Category Archives: Patients

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…]


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…]


When Presenting Treatment, Don’t Put the Focus on Money

Patients say no to treatment for many reasons, but I find one of the most common is cost. They don’t see the value in the treatment and decide the money would be better spent elsewhere. That’s where education can make a huge difference. Educated patients are more likely to accept treatment. While it’s important for …[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…]


3 Ways A Weak Team Can Cost You Patients

If your team is struggling, no matter the reason, there’s a pretty good chance your patients will notice—and it could be enough to send them looking for a new dental home. Here are three ways a weak team might cost you patients and what to do about it. 1. Customer service suffers. Patients want to …[Read More…]


Want to Create Stronger Patient Connections? Look to your Team

While it’s important for you to spend time building relationships with your patients, it’s also important for your team members to do the same. Even if patients feel connected to you as the dentist, they might still look for a new dental home if just one of the team members makes them uncomfortable for any …[Read More…]