Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome to all of our Roundup readers and happy Friday! This week we have plenty of great blog posts, articles and news stories for your reading pleasure. Some trending topics include, finance tracking, new patient retention, fear of the dentist and scientific breakthroughs in gum disease.

Shaping the new dental patient experience:
In a struggling economy, people suffering from difficult financial times tend to drastically cut back on oral health      care spending as well as routine office visits. With these severe cutbacks, a dentist’s patient flow is likely to become greatly affected. Therefore, it is crucial for an office to create lasting relationships with their new patients through three keys steps. Read on to find out what these steps are!

Overhead Percentages for Your Practice:
Are you having trouble keeping track of your finances? Once a year, have a profit and loss statement, also known as an income statement, created for your practice and check your expenses against the recommended overhead percentages. If your numbers are extremely high, look for ways you can decrease your out-of-pocket costs, like negotiating with your supplier or reevaluating how much you are buying versus how much you are actually using.

French boy, 12, fakes own kidnapping to avoid going to dentist:
For many people, a trip to the dentist can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience. So much so, that some people will do anything to avoid having to make the trip. This was the case for a 12-year-old French boy who faked his own kidnapping and led police on a wild chase for more than a month for a scar-faced man who he claimed had lured him into his car when he asked for directions. In the end, the boy confessed to police that he made up the whole story because he did not want to go to the dentist.

Gum Disease Bacteria May Hamper Immune System:
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that bacteria responsible for causing periodontitis can create an imbalance in the gums, with a two-prong manipulation of the human immune system. This bacterium could lead to irritable bowel disease, colon cancer and other inflammatory diseases.

Are there any dental news stories you thought we should have included this week? Let us know in the comments section below!

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