Planet DDS Blog

Is dental following medical?

October 28, 2015 · By Planet DDS

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. These figures bring up an interesting question—is dental following medical by consolidating into multi-location groups? In 2014, only 35% of physicians described themselves as independent practice owners. The answer seems to…


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

September 17, 2015 · By Planet DDS

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 2008, when the research firm started tracking visits. Not surprisingly, there’s a strong relationship between high income and high dental visit rates. Adults with household annual income above $120,000 are twice…


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

September 02, 2015 · By Planet DDS

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 all—aspects of running the business to staff. This model worked as long as the business side wasn’t too complex. But in today’s hyper-competitive dental industry, practices need structured processes and systems in place, with…


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

August 19, 2015 · By Planet DDS

Many dental practices face occasional (or not-so-occasional) turnover in staff, particularly in entry-level positions. For those practices that find themselves recruiting and interviewing new candidates, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has helpful guidelines on the types of questions that can get employers in hot water with Federal and State authorities. When putting together…


3 mistakes to avoid when buying dental practice management software.

August 11, 2015 · By Planet DDS

For all of the advances in technology over the last ten years, most dental practices still run practice management software that was written in the 1990s—even though practice management software is often the single most important piece of technology in a practice, the piece that brings it all together. Today’s dental industry is highly competitive,…