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How to Improve Dental Practice Revenue and Profits

Carestack

Profitability is a crucial aspect of effective practice management. Healthy profits better enable a practice to provide cutting-edge services and convenience to their patients. But before we explore the various methods to increase profits, let’s establish how profits are calculated at a practice.

Dental Staffing Has Changed Forever. Here’s How to Stay Ahead.

3M

The post Dental Staffing Has Changed Forever. Here’s How to Stay Ahead. appeared first on 3M Dental Blog. Homepage Featured - NA North America (ONLY) Practice Management

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How to Retain Patients for Your Solo or Small Dental Practice

Planet DDS

Patients choose to stay with a dental practice for different reasons. As a solo or small practice, you want to stand out for the right reasons so you can retain happy and loyal patients. Let’s unpack the reasons why patients stay with a dental practice and why they might choose to leave.

Tips to Eliminate Staff Drama in Your Dental Office

Oral Health Group

As a dental practice owner, your primary focus will always be to provide patients the best dental service possible.

Dental Dose: Carbocaine's greatest strength is also its biggest weakness

Dr. Bicuspid

Dental Dose is back with the continuation of our series on local anesthetics. In this episode, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares what you need to know about mepivacaine -- often better known by the brand name Carbocaine.

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After dental school: Considerations for joining alternative types of practices

Dentistry Gone Digital

By Bruce Bryen, CPA, CVA. Before graduating from dental school, the dental student is inundated with information about joining dental practices from all over the country. It is, of course, in many ways, a life-altering decision.

What Is PAP and Is It A Safe Teeth Whitening Method?

Ask The Dentist

This episode is all about one of the most hyped-up topics in dentistry: whitening.

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Are you using throat packs? It may be time to reconsider

Dr. Bicuspid

Throat packs may not effectively prevent patients from ingesting blood during oral surgery or improve postprocedure nausea and vomiting, according to results from a randomized controlled trial published on August 6 in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Social Media For Dentists: Simple Steps To Finding New Patients

My Social Practice

Your practice’s dental social media presence is an integral part of how new and potential patients get to know you. Social media for dentists is a great way to spark a connection with them online. There’s a good chance they’ll be calling you later for an appointment!

Tooth Loss Associated With Increased Cognitive Decline

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

Researchers at New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing have found a connection between tooth loss and increased cognitive impairment.

Comparative Analysis of Biodentine, Calcium Hydroxide, and 2% Chlorhexidine with Resin-modified Glass Ionomer Cement as Indirect Pulp Capping Materials in Young Permanent Molars

Dental News and Technology

J Contemp Dent Pract. 2021 May 1;22(5):511-516. Abstract Aim and objective: This study was carried out to compare the effectiveness of biodentine, calcium hydroxide, and 2% chlorhexidine gluconate used along with resin-modified glass ionomer cement (RMGIC) as indirect pulp capping (IPC) materials in young permanent molars. Materials and methods: In this study, 54 patients were selected. Among these patients, 72 young permanent molars were selected randomly in which IPC was required.

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Case report: Split wedge overcomes restoration challenges

Dr. Bicuspid

A 70-year-old man presented with a failing direct composite on tooth #20 with recurrent caries on the gingival margin. In this case report, Dr. Matthew Burton, creator of the VursaWedge, describes how he used his wedge with existing tools to create a seamless gingival margin.

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4 Things to Remember in a Dental Emergency

Broomfield Dentists / MountainAire

People are never ready to endure a dental emergency, but if they happen to you or one of your loved ones, you will be glad that you took the time to learn the steps to take when it happens. What you do in the moments following a dental emergency could save your smile.

ADA Releases Document to Guide COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

Although the American Dental Association (ADA) stopped short of recommending a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for oral health professionals like the American Medical Association did for healthcare workers, the organization strongly recommends all dental providers get vaccinated.

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Effectiveness of Various Remineralizing Agents on White Spot Lesions after Orthodontic Treatment: A Comparative Study

Dental News and Technology

J Contemp Dent Pract. 2021 May 1;22(5):545-548. Abstract Aim and objective: To evaluate and compare the ability of three commercially available remineralizing agents on the surface microhardness (SMH) of enamel after induction of white spot lesions (WSLs) by demineralization. Materials and methods: About 80 sound mandibular human premolars that were later removed as a part of orthodontic treatment were employed in this research under the inclusion criteria.

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Dry mouth, altered taste, and lesions point to COVID-19

Dr. Bicuspid

More than 40% of patients with COVID-19 experienced dry mouth, according to a review published in the Journal of Dental Research that looked at the prevalence of oral symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Taste disorders and oral lesions were also common in infected patients.

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Foolproof Case Acceptance – In YOUR Practice!

Coaches Corner

Foolproof Case Acceptance – In YOUR Practice! Some time ago, Dr. Richard Madow developed a system in his practice that resulted in an extremely high case acceptance rate – without ever doing a treatment plan presentation!

How Do You Know if Your Dental Practice’s Marketing is Working?

Best Online Marketing Companies for Dentists

In our previous “Secrets of How the Top 10% Build Their Marketing Budget” article, the goal you want to strive for when building your marketing budget is an average of $100 per dental patient.

COVID-19 and Dentistry: An Updated Overview of Dental Perspectives and a Recommended Protocol for Dental Care and Emergency Dental Treatment

Dental News and Technology

J Contemp Dent Pract Actions Search in PubMed Search in NLM Catalog Add to Search. 2021 May 1;22(5):572-586. Abstract Aim and objective: This manuscript aims to provide an overview of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic from dental perspectives, and presents standards and guidelines of dental care provision based on available research in this field as well as clinical experience and practice.

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Want to implement flexible work schedules? Here's how

Dr. Bicuspid

Flexible work arrangements may be the answer to meeting dental practices challenges, including increased patient demand and employee absences due to COVID-19 infections or quarantines, according to advice published on August 9 in BDJ In Practice.

Death Rates May Be Lower in the Fourth COVID-19 Surge

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

While the easily transmissible Delta variant rages on throughout the world, there may be a silver lining. It seems that the death rates during this COVID-19 surge are significantly lower than in the previous three.

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Innovating and creating ‘big ideas’ as a dental student

ASDA Blog

Day in and day out, there are thousands of products and processes whose design and function go by unnoticed. This is usually a sign of good design. A poorly designed product raises questions about how it could be made better.

Esthetic mock-ups: a clinical study of reproducibility

Dental News and Technology

Int J Esthet Dent. 2021 Aug 17;16(3):310-323. Abstract The mock-up technique is a widely used clinical method to achieve successful esthetic and functional treatments. Several methods have been described to fabricate the mock-up, either directly in the mouth or indirectly using a silicone index or CAD/CAM options. The mock-up mainly serves as a guide during the preparation stage, but it is also a useful communication and validation tool.

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Reduce overhead, raise production to head off inflation

Dr. Bicuspid

The COVID-19 crisis narrowed profit margins. Now inflation is eating away at the value of each dollar, and dentist owners must monitor expenses and reign in any unnecessary outgo. One way to do that is to take a look at your overhead, writes Dr. James Anderson.

Study Finds Nitrous Oxide Increases Dental Anesthesia Success Rates

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

A study published in Anesthesia Progress comparing the effects of nitrous oxide/oxygen and room air/oxygen on inferior alveolar nerve block (IANB) injection pain and mandibular pulpal anesthesia success rates found that administering nitrous oxide reduced injection pain.

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Practice Builder: Can New Patients Find Your Dental Practice Online?

Planet DDS

“Signs…signs…everywhere signs…”. Signage (among other trends) was once the if-you-build-it-they-will-come patient attraction strategy. But now it’s more a question of, “can new dental patients find your dental practice online?”. The online space is today’s storefront – signage and all!

What do you call the side effect of too much fluorine?

3M

The post What do you call the side effect of too much fluorine? appeared first on 3M Dental Blog. EMEA (ONLY) Why Science Matters Brain Of The Week

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Technology Focus: Hands on with the Medit i700 scanner

Dr. Bicuspid

In this Technology Focus interview, the team at Medit give us a hands-on, "live" look at the new i700 intraoral scanner. They also talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic may prove to be a turning point for digital dentistry.

Texas Asks Hospitals to Halt Elective Procedures as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has asked the state’s hospitals to put elective procedures on hold while the state deals with skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases. The governor’s request was sent to the Texas Hospital Association in an effort to conserve hospital beds for patients with SARS-CoV-2.

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A Routine Dental Procedure Saves This MLB Standout's Broken Tooth

North Suburban Endodontics

During this year's baseball spring training, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton got into a row with a steak dinner—and the beefsteak got the better of it. During his meal, the Gold Glove winner cracked a tooth. Fortunately, he didn't lose it.

Does Your Curing Light Pass the Test?

3M

The post Does Your Curing Light Pass the Test? appeared first on 3M Dental Blog. EMEA (ONLY) Homepage Featured - EMEA Productivity & Profitability Tips & Tricks BlueLight Analytics Direct Restorations

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Don't let 'fuzzy thinking' put dental patients at risk

Dr. Bicuspid

Are you practicing while under the influence of "fuzzy thinking" -- basing dental treatment decisions on opinions rather than facts? Clinicians who do so may be putting patients at risk, according to a perspective published August 8 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Do Clear Masks Improve Patient Experience?

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

A study found that surgeons who wore clear masks so their mouths could be seen received higher ratings from patients than surgeons wearing traditional masks. Surgeons with clear masks were found to be more empathetic and trustworthy, as well as better at patient education.

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Social Media For Dentists Idea: Whiten Smiles For Charity

My Social Practice

For the past several years, My Social Practice has been honored to partner with the Crown Council in promoting Smiles For Life — raising money for kids in need in communities all around the world. Now it’s easier than ever for your practice to get involved!

Steve Thorne of Pacific Dental Services Discusses the Future of Dentistry

Go Ask Fred

Fred interviews Steve Thorne, founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Services. It’s a lively conversation on incorporating technology, the new generation of dentists, the dental plan crisis, and where dentistry is going.

Psychosomatic syndrome can lead to unneeded dental procedures

Dr. Bicuspid

Phantom bite syndrome -- a psychosomatic condition in which patients are preoccupied with dental occlusion -- can result in unnecessary dental procedures and even lead to new or worse dental problems. Frontiers in Psychiatry published a case report of three women with the condition.

Study Shows Elevated MI and Stroke Risk Among Those With COVID-19

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

New research out of Sweden demonstrates that patients with COVID-19 face an increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke.

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