Category Archives: Patient Retention

Expectations When Signing On as an Associate

If you’re thinking about joining a practice as an associate, you probably have certain expectations. That’s great, but it’s important to know they’re very different from the hiring doctor’s expectations—which is why communication is critical to forming a successful arrangement. You likely want to become an associate so you can gain experience before venturing out …[Read More…]


Thinking About Retirement? What NOT to do Before Hiring an Associate

In my more than 30 years as a dental consultant, I’ve seen many late-career dentists make this mistake. They know they’re going to retire in a few years, so they start scaling back and only treating the cases they actually enjoy. Of course that brings practice revenues down but they’re not worried; they’re going to …[Read More…]


Want to Improve Patient Retention? Focus on Marketing

The thought of marketing tends to make dentists break out into a cold sweat. Most have no idea how to effectively market their practice and would much rather spend time doing what they love most: diagnosing and treating patients. Unfortunately, without a solid marketing plan, you won’t have many patients to treat. Marketing really doesn’t …[Read More…]


Why Making Practice Changes Could Cost You Patients

You’re always looking for ways to improve your practice, whether that’s investing in new equipment or adding new services. Usually, change leads to positive results, but there are times when implementing new policies or systems might do more harm than good. The key is to think about how any changes you make might impact your …[Read More…]


Why Patients Aren’t Showing Up For Appointments

For many practices, broken appointments are just a normal part of the day. Patients call at the last minute to cancel or they just don’t show up at all. This of course sends the practice into a panic as you try to fill the open spots. Sometimes you’re successful and sometimes you’re not. When you’re …[Read More…]


3 Reasons Patient Retention Numbers Are Low

While a lackluster recall system results in low patient retention numbers, there are other reasons patients don’t come back. Read on for three of the most common and what you can do to make patients want to call your practice their dental home. 1. They don’t feel a connection. Patients want to feel like you …[Read More…]


Signs You Might Need a Dental Consultant

You’ve been thinking about hiring a dental consultant to help grow your practice, but you’re not sure if you really need one. There are definitely areas in your practice that could use some TLC, but you’re just about convinced you can make the necessary changes on your own. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, a lot. …[Read More…]


Educate Patients to Improve Collections

Focusing on educating patients will increase your case acceptance rates and reduce the number of broken appointments you deal with each day. Not only that, educated patients are more likely to pay on time because they see the value in your services. Talking with your patients chairside is a great way to provide this education. …[Read More…]


Leave Room for New Patients in your Schedule

Attracting new patients to your practice who will accept treatment can be a challenge—especially if you don’t leave room for them in your schedule. When potential new patients call in to make an appointment, they don’t want to see you in a month or two. They likely want to get in as soon as possible. …[Read More…]


Plan for Broken Appointments

Nobody on your team wants to deal with last-minute cancellations and no-shows. Broken appointments send your practice into a panic, as the Scheduling Coordinator does her best to find someone to take the open slots. If she can’t, the chances of you meeting daily production goals are pretty slim. Just like you plan for practice …[Read More…]