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Many dental and periodontal offices, in an attempt to contain costs and to be environmentally responsible, opt for re-tipping their scalers and curettes. However, like anything else, do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
There are many disadvantages to re-tipping and the dental instrument manufacturing companies are quick to point them out. I must say they do have several valid points.
When an instrument is re-tipped…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 9, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments
We have talked about the sharpening aids built into the dental instrument sharpeners from New Edge Technologies. We’ve also discussed the importance of the set up position for the instrument’s face (see previous blog). Now, let us move to another important point, the sharpening stroke.
It’s one thing to position the sharpener so the sharpening stroke angle is proper; it’s another to keep it that way. The set up is easy. Align the…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on June 12, 2015 at 12:04pm — No Comments
HOW SMOOTH DO THEY NEED TO BE?
I often asked myself the question regarding root planing, “How smooth do they (the roots) need to be?” I’ve never had a good answer. I asked others the same question and their answers weren’t any better than mine.
I don’t remember ever reading a study that looked into this. There are hundreds of articles that espouse the need for smooth roots but they never answer the question of how smooth they need to be?
I have a few other questions I…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 12, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments
If you are interested in doubling the number of new patients you get in a month this will be the most important message you will ever read.
There is a bottleneck in your practice that is preventing people from becoming your patients. These people are actively looking for dental services. They are predisposed to accepting treatment plans. Yet, at the moment when it counts the most, they are unable to get an appointment with you.
Added by Dr. Gregory Hughes on May 11, 2015 at 5:11pm — No Comments
Sodium Dental has been repairing Kodak x-ray sensors for dentists and clinics all around the world for over 4 years now. Repairing several thousand Kodak sensors over the years has taught us that…Continue
Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on May 4, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments
In my last blog I made the case for simplifying your scaling and root planing set-ups by keeping the number of hand instruments you use to a minimum. The minimum number of instruments to use is a personal choice. Some of you may feel you can’t get by with fewer than six or seven instruments while others may be able to get the job done with as few as two or three. Obviously, I’m not advocating compromising quality of care. I am advocating the…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 1, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments
My career as a periodontist spanned many years. I was involved in education for a time and was director of a hospital based residency program for two years. I was in private practice for over 30 years. I was surprised to learn that today the average dental practice spends $50,000/yr. on supplies, including hand instruments. This is according to an ADA survey done…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 28, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Dental assisting is a wide open gateway into the medical profession. A dental assistant has the opportunity to work with different clients every single day – from the elderly to little first graders. They can even pursue further professional opportunities like dental hygiene or practical nursing.
The job outlook for dental assistants for the next few years is…Continue
I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of keeping your scalers and curettes sharp. So, how do we know when they’re sharp? Well, it’s very easy and doesn’t require anything more than a good light source. The best light source to use is within arms reach, your operatory light. You can get rid of your acrylic test sticks which don’t really work very well anyway. You simply don’t need them.
Take a look at a drawing of a sharp dental instrument…Continue
Let’s face it, lots has changed in marketing over the past 15 years. In 2000 the internet was still new and people were just starting to realize what it meant to “be on the web”. Now most of our patients are connected and have 24 hour access through smart phones. This has changed how people use and gather information, and how they make their purchasing decisions. The new frontier of marketing needs to consider this new consumer behavior. The days of buying a yellow page ad, open a clinic,…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on April 2, 2015 at 8:26pm — No Comments
Whenever I ask a group “who likes to sharpen instruments?” no one raises a hand. I doubt that surprises you. When I then ask “who likes to scale and root plane with sharp instruments?” all hands go up. I fully agree with both answers.
I have gone so far as to say sharpening can be enjoyable. I said that in a blog no so long ago and got a response (I suspect sarcastic) “yea right”. What I really meant to say was using…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on March 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
When was the last time you made a reservation for dinner or a hotel? Did you call the establishment directly? Did you use an online service like OpenTable or Travelocity? People are increasingly looking to get 24 hour access to your schedule and want to book their appointment even when your office is closed. Chances are they’ll keep looking until…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on March 26, 2015 at 11:28pm — No Comments
Living in Southern California has its advantages. One of them is that I’m close to the California Dental Association’s (CDA) bi-annual meetings. The CDA holds two meeting each year. Like every state’s association meetings, these are always great events to refresh, reconnect, and for me, a great way to see what’s new. Last year at the CDA they had almost 100 new products or companies showing for the first time at the CDA meeting in San Francisco. This year at the Anaheim meeting they show 75…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on March 23, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
Info: This checklist addresses the basics that a dental office manager should maintain and accomplish on a daily basis.Continue
Added by Cambridge Dental Consultants on March 11, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
When you hear the term 'paperless dental office' you may literally imagine an office void of paper charts. But the beauty of the paperless office is obviously more than just the absence of clutter. A true paperless system changes the actual workflow of your office. Imagine a world where data is only touched once. Errors are caught and corrected once. Patient information is available from anywhere at any time! Imagine anyone in your office instantly having access to the information, images,…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on March 6, 2015 at 7:58pm — No Comments
Brands evoke feelings in the minds of consumers. If I say tab32, I hope you think of free cloud based dental software. When done right, this brand loyalty causes customers to choose you over the competition. A good brand identity will tell your customers who you are, what you do, and how you do it. Loyalty will make people drive farther, pay more, wait longer, tell others about your services. How do you communicate your brand…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on February 20, 2015 at 3:59pm — No Comments
If you are considering free software the first thing you'll want to know is "is it worth the price". In the latest interview we review common question regarding tab32 free dental software so you can see if it may be right for you and your practice.
Added by Joseph Aquilina on February 16, 2015 at 6:27pm — No Comments
Cloud based dental software is all the rage these days due to its efficiency, safety and low cost. Aiming to help improve communication within the busy practice, AllProWebTools combines multiple business management tools into…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on February 9, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments
In today's connected world, most web businesses have been advertising online for a while. But did you know that local bricks-and-mortar businesses should also be advertising online? This includes many service professionals. As a matter of fact, many dental professionals have taken advantage of the internet as a platform for them to do marketing.
You may be wondering..."How do I advertise online to an international audience…Continue
The "Paid Holiday" policy I recommend you include in your general policy dental office manual is as follows:
Our dental practice provides paid time off on…Continue