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Experience Denticon at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress

Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind dental conference? The American Dental Association (ADA) and the World Dental Federation (FDI) are teaming up in..

Daily morning huddles keep your dental team on track.

In the first installment of our series on improving dental practice profitability, we discussed the importance of goals and how to set them for..

Three-dimensional printing comes to dentistry.

In the last two decades, three-dimensional printing made big strides towards widespread commercial and recreational availability. Now some dental..

Setting goals for your dental providers.

In the first installment of our series on improving dental practice profitability, we’ll discuss the importance of goals and how to set them for..

Molars used to identify 160,000-year-old remains.

A jawbone fragment found in Tibet almost 30 years ago was recently discovered to be at least 160,000 years old, making it the oldest evidence of..

Large pharmacy chains adding dental offerings.

CVS Health, the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., announced last week that SmileDirectClub (SDC) will expand their SmileShops to hundreds of CVS..

Possible link between (poor) oral hygiene and oral cancer.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. With impeccable timing, a recent study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research on March 31..

Using the power of the cloud to provide dental services to low-income families.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States—in fact the CDC states that dental disease is four times more..

UnitedHealthcare claims early success with dental pain pill limit.

UnitedHealthcare (UHC), an operating division of UnitedHealth Group, the largest single health carrier in the United States, recently claimed some..

Don’t let growth create unnecessary headaches.

Multi-location groups comprise the fastest-growing segment in dental—by some estimates, they will represent 40% of the market within 5 years,..

New law aims to broaden dental care access.

Last week, proposed legislation aimed at broadening access to dental care in the U.S. officially became law.

Forensic dentists identify victims of California wildfires.

California’s 2018 wildfire season continues to take its toll as officials search for missing residents in the aftermath of the Camp Fire, the..

Dental care that comes to you.

Despite the clear link between oral health and overall health, the percentage of adults who see a dentist on a regular basis is declining.

Major changes coming to dental coverage for military retirees.

Dental insurance for military retirees is undergoing a major change this year, with coverage shifting from the Tricare Retiree Dental Program..

How to save money and improve your dental practice’s productivity.

A productive team is key to maintaining a healthy and profitable dental practice, but rising costs and outdated technology can make that goal..

In-mouth radio wins DoD contract.

The innovative in-mouth radio device developed by California-based Sonitus Technology came one step closer to widespread military deployment with..

Good news for Golden State dentists.

California’s state budget for 2018-19 contains a significant increase in funding for Denti-Cal, the Medi-Cal dental program. Signed by Governor..

Japanese study of the elderly highlights the importance of dental health.

We’ve written here before about how one-fifth of adults ages 65 and older in the United States have untreated tooth decay, in many cases due to..

Massive Texas Medicaid dental claim fraud case reaches final conclusion.

A case filed back in 2014 was finally put to rest after the Texas Supreme Court found Xerox responsible for $1 billion in fraudulent Medicaid..

What’s behind the rise of DSOs?

In a previous post, we examined some of the reasons why younger dentists are drawn in greater and greater numbers to DSOs: burdensome student..

Why your dental practice should start the day with a morning huddle.

As consolidation drives greater competition in the dental industry, it’s more important than ever for individual practices and emerging groups to..

Dental benefit plans: Devil’s in the details.

When signing with a dental benefit plan, dentists typically focus a great deal of attention on the fee schedule, sometimes at the expense of other..

Should your dental practice use online patient registration?

The short answer: Yes!

Online patient registration can help improve the patient experience, increase practice efficiency, and reduce the..

Car launches into second story of dental office.

Some people put off a visit to the dentist, but on the opposite end of the spectrum, have you ever heard of someone crashing their car into the..

The economic effect of poor dental care.

Under federal mandates, all children from low-income families enrolled in Medicaid are guaranteed dental coverage across the United States...

Taiwanese dentist court-ordered to pay mother for education.

The high cost of a dental education—hundreds of thousands of dollars—is no secret. It’s one of the reasons why so many newly minted dentists are..

Exit Strategy and Selling Your Practice(s)

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The dental industry is experiencing a wave of consolidation, propelled in large part by outside capital. If you’re a growing..

New insights into the causes of cavities.

When tooth decay-causing bacteria convert sugar and starch into acids that dissolve the calcium in tooth enamel, cavities are often the result...

Top 10 DSOs in the U.S.

Earlier this year, we explored trends in group dentistry, suggesting that 2017 may be the year of the DSO. In May, DrBicuspid.com compiled a very..

“No win, no fee” lawyers targeting dentists in the U.K.

Practicing dentistry across the pond in the United Kingdom has become more and more challenging in the last decade, due in part to the aggressive..

Should You Form A DSO?

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The dental industry is consolidating rapidly, with more and more dental groups forming every month. What used to be a landscape..

Aspen Dental ads spark debate.

Aspen Dental, one of the largest Dental Support Organizations (DSOs) in the United States, created some buzz a few months ago with a set of..

Bridging the gap between medical and dental.

In a recent Slate article, a D.M.D candidate at the Harvard University medical and dental schools shares a compelling anecdote about the blurred..

Will ultrasound and squid ink replace dental probes?

Dental professionals have long used hook-shaped dental probes to measure the gaps between the gum and the tooth as a method of checking for signs..

Wisconsin bill allows hygienists to work without a dentist present.

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discusses a new law passed in Wisconsin that allows dental hygienists to work independently,..

Dental tourism in Mexico’s “Molar City.”

Last year, we discussed the rising trend of dental tourism, highlighted in Mexico’s Los Algodones. Sometimes referred to as “Molar City,” this..

Update: Low-cost Delta Dental plan approved in Massachusetts.

Last month, we discussed a new low-cost insurance plan proposed by Delta Dental of Massachusetts that could cut reimbursement rates by as much as..

eBook: Creating and sustaining a healthy and profitable dental practice.

Operating a successful dental practice isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve used our industry knowledge and expertise in practice management to create an..

Dental anesthesia rules for children under debate.

In 2015, the Sears family lost their 6-year-old boy during a routine dental procedure. The anesthesia administered to Caleb by the oral..

Will blockchain reviews pave the way for cryptocurrency in dentistry?

The internet of money, as some call it, has gained prominence in the last few years with the rise of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum..

Dental visits and domestic violence.

Many healthcare professionals are on the front lines in the fight against domestic violence. While examining patients, they are in a unique..

Massachusetts dentists express concern over new proposed low-cost Delta Dental plans.

Delta Dental of Massachusetts, the state’s largest dental insurer, recently proposed a new low-cost plan that could cut reimbursement rates by as..

Washington State DSO bill is now law.

Earlier this year, we discussed a Washington State bill that would remove a barrier of sorts between DSOs and patients, allowing DSOs to own or..

The dental care divide.

Last fall, we wrote a post about the dental care divide in the U.S. A recent Washington Post feature story put a human face on this public..

Virginia enacts e-prescription mandates for opioids.

As the Department of Health and Human Services makes clear in the starkest terms, the U.S. faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic. On an average..

Patients fretting about that dental procedure? Tell them about the Ice Age dentist who used stone tools and tar.

In a few previous posts, we explored the evidence of oral care in pre-modern societies. Thanks to fossil markings that show toothpick activity,..

Denti-Cal reimbursement bill update.

At the end of 2016, we discussed a proposed bill (AB 15) in the California state legislature aimed at increasing reimbursement rates for providers..

2017: The Year of the DSO?

The first few industry shows of 2017 (including the ADSO Summit in Florida and the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting) made one thing..

Why is the Tooth Fairy so generous?

For the past twenty years, Delta Dental’s “Tooth Fairy Poll” has tracked the “average monetary payout” from the Tooth Fairy in the United States...

California grants $150 million in dental initiatives for underserved children.

In late February, California’s Department of Health Care Services announced the 15 proposals selected for its Local Dental Pilot Project—with..

Adding dental benefits to Medicare.

It’s not uncommon for senior citizens to neglect dental treatment. In fact, federal researchers report that approximately 19 percent of adults..

Pain pills in dentistry.

Every year, 3.5 million patients in the U.S. have their wisdom teeth removed. In many cases, those patients receive a bottle of immediate-release..

More states could soon broaden authorized “dental therapist” procedures.

Dental therapists, also known as advanced dental hygiene practitioners, typically receive more training than hygienists but not quite as much as..

Possible change in law for DSOs in Washington State.

In late January, three Washington State Senators introduced a bill to loosen prohibitions in the Evergreen State on DSO activity. According to ..

Is fear of the dentist hereditary?

It’s not uncommon for patients to experience some anxiety in the dental chair, and many of our Denticon users go to great lengths to put their..

A biological replacement for conventional fillings?

In a previous post, we discussed synthetic fillings as an alternative method for treating cavities. These synthetic fillings activate stem cells..

Celebrating an icon of dental hygiene.

In 2016, celebrity deaths filled the headlines. But there was one passing that hit close to home in the dental world: on December 12th, Dr. Esther..

Higher Denti-Cal reimbursement rates in 2018?

California lawmakers have introduced a bill in the State Assembly to boost reimbursement rates for dentists participating in Denti-Cal, the..

Are e-cigarettes harmful to oral health?

In the past few years, e-cigarettes have grown in popularity in large part thanks to the perception that they aren’t nearly as harmful to health..

Why do many Americans skip the dentist?

According to a recent United Press International article, Americans are more likely to skip dental care because of cost than they are to skip any..

A new definition of oral health.

Oral health has always been somewhat loosely defined as the absence of disease—a concise definition, but one that failed to acknowledge the..

400-year-old dentures?

A recent discovery has shed some light on an early pair of dentures employing gold bands to hold the teeth in place.

Dental tourism on the rise.

If you live anywhere near the U.S.-Mexico border, chances are you know someone who has gone south in search of healthcare at a fraction of the..

Dental care goes way back.

For National Dental Hygiene Month in October we asked the kind of question a skeptical child might ask a parent: why even bother brushing if..

Halloween candy hurting your little patients?

With trick-or-treating in full swing, many pediatric dentists are bracing for the aftermath: emergency dental visits caused by excessive candy..

Many Americans don’t have access to dental care.

You may be surprised to learn that many Americans have limited access to dental care. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s ranking of..

What makes for a successful dentist CEO (part 4)?

In today’s competitive dental industry, delivering high-quality care isn’t enough to sustain a successful practice. For a practice to thrive, the..

Stranger Things teaches us about a rare dental condition.

The Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things was a smashing success this summer for the streaming company, appealing to a broad fan base with its..

It’s National Dental Hygiene Month. But why even bother brushing?

October is National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), with the goal of increasing awareness about the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene...

Hiring and retaining millennials.

We discussed the importance of building the right team in part one of our “What makes for a successful dentist CEO?” series. Any solid team begins..

Sealants—more conclusive evidence.

In a recent post, we discussed the benefits of sealants in preventive care and explored some of the reasons why this method might be..

Predator patients.

Humans aren’t the only mammals that require dental treatment. Believe it or not, many animals in captivity see the dentist on a regular basis...

What makes for a successful dentist CEO (part 3)?

In today’s competitive dental industry, delivering high-quality care isn’t enough to sustain a successful practice. For a practice to thrive, the..

Sealants—avoiding the drill?

Wherever dentists and oral health experts may fall on the Great Flossing Debate of 2016, there are other methods for cavity prevention that don’t..

Looking at new practice management software? Make sure it’s flexible for growth.

Any new business software purchase can seem daunting, especially for something as critical as practice management software. With so many options..

The Great Flossing Debate of 2016: dentists respond.

Our first post last week on the Great Flossing Debate of 2016, examined the recent debate on the effectiveness of flossing—a debate sparked by the..

The Great Flossing Debate of 2016.

Flossing has become a topic of some debate lately, thanks to an Associated Press (AP) piece published in early August. According to the AP..

What makes for a successful dentist CEO (part 2)?

In today’s competitive dental industry, delivering high-quality care isn’t enough to sustain a successful practice. For a practice to thrive, the..

The future of toothpaste?

You may be wondering why toothpaste needs improving. The truth is, toothpaste tubes take an estimated 500 years to decompose because they are made..

Will Pokémon Go bring you more patients?

You’ve probably heard about Pokémon Go, the latest mobile game to sweep the nation. But did you know it’s generating new revenue for local..

How to take a vacation as a dentist.

It’s no secret that a well-deserved vacation can help you be more productive and satisfied with your work. The truth is, dentists often miss out..

No more root canals?

According to a recent article in Popular Science, researchers have developed synthetic fillings that activate stem cells in order to regrow teeth.

Teledentistry, the next step in the evolution of dental care?

Telemedicine has generated a lot of buzz recently. What about teledentistry? According to a recent article in Workforce magazine, remote dental..

What makes for a successful dentist CEO (part 1)?

In a previous white paper, we covered three common mistakes that dentists make: poor patient retention; inadequate insurance knowledge during..

Another 3 costly mistakes dentists make…and how to avoid them.

In a previous white paper, we covered three common mistakes that dentists make: poor patient retention; inadequate insurance knowledge during..

Is dental following medical?

According to the American Dental Association, solo practices represented 68% of all dental practices in the U.S. in 2014, down from 76% in 2008...

1 in 3 adults didn’t visit the dentist last year.

According to a Gallup poll, about a third of all U.S. adults didn’t visit the dentist last year. These numbers are essentially unchanged from..

3 costly mistakes made by dental practices…and how the cloud can help avoid them.

The model for running a solo dental practice hasn’t changed much in decades. The dentist focuses on delivery of care, while delegating most—if not..

Interviewing a job candidate for your dental office? Steer clear of these topics.

Many dental practices face occasional (or not-so-occasional) turnover in staff, particularly in entry-level positions.

3 mistakes to avoid when buying dental practice management software.

For all of the advances in technology over the last ten years, most dental practices still run practice management software that was written in..