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Chicken or the egg which comes first? WHO CARES!

Don’t you just hate sales hype from some dental suppliers and manufacturer’s claiming their products and services are best just because they sell it? Something to be said for number crunching but technology doesn’t magically increase your ROI or improve your…

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Added by Ted Takahashi on September 18, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

Leadership in the dental practice

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. - John Maxwell



So - how did your last staff meeting go? Were your team members enthusiastic to share ideas that will help improve quality of care, reduce expenses and improve staff morale? Or, did they sit quietly and when asked for suggestions, just say…

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Added by Jill Nesbitt on September 16, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

Taking care of your dentures

Your dentures are designed to last a very long time so its important that you take care of them as you would take care of your own teeth.

They are very delicate and may break easily if dropped even a few inches. So its a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling…
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Added by Donald Cleland on September 13, 2013 at 4:01am — No Comments

The facts about oral cancer

Oral cancer is not as well known as other types of cancer but it can represent a life-threatening risk if not identified early.

- It strikes an estimated 35,000 Americans each year

- More than 7,500 people (5,200 men and 2,307 women) die of these cancers each year

- More than 25% of Americans who get…
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Added by Kevin Flood on September 13, 2013 at 3:59am — No Comments

The secrets of brushing and flossing your teeth effectively

Though many of us say we brush our teeth regularly, you get the best results by making sure you brush properly.

Here are the steps you should follow:
First, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
Then, move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide)…
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Added by Michael Barnett on September 13, 2013 at 3:57am — No Comments

Root canal treatment

Root canal therapy is an important treatment that can save a tooth with a diseased nerve and which in the past would probably have needed to be removed.

Inside each tooth is the ‘pulp’ which runs like a thread down through the root and provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth. It is the soft tissue that…
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Added by Bruce A. Johnson on September 13, 2013 at 3:55am — No Comments

Why cavities arent just for kids

Tooth decay or cavities result from destruction of the tooth enamel and can lead to a range of problems from toothache to bad breath.

Cavities occur when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, sugared drinks, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth.
Bacteria…
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Added by Michael Goldberg on September 13, 2013 at 3:51am — No Comments

How minor tweaks on your website can convert them as your customers

Majority of the patients do their research online prior to visit a dentist and having our websites very interactive and with more useful content will make them ring you. some poorly designed websites can bounce your potential customers and damage your reputation. How would you know behaviour of your website visitors, a better place to start is google analytics which is free. If you are already using it, have you tried the content experiment analytics has? design a new page to the…

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Added by M Marz on September 9, 2013 at 6:15am — No Comments

"Statements would upset the patients" - How to catch up on dental billing

"We don't send statements. The dentist is afraid that would upset the patients."



Some dental practices struggle to manage their billing systems. There can be many reasons the dental billing system has crumbled, such as dental office manager turnover, lack of training with the dental practice management software, or even embezzlement. No matter what the reason for a disorganized, occasional billing system, the problems caused are the same. Patients that don't…

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Added by Jill Nesbitt on September 4, 2013 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Dental Professionals: Free Sample Packs

Mydent International, manufacturer of the DEFEND brand, is pleased to provide free sample packs.  The sample packs, available to dental professionals and dealers, include infection control products, disposables, impression material and/or other dental supplies.  Six products may be requested via an online form.  To request additional products, please contact Mydent directly.

 

Samples are based on…

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Added by Eric Slone on September 3, 2013 at 8:08am — No Comments

A Reminder - What's Good for the Patient, is Good for Business

Our general dentist continues to do well in this time of continuing economic crisis that causes many to put dental care on the back burner behind more pressing needs like mortgage payments, car repair bills, groceries, etc. He considers all the cards with his patients - what's best for them and how he can best help them obtain the most necessary care. This includes consideration of the reality of finances, which really make or break a treatment plan, however wise the plan may be.…



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Added by Jill Kring Carter on August 30, 2013 at 4:51am — No Comments

It's Hump Day in the Only Free Dental Clinic in Town.......

A little late in the week, but wanted to repost this blog post from a few years ago, because in all honesty, nothing has changed since then, except we have more people in need....

Well, it's hump day, and I'm busy trying to secure grant funds for a free dental clinic, in fact, the only free dental clinic in the county. This clinic serves the homeless, and recently added the same services for the uninsured, working-poor of the community through a…

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Added by Jill Kring Carter on August 30, 2013 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Patient Safety in the Dentist’s Office

A few months ago a story broke about a dentist’s office in Oklahoma that CNN reported has been called a “perfect storm” for infections. Health investigators say about 7,000 patients who visited this particular dentist in the past six years may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis. Some of the more violations brought up before the state dental board include “multiple sterilization…

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Added by Joe Tagliarini on August 23, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Gain more new patients: Know your numbers

Grow from your past success



Every dentist I know would like more new patients. So - how do you that? First, you have to know your numbers. Find out which marketing programs have been most successful for you, and which ones are the losers so you can make solid decisions based on real numbers. It's so easy to get sold by the latest marketing idea - "Dr. you can be the first in your area to have a mobile website!" but you need to know what's working for you.

In this brief…

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Added by Jill Nesbitt on August 22, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments

Dental plaque – what it is and how to avoid it

You’ve probably heard people talking about plaque and maybe you’ve some idea of what it is.
But its useful to know a bit more about it so that you can do whats necessary to minimize the risks.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and…
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Added by Donald Cleland on August 22, 2013 at 4:29am — No Comments

Choosing the right mouthwash to meet your needs

These days many people like to use a mouthwash and there is a huge range of options to choose from.
The key to choosing the right one for your needs is being clear about what you are using it for.
Many people opt for mouthwash because they want to have fresh breath.
But many mouthwashes contain alcohol which can cause the mouth to dry. It’s best to minimize the chances of suffering from dry mouth as it can increase your risk of tooth decay…
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Added by Kevin Flood on August 22, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

What dental assistants are telling Dental Assisting Digest about their salaries

Here is your first look at the annual Dental Assisting Digest salary survey. We asked dental assistants around the country to tell us about the salaries and benefits and, so far, 820 have responded. Here is a quick overview of the responses.

The most common hourly salary figures across the country range from $18-$20 (very similar to years past).

When did you last receive a…

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Added by Kevin Henry on August 19, 2013 at 11:24am — No Comments

Famous folks at the dentist

I couldn't pass up a chance to share the link I found on Twitter today — celebrity photos at the dentist.

Granted, they aren't huge names, but the photos do include Conan O'Brien, whose dentist told him he "only had a week to live." (Not really) And Paris Hilton, who says she got "bad anesthesia" when having her wisdom teeth pulled last May. Remember when Demi Moore lost a front tooth? I don't either, but this photo reminded me that she posted a pic of herself missing a front tooth,…

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Added by Meg Kaiser on August 16, 2013 at 9:58am — No Comments

Make it visual: How to increase dentist efficiency

X                /                   X

X                /                    /

X               /

/               X

/               X                    X

 

Does this look familiar? Columns of X's, /'s and blanks to communicate exactly where the dentist is throughout the day. And, since we can preset our appointments to include X  X  /  /  /  - don't we end up ignoring all these marks anyway?

The dentist instructs the front desk team "Fill the…

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Added by Jill Nesbitt on August 14, 2013 at 10:15am — No Comments

Dental Marketing- 13 Ways To Get More Patient Online Reviews

I don’t usually do this, but let’s get theoretical about dental marketing for just a second:

Every satisfied patient of yours should bring you more patients, right?  The ideal is for word-of-mouth to do all the work—for your happy patients to refer their friends and family to you, who in turn become patients.

But what if you’re not quite at that stage?  No …

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Added by Graig Presti on August 12, 2013 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

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