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How we invented NiteBite

Dr. Marc Doctors and I, who have a combined 60 years of occlusal and clinical experience in observing treatments to control TMJD symptoms, decided to do a survey of occlusal devices and therapies that treat bruxism within the neuromuscular and occlusal systems of the head and neck. We were looking specifically at therapies that were effective and repeatable for the many clinical signs and symptoms…


Added by Ben Achtabowski on January 14, 2014 at 7:26am — No Comments

A Practical Reason To Set Your Sights Higher: Part I

As a dental practice management consultant I tell clients if you want to produce and collect $100,000.00 a month you need to set your sights higher. No matter how good you may be at presenting treatment every dentist has a certain “failure” rate.



Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on January 13, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments

What happened with that patient?

So you’ve done all you can to educate the patient, you’ve used models, x-rays, analogies, drawings, etc. The patient is now fully educated and understands what will happen if he or she ignores the problem. You’ve even…


Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on January 6, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

That Most Dirty Word

Disclaimer: The word I am about to define is not for the faint of heart. Macho men have been known to turn into quivering bowls of Jello when even uttering this word.


1) Income received for goods and services over some given period of time.

2) An act…


Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on December 16, 2013 at 8:50am — No Comments

How smoking affects your teeth

While the general effects of smoking on your health are well-known, it can also have significant effects on your oral health.

Here are some of the ways smoking can harm your oral health and hygiene:
- Oral Cancer

- Periodontal (gum) disease

- Delayed healing after a tooth extraction or other…

Added by Vram Kargodorian on December 10, 2013 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Dental Hiring Tips

Tip #1

Most employees at my favorite local restaurant have been there for years. The…


Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on December 9, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

How do you take care of dental emergencies?

How you take care of people in pain is not only one way you define the kind of dentist and health care professional you are - but it's also an opportunity to gain new patients. I have been proud to work in an office where the guideline was to schedule any person in pain within 2-4 hours of their phone call. No matter whether the caller was an existing patient or brand new or even…


Added by Jill Nesbitt on December 6, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

Did anybody come across this implant patient?

This is a good reason to point to the patients to follow the full procedure. 

here is the news:

"When a 57-year-old Italian woman showed up to the University of Brescia complaining about sinus inflammation and a pain in her face, doctors were confused by the cause. A case…


Added by M Marz on December 5, 2013 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Lady Gaga and her scary, fake teeth

I guess I'm a few weeks behind on this, but I just saw photos of Lady Gaga and the wild teeth (dental cuff) she wore at the YouTube American Music Awards in early November. A photo of her wearing the teeth is now featured on the cover of her new single, "Dope."

What's cool about this story is that the designer of the teeth (which is actually a bracelet the artist calls a dental cuff) was called out of the blue and asked if Lady Gaga could wear her teeth jewelry. Like any sane…


Added by Meg Kaiser on December 2, 2013 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Clash of the Dental Titans

I had just returned from consulting a new client where an epic conflict between the back and front had laid siege to the dental office. The doctor thought this "Clash of the Titans" would quickly blow over. Instead it blew up.

And what was this battle over?



Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on December 2, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments

Dental Practice Organization

Organization of a practice is, in essence, composed of ensuring you and your staff know how to efficiently and effectively process:

a. New Patients

b. Returning Patients

c. Emergency Patients

When Mike begins with a new client he evaluates where the weak links are…


Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on November 26, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

How sealants can give your teeth extra protection

Sealants are made from plastic material applied to the back teeth to protect the enamel from plaque and acids.

The plastic bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – premolars and molars.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can help remove…

Added by Errol Fife on November 25, 2013 at 1:33am — No Comments

How to Drop a Dental PPO Plan

Have you been thinking about dropping one of your PPO plans because you just can't take their reduced fee schedule any longer?

There is a way to handle this properly. You want to let your patients know about your decision - and you want to help them understand why you're dropping their plan. You want to extend the opportunity to continue their dental care in your practice…


Added by Jill Nesbitt on November 22, 2013 at 1:08pm — No Comments

What can Apple can teach you about management of a dental practice?

Several years ago, when my Mac laptop still had a battery that could be taken out, I called Apple to order a new one as my old battery had stopped holding much of a charge. I was leaving town the next afternoon to consult a dentist…


Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on November 18, 2013 at 8:02am — No Comments

Do you know who Bob Barkley is?

I was inspired by a dentist this morning who shared his vision of dental wellness - and he reminded me of Bob Barkley. Amazing man. Talk about inspiring!

If you know Bob Barkley

Then count yourself as lucky. And, if beyond just knowing of this dentist and his work, you also agree with his ideas and approach, then you are rare indeed. Have you implemented his ideas into your…


Added by Jill Nesbitt on November 15, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments

A Patient-ized View of Your Dental Office

A good drill for any dentists to do is try to eyeball your dental office as if you are a new patient.

Stroll around the parking lot, take a seat in the lobby and view the surroundings. Sit in each of the dental chairs and look up at the ceiling. What uncover can be some really…


Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on November 11, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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

Recently I was using a dental 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…


Added by Cambridge Practice Consultants on November 4, 2013 at 7:22am — No Comments

What can a hygienist do when her schedule falls apart?

In most dental practices, if the hygiene schedule is open, the hygienist doesn't work. This is the trade-off for hygienists being the highest-paid members of the staff – they can only be paid when the schedule is full. So, how does your practice handle it when the hygiene schedule falls apart?

The wrong things to do

It makes me crazy…


Added by Jill Nesbitt on November 1, 2013 at 10:59am — No Comments

So, What Does Accelerated Depreciation Really Mean?

So, what does accelerated depreciation really mean?

As a business owner, there is no doubt about it…you have plenty to worry about. From making sure that your business is running smoothly, all your supplies are ordered, the day to day operations run without fail and, of course, the filing of your yearly taxes. Did you know that by using …


Added by Jeff Hobbs on October 30, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Dental Office takes Accelerated Depreciation using Cost Segregation

Dental Office takes Accelerated Depreciation using Cost Segregation!

Dr. Brian Dorman, DMD, recently came to us at Segregation Holding to inquire how a cost segregation study could benefit his dental practice. The Center for Oral & Facial Surgery located in Anthem, AZ…


Added by Jeff Hobbs on October 28, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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