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People Buy From People They Trust

Are you using referrals as one of your most successful practice building strategies? One of your patients has just said great things about you, your office and your team. This is an excellent opportunity…

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Addressing Changing Patient Preferences & Expectations

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Antibiotic Use in Dentistry Is Growing!

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…

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Will You Help Us?

After 30 years in the Dental Community, as a Dental Speaker lecturing in North America and internationally, I retired in 2015. Following my wonderful career, I wanted to give back and volunteer with women. Good…

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

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…

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Beware of Throat Lozenges

So here’s the thing… A patient in his 50s, on 2 antidepressants and another med for CV disease, breathing through his mouth at night because of a mouth appliance and experiencing recurrent decay. …

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The Patient Magic Ratio.. Part One

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…

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Uber’s Message for Dental Care

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:…

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Are the silos between medicine and dentistry coming down?

Very recently, there have been 2 announcements in the US about training physicians and nurse practitioners to look after oral health problems. The first announcement emanated from the University of California at San…

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Key Phrases for Case Acceptance

Discover the power of the right words……. The vocabulary you use plays a powerful role in whether your patients choose to accept the treatment they need. In Transitions Group’s experience with coaching hundreds…

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Periodontal Health Leads to Lower Health Care Spending by Diabetics

A new study reports that among American individuals newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a periodontal intervention is associated with lower total healthcare costs (-$1799), lower total medical costs excluding pharmacy costs (-$1577),…

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Smarter shopping for dental care — does it really happen?

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…

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High Caries Risk and Dental X-rays

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…

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The Silent Issue of Dental Affordability

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…

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What’s wrong with being mouthy?

MDA to launch exciting, emotional campaign. Ever notice that expressions related to our mouth always seem to be negative? “Don’t be a big mouth”. “Stop being a loudmouth”. And never, ever “put your foot…

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$45 Per Month

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 –…

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