• 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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Employee Performance is not just about Results

Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing holiday and are back to an exciting start for 2016. For some of you this might also be the start of a fiscal year and you might be considering employee performance appraisals. This topic is a logical, structured way to approach performance appraisals. In appraising an […]


Dentist Marketing Ideas: New Way to Track ROI

As a consultant, one of the first things I normally do with a new client is to work with the front desk team to set up a system to track new patient referral sources. This often requires making sure the health history includes a question about referring, the front desk team asks new patients on […]


Walking with Socrates

“We need to improve our communication” — it’s a refrain we hear often in our line of work. Sound familiar? Does your company/department/team have this “communication thing” licked? Probably not. Of course, “improving communication” is a pretty diffuse phrase. It encompasses everything from “please use the ‘reply all’ function in Outlook judiciously” to “have the […]

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Obnoxiously Detailed Insurance Narratives

Your Secret Weapon…Obnoxiously Detailed Narratives You’ve experienced it before…the dreaded letter from a patient’s insurance company: We need more information, there is not enough evidence of need, please send us a diagnostic film (after you have initially sent one!). Several things are critical when submitting dental claims on behalf of your patient: Most patients are […]


Message from my mentor

Message from my mentor: One of the greatest influences in my professional experience was way back in the day, in the early 1990’s. At that time my 3 children were young, under the ages of 7, and my mental state was mostly a blur. My husband and I had purchased a dental practice in Raleigh/Durham, […]



DICOM stands for Digital Image Communication in Medicine. It is an international standard for digital radiography that covers everything from hospital CAT Scans to dental periapicals. It is the DICOM standard that assures the reliable transfer of images from one system to another. The DICOM standard also calls for the transfer of essential data along […]