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Finding the real causes of our patient's problems
October 11, 2017 -- If your patient told you he or she had heartburn and took an antacid to treat it, that would be easy, wouldn't it? Most of the time, the heartburn might go away in an hour. Problem solved. But as periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes, while sometimes it is easy to make an immediate problem better, determining the real cause can be more difficult.  Discuss
6 ways to get your practice into a New York state of mind
October 11, 2017 -- If you could pick one word to describe New York City residents, what would you choose? Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier chooses the word "intentional," as in they move quickly and efficiently. He offers six tips to bring this energy and efficiency to your practice.  Discuss
Carious tissue removal strategies get an update
October 10, 2017 -- The best strategies for carious tissue removal have changed, but are you up-to-date on the latest clinical recommendations? Dentists should focus on improved treatment outcomes tailored to the tooth type and lesion depth, according to the author of a new review article.  Discuss
Does your patient financial engagement strategy need help?
October 9, 2017 -- As a practice owner, you probably look at your accounts receivable report every month and wonder what you can do to improve that number. Cynthia Klacking of Corral Solutions shares steps you can take to improve your financial engagement strategy with patients and make it easier for them to pay you.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for community marketing: Know your neighborhood
October 9, 2017 -- Your dental practice is an integral part of the community. What are you doing to get more involved? By actively participating in your community, you strengthen your patients' relationship to your practice and make new connections with potential patients, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Infographic: U.S. dental spending nears $120B
October 6, 2017 -- The amount the U.S. spends on dental healthcare continues to rise, according to new data from the California Health Care Foundation. Americans spent about $118 billion on dental services in 2015, up from $113 billion the previous year.  Discuss
Do your finances need a fall cleaning?
October 5, 2017 -- Autumn brings more than pumpkin-flavored beverages and colorful leaves, writes financial planner John G. McCarthy III. It also brings the opportunity for you to take a look at how your practice and your investments are performing and to make any adjustments, so you not only end the year positively but also prepare yourself for the next season -- tax season.  Discuss
CDHA adds benefits, members since nixing ADHA affiliation
October 4, 2017 -- The California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) claims it has increased membership since ending its 90-year affiliation with the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) in 2016.  Discuss
Flooding impact: A look at Hurricane Harvey's effect on Texas practices
October 4, 2017 -- The immediate human and economic effects of Hurricane Harvey's historic wind and water damage were visible to all. Rescue and relief efforts began immediately in hopes of helping the people and businesses in affected areas of Texas begin to recover. While we cannot put a price on the human impact, what financial effect does a natural disaster have on dental practices? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software found a significant drop in both production and collections.  Discuss
Glass ionomer cement not ideal for wedge-shaped defects
October 3, 2017 -- Restoring a wedge-shaped defect? You may not want to use glass ionomer cement. A new study found that the cement was not as clinically effective as similar restorative materials for these particular lesions.  Discuss
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