February 14, 2023

Guide to Dental Imaging Equipment and Software

Dental imaging equipment is essential for a thorough oral examination and to help with the diagnosis of tooth, mouth, or jaw conditions. The American Dental Association (ADA) explains that imaging systems, such as x-rays, "provide your dentist with a more complete view of what’s happening in your mouth." Today’s imaging can see inside both hard and soft tissues, meaning it can spot tooth decay and misalignment, diseases of the bone, and problems in the gums, tongue, tendons, and muscles in your mouth. In the past, dentists used standard analog x-ray […]
February 7, 2023

Future of Dentistry:
Artificial Intelligence, Teledentistry, and More

Dental technology developed slowly over the centuries. The first prototype of a toothbrush was created in 1770, with today’s mass-produced nylon brushes not hitting the market until 1938. Meanwhile, modern dental implants only date back to the 1960s. After centuries of incremental improvements, digital dentistry has led to drastic changes over the past 20 years. 3D printers and computer-aided design (CAD) allow manufacturers to create perfectly-sized implants and corrective equipment. Digital scanners and handheld intraoral cameras improve diagnostic capabilities. Advances in augmented reality help dental students hone their skills. All […]
February 1, 2023

Creating the Perfect Bedtime Routine

Getting a full night of sleep is essential to feeling your best, as it gives your body and mind time to rest and recover from the day. Unfortunately, many people struggle to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. One way to help improve the quality of your sleep is to establish a bedtime routine. This routine may range from a variety of activities, however, there are a few that are proven to improve your sleeping patterns. By consistently following the same steps every night before […]
September 1, 2022

11 Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Teeth stains can occur for a variety of reasons, but certain teeth-staining foods are more likely to cause staining than others. Coffee, tea, and red wine are all common culprits, as they contain pigments that can cling to tooth enamel. In addition, tooth enamel can be weakened by acidic foods and drinks, making it more susceptible to staining. Over time, teeth stains can affect confidence levels, oral health, and even your smile. In fact, over half of American adults feel self-conscious about their teeth. That’s why it’s essential to visit […]
August 16, 2022

Routine Checkups You Shouldn’t Skip

Routine checkups are an essential part of maintaining good health and preventing disease. By seeing a doctor or other healthcare provider regularly, you can catch health problems early, when they’re more likely to be treatable. There are many types of routine checkups, and the frequency with which you should get them will depend on factors like age, family history, and overall health. Checkups that people should get regularly include physical exams, vision and hearing tests, as well as screenings for cancer and other diseases. Getting routine checkups can help to […]
August 1, 2022

The Health Benefits of Smiling

Smiling has been shown to have a positive effect on physical and psychological health. Researchers have found that a smile can offer the same level of brain stimulation as 2,000 chocolate bars. Smiling relieves stress, helps promote social connections, and causes your brain to release dopamine and serotonin. Smiling provides you with a way to help your brain interpret the world more positively, and it can reduce the negative effects of stress on your body. The right dentists can help you to reap the benefits of smiling. Through the use […]
July 25, 2022

Affordable Dental Care: A Guide for Seniors

Adults over 65 face a myriad of dental health problems. According to the CDC, around 1 in 5 adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth and wear dentures. Unfortunately, having missing teeth or wearing dentures can affect nutrition. People with dentures may not be able to chew things such as fruits or vegetables, which can either be tough or full of seeds that may inevitably cause denture damage or discomfort. There are several reasons that seniors may have poor dental hygiene, stemming from things such as […]
July 14, 2022

Mistakes to Avoid Building a Private Dental Practice

Starting a dental practice can be an enduring and trying experience. With startup costs, new business responsibilities, and the transition from employee to being your own boss, it can be a lot. To help get you a head start on your journey, we’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes to avoid when building a private practice in dentistry. Underestimating the cost At the end of the day, your practice is a business, and with any business, there are very high startup costs. On average, the startup expenses for […]
August 25, 2021

Federal E-Prescribing Mandate Deadline Is Coming

The deadline for federal e-prescribing mandates is just around the corner. Starting January 1st, 2022, providers are required to use their state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) for prescribing controlled substances covered under Medicare and Medicaid. This according to the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) passed in 2018. In addition to the federal mandate, several states have e-prescribing mandates coming up. Regardless of state and federal mandates, e-prescribing use among healthcare providers is growing every year. E-prescribing increased in 2020 to 50 percent of all prescribed drugs, […]
July 19, 2021

5 Tips to Increase your Practice Revenue

Let’s face it, every dental office could use a little more revenue. There are a million tiny things in a dental office that affect the bottom line. But sometimes you just need to focus on a few items that can make a larger impact on the health of your practice. Here are 5 ways you can increase your practice revenue. Keeping your schedule full What is your time worth? Hours Worked in a full week Total Production from a full week Hourly Valuee One of my favorite quotes is, "Time […]
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