• laser dentistry

    What Dental Lasers and Early Cavity Detection Can Mean for Your Practice

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    Many dentists have discovered the number of benefits of incorporating laser technology into procedure implementations and treatments. Lasers have been noted to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of procedures and can diminish the amount of time necessary for treatment and recovery. Whether it is used for shaping a patients gums after periodontal disease or whitening teeth, as time passes the uses of dental lasers in cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly evident and popular.

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  • Hygiene Codes to Maximize Insurance Benefits

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Picture this: your hygienist has a full day of patients. A couple of S/RPs, a couple of new patients, and some nice recalls. Ahh… it’s a beautiful thing. But wait! What’s that I see here? She hasn’t been using the correct CDT codes for her procedures. Oh no! Poor coding is about more than just […]

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  • The 6 Most Effective Principles for Dental Practice Management

    Sunday, October 1, 2017

    Can dentistry be a profitable profession? Ask practice owners that question, and many will nod their heads in agreement. Like any professional services firm, however, every successful dental office started from humble beginnings. Practice owners, at the beginning of their careers tend to stumble about running their dental offices, learning things along the way and […]

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  • Collecting Co-Pays and Deductibles

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Are your front desk personnel trained to collect patient co-payments and deductibles at time of service? Do they know the amount of receivables due from each patient and their insurance company? If not, your practice could be losing a significant amount of income. Studies show that collecting payment from patients at the time of service […]

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  • Is your office embezzle-proof? – Part 1

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    PART 1 – Recognizing Embezzlement Red Flags The Dental CFO You practice dentistry because you enjoy helping patients. At the same time, you went into business to make a profit. What happens when you discover that a trusted employee is stealing your profits? Think it cannot happen to you? Think again…no one is immune! In […]

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  • Growing a dental practice in a rural small community – Dr. Bryant Birch

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Are you living under the illusion that advanced dentistry is just a big-city thing? That your success is limited because you’re in a rural area? You’ll think again after hearing Dr. Bryant Birch’s story in today’s episode. The nation’s mentality is changing, and technology is being welcomed and expected. Listen to T-Bone’s conversation with Dr. […]

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  • Practice Technologist

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Times are changing fast and technology is the primary driver of change. You will Lose Your job to Technology, Unless… For years I skated around the worry that technology would take jobs away from dentists and dental staff. I can no longer make that claim. Your job in dentistry will go away or at least […]

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  • When Does Empowerment Become Entitlement?

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Do you sometimes feel that some of your employees exhibit a sense of entitlement? Have you questioned whether it’s you or them? Did you do something to cause it, or are they just inherently that way? Or do you just chalk it up to the nature of the current generation? All of these generalizations might […]

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  • Build a Stronger Dental Team with 5 Simple Steps

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    An efficient dental care team is theBaseball Team backbone of a successful clinic, improving its day-to-day operations as well as patient satisfaction. If your team works together smoothly, the benefits affect every aspect of your practice in a positive manner, thus reducing time and enhancing performance. If your team has any shortcomings with motivation, productivity […]

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  • Three things to keep in mind about your reputation

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    More wisdom from Seth Godin: Three things to keep in mind about your reputation Your reputation has as much impact on your life as what you actually do. Early assumptions about you are sticky and are difficult to change. The single best way to maintain your reputation is to do things you’re proud of. Gaming […]

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Articles

May
28

Are you an Intentional Leader? Linear or Non-Linear Thinker?

Are you a Linear or Non-Linear Thinker? Last article we discussed the value of specific and diffuse conversations. This article we examine a related topic of linear and non-linear thinking. Have you ever heard somebody comment that so-and-so is a “linear thinker?” Or, somebody might proudly say, “I am a non-linear thinker.” What do they […]

May
21

Trust but verify

“Trust but Verify” This phrase was a favorite saying of Ronald Reagan, made popular during his dealings with the Soviet Union. He was quoting Felix Dzerzhinsky, one of the architects of the Soviet Secret Police. Ronald Reagan was someone I found very trustworthy. Trust. Everyone wants to be trusted. Most of us begin the day expecting to […]

May
14

What Implant is That?

What Implant is That? A Web-based Reference for Implant Radiographic Identification Over the last 40 years, implants have been gaining popularity in dentistry, resulting in over a hundred types of implants in service. Each new manufacturer and design has certain characteristics that differentiate it from the competition. As prosthodontists, we are faced with a myriad […]

May
7

Do You Own Your Website?

Do you own your website? Be sure your office web site domain names are registered to you or your business. Sometimes web site providers will register the names to themselves. This is convenient for them but bad for the dentist. If the web provider owns the domain they have control. This can result in problems […]

Apr
30

What a Dentist Should Do When a Patient is Fearful

Fear and dentistry seem to go hand in hand.  Whether the fear comes from childhood experiences or is solely psychological, fear is a real thing that patients often bring with them to their appointments. Here’s what most dentists and their teams fail to remember: people have two biological, automatic reactions when dealing with fear, FLIGHT […]

Apr
23

Dental Mentoring Equals Dental Outreach

It seems to me that part of the continuing attempt to refresh and recharge our enjoyment of practice is the chance to be a mentor. In these times, there is an obvious decrease in the ability to sit back and enjoy the practice of dentistry and medicine. Interference from many sources, stress of compliance, making […]