DSO Wins “Reader’s Choice” Award

Group Dentistry Now –

Dental Associates Fond du Lac dental center was named “Best Dental Clinic” in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Readers of the Fond du Lac Reporter voted on the winners of these awards.

Over the years, Dental Associates Fond du Lac has established itself as one of Fond du Lac’s best dental clinics, winning or being a finalist in the Readers’ Choice Awards each of the last six years. “Our clinic has been a part of the Fond du Lac community since 1996, and our focus since day one has been to provide the very best, most patient-centered care to this community,” says Barb Moser, Practice Manager at Dental Associates Fond du Lac. Dental Associates Fond du Lac features general and specialty dentistry including pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry.

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More Dentists Now Count on DSOs for Business Success

Inside Dentistry –

Andrea Watkins, ADSO

The practice of dentistry isn’t what it was two decades ago. Increased regulation, rapid technological change, and process innovation have left many practitioners struggling to keep pace. While dental school delivers the clinical skills needed to run a practice, many practitioners are increasingly frustrated with marketing, payroll, and other functions not covered in the curriculum.

Each year, more dentists elect to associate with organizations that specialize in offloading these nonclinical functions, resulting in less time doing paperwork and more time spent with patients.

Dental support organizations (DSOs) have been around for decades, and today there are hundreds, ranging in both scope and size. Most commonly, DSOs are contracted to provide critical business management and support to a practice’s nonclinical operations. This relationship allows practice owners to focus on their practices and provide the best oral healthcare to patients, while leaving the administrative aspects of the practice to business experts.

The list of duties commonly tackled by DSOs is lengthy:

• Bookkeeping and accounting
• Payroll and banking
• Billing and collections
• Marketing and advertising
• Information technology
• Human resources
• Office and property management, including housekeeping
• Risk management and compliance

For many dentists seeking to improve their work-life balance, those functions elicit groans or a shudder. DSO-supported dentists often find their administrative time slashed by hours per day upon affiliation with these organizations, giving them back flexibility.

These organizations are now available to support virtually any type of dental practice, from general practitioners to endodontics and from prosthodontics to oral surgery. While nonclinical practice support is a broadly cited reason for choosing to contract with a DSO, there are several additional benefits for potential practice owners to discover.

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October: National Dental Hygiene Month

The Sheridan Press –

The timing of this article couldn’t be better from this dental hygienist’s point of view. We are just wrapping up September, which in our world is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (see last year’s health watch column) and we’re about to kick off October, National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM).

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association and its partners work to raise public awareness about good oral health year round, but especially during NDHM. In addition to focusing on the four components of good oral health maintenance — brushing teeth twice daily, cleaning between the teeth every day, rinsing with mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum — NDHM also celebrates the important role that dental hygienists play in preventive oral health care, patient education and improving the public’s oral and overall health. So, if you happen to be visiting your dental hygienist this month, don’t be surprised if there’s an added emphasis on prevention and overall health.

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A Good Dentist Is Hard To Find In Rural America

NPR –

A study by the Federal Reserve found that a quarter of Americans went without dental care they needed in 2014 because they couldn’t afford it. For those in rural areas, the problem is far worse. A 2015 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that people in rural areas are poorer and less likely to have dental insurance than their urban counterparts. They’re also less likely to have fluoridated water, and more likely to live in an area where dentists are in short supply. Those dentists that are there probably don’t take Medicaid, government health insurance for the poor.

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Overcome limitations for better dental health

Nevada Appeal –

What do 155 million American adults have in common? They did not go to the dentist last year. Cleaning and check-up appointments are essential to both your oral health and overall health. However, many barriers often stand in the way of getting the care you need.

Maybe you lack dental insurance or don’t have enough time to take off of work. Perhaps you simply cannot afford it. For many, there may not be a dental practice nearby – if so, you may live in a “dental desert.”

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Fearing the Uber of dentistry

The Washington Times –

Five years ago, I started researching the delivery of children’s dental care in the growing Medicaid dental space. I discovered a pioneering, cost-effective dental health care solution called “dental support organizations,” or DSOs. Some DSOs help improve access for underserved children, who largely lack access to “regular” dental practices that have historically not accepted patients who rely on the low-paying Medicaid program. As an economist, I was intrigued — however, as I dug deeper, I uncovered something disturbing: a coordinated effort to inhibit entrepreneurship and innovation in this critically underserved health care niche, at the expense of vulnerable children.

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Bilt And Schmidt Back At The Helm Of Smile Brands

Group Dentistry Now –

Steve Bilt and Bradley Schmidt are back in charge at Smile Brands.  Back in June of 2015, Bilt and Schmidt were chosen to head up OneSmile, a start up DSO focused on acquiring practices in the Western US.  Private equity firm Gryphon Investors helped fund OneSmile.  Fast forward to August of 2016, and Gryphon, Bilt and Schmidt are back at it with Smile Brands.  OneSmile and Smile Brands will operate together with OneSmile focusing on acquiring existing dental practices in the Western US.

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Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States

American Dental Association –

Do adults in your state feel that the condition of their mouth and teeth affects their ability to interview for a job? Do they reduce participation in social activities or limit day-to-day activities because of poor oral health? Why do high-income adults in your state not visit the dentist more frequently?  Do people expect they will lose some of their teeth as they grow older?

Oral Health & Well-Being in the United States summarizes select data on self-reported oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization among United States adults as of 2015 based on an innovative household survey. See the report here.

Doctor’s Orders: Why Every One Needs To Visit The Dentist Every Six Months

The Huffington Post –

I am among the group of people who would prefer to have no business within the four walls of a hospital or any medical related institution. Being in such a place makes me feel like a ‘98 Chevy with no engine just sitting there in the junkyard.

Throughout my life, I have visited a dentist’s office three; first to make an appointment and secondly to have a tooth pulled.

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