Obesity and Oral Health
August, 24 2019

In a recent article published by the AMA, studies show that the national obesity rate is now nearing 40%, a significant change from the 34-35% levels maintained between 2005 and 2012. The latest data from NHANES shows that 39.6% of adults and 18.5% of children ages 2-19 have obesity.  These are the highest rates ever recorded by NHANES. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research in 2014 revealed that “Body mass index (BMI) and obesity appear to be independent predictors of poor response following nonsurgical periodontal therapy”.  The research showed an association between worse probing pocket depths (PPDs) and obesity that "was similar to that of smoking, which was also linked to a worse clinical outcome”. Here is a link to a great article from Dentalnews.com discussing the link between a BMI of more than 30 and periodontal disease.   As sobering as the Obesity Epidemic is, there is hope! In the study sited by the AMA, Obesity and severe obesity rates fell among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Nationally, 14.5 percent of these children were obese, according to the most recent 2014 data, down from 15.9 percent in 2010, the report shows. The drop was seen in 31 states and three U.S. territories. Our best chance to change behavior is EDUCATION!  Better teaching will always lead to better choices! As a trusted healthcare provider, you and your team have a unique position of influence with your patients.  Take advantage of Guru Dental’s unique teaching tool to help change the behavior of your patients and improve their health!

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Guru Dental Goes All Subscription
June, 9 2017

Guru Dental has taken the leap into SaaS for its entire product catalog. Guru Teach, with over 8000 offices worldwide, can now be purchased with a montly subscription. Now offices can increase their in-office Case Acceptance without a significant captial investment....

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Case Acceptance – Still one of the most important things!
August, 9 2019

In this world of data driven personalization, consumers are getting increasingly dependent on recommendations.  In fact, 35% of all of Amazon's retail sales are from "recommended" products and services. How are you "recommending" your services to your patients? How are you "personalizing" your patients experience? Over the next several blog articles, we will be exploring "Best Practices" in personalization, customer experience and how they relate to Case Acceptance.        

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The value of Personalized Experiences
August, 9 2019

Extensive research has shown that consumers not only like personalization, they now expect it! Helping a patient better understand their personal oral health condition, their options for treatment, and the consequences of  each of their treatment options is vital in providing the patient with the best opportunity to choose the best care for them. Using intraoral cameras and radiographs to personalize your patient's experience is paramount in teaching about their oral health. Remember, patients are NOT interested in dentistry... per se.  They are, however, interested in Dentist-ME.  Show them their dentistry ( Dentist-Me), by dropping in pictures of their teeth, their xrays into Guru Teach's easy to use interface.  Mark them up, highlight areas of concern, make recommendations just for them, even record your voice and inking and with a click of a button, email that playlist to your patients for later review for the ultimate in personalized recommendations!  

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Personalizing Your Patient Experiences
August, 20 2019

A recent article published in the Harvard Business Review stated, "The health care market is becoming increasingly competitive as patients and families become increasingly engaged in steering their health care experiences. The future of the global health care market lies in delivering high-value care that concentrates on the patient experience." The reality is The Best Customer Experience ANYWHERE is your Patients' new expectation EVERYWHERE.  Although your patients cannot buy dental treatment on Amazon today, it doesn't mean that your Practice is not competing with the expectations for a seamless, friction-less Customer Experience.  From online searching and researching, to in-office atmosphere and experience and finally to after appointment follow up and connection, today's top dental practices are seeking ways to improve their Patients' Experience through personalization. Read the complete HBR article here:  https://hbr.org/sponsored/2019/01/why-improving-the-patient-experience-is-vital-for-the-health-care-industry-and-how-to-do-it And visit https://www.gurudental.com/guru-teach-7/ to see how the latest release of Guru Teach can help your practice personalize your patient education. For more information on Improving your Patients' Experience, download this article.

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Obesity and Oral Health
August, 24 2019

In a recent article published by the AMA, studies show that the national obesity rate is now nearing 40%, a significant change from the 34-35% levels maintained between 2005 and 2012. The latest data from NHANES shows that 39.6% of adults and 18.5% of children ages 2-19 have obesity.  These are the highest rates ever recorded by NHANES. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research in 2014 revealed that “Body mass index (BMI) and obesity appear to be independent predictors of poor response following nonsurgical periodontal therapy”.  The research showed an association between worse probing pocket depths (PPDs) and obesity that "was similar to that of smoking, which was also linked to a worse clinical outcome”. Here is a link to a great article from Dentalnews.com discussing the link between a BMI of more than 30 and periodontal disease.   As sobering as the Obesity Epidemic is, there is hope! In the study sited by the AMA, Obesity and severe obesity rates fell among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Nationally, 14.5 percent of these children were obese, according to the most recent 2014 data, down from 15.9 percent in 2010, the report shows. The drop was seen in 31 states and three U.S. territories. Our best chance to change behavior is EDUCATION!  Better teaching will always lead to better choices! As a trusted healthcare provider, you and your team have a unique position of influence with your patients.  Take advantage of Guru Dental’s unique teaching tool to help change the behavior of your patients and improve their health!

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In this world of data driven personalization, consumers are getting increasingly dependent on recommendations.  In fact, 35% of all of Amazon's retail sales are from "recommended" products and services. How are you "recommending" your services to your patients? How are you "personalizing" your patients experience? Over the next several blog articles, we will be exploring "Best Practices" in personalization, customer experience and how they relate to Case Acceptance.        

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Obesity and Oral Health
August, 24 2019

In a recent article published by the AMA, studies show that the national obesity rate is now nearing 40%, a significant change from the 34-35% levels maintained between 2005 and 2012. The latest data from NHANES shows that 39.6% of adults and 18.5% of children ages 2-19 have obesity.  These are the highest rates ever recorded by NHANES. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research in 2014 revealed that “Body mass index (BMI) and obesity appear to be independent predictors of poor response following nonsurgical periodontal therapy”.  The research showed an association between worse probing pocket depths (PPDs) and obesity that "was similar to that of smoking, which was also linked to a worse clinical outcome”. Here is a link to a great article from Dentalnews.com discussing the link between a BMI of more than 30 and periodontal disease.   As sobering as the Obesity Epidemic is, there is hope! In the study sited by the AMA, Obesity and severe obesity rates fell among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Nationally, 14.5 percent of these children were obese, according to the most recent 2014 data, down from 15.9 percent in 2010, the report shows. The drop was seen in 31 states and three U.S. territories. Our best chance to change behavior is EDUCATION!  Better teaching will always lead to better choices! As a trusted healthcare provider, you and your team have a unique position of influence with your patients.  Take advantage of Guru Dental’s unique teaching tool to help change the behavior of your patients and improve their health!

Personalizing Your Patient Experiences
August, 20 2019

A recent article published in the Harvard Business Review stated, "The health care market is becoming increasingly competitive as patients and families become increasingly engaged in steering their health care experiences. The future of the global health care market lies in delivering high-value care that concentrates on the patient experience." The reality is The Best Customer Experience ANYWHERE is your Patients' new expectation EVERYWHERE.  Although your patients cannot buy dental treatment on Amazon today, it doesn't mean that your Practice is not competing with the expectations for a seamless, friction-less Customer Experience.  From online searching and researching, to in-office atmosphere and experience and finally to after appointment follow up and connection, today's top dental practices are seeking ways to improve their Patients' Experience through personalization. Read the complete HBR article here:  https://hbr.org/sponsored/2019/01/why-improving-the-patient-experience-is-vital-for-the-health-care-industry-and-how-to-do-it And visit https://www.gurudental.com/guru-teach-7/ to see how the latest release of Guru Teach can help your practice personalize your patient education. For more information on Improving your Patients' Experience, download this article.

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