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May 7, 2019 Feature CharityCommunity Dental CareDentistryEndodonticsOral Health

8 Days – 8 Communities – 8 Clinics – 4,500 Patients, A typical Bridge To Health Brigade

by Ira Sankiewicz, DDS, BSc; Tina Papacosmas, RRDH

Bridge to Health was founded in 2012 by six passionate health care professionals brought together by a common desire to provide health care to those in tremendous need. In 2013, Bridge to Health set out with their first team and

March 19, 2018 News BlogsCommunity Dental Care

How Community Involvement Grows Your Dental Practice

by Jackson Hadley, My Social Practice

Being a truly great dental practice isn’t just about treating patients — it’s about creating a business that uplifts the lives of all around it. Finding meaningful ways to serve in your community will help you build a practice that

July 11, 2016 News Community Dental CareCommunity outreachConnectivityGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsManagementOffice ManagementPatient educationPatient ManagementPractice managementPublic Relations - Patient CareSocial mediaSocial networkingWebsites

Addressing Changing Patient Preferences & Expectations

by Kahaliah Richards

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June 21, 2016 News Community Dental CareCommunity outreachDental CareGeneral NewsPublic Relations - Patient CareSocial mediaSocial NetworkingSocial networkingWebsites

Have You Aligned Your Dental Website with Facebook?

by Kahaliah Richards

The sustained popularity of Facebook as the leading social media network can be effectively leveraged to promote your dental website. In a highly competitive online environment, you need more than just website promotion and internal SEO to reach your target

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 22, 2016 News Community Dental CareDental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral News

Uber’s Message for Dental Care

by Kahaliah Richards

The March 3, 2016 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine has a provocative article called “Uber’s message for healthcare”. The thrust of this article is summarized below by the Kaiser Foundation: “Unreliable service, inconvenience, uncomfortable surroundings, and high

February 23, 2016 News Community Dental CareDental CareGeneral Dentistry

Smarter shopping for dental care — does it really happen?

by Kahaliah Richards

A new report shows that more user-pay has little influence on comparison shopping for medical care.  Even with “skin in the game” via high-deductible health plans, Americans did not normally seek out cheaper medical services.Instead, they simply avoided shopping for

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

December 8, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental practice transitionGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsPatient Management

Do Your Patients Own Their Oral Health?

by Kahaliah Richards

Help patients say “yes” to the treatment they need…. How would it be if all our patients accepted our treatment recommendations without having to be pressured, without stress or rejection? Why do dental patients reject appropriate treatment? 85% of case

October 14, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental CareGeneral NewsManagementOverall HealthPatient ManagementPublic Relations - Patient Care

The New Patient Call

by Kahaliah Richards

Turning inquiries into appointments.. Dental  administration team members are truly the “Directors of the First Impression” for new patients, and they have approximately 17 seconds to “make it or break it.” Many new patient phone calls start with the patient

September 23, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental CareDental industryGeneral DentistryGum Disease

Getting ready for the grey hairs

by Kahaliah Richards

“British Columbia’s population now has 31 people 65 years old or over for every 100 working-age persons. In a decade, the ratio will be 41 to 100. Ten years later, in 2035, the ratio will be 48 to 100, according

August 13, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental CareDental industryGeneral NewsTooth decayWellness

Floss or Brush First?

by Kahaliah Richards

Essentially, we don’t know which hygiene procedure should be done first, nor for that matter, whether flossing has any preventive effect on dental decay. Read this quick review by the New York Times about the limited evidence to support flossing.

July 23, 2015 News Community Dental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall Health

The BIG issue: Affordability

by Kahaliah Richards

A recent survey of American adults found that 1 in 4 did not purchase needed dental care last year, because they couldn’t afford this service. Dentistry was, amongst all healthcare services, the least affordable (see chart).   And this was

July 14, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental CareGeneral NewsOverall HealthWellness

Presciption for us ALL!!

by Kahaliah Richards

This may be habit forming … I have to share the prescription I received last week from my medical doctor upon completion of my annual physical examination. My doctor stated that he was going prescribe a rare and unique script

April 21, 2015 News Community Dental CareCommunity outreachDental industryGeneral DentistryGeneral News

A new pitch to your community?

by Kahaliah Richards

Are we beginning to see a change in how dentistry is pitching itself to the community? Perhaps, if this ad in a local newspaper is indicative. The ad says a lot and very little. “Complete health dentistry” is a new

April 1, 2015 News Community Dental CareDental CareGeneral DentistryPatient Management

How loyal are patients to their dentist?

by Kahaliah Richards

In the US, there has been a surprising level of shopping and switching health care insurance plans during this second season of renewals under Obamacare. Almost 1 in 3 changed plans on the public website for health care insurance (HealthCare.gov).

March 25, 2015 News Community Dental CareCommunity outreachDental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsOverall Health

My community’s struggle to access dental care

by Kahaliah Richards

My community newspaper recently featured a story about an overload of patients visiting a non-profit community dental clinic. The irony of this story is that most dentists in my community have fewer and fewer recall patients. Most want and need