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Helping Patients Understand Worn Incisal Edges
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Helping Patients Understand Worn Incisal Edges

As dentists, we see many patients with worn incisal edges. Before restoring these teeth, we need to understand the type or pattern of the tooth wear....

| 7 years ago
The First Step to Case Acceptance
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The First Step to Case Acceptance

A new patient walks into a dental practice for her first visit. She approaches the front desk, waits for her turn to talk to someone and identifies herself....

| 7 years ago
Listen Closely Or Your Patients Won't Return
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Listen Closely Or Your Patients Won't Return

If a patient feels that you're not listening to them, they will leave your practice. Recently I had a patient come in who told me she left her previous...

| 7 years ago
Patients Respond to Genuine Communication
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Patients Respond to Genuine Communication

Patients leave our practice; we don't like it but it happens. Sometimes the reasons they leave are beyond our control. If they're moving out of the area...

| 7 years ago
How to help your patients visualize treatment
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How to help your patients visualize treatment

Case presentation is always a concern for me, whether it's formal or casual, chairside or consultation room. I tend to have most conversations with...

| 7 years ago
Lip Service: How to Evaluate a Crooked Smile
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Lip Service: How to Evaluate a Crooked Smile

A person's smile is a work of art. Think about it, the lips function as the frame and the teeth are the picture. As with actual pieces of art, we look...

| 7 years ago
Who Are The Best Advocates For Ideal Dentistry?
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Who Are The Best Advocates For Ideal Dentistry?

A while ago, my longtime business partner, Dr. Glen Wysel, arrived at the office showing off the renewed dental work Dr. Frank Spear had performed on...

| 7 years ago
Staging Comprehensive Care
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Staging Comprehensive Care

If you asked most of your patients if they would fix their teeth if money were no object, the vast majority would say yes. We all have patients in our...

| 7 years ago
Unlocking an Important Truth About Technology
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Unlocking an Important Truth About Technology

I remember when I got my first car with automatic door locks. To be more specific, I remember an incident that occurred shortly after getting that car....

| 7 years ago
Top Five Reasons Patients Are Afraid of You
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Top Five Reasons Patients Are Afraid of You

Many people have at least some fear of going to a dentist for treatment. As we all know some even suffer from an anxiety so strong they forego treatment...

| 7 years ago
Giving Patients What They Want is Not Good Enough
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Giving Patients What They Want is Not Good Enough

When Apple was first developing the iPad it was suggested to Steve Jobs that they bring in focus groups so 'regular folks' could provide their thoughts...

| 7 years ago
Committee Finds No Link Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease
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Committee Finds No Link Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease

Many of you may have received the e-mail Issue Alert from the ADA about the link between gum disease and heart disease. According to a recent scientific...

| 7 years ago