Sometimes you learn the best habits by learning from the worst habits. Dentistry IQ has some very poignant advice on managing the financial side of your dental office by highlighting the habits of those dentists that fail to plan properly. The 7 habits are:
1. Financially unsuccessful dentists don’t know where all their money goes.
2. Financially unsuccessful dentists don’t know where all their money should go.
3. Financially unsuccessful dentists don’t have a retirement accumulation goal.
4. Financially unsuccessful dentists don’t have an annual savings goal.
5. Financially unsuccessful dentists make large financial decisions with gut instinct.
6. Financially unsuccessful dentists don’t manage debt properly.
7. Financially unsuccessful dentists don’t protect their families with the right kinds and amounts of insurance.
I would also add to that list that financially unsuccessful dentists don’t manage their used equipment assets properly. A problem that could be mediated by visiting us online at http://www.atlasresell.com. View the whole article at Dentistry IQ
Our friends across the pond have developed a new crowning method that may do away with the drill. Unfortunately, it only works with baby teeth for now and involves sealing the decay in the tooth instead of drilling it out. Then the tooth and crown fall out naturally around the age of 10.
‘Sealing in decay is getting a lot of interest but we know that although it has been investigated for more than 30 years and there is a strong body of evidence supporting it, many dentists still view decay as a gangrenous type of disease that needs to be cut out surgically.’
Water, giver of life, mana from heaven, and an integral part of the dental office. An interesting article that highlights the uses of water in the dental practice and also leads into some sustainability and preservation issues. From the handpiece to the vacuum pump, we all know how valuable water is in the practice of dentistry. From the article:
My concerns about future water availability in Colorado, as a whole, relates to the Colorado River Compact because I feel the Colorado River is overappropriated, with the upper basin states compromising their water rights so the lower basin receives its entitlement. Something has to give.
I’ve always been one to take water for granted, being that Idaho has plentiful aquifers, rivers, lakes and streams. However, in other parts of the country like north-central California water sustainability issues pose very real threats to peoples’ way of life.
Yet another social media tool has emerged on the scene with surging popularity. Personally, I feel like I’m coming down with social media fatigue. Every time you turn around there’s some new whiz-bang social media tool coming out and just when you think you’ve mastered one, they change it up completely (ahem, Facebook). I was introduced to Pinterest a couple of months ago and passed it off as a place to swap recipes and wedding planning advice, but it appears folks are expanding the portfolio of content to post on the social sharing site. From the article:
How Can Dentists Promulgate Public Dental Health Info on Pinterest?
1. Before & after photos (with express written consent of course).
2. Share with your community – that goes for local businesses and existing patients.
3. If people can plan weddings on Pinterest…don’t you think a collage of pre-wedding whitening pins communicates happy healthy portrait-ready wedding day smiles?
You may also be interested in this article I found relating to using Pinterest to market your business: 30 Resources, Tips and Tricks for Marketing Your Business on Pinterest.