Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday everyone: the weekend is here and the countdown to turkey day has officially begun! In celebration of the upcoming holidays, we have some great articles for you to read. First off, we have an article on the dos and don’ts for practice leadership as well as an informative read on how the cloud is transforming dentistry. Our third article is a feel-good piece on the Hero Clinic at CU Denver. Our final article has some great tips for a healthier Thanksgiving (which is just around the corner). Take some time out of your day to read up on trending dental news and better your practice.

Dos and don’ts for practice leadership: Be your practice’s CEO — chief energy officer
A typical day at the practice can be stressful and tumultuous; however as the head of the practice, it is your responsibility to keep morale high by using specific staff-energizing techniques. Some examples of these techniques are: greet every staff member by name, compliment team members frequently, and acknowledge an exceptional on-the-job performance. As the practice’s CEO don’t rely on others to play this role for you because as the leader, you are who they look to first.

Dental technology: How the cloud is transforming dentistry
Many dental professionals are hesitant to move to the cloud because they are apprehensive of the new technology or simply because they are afraid of change. However, the cloud comes with an abundance of benefits for a dental professional that could quickly change this apprehension or fear. Some benefits include, easy access from multiple locations, advanced and secure data storage and automatic software updates. Read on for more information on why you should switch to the cloud!

‘Heroes Clinic’ offers free dentistry to student veterans
The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. has created a first-of-its-kind program called The Hero Clinic. This program provides free dental care to student veterans at CU Denver and Anschutz. So far, the clinic has provided dental care to 80 students and they expect to see at least 100 students by Thanksgiving.

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving
With the holidays right around the corner, food is the first to follow and with food comes certain oral health risks. In order to ensure you have a safe turkey day, here are a few helpful tips. First, make sure to eat a well-balanced meal. Protein will counteract the acid and sugar that is harsh on your teeth. Second, avoid sticky foods because sticky foods remain in your mouth longer and are harder to get rid of. Third, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water acts as a cleaning agent for all of the various foods you eat on turkey day. Read on for more information and tips!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

3D Imaging as a Diagnostic Tool (Clinical Case)

A few years ago, an orthodontist referred a healthy young boy to my office for evaluation. Concerned that the teen’s maxillary left second molar was not erupting, the orthodontist sent the patient to me with three serial panorexes—each taken two years apart—to review. When I first saw the panorexes, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. We even took our own panoramic image and, were unable to see anything.

Patient's Panorex

Patient’s Panorex

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Investing in Digital Impression Technology for Your Orthodontic Practice

You’ve probably heard that computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is rapidly advancing in the field of orthodontics. The most valuable CAD/CAM tool that an orthodontist could introduce to their practice is an intraoral scanner: but is it worth it? There is no doubt numerous benefits to both the doctor and patient, but let’s talk hard numbers and the all-important return on investment of such a purchase. Continue reading

Technology Budget

According to an article in Investor’s Daily, the average health care office spends 2% of revenue on technology. That includes hospitals as well as physicians and dentists. In addition the article notes that businesses in general spend an average of 10% of gross revenue on technology.

Therefore, an average dental office should plan to invest two percent of gross in technology at an absolute minimum. A better budget would be 5-7% or more for an aggressive high tech office. Continue reading