on December 15, 2009 at 8:55am — 12 Comments

Gingivitis/Periodontitis

Sometimes the obvious escapes everyone except the first one to see the obvious. Then Bill Domb from California closed in the loop for us. For at least thirty years we would eliminate even the most stubborn gingivitis, i.e. a stubborn teenager who would not brush their gums above ortho brackets, by having that person in once a week and using NaBiCarb prophylaxis. Then Bill Domb (www.nt4bg.com) suggested "packing" the gums with baking soda. The easiest way? Use… Continue

Added by J Tim Rainey, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. on December 12, 2009 at 1:22am — 21 Comments

The shocking question I was asked on Twitter this morning

It came at me like a bolt of lightning out of the blue. Sitting there, minding my own business, enjoying a Friday of torturing my coworkers with yet another rendition of "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" when I received a Twitter update from a friend. It had one simple question on it ... When is the last time you asked someone, "How can I improve?"



What? Huh? How can I improve? Save that for three weeks from now when I'm making a New Year's resolution. I don't need to hear that today.… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on December 11, 2009 at 11:43am — 4 Comments

The battle over preference

Ever had one of "those" arguments? You know the type ... the kind where you're right AND the other person is right as well? You like ketchup on your hamburger and you just can't believe your friend likes mustard instead. You're a huge Red Sox fan, yet your buddy cheers for the Yankees? How could it be?



It's called preferences, and it's amazing the number of arguments that balloon out of our own individual preferences. Folks, take a deep breath ... it's OK for that… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on December 7, 2009 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Gingivitis is perhaps not a reversible conditon

Gingivitis not reversible? Before you roll your eyes and think this is a crazy idea, read on and let me know if you agree or not with the thought process on this. We all go through our working day with certain facts we take for granted. One of these is the reversible nature of gingivitis. Sometimes, though, it is worthwhile to think about it, especially if it has the potential to enhance the level of care we provide for our patients. I am addressing the patients in my practice with the thought… Continue

Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on December 6, 2009 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

The best "one-liners" from RDH magazine in 2009

Author's note: The first part of this blog appeared as my Editor's Note in the December 2009 issue of RDH magazine. But since it's one little tiny page in the print magazine, I decided to include a "complete" version of my Editor's Note on this DentistryIQ.com blog. Again, I'm very grateful to the writers who contribute to RDH magazine.



Readers often approach me via emails or during a dental conference to tell me how an author’s words helped them. The authors’ words help me in that I… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on December 3, 2009 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

Reaching Out for Referrals

In these challenging economic times, I’ve noticed that I’m getting more questions about increasing word of mouth referrals. It’s only natural to want to make every marketing dollar count, and considering the cost (or more accurately, lack of cost), you can’t get a better return on investment than you do with good word of mouth.



If you’re not already doing it, start actively pursuing referrals. It sounds simple, but most dentists forget — or are unwilling — to actually… Continue

Added by Fred Joyal on December 3, 2009 at 3:04pm — 3 Comments

Seeking an associate Dentist position

I am a General Dentist, Licensed to Practice in Virginia, looking for an opportunity in a practice, to associate or buy into partnership. Please email me if you need an Associate. Salartash@gmail.com

Added by Shahrzad Salartash on December 3, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

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