• 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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  • The 6 Most Effective Principles for Dental Practice Management

    Wednesday, January 18, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Articles

Oct
21

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 […]

file insurance claims
Oct
7

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 […]

Sep
16

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, […]

Sep
9

DICOM

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 […]

Aug
26

From Dentist to Small-Business Owner: Tips and Options

You learn how to fill cavities and keep teeth clean and healthy in dentistry school. What you don’t learn is how to raise capital and manage business debt. “That can make life after dentistry school challenging,” says Genaro Romo, who started his career in Chicago in the 1990s. He quickly realized that being a successful […]

Aug
19

3 Ways to Help Keep Your Dental Office Staff Happy

Happy staff, happy life? Quite possibly. Although there’s no guarantee that a happy staff leads to a happy dentist, you can be sure that a happy staff strengthens your practice. When your staff is unhappy, that unhappiness manifests itself in the form of turnover, which is something you don’t want to see with any level […]