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Holy Cow - Has 2013 been "Opposite Year" relative to 2012?!
Fellow Townies,First and foremost, we hope 2013 has treated your families and practices as scrumptiously well as possible!It's been an odd year. 2012 was killer busy - election year, patient flow metrics, Tx plan acceptance, blah, blah, blah. 2013 seems to be a photo negative - at least as it...  Read More
Time for a New Front Tooth?
Replacing that oldsolution is best for your dental needs. As a Board Certified Prosthodontist, Dr. Tupac welcomes the opportunity to help you!  Read More
SHOP Marketplace Offers Small Business Owners a Simplified Way to Purchase Group Health Insurance
The Affordable Care Act mandate that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to provide employee health insurance benefits has been waived for one year. Beginning in 2015, employers who fall into this category will face penalties for not offering employee coverage that...  Read More
I'm looking for a Clear Light Cure Chairside Acrylic Flowable Resin used to anchor attachments in dentures over implants. Zest Anchors used to have this product, but it'sno longer available. Anyone know of a product that works well?  Read More
Is There A Fun Alternative To Halloween Candy?
. So what are some fun alternatives to that sugary, gooey candy that causes so many problems?Top 10 Candy Alternatives1..2.Halloween Stickers. Kids love stickers especially Halloween ones. The spookier and scarier the better and kids love them. You can even hand these out at the door to the...  Read More
Like is Spooky Without Dental Coverage
Life is a lot like trick or treating. Sometimes you get what you want in life’s bag of tricks and sometimes you feel like Charlie Brown looking down inside the bag and thinking, “I got…a rock.”We wonder if this ever happened to you as a little trick or treater? Someone put...  Read More
Buying a practice? A few tips...
If you're buying here are some standard tips:1. Get an accurate count of active patients. Often this is greatly inflated. If the software has been correctly entered for all patients then the active patient count will be good. However less than 1 in 10 practices will have accurate information as far...  Read More
Three Key Components of a Dental Business and Why Most Dental Offices are Missing Two of Them
In his book,No B.S. Ruthless Management of People and Profits, Dan Kennedy says that the number one imperative governing a business’s profits is having the most effective marketing, to attract new customers, to optimize the value of customers, and to rescue lost customers.And by marketing, he...  Read More
Second-Hand Smoke is Hazardous to Pregnant Women
Researchers have found thata day is enough for the risks to be increased.  Read More
What's theThe TRUE Price To Open A New Office?  Find Out Here...
Did you know range of total dental practice start-up costs during the last few years has run $250,000 - $500,000? (and I’ll break that number down for you below).For some, that sounds like good news since they’ve heard it can cost seven figures.For the rest of the dental community, it...  Read More
Your Dentaltown Fans Are Following You
We recently improved our member profile section within the message boards. One of the improvements that has generated a bit of attention lately, is the ability to see which members are following you. First, the ability to "follow" a member has been present for a long time but it was known as...  Read More
Use of Bisphosphonate
Osteonecrosisof the Jaw (ONJ) has captured attention in the past 8 years since the identification of this side effect ofbisphosphonates (fosomax, et al). Bisphosphonates are highly effective in control of skeletal health, such as treatment of.The authors found that while the risk with oral...  Read More
The Link Between Asthma and Tooth Decay
To test the relationship between asthma and, data from Medline, government reports andconference proceedings were searched, allowing only for objective criteria.In all, 11 studies on the primary dentition were included, and 15 on permanent dentition.The studies were then analyzed.Evidence from this...  Read More
The Individual Health Insurance Marketplace is Now Open for Business
Consumers anxious to browse for individual health insurance options and determine their eligibility for financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and those ready to initiate the application and enrollment process, have already experienced many bumps in the road. Much of the frustration has...  Read More
Updated 10/23/13: Virtually Unlimited Free Domestic Coach Tickets For Two People On SouthWest and Air Trans  For Up To 4 Years - Final Days!
Updated today 10/23/13:The Southwest Companion pass is the best airline perk around for Domestic Coach travel. If you have been waiting to sign up for this duo of Southwest credit cards, now is the best time to sign up, but you have to time your purchases PRECISELY to get the maximum of two full...  Read More
Milestones in Dentistry Redux-The Contour Chair
As a result of timing and location, I was in a unique place to be a close observer of a revolution in dental delivery. In dental school, I witnessed the seminal event of transitioning to the air-rotor drill. Placement of gold foil restorations was still a requirement for successful board...  Read More
Odontogenic Sinusitis - An Introduction
.Recently, an article in the Journal of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, extrapolated data from a County hospital in Minnesota and calculated a national cost of inpatient hospital care for odontogenic deep neck space infections to be $200 million annually (1). Absent from this article was any...  Read More
Howie's walking dead?
Howie is infecting everyone!y  Read More
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Couldn't believe my eyes!
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One Bad Apple Spoils the Barrel....
One of the things that I find and see as I meet with dentists and their teams around the world is that there are dental offices out there where not all members of the team are on the same page.“On the same page” means the team all has the same agenda at the same time.In business, and in...  Read More
How am I supposed to answer that?
Answering the phone for a dental office can be challenging attimes, all the questions about dental care and insurance. The callerswant appointments but they can only come when they want to come and ofcourse, you do not have an opening on that date or at that time! Mostcallers just jump right in and...  Read More
How to Run a Successful Retirement Plan: A Guide for Medical and Dental Practices
Whether you have an existing plan, looking to open a new plan or upgrade the plan you already have, there are four things you need to consider that can significantly improve the quality of your plan: having the right plan design, minimizing plan cost, managing your fiduciary liability as a plan...  Read More
People Are Strange Creatures...
People are strange creatures.Today’s blog, as usual, being the second blog for the week, is on the business of dentistry.And today I have a lesson. On people.People are strange creatures.This week, as those of you who are my Facebook friends will know, I have been entertaining visitors from...  Read More
The Strategy that Will Fix Health Care
Are you sick of reading about health care reform, Obama-Care, the Affordable Care Act or whatever name it is going by? Take an antacid because this post is worth your consideration. My primary purpose is to encourage you to read the Harvard Business Review article entitled “The Strategy that...  Read More
Customer Service Eyes. Can You Grow Them Or Are You Born With Them?
We all want and need employees with Customer Service Eyes. And Customer Service DNA.Speaking personally, I don’t believe that I was born with Customer Service Eyes. Or Customer Service DNA either, for that matter.Nobody is.I believe that Customer Service Eyes and Customer Service DNA are...  Read More
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