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Make the most of technology in a dental practice


Look around and see how many people have their noses buried in their cellphones. Maybe you’re even reading this on your cellphone now. We’re deep in the age of technology, and people enjoy the convenience it provides. Through their cellphones, tablets, etc., patients are exposed to reviews about your future dental office, appointment reminders via email, information about treatment from Google – the list goes on. If your business isn’t taking advantage of the technological resources available to you, then it could suffer. Here are some ways technology can help you in practice.

How disability and life insurance helps enhance wellness (Part I)

Wellness isn’t just about eating right and getting enough rest and exercise. It’s also about preventing illness, injuries and disabilities. As the exclusive sponsor of this year’s ASDA Wellness Initiative for dental students, ADA Members Insurance Plans issued by Great-West Financial® is happy to support you in achieving your goals in fitness and in health. We want you to live your best life. In fact, our website, bringhealthyon.com, is dedicated to providing you with a variety of health-enhancing resources such as recipes, exercise videos and articles.

To build your dream or buy it?

With changes in the marketplace, building a dental practice from the ground up has sparked interest for many new doctors. Though risky, the personal and financial rewards can be plentiful and attainable. While advisors have historically championed buying into practices to take advantage of cash flow and income to tackle student loan debt and begin accumulating wealth, what we’ve seen is that there are fewer practices on the market and more competition for the ones that do hit the market. We see baby boomers working and keeping their practices longer, leaving new dentists with a tighter market to begin practicing.

What I wish I’d known in dental school

Going into dentistry was one of the greatest choices I’ve made, and I want every dental student to know they’ve chosen a rewarding profession in which they’re likely to succeed. For me, dentistry was the plan since childhood. Although I didn’t understand what being a dentist entailed back then, I remember thinking, “I could be a good dentist.” Fast forward about 15 years, and I was in dental school — and it was harder than I expected.