When you take some time to review your dental practice, do you come up all smiles or are their some frowns on your face?
If you are seeing too much of the latter, now would be a good time to think about how you can improve things.
Remember, there are many dental practices out there. Unless you are in a small town, chances are good you have competition. If you are not meeting customers’ needs, chances are at least 50-50 they will go elsewhere for dental care.
So, might now be the time to do some work for an improved medical practice?
Protect Yourself to Avoid Catastrophe
In looking to improve your dental practice, start by looking at your own situation.
Do you have protection in place if you were unable to go into work for a foreseeable period of time? If the answer is no, do not continue down this path.
It would be wise to have the right dentist disability insurance covering you.
Such coverage means you are protected if you suddenly have to stop working. This can be due to a serious injury or related issue.
The bottom line is making sure you are able to pay your bills and go on with some semblance of normalcy in your world. If you can’t, both your professional and personal lives can take a major turn for the worse.
Second, look at how you are treating your patients on a consistent basis.
Make sure your patients get the utmost in care from you and your staff. This means from the moment they walk into your practice until they leave. You also want to be sure they get the needed info when calling into your office with their dental questions. This can be everything from an issue with a tooth to billing matters.
The hope is your staff has been instructed from day one that the patients are the backbone of the practice. Without them, you would not have a practice in the first place.
Are You Staying up on Dental Technology?
Even though some things always seem to be much the same with the dental world, other things do change. When it comes to the latter, be sure you are on top of things.
For one, do you read up on dental technology on a regular basis? It is also smart to attend some dental trade shows when you get the chance to.
By doing both of those things; the odds of you falling behind on your dental knowledge will go down.
You might also decide to have some conversations with other dentists you are on good terms with. Exchanging ideas and picking their brains can never hurt you.
Last, do you have an exit plan in mind?
Depending on your age and how many years you have been practicing, you may be moving to a point of retirement. If so, don’t let your staff and patients be left hanging.
Having that plan in place to turn the business over to another dentist is important.
In reviewing your practice; look for ways to improve it.
When you do, you will have much to smile about when you see the positive results.