Dentists today not only have to be superb clinicians, but they also run small, sometimes even larger, businesses. Business management skills are therefore more necessary than ever.
The development of the practice setting and increased digitisation, coupled with growing competitive pressure, necessitate increased entrepreneurial thinking and action. However, this is not yet the case in all areas of practice. While a lot has already been optimised in the invoicing process and the procurement of materials, there is often still potential for improvement, particularly in clinical procedures.
The better the internal processes, the more efficient and effective the practice. In particular, the area of prophylaxis often harbours undiscovered opportunities for optimisation. All procedures should be scrutinised, clinical standards reviewed, and treatments carefully documented.
This often results in potential time and thus cost savings, which could be dedicated primarily to patient education and satisfaction. In turn, this often leads to significantly increased practice recommendation rates.