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  • Volume 113, Issue 9 (September 2023)

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    For a healthy, successful dental practice, it's important to express gratitude and celebrate staff wins.

    Stress levels through the roof at your dental practice? Take time to celebrate the wins

    Sept. 28, 2023
    A busy dental practice can be pretty stressful, and when the staff is stressed, patient anxiety is soon to follow. One way to destress is to take time to celebrate the everyday...
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    Are you familiar with these dental practice purchase offer deal terms?

    Practice Sales Today: These lesser-known deal terms make all the difference

    Are you familiar with potential trapdoors often hiding in letters of intent? Here are a few to learn and look out for.
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    Science & Tech

    Top 5 mistakes with intraoral scanning

    An intraoral scanner produces scans that are only as good as the operator. Many mistakes are preventable. Here are some tips from a lab expert to help you get the most accurate...
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    Financial Metrics Dentistry

    5 crisis-proof metrics to improve the resilience and solvency of your dental practice

    Sept. 26, 2023
    How do you shore up your practice for prosperity through bull and bear markets? Concentrate on these five metrics.
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    To take excellent care of patients, take care of yourself.

    Dental office managers, take time for self-care

    Office managers excel at taking care of others, but it's easy to forget to take time for self-care.

    More content from Volume 113, Issue 9 (September 2023)

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    Celebrate your dental office manager in September!

    Celebrate your #AwesomeOM this September!

    Sept. 25, 2023
    September is Office Manager Appreciation Month! CareCredit and AADOM are teaming up to provide plenty of ideas for celebrating the #AwesomeOM in your office.
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    A bright idea for improving the dental patient referral process

    Sept. 25, 2023
    Learn how Bright Referral’s Bright Card connects more patients with their dental specialists.
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    Dental Coding

    7 CDT codes you may be using incorrectly (or not using enough)

    Everyone wants to be paid what they've earned. But incorrect coding, as well as a few other practice missteps, can undercut your income. Check out these tips to increase your ...
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    Tracking marketing metrics can be daunting, but it's possible for dentists to simplify the process.

    Dental practice marketing metrics to know about, and why

    Sept. 25, 2023
    "You can't schedule patients who don't contact you." Marketing metrics can be daunting, but knowing why you need to, and focusing on a few key numbers, can simplify the process...
    Here is Michael visiting Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. One of his favorite hobbies is sitting back and watching a baseball game. One of his goals in life is to tour or watch a game in every baseball stadium across the country. Currently he has visited 15 out of 30 stadiums.

    Dental Economics Advisory Board profile: Michael Ray Johnston II, BASDH, RDH

    Sept. 24, 2023
    Our editorial board helps us provide the latest and greatest information to our readers. Here, we visit with Michael Ray Johnston II, BASDH, RDH.
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    EBIT and EBITDA are two methods that can help you measure dental practice profitability in different ways.

    EBIT and EBITDA: Business profitability and value

    Continuing these authors' series on dental practice accounting, here are two methods that can help you measure profitability in different ways, so you can focus on making your...
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    Dental Treatment Patient

    Are you prepared when your patient says yes to treatment?

    Sept. 22, 2023
    When your patient accepts your dental treatment plan, do they really understand what’s involved? Here are some things to consider as you work to get you and your patient prepared...
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    Science & Tech

    How to make a lifetime crown

    You’ve likely placed crowns that have lasted for decades, while others failed prematurely. Dr. Gordon Christensen offers his insight on how to get crowns to stand the test of ...
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    Download: The 2023 Dental Economics Fee and Staffing Survey

    Download the full data report from this year's survey on dental fees and dental staff salaries, including exclusive charts and data.
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    Antibiotic Prescribing Dentistry
    Science & Tech

    Antibiotics in dentistry: Think twice before prescribing

    The statistics on antibiotic resistance are startling, and dentistry needs to take them seriously. Here's what to know about the results of overprescribing, ADA guidelines on ...
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be a helpful adjunct for many dental conditions.
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    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the dental field

    Sept. 18, 2023
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be a helpful adjunct for many dental conditions, as increased oxygen saturation helps accelerate the healing process, reduces inflammation, and promotes...
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    Pearls for Your Practice: Transcend Universal Composite by Ultradent

    One dental product trend over the last few years has been universal single-shade composites. Learn how Ultradent is doing it a bit differently with Transcend Universal Composite...
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    Dental Patient Follow Up Change

    The no follow-up protocol: A procedure shift that can change your dental practice's bottom line

    "They'll call when they need us": Changing their follow-up protocol was a radical shift for this dental practice, but one they're happy with now. Here's what they did, and how...
    Financial Conversations Dental Patients

    How to develop reliable financial presentations for your dental patients

    Sept. 15, 2023
    Do your dental patients understand their financial obligation? To be sure, get all team members on the same page by developing clear standard operating procedures (SOPs).
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    Follow these 6 dental practice KPIs for better systems and success

    6 dental practice KPIs to measure success and streamline systems

    Preparation for following dental practice KPIs may take some time initially, but the streamlined systems that will fall into place will be very worth it.
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    Invisible Dental Service Organizations

    Why dentists partner with invisible dental support organizations

    Here are some recent examples of dentists who joined IDSOs, why they chose to join them, and what happened when they did.
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    Pearls for Your Practice: V-Print Splint by Voco

    Having a great material for printing splints is a must if you’re looking into 3D printing, and V-Print splint by Voco is a great choice.
    Go Lean In Dental Practice

    Go lean: Principles for ensuring dental practice compliance

    Sept. 12, 2023
    Everyone is working with less, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. By adopting a "lean" mindset, your practice will have systems in place for compliance.
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    Pearls for Your Practice: Akro-Flex Composite Instrument by HuFriedyGroup

    Restorative dentists need good composite instruments, yet most make do with whatever they’ve had for years. The Akro-Flex Composite Instrument is a great place to start upgrading...
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    Firing Dental Patients

    How to hire good dental patients

    Sept. 8, 2023
    You wouldn't hire someone who was an obvious misfit for your practice culture. You also don't have to retain patients who go against everything you represent.
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    Temp Based Dental Apps
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    Dental staffing apps: HR considerations of a growing staffing shortage solution

    Sept. 8, 2023
    The staffing shortages have led enterprising companies to come up with hiring solutions, including app-based temp services. Here are the HR considerations that go along with that...