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Communicating with your patients during a pandemic

This year you’ve had to face the unimaginable: closing your practice for a time, furloughing or possibly laying off staff, watching your revenue dry up during the closure and convincing patients it’s safe to receive treatment in your practice. Then there are the old lingering concerns such as increased competition, open schedules and reduced profitability due to lower insurance reimbursements. All of these issues have created a perfect storm for dental practices. The good news is you can weather it and come out on top with strong patient communication.



Keys to practice recovery
A special issue of Dental Practice Success

As dental practices rebound from office closures caused by COVID-19, the impact of the pandemic underscores the need to reassess a variety of critical business functions to safeguard patient and staff health and deliver dental care to communities. This special issue of Dental Practice Success features a variety of articles and resources with practical, insightful business advice for dentists facing a challenging practice environment.

High-value strategies for practice recovery
By Dr. Roger P. Levin

COVID-19 has changed dentistry forever. And while it may be more comfortable for practices to operate in the same way that they did before the crisis, the businesses that will succeed will be the ones that are able to adapt quickly to new approaches in strategy, financial management and operations.


Strategies for dealing constructively with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that dental professionals recognize what stress looks like, take steps to build their resilience to cope with stress and know where to go if they need help.

Choosing a beneficiary for your IRA or 401(k)
by Santo LoPorto

Establishing or participating in a retirement plan is an important part of your financial future. If you currently have a retirement plan, understanding all of your options when it comes to naming a beneficiary is an important part of your planning.


Is your office compliant?
EPA amalgam separator requirement began July 14

Despite the unprecedented upheaval caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the Environmental Protection Agency’s amalgam separator requirements went into effect July 14. As required by the Environmental Protection Agency ruling, certain dental facilities that discharge waste water into a publicly-owned treatment works, for example municipal sewer systems, may be subject to the law.

The COVID-19 strategic recovery plan
by Dr. Roger P. Levin

Before COVID-19, the concept of strategic planning was typically focused on a five-year time horizon. Now an even more difficult question sits in front of us: “Where will we be in five MONTHS?” That question is more important than any other as it regards your practice. Where will you be in five months and how will you get there?

How one dentist built his ideal practice – and life – in a small town
by Bree Simmers

Find out why Dr. Dean Hussong and his wife, Ann, fell in love with small-market dentistry and found it the perfect place to balance a family with a career.


Why do dental professionals wear scrubs?

Having all staff wear scrubs is often a strategic tactic to communicate to patients a sense of professionalism that assists in building trust and aiding in the perception of cleanliness. Additionally, it is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirement that proper garments be worn in the dental office to ensure worker safety.


The impact of COVID-19 on U.S. dental practices

To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. dental practices, the ADA Health Policy Institute has initiated a biweekly poll on economic conditions during the pandemic. The latest wave of this poll, collecting data for the week of May 4, shows early signs of movement in a positive direction among dental practices as some states reopened. HPI will continue to track data over time, every two weeks, in every state, to provide a real time snapshot of how the situation is unfolding. For the latest complete results, visit


Dental Practice Success (DPS) is a quarterly digital magazine the ADA produces in cooperation with the ADA Center for Professional Success. DPS features articles from experts with tips dentists need to maximize their business, their patient care and their satisfaction.