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    8 ways to make insurance less of a pain

    Insurance can be frustrating for any practice, but these tips can put you and your patients at ease.

    When Dr. Charles Blair first started out as a dentist, he says you could run a practice the way you wanted to. Profits were higher back then and dental school debt was lower (if it existed at all). Even reimbursements were better.

    Dentist leaning against filesNow, the margins are tighter, the PPO fee is 30 to 40 percent off the dental fee, and dentists today are graduating with student loan debt that tops $100,000. All of these things, Dr. Blair says, come into play when dealing with dental benefits in the practice.

    We spoke with dentists and dental benefits experts to find out what solutions are best for easing the stress of dental insurance. Here is their advice.

    Continue to the next page to see the top tips.

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