Do's and don'ts for patient interaction
January 11, 2021 -- When you first started your practice, you may have thought that dealing with patients would be easy. They're people too, right? Well, of course they are, but it's not that simple. Dealing with patients on a personal level takes the same amount of thought, time, and patience that you put into providing your clinical care, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Can you use dental drills safely during the pandemic?
January 8, 2021 -- Drilling at lower rotation speeds and eliminating the use of dental drills that use both air and water could significantly reduce the spray of aerosols, which may contain SARS-CoV-2, according to a study published on December 16 in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
How to respond when a patient refuses radiographs
January 8, 2021 -- Patients will often express a number of concerns about having radiographs taken. When you, as a dental professional, know how important they are to a patient's oral health, how do you respond when a patient declines them? Tameka Schley Lee, RDH, BSDH, goes through some common scenarios and offers advice on what wording could help break through any concerns.  Discuss
In Curve Hero, how do I discover outstanding accounts receivable per provider?
January 8, 2021 -- It's important to know where your business stands as you prepare for what is to come in 2021. Having reports at your fingertips is key, as is knowing where to find them. Tracey Thompson offers some tips and advice on how to access reports in the Curve Hero practice management software to help settle accounts receivable questions.  Discuss
Imaging helps identify man's flossing-induced heart disease
January 7, 2021 -- Imaging helped clinicians diagnose a man in Texas with a rare case of infective endocarditis thought to be caused by vigorous flossing, according to a case report published on December 18 in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.  Discuss
4 questions about the biggest dental industry shake-up of the new year
January 7, 2021 -- Plenty of shock waves went through the dental industry earlier this week when Dentsply Sirona announced it had entered the clear aligner market through the acquisition of Byte. What was behind the move and why was it the right time to do it? Don Casey, CEO of Dentsply Sirona, answered those questions and more.  Discuss
5 steps to build self-awareness and grow your practice
January 7, 2021 -- If your goal for 2021 is to build your dental practice, begin by becoming more self-aware, writes Dr. Robert Maguire. In this article, he takes readers through his own journey of self-awareness and the dividends it has paid him, personally and professionally.  Discuss
7 scenarios that could determine dentistry's direction in 2021
January 6, 2021 -- For most of us, 2020 was the most unusual year of our lifetimes, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. We faced an unpredictable pandemic, practice shutdowns, practice reopenings with extreme pent-up demand, lower patient volume, and a difficult economy. And to make matters worse, no one knows exactly when or how this will all end. So, what will 2021 bring? Let's look at some things that might clue us in as to what may happen.  Discuss
What can dentists expect as the COVID-19 pandemic continues?
January 6, 2021 -- As COVID-19 surges throughout the U.S., dentists may face rocky times in terms of expenses and patient volumes over the next few months, according to recent data from the ADA's Health Policy Institute.  Discuss
Examining your leadership style heading into 2021
January 6, 2021 -- During these challenging times, it may be proactive to evaluate your leadership style and ask yourself whether it is working, says Dr. James Anderson. Are you feeling confident about what you do? Have you been able to motivate and lead your team to keep your practice profitable and productive? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself as 2021 begins.  Discuss
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