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August 30, 2016 News Dental industryOffice ManagementPractice management

Top 10 Ways to Ensure Your Practice Thrives

by Oral Health

As summer is nearing an end, now is the time of year to ask the following question about your year over year status.  Are you on a decline that won’t seem to stop?  Is the practice surviving with a flat-line plateau

August 29, 2016 News BlogsDental industryTrends in Dentistry

Create a Dental Blog to Increase Your Site Viewership

by Oral Health

The demand for dental treatments is rising with an increasingly aging population, but the competition is also growing at a similar pace. In an Internet and mobile centric world, marketing has become affordable, accessible and more effective for an average

June 28, 2016 News Dental industryGeneral DentistryMedical newsTreatment planning

Antibiotic Use in Dentistry Is Growing!

by Kahaliah Richards

A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that dentistry’s share of antibiotic use in healthcare has grown significantly. In 1996, dentistry accounted for 6.7% of antibiotic use. By 2013, its share was 11.3%. This results

June 21, 2016 News BlogsDental CareDental industryGeneral NewsMarketing strategiesOffice ManagementPatient ManagementPublic Relations - Patient Care

Reducing Cancellations & No Shows

by Kahaliah Richards

DOWNTIME: What happens when patients cancel or just fail to show up? This is especially a problem in hygiene (which patients often skip because, after all to them, “It’s just a cleaning”), but it affects the whole practice. Think of

April 26, 2016 News Dental CareDental HygieneDental industryGeneral DentistryHygienistsMedical newsPreventive Dentistry

Mid-level dental providers — affordable, accessible dental care for an aging, high risk community

by Kahaliah Richards

Dental hygienists and therapists have been empowered by legislators in Canada, the UK and increasingly in the US to deliver dental services outside of the dental practice.  There has been a boom in independent hygiene and this will only grow

April 7, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseCommunity Dental CareDental CareDental industryGeneral NewsOverall HealthPatient ManagementPreventive DentistryPublic Relations - Patient Care

Where is dentistry going? A chain of prevention practices.

by Kahaliah Richards

Three news items crossed my desk in the past month. All seem to point to a future for dentistry which features more specialization around managing the cause of poor oral health. One news item was a video interview with a

March 30, 2016 News Dental BenefitsDental CareDental ClaimsMedical newsOverall Health

The Next Approach to Dental Benefits

by Kahaliah Richards

Imagine if you shopped at Walmart and there was only one size of sweater, one variety of milk, or when you went to buy cereal, all it carried was Corn Flakes.And you grumbled to yourself that you would like some

March 29, 2016 News Dental CareDental industryGeneral DentistryPatient educationPatient ManagementPractice managementPublic Relations - Patient Care

The Patient Magic Ratio.. Part One

by Kahaliah Richards

The key to improving patient satisfaction…… People are porous. They tend to absorb and reflect the atmosphere and motions around them. According to Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, we experience approximately 20,000 individual moments in a waking day. Each moment

March 17, 2016 News Dental industry

Thrive in the New Normal of Dentistry

by Kahaliah Richards

What new challenges are you willing to face every day to ensure continued growth and prosperity for your business? Who are the key players on the team that determine the success of your day? These are all unconscious questions that you

February 11, 2016 News Dental industryGeneral DentistryHealth screenings

High Caries Risk and Dental X-rays

by Kahaliah Richards

Last month, I posted a blog entitled “How often for dental x-rays?” The thrust of the blog was a new study which showed that visual inspection of the teeth by the dentist was as accurate a method of determining caries

February 10, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseDental industryInsuranceOverall HealthWellness

Giving Back is the New Normal in Dentistry

by Kahaliah Richards

The easiest and most effective way to highlight your commitment to oral health… Last week, we discussed that the future growth of the hygiene department is based on the foundational truth that oral health is the gateway to overall body

February 8, 2016 News Community Dental CareDental CareDental industryGeneral DentistryTreatment Plan

The Silent Issue of Dental Affordability

by Kahaliah Richards

One silent issue in the dental industry is affordability. Surgical care is so expensive that it has restricted dental visits over the past few years and, in turn, driven down dental incomes by more than 20% since the start of

February 2, 2016 News Dental HygieneDental industryPreventive Dentistry

The Evolution of The Hygiene Department

by Kahaliah Richards

Dental hygiene has changed dramatically from a serious shortage of hygienists leading to high wages and a lack of choice for dentists to choose. Today, there is a vast over-supply; competition between job candidates and existing high-wage hygienists must earn

January 12, 2016 News Chronic dental care for the elderlyChronic DiseaseDental industryGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall Health

$45 Per Month

by Kahaliah Richards

As of 2015, for the first time, Canada has more people over the age of 65 than under 15. The age group that now encompasses the boomer generation – 50 to 69 – makes up 27 per cent of the

January 6, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareDental HygieneDental industryGeneral DentistryMedical newsPatient Management

Dental Care for Your Mom

by Kahaliah Richards

Two new studies involving older people, show that the following chronic diseases significantly increase the odds of dental decay: cardiovascular disease, rheumatic disease, mood disorders and eating disorders. The connection between diseases, is four or more medications taken regularly; this

December 17, 2015 News Dental industryFinances

Boomer debt and visits to the dentist

by Kahaliah Richards

Each day in North America, about 11,000 Baby Boomers retire. Most have no dental plan, most are taking more than 3 medications daily for chronic diseases and thereby are experiencing dry mouth, and most have all of their teeth with

December 3, 2015 News Dental industryGum DiseaseMedical newsOverall HealthPeriodontology

The linkages between the heart and the mouth grow stronger — so what?

by Kahaliah Richards

A new study of the contribution of the periodontal microbe, P. gingivalis, to inflammation of heart tissue is just one more step to justifying closer integration of dental services with medical services. The study reports certain byproducts of P. gingivalis

November 24, 2015 News Dental CareDental industryEmbezzlementFraudGeneral NewsMedical newsOffice ManagementTheft in the dental office

8 Things Dentists Misunderstand About Embezzlement

by Kahaliah Richards

Could it happen in your practice? A common topic for our speakers is what dentists misunderstand about embezzlement. Here is our list: MYTH #1 — Embezzlers only steal cash, and it is difficult for thieves to monetize other forms of

November 19, 2015 News Dental CareDental industryGeneral DentistryMedical newsPatient educationPublic Relations - Patient Care

Bigger Patients — Bigger Problems

by Kahaliah Richards

“People today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.” This was a disturbing conclusion of a recent study of American adults, which has also been

November 11, 2015 News Dental CareDental industryGeneral NewsPreventive Dentistry

Safety concerns in dentistry?

by Kahaliah Richards

Two reports crossed my desk recently, which raised some possible serious concerns about how we go about delivering dental care. First, a report suggests that anaesthetics are linked to permanent tooth failure in younger patients.  The study authors concluded that