Dental Practice Success: Breaking Free from Preconceived Notions

Ever met someone who was dead sure about something, but you could easily see they were wrong? People are very committed to their beliefs. I hear from dentists like this all the time – they’re doing everything right and still not seeing any real growth in their business.

Often the problem is that they’ve already decided what’s right without learning about all of the options. They are stuck in the comfort zone, and it’s these preconceived notions that are exactly what hold us back. If someone decides they’ve made the right choice about something, they’re simply not going to be open to other possibilities, even if their choice proves to be flawed or even outright wrong.

In this era of decreased insurance reimbursements and increased patient consumerism, it is easy to understand why some dentists believe it is impossible to grow their practice. There will always be forces beyond our control that present challenges to practice success. What we must remember to focus on are the factors that we can control. What can we do now to create a sustainable practice that can thrive during times of economic success AND under duress?

The solution comes when we start to think outside the box. That is how I came to develop Quality Dental Plan. QDP gives dentists the opportunity to provide their patients with a way of affording dental care so that they can grow your practice on a long-term basis. QDP is a value-oriented, bundled preventive care system that allows dentists to reduce their reliance on insurance companies, while attracting new patients, especially those without any insurance coverage, to the practice, helping to protect the practice against economic downturns and times of financial crisis.

When it comes to opportunity for dental practice success, there’s always a multitude of possible solutions that exist at all times – you just have to reach out and find the one that works.

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Small Business Outreach: Providing Greater Access to Quality Dental Care

It is often said that the dental industry is recession-proof. However, I believe few of my dentist colleagues would argue that they didn’t feel the effects the “Great Recession”.

As we come out of the most recent economic downturn, now is a good time to plan ahead and put processes into place in order to protect your dental practice against future recessions. As dentists, we are well aware of the impacts oral health has on an individual’s overall health. We work to positively contribute to our communities by reaching as many patients as possible and providing them with quality dental care.

Local business owners sure felt the pinch of the recession. They incur a large expense in providing dental insurance for their employees. What if you could offer a real solution to your fellow business owners? What if you provided a dental plan at a much lower cost, but with greater benefits to their employees?

Offering a dental membership plan for your practice to local businesses often costs them less than group dental insurance and helps ensure that their employees and dependents get all of the preventive dental care they need. That means fewer absences as dental issues account for 164 million hours of missed work. And small business outreach gives dentists a chance to provide care to an even greater number of patients than before….a genuine win-win for the entire community!

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