Category Archives: Growing the Practice

Reflecting on my first year out of dental school

The last year and a half has been a transitional time starting off as a newly graduated dentist, getting my first real job as an associate, and becoming an owner in my first dental practice. Even though I am no longer freaking out at the idea of going to work, it’s amazing to reflect and watch my concerns… Read More »

Webinar: Coordinating Benefits – How much of my fee should I write-off?

Dental benefits and specifically coordination of benefits (COB) typically generate many questions from dental offices. The ADA has been, and continues to be, extremely active in advocating for dentistry and educating dental offices on COB and other dental benefits issues. What is a PPO write-off? What fee can I charge my patient when there are two dental plans… Read More »

Navigate third-party payer issues better with new webpage

A new webpage on dedicated to third-party payer advocacy is a one-stop-shop for members looking for resources on plan participation, legislative matters and how the Association can help members navigate various dental benefit issues. The webpage,, includes information on member support for possible abusive practices by third-party payers; a complaint form; legislative advocacy on dental benefits;… Read More »

Webinar: Investing in Practice Growth

Keeping your practice up-to-date with the latest equipment and technology in an office that comfortably accommodates patients and staff is one way to stay competitive and keep growing. But how do you know when it’s time to update or expand – and how much you can afford to invest? One powerful indicator is practice cash flow. While it… Read More »

New marketing management resource available for ADA members

Where is your next new patient coming from? Do you know why patients are loyal to your practice? How can you avoid losing patients to another practice? In an effort to help dentists answer those questions and to better understand and manage their practices, the Guidelines for Practice Success (GPS), a new resource for ADA members to help… Read More »

Two dentists, two approaches on owning practices

Dr. Steven Holcombe used an analogy to describe buying his dental practice. “I like to use the comparison of telling a child the stove is hot,” said Dr. Holcombe. “Now remember, a hot stove is not a bad thing — you need it to cook food. Now, you can explain and warn the child all you want, but… Read More »