Is augmented and virtual reality the future of dentistry?

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology have seen major breakthroughs, particularly in the world of gaming. But did you know that these technologies also have potential benefits in the dental industry?

According to the World Health Organization, around 3.5 billion people suffer from oral diseases.

Dental trends to keep an eye on in 2021

In the dental industry, where person-to-person contact is required, safety is the top priority for both patients and dental staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Dental Association (ADA) reported a 38% decrease in dental spending in 2020, and as COVID-19 cases continue to spike, the ADA predicts an additional 20% decline in dental spending in 2021.

But, as the dental industry continues to experience challenges, these 2021 dental industry trends may shine a light for dental practitioners around the world.

How artificial intelligence is redefining the dental industry

Over the past years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been making breakthroughs in the healthcare industry. However, some dental professionals meet the thought of working with robot dentists with a mixture of amusement and fear. But the truth is, AI is helping dentists discover new and effective ways to improve their practice and provide better care to their patients.

Improving productivity in your dental clinic

As a dental practitioner, you should know that workplace dynamics directly affect employee morale, which, in turn, affects your bottom line. Does your dental clinic have a good company culture that encourages productivity in the workplace? Here are some questions to ask yourself so you can identify areas of your practice that need improvement.

Revolutionary high-tech tools that are making dentistry more effective

Technological advances in the field of dentistry are changing the way dental professionals provide service to their patients. Laser technology, 3D printing, and digital scanning are allowing dentists to diagnose, treat, and perform procedures with better precision.

Data Privacy 101: A guide for your dental clinic

Dental clinics handle a large amount of patient data known as protected health information (PHI). PHI is private information in medical records that is used to identify a specific individual, and is disclosed during a patient's diagnosis or treatment. This includes:

Address

Date of birth

Phone number

Email address

Social Security number

Medical history

Mental health condition

Laboratory tests and results

Insurance information

As a dental health provider, it’s your responsibility to ensure your patients’ information is safe and handled properly.

Dental technology that’s taking the industry by storm

Dental technology improvements have skyrocketed in the last decade. By embracing the latest trends in dental technology, clinics are able to provide better services for their patients, and it looks like 2020 has a lot more in store for your dental practice.

Electric or manual toothbrush: Which is better for you?

There's been an ongoing debate within the dental industry about the superiority of electric or powered toothbrushes over traditional ones. Most people still use a manual toothbrush, with only 36% of adults in the United States using an electric toothbrush.

Guidelines for reopening your dental clinic

The American Dental Association (ADA) announced on May 21 that it will provide additional detailed guidelines to dental offices resuming their operations. The announcement came after the ADA's recommended limitation on practice ended on April 30 and saw dental clinics around the country returning to business.

How can you monitor the health of your dental clinic?

As the owner of a dental clinic, do you ever think about the overall health of your business? Are you or one of your staff members monitoring your clinic's revenue and expenses? If you are not properly tracking the important financial metrics of your dental practice, you run the risk of overlooking expenses, incurring hefty penalties for filing your taxes late, having difficulty paying bills, and more.

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