Doggie Braces

doggie bracesEver heard of a dog with braces? Or even a “doggie dentist”? In Spring Lake, Michigan, you can find both. The Harborfront Hospital for Animals is helping a six month old Golden Retriever puppy get relief by giving him doggie braces.

Because February is National Pet Dental Health month, the veterinary clinic decided to help Wesley out.  He wasn’t able to chew well or even fully close his mouth. Dr. James Moore, the doggie dentist, says that he sees a lot of unique cases and does a lot of oral procedures and different orthodontia for dogs.

Veterinary dentistry includes cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of animals teeth and all other aspects of oral care in animals.

Read the full article here: ‘Doggie Dentist’ Gives a Pooch Braces

Dental Practices Use The Cloud

cloudManaging a dental practice has become more complex with more compliance demands, medical records, changing health laws and just the administrative tasks. One thing that has made business a bit easier is the cloud technology.

Cloud technology enables users to retrieve information through web based tools and applications rather than from a direct server connection.  Some practices have found a lot of success with switching to cloud based online employee time and attendance systems.  It has saved them time, and payroll processing has become easier.

Read more about the cloud system and how it may help with your dental practice in an article by Scott Mulka here: Dental practices use the cloud to better manage time and attendance: Can the cloud help you? – DentistryIQ

Dental Practice Finance Loans

dental practice finance loansStarting a dental practice is not an easy task.  It is important to gain and establish patients and make sure that they are receiving a positive experience.  But another important aspect is the financial steps that will keep the business operating smoothly. In an article written by Daniel Croft on Dentistry IQ, he lists 3 things that dentists should know when applying for dental practice finance loans.

First, examine your fiscal health.  You should examine key practice performance indicators, production, continuing care, schedule optimization and also patient analysis. You will need to evaluate your practice’s cash flow, revenue and profitability to give you an idea of how much you need to finance.

Read the other two tips here: 3 things dentists need to know when applying for dental practice finance loans

Are Dentists Paying Too Much For Financial Advisors?

financial advisorIf you own a dental business, you may be paying for a financial advisor to help you out.  Are you paying too much? A recent poll found that many dentists don’t even know how much they are paying their financial advisors. In an article written by John McGill and Bret Miller, they give you advice on how much you should be paying your financial advisor.

Doctors and dentists can avoid these costly mistakes and generate the best rate of return by taking some of these recommendations. One of these tips is to hire a fee only advisor.  Read the full article, found on Dental Economics here: What’s the true cost of high investment fees? What every dentist should know about paying a financial advisor

Strategies To Offer Patients Reasonable Priced Dental Implants

save money on dental implantsEvery year more dental plans are covering dental implants for patients but at a reduced rate of reimbursement. Because of this, there is more demand for dental implants, but it puts some pressure on dentists to control costs.

In an article from Dental Economics, you can read about some ways that dentists can profitably deliver implants for their patients that are financially reasonable.

These include things like controlling lab costs, training and trusting your team, and asking implant patients for referrals. Read more about this here: Strategies to profitably deliver great implant dentistry in an insurance-driven environment – Dental Economics