May 27, 2015
Owning a dental practice or group has always presented challenges, but the marketplace has never been more crowded than it is now. With an ever-increasing level of choice for patients, it is more important than ever for dental businesses to stand out from the crowd. While we, of course, all know the value of providing a first-rate customer service, and that will always remain the most important factor, how many of us recognise the importance of creating and building a brand?
May 21, 2015
It is commonly accepted that Facebook is one of the largest and most important online platforms in 2015. As it continues to dominate the social media landscape and hold a massive captive audience, the critical question is, are you utilising Facebook and, if not, why not?
April 29, 2015
The UK is gearing up to host the largest conference in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry ever held with EuroPerio8 taking place on 3-6 June at London ExCel. Over 100 speakers will contribute to the main scientific programme and there are many additional sponsor sessions. Over 1500 abstracts have been accepted. Already over 7,000 periodontists, implantologists, general dentists and dental hygienists from 96 different countries have confirmed their attendance.
March 19, 2015
Pain is one of the most complex health conditions encountered, as it affects not only the sufferers, but also the community in which they live. It is often associated with other co-morbidities, especially anxiety, depression and chronic pain elsewhere. In the orofacial region, the most commonly reported pain is dental, and this inevitably requires a visit to a dentist, who in most instances can provide a cure. However, there are other pains encountered in the orofacial region that can become chronic, defined as pain that has been present for over three months. These pains need to be diagnosed correctly, as their management is different.
February 27, 2015
Unlike many other types of business, dental practices have historically been denied the advantages of limited liability. However, the introduction of new laws meant that, with effect from 1 August 2006, dentists could run their practices using either a company or a limited liability partnership (LLP). Amanda Maskery, Chair of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists in the UK and partner and head of the dental team at Newcastle law firm Sintons, details the implications of changing a dental business structure from self-employment to a limited company.
January 27, 2015
According to a recent survey by the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers, private buyers and small groups in the UK have recently gained ground over large corporates in dental practice sales. Particularly for individuals looking to buy or purchase a practice, however, the process can sometimes be overwhelming. Sintons’ Amanda Maskery explains some of the most important aspects and where solicitors can help in the transaction.
November 18, 2014
How is your relationship with Google; do you love or hate it? Does it display negative information about your dental practice? With right to be forgotten legislation, relief from career-damaging reviews now seems to be at hand, but does Google really forget?
May 9, 2014
Cosmetic and implant dentistry has become increasing popular among dentists and patients. As this type of dentistry increases, so does litigation. Legal defence organisations have noted that their highest litigation costs are due to an increase in undiagnosed periodontal disease, as well as poorly planned cosmetic and implant dentistry.