Three Advantages of Becoming a Contracted Dental Provider

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Dec 28, 2016 10:28:57 AM

Opening your own dental practice is one of the hardest things you’ve ever done. Whether you took over an existing practice or you started from scratch, taking this leap took determination, grit, faith and a tenacity to succeed. And it requires that, because opening and maintaining a successful business is downright hard. Per the SBA Office of Advocacy, only 50 percent of businesses that are opened survive beyond five years. And after 10 years, the survival rate drops to one-third. But chances are, you already knew this before you started, and the fact that you opened your practice anyway is likely proof that you have what it takes to succeed.

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Topics: dental provider, becoming a contracted dental provider

Dentists Can Screen Young Patients for Childhood Obesity

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Dec 2, 2016 3:00:27 PM

To say that obesity is a serious issue that’s impacting children across this nation is an understatement. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the past 30 years, the incidence of childhood obesity among kids ages 6 to 11 years old has doubled; it has quadrupled in teens ages 12 to 19. In fact, per the CDC, one in six children and adolescents in the United States are obese.

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Topics: obesity in young patients

Are You Disability Accessible? Be a Disability-Friendly Dental Office

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Nov 21, 2016 10:43:45 AM

In 2014, the Census Bureau reported that mobility issues are the most common causes of disability in older Americans. When the last of the "Baby Boomers" ages out, a staggering 20 percent of our population will be over the age of sixty-five. This equates to, statistically, one in five patients.

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This Is Not a Drill: No-Drill Dentistry

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Nov 1, 2016 10:14:00 AM

The number is staggering, but nearly all American adults—about 91 percent between ages 20 and 64—have some level of tooth decay. And over a fourth of those cases go untreated. Somewhere between nine and 15 percent of adults avoid the dentist out of fear, perhaps of situations like having their teeth drilled.

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Dental and Vision Providers: The 3 Cs for Managing a HIPAA Breach

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Oct 27, 2016 3:50:28 PM

 

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Trick-or-Treat: What do you Give your Patients for Halloween Treats

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Oct 18, 2016 10:30:14 AM

It’s tricky to uphold your dental responsibilities when your patients are getting excited for all the Halloween candy they are going to get; it’s only natural to want to participate. So what do you give your patients for Halloween? We’ve compiled a list of fun options that stay away from unhealthy treats or potential allergies, while still maintaining the Halloween spirit:

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Topics: halloween dental care, halloween oral health,, trick or treat

Do’s and Don’ts for a High-Tech Dental Office

Posted by Denise Drew on Oct 13, 2016 10:30:00 AM

High-tech innovations are constantly changing the way you do business. To be successful in your practice, it’s important that you make continuous improvements in the services you provide to your patients, including upgrades to technology in your business.  

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Topics: Upgrades to Technology., High-tech Dental Office., High-tech News, Do's and Don'ts high-tech for dental office.

Will Contact Lenses Soon Dispense Medication?

Posted by Brooke Ellis on Oct 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Have your patients ever complained about the messiness of eye drops? Or, perhaps, admitted that they were missing doses here and there? Administration of eye medication could soon get a lot easier for patients, as researchers have developed a new type of contact lens that gradually delivers medicine to the eyes while they’re worn.

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Breaking Up (AKA Patient Dismissal): When and How You Should Do It?

Posted by Erica Laceria on Sep 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary… to dissolve" a dentist/patient relationship, remember that documentation is as important to your practice as the Declaration of Independence is to America. The key word here is dissolve. To dissolve a relationship is perfectly legal and, at times, necessary. However, to abandon is neither.

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Topics: provider tips, breaking up with your patient, patient dismissal

Smart Contact Lenses that Talk to Phones are on the Way!

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Sep 21, 2016 10:16:56 AM

Technological advancements keep changing the way we approach healthcare. Researchers are saying the next big thing to bring change to eye care are “smart” contact lenses. Your vision patients may have a new option to track diabetes and other health problems. Be prepared to walk them through what this means.

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Topics: provider, contacts, contact lenses, vision care, vision health

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