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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dental Service Organizations

According to the American Dental Association, more than 16 percent of all new dentists ages 21-34 are affiliated with dental service organizations (DSOs). By contrast, only 7.4 percent of dentists overall are affiliated with DSOs. In any event, more and more dentists today are giving the DSO model serious consideration.

For many new dentists, excessive student loan debt and start up costs pose significant challenges to launching a practice, which makes becoming part of a DSO an attractive option.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Treating Dental Patients with Developmental Disabilities

People with disabilities customarily lack access to dental care because dentists may not have the equipment or skills to meet their special needs. Now, the American Dental Association (ADA) has revised its code of conduct to prohibit dentists from denying care to patients with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities. To ensure your practice is in compliance with these new ethics rules, consult an attorney who represents dental professionals.
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Florida’s Dental Care Shortage

According to the Florida Department of Health, there were 11,362 dentists with active state licenses during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, of which 794 were first-time licenses. Given that the U.S.
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Defending Your Dental Practice Against Lawsuits

Although operating a dental practice differs from other businesses in many ways, one thing they have in common is the potential of being hit with a lawsuit. While a malpractice lawsuit is obviously a critical concern for most dentists, any legal dispute that rises to the level of litigation can be a major distraction. The best way to protect your interests is to enlist the services of an attorney with experience representing dental professionals.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Why Subscription-Based Dentistry is Gaining Traction

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, about 75 percent of Americans have some type of dental insurance, whether employer-based or private-pay dental coverage. Of those, only 50 percent say they have visited a dentist in the past year, while only 20 percent of the uninsured group reported seeing a dentist. This means that 80 million people are not receiving preventive dental care, with cost being the leading reason for avoiding the dentist.
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Monday, November 26, 2018

In Focus: Dental Reputation Management

Although online reviews can help a dental practice reach new patients, much like word-of-mouth recommendations, online comments can be a double edge sword. Put simply, negative reviews and unfavorable comments can damage your professional reputation. Although an occasional negative review is inevitable, there are steps you can take to manage and protect your online reputation.

Online Reputation Defense 101

Potential patients give online reviews serious consideration because reviewers are perceived as trustworthy. Regardless of how well your practice does in terms of patient referrals, however, negative reviews can drive potential patients away.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Emerging Trends in Modern Dentistry

Today, technological advances are reshaping the dental care industry. From emotional dentistry to laser technology, new methods are improving treatment techniques and enhancing the patient experience. This article is a brief discussion of the emerging trends in modern dentistry.

What is emotional dentistry?

Emotional dentistry encourages patients to directly participate in their treatment and forsee the outcome. Through the use of digital photos and virtual mockups, patients can envision their final restorations, try different smiles and choose one that is most appealing.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

5 Things to Know About the Military’s New Retiree Dental Coverage

Members of the United States military must often sacrifice a lot when it comes to balancing their families with their jobs. However, soon enough, one sacrifice that they will no longer have to make is their ability to provide their families with affordable healthcare solutions, specifically dental and vision coverage.

Military families who are currently covered under a TRICARE health plan will be eligible to register for vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) for the 2019 benefits plan year. The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program will come to an end on the last day of 2018.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Is Dental Neglect Reasonably Enforceable?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines dental neglect as “the willful failure of a parent or guardian to seek and follow through with treatment necessary to ensure a level of oral health essential for adequate function and freedom from pain and infection.” This is important because if left untreated, periodontal diseases and oral conditions can lead to pain, infection, and sometimes, even loss of function. When children experience any of these conditions, there is a possibility for them to negatively affect activities, which are necessary for healthy growth and development. This includes things such as learning, communication, and nutrition.

Some of the reasons for which individuals fail to obtain the proper dental care for their children or those in their custody, include:

  • Inadequate finances

  • Parental Ignorance

  • Family isolation

  • Lack of understanding as to the value of oral health

A Responsibility for Maintenance of Care

Despite these reasons, among any others, a parent or guardian is still responsible for maintaining the care of a child or minor in his or her care.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

5 Pitfalls of Entering a Dental Partnership

There are many reasons as to why it has become much more common for dentists to partner up with other dental professionals. Instead of opening a practice of their own, by joining forces with someone else they can obtain both a better work-life balance, and a rise in the business’ value.

Other benefits of sharing a practice with another professional include:

  • Increased cash flow

  • State-of-the-art equipment

  • Shared overhead

  • Better marketing

However, there are some negatives to entering into a dental partnership.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Important Decisions for Selling Your Veterinary Practice

There’s a good chance that if you work with animals as a veterinarian, that you enjoy what you do. Animals are unconditionally loving, they don’t talk back, and won’t ask you for money. But what happens when you get to a point where you are ready to sell your veterinary practice? It can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some important steps and options for selling your veterinary practice.

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