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Do's and don'ts for creating a happy work environment: Be a great doctor -- and a great leader
December 11, 2017 -- Every day you strive to provide great dental care, but as the practice leader, you are also responsible for helping to keep your team happy, enthusiastic, and inspired. Keep in mind that the way you lead your staff can have a tremendous positive or negative influence on the morale and performance of staff members, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
U.S. dental spending jumps 5% to $124B in 2016
December 8, 2017 -- Spending on dental and oral healthcare in the U.S. increased to more than $124 billion in 2016, up from $118.9 billion in 2015, according to a new study in Health Affairs. The 4.6% increase in spending outpaced the 4.3% overall healthcare spending increase.  Discuss
5 reasons production is down
December 8, 2017 -- It is December and you are probably looking at your practice's year-end numbers. If your production numbers are down, it can impact your bottom line and also your team's morale. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie has five reasons your production numbers might be lower and what you can do to improve them.  Discuss
Does perio treatment benefit cardiovascular disease patients?
December 7, 2017 -- Periodontal treatment is beneficial for patients with cardiovascular disease, right? Not so fast. A systematic review of high-quality research on the topic found scarce evidence that it could prevent cardiovascular disease recurrence and no proof of the therapy's effectiveness for primary prevention.  Discuss
5 questions patients ask about gum disease
December 6, 2017 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg receives questions from patients all over the world about gum disease. While patients' specific conditions vary, in general the conversations seem to revolve around these five questions. How do you address these patient questions?  Discuss
Perio treatment has hidden benefit for diabetes patients
December 6, 2017 -- Nonsurgical periodontal treatment may positively impact the lives of patients with diabetes, even when it does not directly improve diabetes indicators. The findings come from a new study investigating the effects of scaling and root planing on patients with type 2 diabetes.  Discuss
Tap water study shows higher blood lead, fewer caries in kids
December 5, 2017 -- U.S. children and adolescents who drank tap water had a higher prevalence of elevated blood lead levels but a much lower rate of dental caries than those who did not drink tap water, according to a new survey. The researchers suggest large parts of the U.S. population do not believe their drinking water is safe.  Discuss
Hold on: How your on-hold message affects your practice
December 5, 2017 -- You've probably talked with your team about not putting patients on hold when they call your office, but sometimes it is necessary to do so. But rather than considering this lost time to reach your patients, you can use hold time to your practice's advantage to boost profitability and customer service, according to Mark Williamson, CEO of an audio branding agency.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Failure to diagnose squamous cell carcinoma of the anterior mandibular region
December 4, 2017 -- A 45-year-old law-enforcement officer presented to an oral surgeon when his general dentist found a white lesion near a recent lower incisor extraction. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler discuss in their latest Legal Cases column, this patient's treatment and case are a reminder that chart entries are crucial to patient care and for legal documentation.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice finances: Get a clearer idea of where you're headed
December 4, 2017 -- Did you have a good fiscal year? Remember, you're the CEO of your practice, so it's up to you to know how your practice is progressing toward its profitability goals. If your financial picture is unclear, now's the time to bring everything into focus, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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