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Pick Of The Week!

Are you doing anything to recognize or reward your patients on a regular basis? This (and maybe not your beautiful restorations) is what gets people to talk about you and spread good things about your practice to others.

Do you have a “No Cavity Club” for kids which is posted on your Facebook page or written about in your practice newsletter? Do you have a monthly drawing for a free whitening or a “Chic-Flic” pen?? Do you give cool presents to those who refer others?

These kinds of things really go a long way in getting others interested in your practice. Your patients won’t talk about your excellent crown margins. But stick their kid’s picture somewhere or give them a little “lagniappe” and watch what happens!

If you’ve been to TBSE (there is still time for 11-11-11!!) or one of our “Love Dentistry, Have Fun and Prosper!” seminars, you know that we always incorporate some live music into the learning experience.

Recently we had some Madow Brothers guitar picks made by Steve Clayton Custom Picks, a company which makes custom guitar picks for major rock stars, local acts, and everyone in between. Well – they liked our picks so much that they named them “Pick Of The Week” and featured them on their website. Very cool!!

Are we telling everyone? We sure are! And out of the thousands of people that read this message, will some of them order custom picks from Steve Clayton? No doubt about it!

The lesson? Recognize your patients. Give stuff away. Make people feel special. It makes them feel good – and helps your practice too!

This Is Guaranteed To Make You Feel Good About Dentistry!

One of the great things about dentistry is being able to enhance patient’s lives so significantly. Allowing people to look better, smile more readily, be free of pain, chew and function normally, live longer and have nice fresh breath for speaking and kissing are just a few of the things we do to improve the lives of everyone we touch. Even the most basic dental procedures are incredibly important – without good dental hygiene and regular cleanings millions more teeth would be lost every year.

Unfortunately even in the United States there are many citizens who have little or no access to oral health care. Many of these people, especially children, will have their futures dampened due to dental disease and lack of care. At The Madow Group, we are huge believers in helping the less fortunate achieve excellent dental health. We urge you to make 2010 the year that you help a few members of your community by providing free or low cost dental treatment. It will make you, the entire team and your patients feel even better about what you do.

Want to get involved on a larger scale? There are ways that you can touch thousands of deserving people from traditionally underserved parts of the country. For over fifty years, Oral Health America has been improving public health by eliminating oral disease through educating and empowering communities to provide access to care, and advocating for policies that create oral health parity.

Here are just a few examples of their great work:

ACCESS: OHA is close to their goal of providing 1,000,000 dental sealants to 225,000 children by 2010.

EDUCATION: Their messages of dental hygiene, proper professional care and healthy food choices have appeared in news sources which have reached over 170 million people.

ADVOCACY: For every American that lacks medical insurance, approximately two lack dental insurance. Only about one third of children covered by Medicaid obtain dental services each year. Oral Health America is advocating for the mouth to be included as one of our nation’s healthcare priorities, and is working in partnership with other oral health leaders to educate policymakers about disparities in access, social and economic equity, workforce, and effective community-based interventions.

We support this fantastic organization and hope that you will too. Please visit their website at www.oralhealthamerica.org to learn about the multitude of things they are doing to educate and improve the oral health care of so many in this country. While you are there learning about the fantastic work of this organization, we urge you to donate whatever you can afford. It’s guaranteed to make you feel even better about the great things we do in dentistry!