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Photo of a team member: She knows that Oral cancer exams are important

Oral Cancer… Is your team educated on the fastest growing cancer in the US?

In North America someone dies every hour of everyday from Oral Cancer. Yet, according to the National Cancer Institute only 20% of the US population receive Oral Cancer exams. The ADA recommends Oral Cancer Screenings be performed annually on every patient over the age of 17. Although tobacco and alcohol use are still primary causes …

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Is your surface disinfectant safe and are you using it right?

Surface disinfectant: Hands down this is the least understood area in a dental office. Understand the proper steps to use from ventilation to PPE, each area contains risky outcomes. The labels change often and include vital information, such as the exposure time to kill viruses and bacteria. A recent survey showed that when clinicians were …

Image of calculator and math. What is your overhead?

Dental Office Overhead

The following overhead numbers are typical of a well managed Dental Practice: • Staff Salaries (including benefits and government required Payroll expenses) = 24-28% • Clinical Supplies = 6% • Lab Fees (all) = 7-8% • Rent or Lease payment = 4% • Equipment Leasing/Purchases = 2-3% • Office Supplies (includes postage and electronic billing …

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Top Mistakes Made By Dental Practice Owners

What are the top mistakes made my dental practice owners? 1- Under estimating the value of team communication   * Morning meetings or huddles are the most important communication of the day. This 10 to 15 minute meeting will set the tone for the day. The Doctor or Scheduling Coordinator should facilitate   Review the schedule …

Image of a smiling team member: The front desk is the face of your dental practice

The Face of Your Practice

Front Desk Team Members Whenever one thinks about the way a doctor’s office should be run, they should compare it to the parts of a body. If the doctors and medical staff are the hands, and the billing coordinator is the brain, then the front desk is undoubtedly the face. The front desk position is a vital aspect of any …

Image of a dental team. Do you give written notices to your patients?

Dental Negligence – Are you covering your tracks?

Written notification of Periodontal Disease is essential for every Dental Hygiene Program. Make sure your entire team understands that informed refusal is just as important as informed consent. The main function of informed consent is to protect the patient’s right to self-determination of whether or not to accept the treatment proposed. The dentist and hygienist …

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Large City or Small Town?

The vast majority of students coming out of dental school want to practice in large cities, while small town populations often struggle to find a dentist within a 30 minute drive.  For this reason, some states offer an incentive program to dentists who agree to practice in small towns. There are often programs in which student …

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Are you Risk Free?

As a Dental Practice Owner, do you ever wonder if you are “Really” in compliance? Are you ever afraid that someone from OSHA or the Radiation Compliance Inspector’s office will show up unexpectedly for an audit?  Or are you frightened that the Office of Civil Rights, (OCR from the Inspector General’s Office), will come in …

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A few of our strategies for ending the year on a good note and starting the next year off ahead of the game.

Where has the year gone? I cannot believe its November already. I want to share with you a few of our strategies for ending the year on a good note and starting the next year off ahead of the game. Set goals for 2014:   Production; Collections; Collection %; Hygiene; Specialty Procedures, etc. Review your fee …