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Make Dentistry Great Again

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments by

Practice the Best Dentistry for You and Your Patients. In the last year, everyone has heard the phrase “Make America Great Again.” Regardless of your personal political affiliations, that slogan forces each of us to ask a very basic question. Are we satisfied with the current state of affairs, and if not, what can we […]

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Join the Dental Membership Club!

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments by

The Advantages of Dental Membership Plans. Not long ago, I received a call from a longtime patient. He explained that his daughter, “Amber” (who lived away at college), needed some dental treatments. Amber’s dentist told her she needed to have five cavities filled. Amber agreed to have three cavities filled and went back to the […]

Secrets of Success, Summer 2017 Read more

Data Mining for Dentists

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments by

Striking Gold with Your Practice Management Software. If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.” Steven R. Covey, educator and author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, spent decades consulting with and advising people about reaching their goals. Covey’s quote is true for both businesses and […]

Strategies, Summer 2017 Read more

Tackling Jack’s Smile

Jul 10, 2017 No Comments

Multidisciplinary Dentistry for a Full Mouth Reconstruction. I first met Jack at a football game at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. We were both watching the game and were chatting casually about football. Eventually the conversation turned away from the action on the field. Jack said, “I hear you’re a dentist.” He’d been […]

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Q & A on Custom Orthotics

Jul 10, 2017 No Comments

Choosing an Orthotic That Suits Your Patient’s Needs. When it comes to orthotics, one size doesn’t fit all patients. A custom orthotic is beneficial because it is made specifically for an individual patient. With custom orthotics, dentists can choose flat or anatomical, hard acrylic or Astron (MMA-free), or even full coverage or just posterior coverage. […]

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Hitting the Mark

Jul 10, 2017 No Comments

A Full Arch Makeover Corrects a Childhood Injury. Getting hit in the face with a baseball bat will ruin your day, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. I’m proof of that. As a child, I suffered a bruising blow to my teeth during a Little League® baseball game. I didn’t realize it at […]

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Cheering You On

Jul 10, 2017 No Comments

Why Mentors Are Critical to Success. The statistics don’t lie. If you want your dental practice to flourish, you need to utilize some type of mentorship. A 2014 study conducted by The UPS Store showed that 70 percent of small businesses that succeeded for at least five years or longer had received some type of […]

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One Team, One Goal

Jul 10, 2017 No Comments

Creating Achievement-Oriented Teams. When I first started working at Arrowhead Dental Laboratory about 11 years ago, a colleague invited me to go on a backpacking trip with him and three other friends. The first year, we spent a week in the Uintah Mountains in northeastern Utah and climbed Mount Agassiz, a mountain with an elevation […]

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New Beginnings

Feb 28, 2017 1 Comment

The Time for Quality Dentistry is Now. Mechanical watches have always fascinated me. The precision, the craftsmanship, the innovation, and the artistry in fine timepieces are inspiring. In many ways, I based my approach to dentistry on the same principles behind many of the world’s finest watchmakers. Brands like Rolex®, Patek Philippe, Piguet, and Breguet, […]

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Designing the Dream

Feb 28, 2017 No Comments

Ergonomics Helps Dentists Reach Their Potential. “Go buy 12 white shirts and 12 new silk ties.” As a new dentist seeking to grow my practice, I called Dr. Dick Barnes in the 1990s and I’ll never forget his advice. It was not what I expected. After a moment, Dr. Barnes repeated himself: “Go buy 12 […]

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