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Frequently asked questions

A few frequently asked questions regarding Denticon cloud-based practice management software.

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?

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..

Thanksgiving dinner topic: 400-year-old dentures?

A recent discovery suggests that a pair of 400-year-old dentures, found at an Italian burial site, may predate modern tooth bridges

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.

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

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..

Marquee Dental Partners makes the switch to Denticon practice management software by Planet DDS

June 6, 2017

Marquee Dental Partners, a Dental Support Organization (DSO) based in Nashville, TN, has switched to Denticon, the nation’s..

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida selects Denticon software to deliver care to the underserved

January 3, 2018

Planet DDS (PDDS) recently partnered with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) to roll out its..

Planet DDS welcomes Xavier Gardner as Senior Account Manager

September 6, 2017

Planet DDS (PDDS), the nation’s leading provider of cloud-based enterprise dental practice management software and a..

Planet DDS recruits John Adams as Director of Sales

July 26, 2017

Planet DDS (PDDS), the nation’s leading provider of cloud-based enterprise dental practice management software, announced..

Planet DDS’ Denticon ranked best cloud-based practice management software for multi-location dental practices

March 14, 2017

Denticon by Planet DDS (PDDS) has been ranked the best cloud-based practice management software for dental groups by..

Dental Care Alliance selects Planet DDS’ Denticon practice management software

February 2, 2017

Planet DDS (PDDS), the nation’s leading provider of cloud-based enterprise dental practice management software, announced..

Planet DDS’ Denticon practice management software enables healthy smiles for California children

November 9, 2016

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County—a non-profit that improves access to dental care in Southern California—is expanding..

Tralongo selects Planet DDS’ Denticon practice management software

October 3, 2016

Planet DDS, the nation’s leading provider of cloud-based enterprise dental practice management software,announced today that it..

Planet DDS makes list of fastest-growing companies 2 years running

September 26, 2016

Planet DDS, the company behind industry-leading dental practice management software Denticon, was recently distinguished for..

Planet DDS and Solutionreach announce partnership

July 27, 2016

Planet DDS, the established leader in cloud-based dental practice management software, has announced a new partnership with..

Planet DDS makes list of fastest-growing companies

October 8, 2015

Dental practice management software company Planet DDS was ranked the 24th fastest-growing private company in Orange County,..

Planet DDS receives ONC-ACB certification for EHR

March 18, 2015

Denticon, Planet DDS’s cloud-based dental practice management software, has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s..

Planet DDS secures growth capital

March 12, 2015

Irvine, California based dental practice management software company Planet DDS has received an infusion of capital from District..

Key Acquisition Diligence Questions for DSOs

As the dental industry consolidates, many entrepreneurs and their dental organizations are presented with exciting opportunities for partnership..

End User Training 2018

We brought together a few of our Denticon users in Huntington Beach, CA for a full day of in-person training.  

Perio Charting

May 2018

During this hour-long session, learn more about Denticon’s Perio Charting features: 

Submit Feature Requests Directly in Denticon

Users can now submit feature requests directly in Denticon. This new functionality allows for user collaboration and gives insights into the..

Dentilytics Basic | Conducting the Perfect Morning Huddle

During this final installment of our Dentilytics Basic webinar series, we took a deep dive into analyzing the metrics on the dashboard to ensure..

Denticon Power User Summit 2018

A big thank you to all our Denticon Power Users and industry partners who came out to Austin for our 2018 Denticon Power User Summit...

Fundamentals of DSO Value Creation

Emerging and established DSOs are gathering steam—but what’s the math behind their winning formula for growth, and what are the take-aways for..

Introduction to the Denticon Task Manager

April 2018

This webinar is all about Denticon’s claim functions, with a focus on the Task Manager, Denticon's newest feature. Some topics include: 

Dentilytics Basic | Using Denticon in Your Morning Huddle

During this discussion, we introduced our offering Dentilytics Basic, a dashboard tool created to enhance your morning huddle experience. 

Exit Strategy and Selling Your Practice(s)

To explore these topics, the ADSO and Planet DDS recently partnered with Perrin DesPortes, Co-Founder of TUSK Partners to host a complimentary..

Denticon Voices

Thanks to our wonderful power users for sharing their thoughts about Denticon at our 2017 Power User Summit in Las Vegas.

Protecting Your Reputation and Your Bottom Line

March 2018

During this hour-long discussion, we’ll look at best AR practices, Denticon’s AR follow-up/collection feature powered by TSI, how to..

Denticon Software Update 12.21.17

A video overview of a few enhancements released in the December 21, 2017 Denticon software update.

Denticon Software Update 11.10.17

A video overview of a few enhancements released in the November 10, 2017 Denticon software update.

Denticon Software Update 09.29.17

A video overview of a few enhancements released in the September 29, 2017 Denticon software update.

Denticon Software Update 08.18.17

A video overview of a few enhancements released in the August 18, 2017 Denticon software update.

Denticon Software Update 07.21.17

A video overview of a few enhancements released in the July 21, 2017 Denticon software update.

Denticon Software Update 06.02.17

A video overview of a few enhancements released in the June 2, 2017 Denticon software update.

Miscellaneous Record-Keeping Functions

January 2018

During this hour-long session, learn more about Denticon’s miscellaneous record-keeping functions including referrals, labs,..

Lets Talk with Patients: Dentigram

November 2017

During this hour-long session, learn more about Denticon’s patient communication function, with a focus on Dentigram. Some topics..

Virtual Business Services

October 2017

This month’s webinar is all about getting help without hiring another staff member. During this hour-long session, learn more about..

ePrescriptions

September 2017

This hour-long session is all about Denticon’s prescription function, with a focus on DoseSpot. Some topics include: approval process,..

Imaging Made Better

August 2017

This Denticon Support Webinar is all about Denticon’s imaging function, with a focus on the Apteryx Dentiray Capture (DCV) and Dentiray..

Medical Billing in a Dental Office

July 2017

This Denticon Support Webinar is all about Denticon’s medical billing features. Some topics include: procedure codes, diagnostic (ICD)..

Recalls

May 2017

This session is all about recalls in Denticon. A few topics include: recall procedures, recall appointments, recall reports, and..

Let’s Communicate with the Patient

April 2017

This session is all about letters in Denticon. A few topics include: document templates, pick lists, question prompts, merge fields,..

Perio Charting Made Easy

March 2017

In this session we discuss perio charting in Denticon. A few topics include: voice perio charting; templates for faster data entry;..

Better Clinical Record Keeping

February 2017

In this session we discuss best practices for clinical record keeping in Denticon. A few topics include: creating and managing progress..

New and Improved Restorative Charting

January 2017

Learn more about the new and improved restorative charting in Denticon. Topics include pre-existing conditions and the new..

Managing the Scheduler

December 2016

Learn more about managing the scheduler in Denticon. Topics include viewing and maneuvering the scheduler, quick appointment making,..

Patient Facing Features

November 2016

All about patient facing features in Denticon. Topics include the patient portal, online patient registration, and AppointNow online..

Treatment Plans

October 2016

All about treatment plans in Denticon. Topics include restorative charting, manipulating the planned procedures, and pre-authorization.

Payment Contracts

September 2016

All about contracts in Denticon. Topics include regular contracts to pay off existing balances and treatment-planned procedures, ortho..

Monthly Reports

August 2016

Learn more about how to use monthly reports in Denticon. This video covers monthly reports for production, collections, aging balances,..

Daily Reports

July 2016

Learn more about how to use daily reports in Denticon. This video covers reports for production, collections, daily scheduled production,..

Insurance Payments

June 2016

Learn more about how insurance payments work in Denticon. This video covers the basics of insurance payments, insurance write-offs, the..

Claims Processing

May 2016

Learn more about how claims work in Denticon. Specific topics include: using the Claim Status feature, the importance of batching claims..

Insurance Plans

March 2016

More about how insurance plans work in Denticon. This webinar covers types of insurance plans, adding/editing insurance plans, and..

Should You Form a DSO?

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

Fee Schedules

February 2016

Everything you ever wanted to know about fee schedules in Denticon, including: types of fee schedules, fee schedule assignments, and..

Ledger Activities

January 2016

An in-depth discussion of ledger activities, with a particular emphasis on adjustments and auto-adjustments.

End of Year Tasks

December 2015

This webinar covers a variety of topics including how to close things out in Denticon for the end of the year, how to upload new fee..

Denticon Power User Summit 2017

Video overview of the Planet DDS Denticon Power User Summit 2017 in Las Vegas.