Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday roundup readers—we look forward to sharing the latest dental industry news with you. Starting off this week, we have a detailed article about the No. 1 question to ask on your practice surveys or evaluations. Next up, we have an article that explores what women want from their dental employers. Our last article for the week takes a look at the dangerous trend of do-it-yourself braces. Take some time and take a look and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you.

The most important question in dentistry
A satisfaction survey can be a great way to find out what is going well and what needs an improvement in your practice, however the longer the survey, the less likely a patient is going to take time to complete it. Recent research has found that there is a single question that can tell a practice owner more than all the other questions combined, which is “what is the likelihood that you would recommend our practice to a friend or colleague?” Read on to see how this one question can help you and your practice.

What women want … from their dental employer
Ever wonder what women want from their dental employer? Well, you’re in luck! McKenzie Management has compiled responses from women dental employees, including dental assistants, front office managers, scheduling coordinators, etc., to understand what they really want from their jobs. To help streamline their findings they have provided the top five areas of job satisfaction women dental employees listed as most important, how to improve those areas in the practice and a complete ranking of all 12 areas.

DIY braces? Bizarre online video trend worries orthodontists
A new online trend has caught the attention of do-it-yourselfers all over the internet and the American Association of Orthodontists is extremely worried. So worried in fact, the organization has released a PSA warning video. Apparently, people are taking to YouTube to learn how to straighten their own teeth by putting rubber bands around their teeth. They call it “do-it-yourself braces.” However, what these people don’t know is that trying to a close a gap or straighten your teeth yourself can increase the risk of infection and serious damage to your teeth and gums, including tooth loss.

Have you ever had a patient try DIY treatment? Tell us what you experienced and how you tried to remedy the situation.

Author: Carestream Dental Blog Administrator

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