These Dental Practice Management articles generated the most views over the last year.
As dentistry evolves with technology, ways to run the practice on the business end also evolve. Practice management and development have benefited from a variety of new software and products. The dental business has had a difficult year, with shutdowns and staff shortages. But through these tough times a new appreciation for the business aspect of dentistry has developed.
Our most popular practice management content this year all was focused on 1 thing, improving—whether improving relationships among staff, becoming a greener practice, or even just finding the best gifts for fellow dental professionals. Here, we will take a look at the top 10 dental practice management articles for 2021.
Every year the American Dental Association announces updates, additions, and deletions to the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) codes dental practices use to document the patient care they provide and submit insurance claims. This article takes a look at the new CDT Codes for 2021. The CDT codes for this year were reflective of quite a few changes, including important codes pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. All dental professionals should familiarize themselves with the codes. It comes as no surprise that this article was popular as it is vital for dental professionals to be aware of these codes in order to properly document care.
The holidays are a great opportunity to give gifts to the people who are most important in your life. But sometimes it can be difficult to shop for fellow dental professionals who may have everything they need to successfully run their practice. So why not get them something fun to put a smile on their face? From wine glasses to neckties, this list is the perfect inspiration for anyone who may be scratching their head to find gifts for their dentist or hygienist friends. That is probably why this article has been a hit for readers looking to find that perfect something for the most important dental professional in their life.
During the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, which necessitated a change to business as usual and closed many dental practices to all but emergency care, online continuing education (CE) programs flourished. Dental education companies had surges in participation in their online offerings they never had seen before. Even after restrictions were lifted and many practices reopened for routine patient care, online CE participation has remained high. In this article, contributing author Terri Lively asks whether online CE will become standard. The conveniences uncovered by the COVID-19 pandemic may stick around but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any challenges. This piece covers the ins and outs of the future of online CE.
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In this video hosted by Managing Editor Stan Goff, co-founder and chief medical officer for North American Dental Group Andrew Matta, DMD, MBA, discusses the way his practice was able to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Matta also discusses what he sees for the future of dentistry, making this video a unique look into the dental practice environment in early 2021.
In this video, Dental Products Report® Editorial Director Noah Levine has a conversation with Pearl founder and CEO Ophir Tanz about the development of artificial intelligence in the dental industry. As one of the creators of the Dental Artificial Intelligence Council, Tanz has a unique and valuable perspective on this topic, which helped this video become one of the year’s most popular pieces of practice management insight.
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This slideshow helpfully lists a few ways to make the dental practice an eco-friendly place to work. As we see more companies in the dental space commit to sustainability, practices are working to minimize their carbon footprint. As technology advances, being green has become less expensive, more efficient, and more beneficial for both practice and patient. Many dental professionals understand the ever-changing climate of our world and want to become sustainable in both their professional and personal lives, making this article a popular starting point on their journey to eco-friendliness.
Go to bit.ly/5GreenerPractice
Dental Products Report® Editorial Director Noah Levine talks with Rezwan Manji and Michael Augins about Imagen Dental Partners, their new venture connecting high-performing, technology-focused dental practices with centralized business services. This video offers insight on Imagen Dental Partners, which, at the time of filming, was still a relatively new venture in the dental industry.
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This article from contributing writer Randall LaFrom discusses helpful tips and tricks to set a marketing budget for the dental practice. LaFrom goes over pitfalls that many dental professionals can encounter when making business decisions. As the founder of Integrity Dental Marketing, LaFrom’s experience and advice proved valuable for dental professionals, making this article a hit with those looking to expand their knowledge on marketing their practices. From SEO to referrals, LaFrom covers all the bases when it comes to marketing.
After a tough year, it’s no wonder many dental professionals were feeling “stuck” in their ways in their dental practice. This article by contributing writer Robert Maguire, DDS, was the perfect balm to many of these woes. Speaker and coach Dr Maguire goes into detail about the definition of transformational thinking and what it can do to improve the practice. Dr Maguire cautions against “quick fixes” and stresses the importance of leading with both head and heart when it comes to decisions. This article offered advice for dental professionals, making it essential on our list of top 10 Dental Practice Management® articles for 2021.
Business growth and development expert Phil Bride covers the best way to create a powerful culture in the practice. Bride emphasizes teamwork, understanding values, and expanding on values, among other key insights. He stresses that a powerful culture is never a “one and done” activity; it is always a continuing process. He also discusses the monetary aspect of having a strong culture vs a weak culture and what that means for the future of the practice. Bride’s advice proved valuable to readers as it became 1 of the top 10 articles for dental practice management in 2021.