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The Rise of DIY Dentistry: Three Horrifying Trends in Self Treatment

Posted by Candace McAfee on Mar 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM

As a dentist, you know your role in some people’s lives is the stuff of nightmares. Over a million Americans suffer from odontophobia, a fear of the dentist, and more than half avoid dental care because of it. In previous decades, people who had a fear of dental work or simply didn’t have access to care would resort to home remedies to curb their pain, such as using clove oil to soothe an achy tooth. Occasionally, people would attempt tooth extractions in extreme circumstances. These days, what was once a “case by case” issue has become a widespread phenomenon, largely due to the broad reach of the internet. Searching Google or YouTube for “DIY Dentist” yields literally thousands of articles, websites and videos all promising to help users “fix” their teeth without the aid of a dentist. The trend seems to have initially risen to popularity overseas in Great Britain, however more and more Americans are resorting to these risky methods. Here are three popular, but dangerous, DIY dentistry trends:

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Topics: trends, DIY Dentistry, do it yourself, fear of the dentist

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Hot New Dental Technology for 2016

Posted by Candace McAfee on Mar 5, 2016 12:06:00 PM

While new technology can be costly, there is no denying that its impact on patient retention is a positive. Whether a piece of tech saves you time, increases the comfort level of odontophobic patients or yields the best results compared to traditional methods, investing in some of the following devices and tools can lead to big business in the long run!

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Topics: dental technology, trends, 2016

Ethics and Trust: What Dentists Should Be Telling Their Patients

Posted by Candace McAfee on Feb 29, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Being an ethical dentist is not only the right thing to do; in the long run, it is also the most lucrative thing to do! Patients are more likely to return to your practice when they feel comfortable with and trust you and your staff. But, before you can ask a patient to trust you, you have to be trustWORTHY. Here are some tips on establishing trust with your patients and promoting excellent doctor-patient relationships.

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Topics: ethics, doctor-patient relationships, trust

Keep Them Coming Back for More: Five Tips to Improve Patient Retention

Posted by Candace McAfee on Feb 16, 2016 9:29:23 AM

The biggest challenge you may face as a dentist is patient retention. Although it is vital to the success of your practice and an important part of whole body health, many people dislike undergoing dental treatments and oral health often falls by the wayside.

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Topics: patient retention, Five tips on improving patient retention, doctor-patient relationships

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