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    If Your Hygienists Aren’t Doing This, You’re Cheating Your Practice and Patients

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    Ok. I am going to make a bold statement. Well, it’s not really that bold. My hygienists are the lifeblood of my general practice. I use the term ‘general’ practice very intentionally in that statement. I don’t have exact stats, but my guess would be that 75% of my general dental practice care is driven through the […]

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    Culture is What You Walk Past

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

    I generally try to avoid politically-motivated topics in this Food for Thought series. Even though it has been particularly difficult to resist this election season, this month’s topic is more inspired by a news story than the current political climate and should be viewed as such. We have all heard, or heard of, the lewd comments that […]

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    Getting More Reviews

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

      I’ve heard over and over again how important reviews are to a practice. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks one day. I was visiting another city and was looking for a great place to eat. And of course it had to be a Thai restaurant. How did I decide where to […]

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  • Cloud Technology in your Modern Practice

    Charts in the Cloud, who owns the data?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    When we buy a paper book or a DVD video what we are really doing is assuring access to that “content” whenever we want. If we want to read it or view it we just go to the shelf and get it. But if we can just go to the Internet and get it streamed […]

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    Moving to the Right – Your Dental Journey

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    I got a day off today and I sat down and thought about how I’ve ‘reinvented’ myself many times over the past 15 years. Whether it’s as a dental educator or as a practicing dentist.These days when I speak it’s not so much about clinical techniques, but more about your journey. We go through 3 […]

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    New Healthcare Domains

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    The new healthcare domains are significantly more expensive than the usual .com domains. Around $65 as opposed to $10 or less for most .com names. ….. Check to see if your domain is available with our Domain Name Search tool. Source: Domain Name Registration | Domain Name Search | NetworkSolutions.com At this time people think […]

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    Don’t sell donuts

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Quality of revenue is achieved by brand positioning (what customers think of you), product positioning (what customers think of your product) and price positioning (what customers think of your value). You must actively and intentionally manage all three.

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    Data Driven Patient Satisfaction for your Practice

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Yes, I admit it – I LOVE DATA! In this article I will detail some real life examples from my group dental practice of how objective data can support best possible customer satisfaction. Customer service is more than a smile and the warm and fuzzies.Let’s start with asking what are the primary goals of your […]

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Stop the stress with these tips
Apr
19

Stop the Stress! 9 Tips for Increasing Work Happiness

Everyone deserves to love what they do and be happy at work. After all, we spend nearly half of our waking hours there! But life has a habit of stressing us out, and then work piles even more obligations onto our teetering pile of To-Dos, Must-Dos, and (eek!) Past-Dues. Sometimes it’s just difficult to feel alert and excited when we arrive at the office each morning.

hygiene-code
Apr
13

Hygiene Codes to Maximize Insurance Benefits

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 […]

cust-feedback-action
Mar
9

Leveraging the OODA Loop to Create Strategic Advantage

“You have 15 minutes to get your hand off my knee.” Many years ago, when I was much younger, my first girlfriend offered up this ultimatum on one of our first dates. I thought it was funny back then and it stuck with me, not just because of the humor, but rather because of what […]

educate-patient
Mar
2

Overcoming “I’ll Think About It”

We are living in a volatile economy to say the least. Uncertainty about healthcare, economic woes, the daily grind and other outside stressors are enough to discourage anyone as we try to run successful and productive dental practices. All this being said, it does not sway us in our belief that your patients can and will say yes to treatment. It is up to you to make it possible.

tech-mistakes
Feb
24

Technology Acquisition, Finance, and Training

Dentists are acquiring technology at unprecedented rates for a number of very good reasons.  Primary drivers are the rate advancement of technology itself, coupled with meaningful value that can be delivered relative to legacy technology. Larry Emmott makes the value of training crystal clear in his Ten Most Common Mistakes Dentists Make Using Technology. I […]

patient retention appreciation
Feb
17

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Patient Relations

Many private practice professionals will look to new marketing strategies to help expand their customer base. This is important, but it’s also important to consider how to retain patients you’ve already earned. Here are some tips to help you improve patient relations, and in turn, retention in 2016. Stay on Schedule According to Software Advice, […]