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Vote today for your favorite dental office designs

Judges from the ADA Council on Dental Practice have selected finalists for this year's Design Innovation Awards in three categories: large new build-out, small new build-out and remodel. Now we need your help to choose the winners. You can view photos and floor plans from each finalist, then cast your vote for your favorite design in each category. Voting ends Oct. 31 and winners will be announced shortly thereafter.



3 ways to boost practice production
By Roger P. Levin, D.D.S.

As we move beyond the COVID-19 era, and there is still a bit of inconsistency and uncertainty, practices will need to look at new methods of management and operations to maximize production, potential and efficiency.

Why now is a great time to buy a practice
By Suzanne Ebert, D.D.S.

I’m seeing so many would-be owners, 10 to 15 years post graduation, who say that they have always wanted to own a practice, but for whatever reason, it kept getting pushed to the back burner. The pandemic gave them a new perspective, and they realized they are frustrated by the “lack of control” they have as associates. Now they're ready to take charge of their futures.


Hiring from a different perspective
by William van Dyk, D.D.S.

Dentists are continually searching for ideal employees. In many instances, they feel it's necessary to settle for a team member who can’t perform at an acceptable level because the only alternative seems to be having an unfilled position. Here is a 4-step alternative to hiring the best team members for your practice.


How to increase patient volume
by Roger P. Levin, D.D.S.

While it may not be possible for patient volume to reach pre-COVID-19 levels anytime soon, it’s certainly possible to improve it and increase practice production. Otherwise, we estimate that practices may lose up to 15% of pre-COVID-19 production simply due to one factor. 

10 steps toward tax success in 2021
by Mark McKee

As a dentist, your top priority is giving your patients healthy, beautiful smiles. But, as a small business owner, you have to think about getting finances, payroll and taxes right for your practice. You may just be working on your 2020 tax return, but it’s also the perfect time to get a jump on planning and preparing for 2021.

Financial foundations for the new dentist
A special issue of Dental Practice Success

Dentists need to have a financial plan that ensures they realistically manage debt without sacrificing quality of life and set themselves up for future professional and personal success. This special issue of Dental Practice Success can help with budgeting and saving, student loans, practice loans and more.

Infection control: Safeguarding your patients’ and practice’s health

In this special issue of Dental Practice Success, experts in infection control and business outline strategies and tactics to help protect patients, staff and dentists during this pandemic.

Keys to practice recovery
A special issue of Dental Practice Success

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.

3 best-kept secrets to managing dental reviews

While online reviews can help your dental practice recruit new patients, managing good and bad reviews online is an important practice management activity. This  sponsored blog post  from Legwork offers three key considerations for online reputation management.


Practical ways to scale the patient experience

Creating a consistent patient experience, especially for a multilocation dental practice, is key. This free white paper from Fuse (Patterson Dental) outlines how you can leverage centralized cloud-based software to improve the experience and business processes.


Video: Why referrals are crucial to practice growth

Patient referrals are more important than ever. This new video from Planmeca describes the importance of good reviews to help foster patient referrals. Remember that if patients are not delighted with your services, you’re missing an opportunity for increased patient referrals.

Equipment can make or break the patient experience

Outfitting your dental practice with the right equipment is an important decision for your practice and patients. In this comprehensive, free e-book, A-dec breaks down some of the most important considerations, including performance and efficiency, and value and pricing.


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 conducts a biweekly poll on economic conditions during the pandemic. The latest wave of this poll, collecting data for the week of July 27, shows increases in patient volume and total collections compared to early June. 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.