Oral Health: Dentists Disagree on Which Toothpastes Are Best (video)

Which Toothpastes Are BestIt is estimated that Americans spend more than 1.6 billion dollars on toothpaste a year.

But, does it really matter which toothpaste you use?

A Pennsylvania dentist reports that he has patients who see great results by brushing with Ivory soap. Most dentists, however, felt using the right toothpaste makes a difference in your oral health.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if it mattered which toothpaste dental patients use. Two out of three dentists say it matters!

Watch the following video to hear what dentists have to say about the best type of toothpaste for maintaining good oral health

What kind of toothpaste do you recommend?

Botox From The Dentist: Good Idea Or Not? (Video)

Dental practice marketing with internet videoBotox is used in dentistry to treat TMJ (aka TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder).

However, some dentists use it for cosmetic purposes. Botox injections are big business as a popular wrinkle removal treatment for people looking to combat the signs of aging.

We wanted to know what  doctors think about this trend, so we conducted a survey asking if dentists should provide Botox.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey report on dentists’ opinions of  the role of Botox in dental practices.

Of the dentists in this survey, one in four thinks this is not an appropriate role for dentists. Another 7% feel it should be done for therapeutic reasons only.

“Botox for TMD can be therapeutic. I am against dentists offering it for cosmetic purposes,” said a Minnesota dentist.

“I see it as a device to increase income rather than an admirable service,” said a Pennsylvania dentist.

However, 70% of our survey respondents see no problem with dentists offering Botox treatments and dermal fillers like Restylane.

“I have been teaching and doing this for over 7 years. Where else can one earn about $500 profit in under 5 minutes? Cosmetics pays,” said a New Jersey dentist.

“I don’t provide it in my office, but I don’t have a problem with a properly trained dentist providing the service. Heck, most dentists are better trained and have more knowledge about head and neck anatomy than most general physicians or staff at beauty salons providing Botox and other dermal fillers!” said an Ohio prosthodontist.

“I find Botox good for elderly patients who have a problem with drooling at night due to loss of muscle tone,” shared a Florida dentist. “I use 3-5 units of Botox injected in the muscle on the affected side and it helps to minimize the problem.”

“Do you know if states are going to prohibit this? I have invested in the training but have not bought the supplies,” said a Maryland dentist.

Jim predicts that demand for Botox is only going to grow, but offers these cautionary words for smart dental practice management: “You’ll definitely want to check with your state before you invest in becoming a dental Botox provider.”

Dental Survey: Lead is the Number One Dentist Concern (video)

Dental Survey: Lead is the Number One Dentist Concern Mercury and Fluoride, two chemicals that can be highly toxic, or highly helpful to dental health.

Lead and Bisphenol A, two more scary chemicals that might be in our dental work. It’s enough to make you wonder whether dentists might sometimes be doing more harm than good.

What’s worse, the scientific evidence isn’t clear.

Sighed one dentist, “I’d like to be doing all gold restorations.”

Another dentist commented, “I feel it’s ironic that some patients don’t want ‘artificial chemicals’ in their mouth and decline the natural elements in amalgam in favor of the complex chemistry of composites!”

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey of dentists asking how concerned they are about various potential public health threats linked to chemicals in dentistry.

Click on Play to hear what chemicals concern dentists the most —

What dental chemicals concern you?

Cosmetic Dentistry Tops The List As Most Popular Dental Practice Service (Video)

Dental practice marketing with internet videoIn addition to family and general dentistry, most dental practices provide additional types of dentistry.

Dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and braces are some of the many services dentists offer.

“We offer a very wide range of services for a general dentist: Invisalign, sedation dentistry, dental implant placement & restoration, CEREC, most Endo, Perio, and Oral Surgery. Without this broad offering, we would be doing much worse financially,” said a Minnesota dentist.

“More than half of our practice is dental implants now,” said a California dentist.

We conducted a survey asking dentists which services their dental practice offers.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss the vareity of services that dentists offer:

What are the most popular dental services offered?

Besides general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is number one. In fact, 86% of dentists responding to this survey offer cosmetic treatment.

Over 70% of dentists also mentioned tooth whitening, dental implants and crowns, dentures, and children’s dentistry.

Over half of dentist respondents also offer root canal therapy and treat gum disease.

What types of dentistry are less commonly offered?

Just under half of respondents mentioned TMJ, Invisalign, and wisdom teeth. Only one in three offers sedation dentistry, and one in four provide orthodontics or treat sleep apnea.

It’s important that dentists consider the types of treatment they offer when creating a dental marketing plan.

“In our litigious society it is better to refer anything that can be done better by a specialist, including molar endo. It is not worth the trouble, and the patients will love you for referring. You lose patients on whom you do extractions – trust me, that is spoken with 50 years’ experience,” said a New York dentist.

“Oral conscious sedation is great combination with CEREC users – one appointment dentistry while sedated,” said an Oklahoma dentist.

“An oversupply of orthodontists and general dentists doing braces and other orthodontic procedures will mean more competition for the few patients considering treatment,” said a Wisconsin orthodontist.

“I have been teaching and doing Botox injections for over 7 years. Where else can one earn about $500 profit in under 5 minutes? Cosmetics pays,” said a New Jersey dentist.

Jim thinks dentists should offer services that, number one, patients are interested in, and number two, that the dentist likes providing.

“To me, those are the two essential elements of a successful dentist: making a profit – and enjoying yourself while you do so,”  said  Jim.

Dental Practice Management: Do You Have a Financial Arrangements Coordinator? (Video)

Dental practice management: financial arrangements coordinatorA Financial Arrangements Coordinator can be a valuable asset to the dental practice management team.

This key position is responsible for all financial interactions with the patient, from treatment plan to dental financing and payment options.

“It is a complete necessity to have someone who is ultimately responsible and the ‘go-to’ person for all financial arrangements, especially patient interaction,” said a Michigan dentist.

“Having a financial arrangements coordinator is probably a great idea for larger multi-dentist offices, but I find it is not likely to be cost-effective in a smaller practice,” said a general dentist.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey chat about this survey asking dentists if they have a Financial Arrangements Coordinator on their dental practice team:

Jim, a former dental practice consultant, thinks it’s a good idea to have an employee dedicated to managing financial arrangements.

Dentists seem to be split. Of those who responded to this survey, 55% do not have a financial arrangement coordinator, and 45% do employ a team member to carry out this function.

Although it’s not feasible for every practice, there are many benefits to having a dedicated “money person.”

“I have one designated team member to make financial arrangements, but occasionally another member has to step in due to the primary being out of the office for various reasons,” said a Nevada dentist.

“We estimate insurance benefits, and receive the patient’s portion on the date services are provided. Other than that, the only other financial arrangement we offer is through Care Credit. Our receptionist comfortably handles this as part of her duties,” said an Illinois dentist.

“I wish everyone would just pay at the time of service!” said a California dentist.

“We have only one person, and no one else discusses money. That way it stays simple, and patients can’t say someone told them something different,” said an Oklahoma dentist.

The bottom line is that handling financial arrangements effectively can have a positive impact on the practice’s revenue.

It can increase case acceptance, and free up the dentist’s time treat more patients  instead of talking about money.

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