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Beauty and the Technologist: Why Mastering Technology is the Key to Future Dental Practice Success

March 20, 2017

From Dentalcompare.com: Researchers at Oxford estimate that as many as half the jobs people are doing today will be eliminated by technology. This includes dentists and dental team members. There is one sure fire way to ensure you still have a job during the high-tech revolution. Become the “Practice Technologist.” Source: Beauty and the Technologist: Why […]

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The Basics of Creating a Paperless Dental Practice

October 16, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from last year. One of the fastest growing trends in dental tech is “going paperless.” Creating paperless electronic patient records is not only possible with current technology it is highly desirable… If you want to join the trend and start using electronic records what do you need to get […]

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Keeping Your Machines Germ Free

October 9, 2014

In Case you missed it: Dentalcompare from Jan. There is more than one type of computer virus. In addition to malicious software, we also need to be aware of actual microbial viruses that dwell on the surfaces of our computers. Cleanliness and asepsis are important in the dental treatment area, so how do you keep […]

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What Graph Search Means for Dentists

September 25, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from Feb 2013. With over one billion users, Facebook has been an amazing phenomenon that dentists could not ignore, yet there has been little evidence that having a dental office Facebook page has any direct benefit. However, the new Graph Search feature changes everything… n the past having a […]

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Taking X-rays Off the Wall

September 18, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from 2013 The NOMAD, a hand held x-ray unit from Aribex, looks like a big ray gun from an old sci-fi film. There is a body, a pistol grip and a cone or barrel that emits the x-rays. The operator aims the device and holds it steady while the radiograph […]

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Hiring and Training Staff for Technology Success

September 4, 2014

In Case you missed it: Dentalcompare from Nov. 2013. Dentists sometimes worry about new staff members, “What if I spend a lot of time and money training them and then they leave?” What if you don’t train them and they stay?  …There are three possible outcomes to adding technology to the office only one of […]

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3rd Generation Dental Specialist Referrals

August 28, 2014

In Case you missed it: Dentalcompare from summer of 2013. Despite advances in digital records and communication, the majority of specialist referrals still follow this old paper-based system. However, paperless digital referrals are possible, have already progressed through two generations and promise to be even better in the near future. First generation attempts to create […]

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Taking X-rays Off the Wall

August 21, 2014

In case you missed it. Here is a Dentalcompare article from March2013 about one of my favorite products – Nomad. The NOMAD, a hand held x-ray unit from Aribex, looks like a big ray gun from an old sci-fi film. There is a body, a pistol grip and a cone or barrel that emits the x-rays. […]

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Does Your Dental Practice Website Have a Purpose?

August 14, 2014

In Case you missed it: Dentalcompare from July 2013. Do you need a dental website? Do you need a high speed handpiece? The folks who sell websites to dentists have focused on the marketing and advertising potential of web pages, and as such, many dentists think that is the sole purpose of a website. If […]

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There is no 2014 Deadline

August 7, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from March 2013. This from the January 21 ADA News, “If you believe the rumors, every dentist in the country will have to go paperless by this time next year…The truth is, no dentist is required by the federal government to use electronic health records or implement digital radiography […]

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Get a Responsive Dental Practice Website

July 31, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from December 2013. Imagine trying to read this page if it was shrunk to the size of a postage stamp. Have you ever gone to a website using your smartphone only to find it is impossible to read or navigate because the phone attempts to fit the standard webpage […]

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Training and More Training is the Key to New Technology

July 24, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from 2012. I often have a dentist or dental team member say to me something like, “It would be great if Dentrix just did xyz.” “Well,” I tell them “it does do xyz.” “You’re kidding. How long has it done xyz?” “At least three or four years.” The second […]

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How the Internet Works

July 17, 2014

In case you missed it: from Dentalcompare January. Just as you do not need to understand the intricacies of an auto transmission to drive a car, you do not need to understand the arcane details of the Internet to use it. On the other hand a basic understanding will help you use it more effectively […]

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Plan for When Technology Fails

July 3, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from Nov 2013. Sometimes the power fails—therefore electric lights cannot be trusted and we should all stick to kerosene lanterns. Of course that is foolish, but it is the approach some people take to using computer technology. They are so afraid of a computer crash they use it as […]

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Caries Diagnostics With The Canary System

June 26, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare March 2013. If Doctor McCoy on Star Trek had been a dentist he wouldn’t have used a Tricorder he would have used a Canary. As a dentist you are taught to diagnose dental disease by observing a physiologic change in a tissue, and then based on training and experience […]

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Uninformed, Clueless or Frightened

June 19, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from October 2012. Implementing new digital technology in the dental office involves a lot more than just choosing, buying and installing some tech gizmo. Just choosing the right gizmo is fraught with change and knowledge issues. Installing, implementing and then using the new gizmo creates even more change issues. According […]

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Putting Treatment Room Computer Monitors in Their Place

June 12, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from August. Where to put the treatment room computer monitors is a dilemma for many offices. A monitor needs to be positioned so the assistant can access it easily to input data—such as chairside charting—while maintaining eye contact with the dentist and patient. The monitor must also be close […]

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Dental E-Services Do the Work Without the Workers

June 5, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from May 2013. In 1820 it took a man wielding a scythe three days to harvest one acre of grain. In 1860 that same man using a mechanical thresher could harvest twelve acres in a single day. We easily understand that kind of mechanical automation and how it helps […]

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A Reading List of Books About Technology’s Impact on People

May 22, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from September 2013: “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.” – Charlie Jones Here are three books that offer an insightful and a highly optimistic look into the future. Abundance: The Future […]

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Five Key Terms to Understand Before Jumping Into Online Marketing

May 15, 2014

In case you missed it: From Dentalcompare Sept of 2012, still very relevant. Everyone is jumping on the online marketing bandwagon, including dentists. There is little doubt that websites, Google searches and social media are having a profound effect on how people find and choose a dentist. However before you jump on that crowded bandwagon […]

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