Blogging and Your Practice

We have mentioned before that blogging can play an essential role in your online presence for your practice. Let’s take a closer look at why blogging is so important and what you can do to create blogs for your website. From idea generation to content creation, it is important to be prepared.

Why Blogging?

It’s simple. The goal of improving your web presence is to reach your patients and create yourself as a trustworthy source for important information. A large aspect of your web presence relies on the availability of a blog on your website. With the availability of a blog, you can actively share information, whether it is educational information or about your office. You can utilize your blog in any way you wish would be best for your patients, but remember to know your audience.

By blogging, you can keep an up-to-date dental website that will keep your patients coming back for more information. To further reach your patients, you can link your blog to your social media channels for a well-rounded web presence. Many people simply state that they don’t have enough time to blog, but there is always a way around that.

You are busy seeing patients and may not have time to actively blog, but that shouldn’t stop you. Delegate this task to one of your staff members, or you can hire an outside writer to actively write for you. By hiring a writer, he or she can brainstorm topic ideas, successfully implement those ideas, post to your blog and share on your social media channels. Try to blog twice a week for greater results.

What Do I Blog?

This is all up to you and your office. An easy solution is to think of frequently asked questions and go from there. By answering these questions in detail through a blog post, you continue to help your patients understand their health care and conditions. When thinking about blog topics, try to think of what your patients might ask you at their appointments. Here are some ideas to help you begin your blog:

  • What is dental sleep medicine?
  • What services does your practice offer?
  • What is sleep apnea?
  • If I snore, does that mean I have sleep apnea?
  • What treatments are available?

The list is endless! Take note of questions your patients ask, and even your office staff. Remember, your blog should be available to help keep your patients “in the know” with important information — answer all questions.

For more information on blogging and your practice, contact Dr. Mayoor Patel for more information. Blogging not only helps improve your web presence, but it can also keep your patients coming back to your office for your “expert” advice.

Web Presence! Web Presence! Web Presence!

You might have heard it before –web presence is everything. Well, is it? Yes, web presence is vital to your practice. Whether you are in a general dentistry or dental sleep medicine practice, improving your web presence should be at the top of your “To Do” list.

Creating a website, social media pages and marketing are not just for retailers and businesses to sell goods. Increased web presence is for every business –even medical practices. To help you improve your practice and gain new patients, it is important to take a second look at your web presence plan. Let’s take a look at three ways you can improve the web presence for your dental practice.

Introduce Blogging

Blogging isn’t just for gossip columnists and sports enthusiasts. It is a way to provide educational information for your patients while maintaining yourself as a trustworthy and reliable source for valuable information in your particular specialty. You can incorporate your blog on your practice’s website or as a separate website.

However, including it on your website allows you to create another page of unique content to further improve your web presence. When blogging, incorporate information about your office, services offered and even answer questions your patients may commonly answer. Through this you can help your patients better understand their oral health and dental sleep medicine information that will help them to remain healthy.

Interact Through Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media channels are not just for casual interaction with your friends –they provide an optimal opportunity for you to interact with your patients on a whole new level. Whether you choose to utilize Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social media channel, it is important to maintain an up-to-date social network so that your patients can remain “in the know.” From office happenings to educational information, you can provide your patients with an array of information through your social media channels.

Include Content Creation

As a more generic field of web presence, it is important do a double take when it comes to the content you include on your website or even in your press releases. Every page of your website is indexed by Google and is searchable by your patients and future patients. By maintaining an up-to-date website with unique content, you are inviting your current and new patients to your website to learn more about your office and services offered. Make sure your content is unique and beneficial for your patients –that even includes your educational blog.

Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel to learn more about what you can do to improve your practice’s marketing efforts. With improved marketing, you can significantly increase your web presence.

Learning More

When it comes to maintaining an up-to-date dental practice, it is important to receive continuing education through classes, lectures and webinars. With a variety of options available for expanding your knowledge and your practice’s expertise, you can continue to improve your services and how to help your patients’ various oral health care needs. To help you and your practice, Dr. Mayoor Patel lectures and, most recently, participates in webinars. Let’s take a look at upcoming lectures and the latest webinar.

Upcoming Lectures

To learn more about various areas of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Patel will be lecturing throughout the year. You can easily find out more information about his upcoming lectures by visiting his website.  Dr. Mayoor Patel has upcoming lectures in both October and November:

October 24 – 25, 2014

Location: Atlanta Sleep School, Atlanta, GA

Topic: Sleep Medicine for the Dental Practice

November 14, 2014

Location: Patterson Dental, San Diego, CA

Topic: Dental Sleep Medicine

Each lecture allows Dr. Patel to work with dentists to better understand various areas of Dental Sleep Medicine. As an end result, dentists can continue to advance their dental practice by utilizing these new services. Dr. Patel is also available to work with each practice individually through his consultation services for more personalized help.

Upcoming Webinar

Additionally, Dr. Mayoor Patel is excited to team up with Sleep Review editor, Sree Roy, and a team of expert presenters in a free webcast on Thursday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT. This webcast was put together to explain various options for incorporating dental sleep medicine specialists into a sleep medicine team. The webcast is approximately an hour long live presentation that will feature practitioners who have found mutually beneficial success –for both the physician and dentist –to working together to benefit patients. Throughout the webcast, you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions to each presenter.

Speaking alongside Dr. Mayoor Patel are the following:

  • Harold A. Smith, DDS – President-elect, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Scott Craig, CEO – Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Dental Sleep Center
  • Daniel G. Klauer, DDS, DABCP – Clinical director, TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International, TMJ & Sleep Therapy Cenre of Northern Indiana

To register and learn more about “Incorporating Dentistry into a Sleep Medicine Team,” you can visit the webcast registration page here.

Dr. Mayoor Patel encourages dentists and physicians to join the webinar to learn more information about Dental Sleep Medicine, as well as the opportunity to ask any questions they might have.

Orofacial Pain and Oral Health

Orofacial pain involves the chewing muscles or temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Problems associate with orofacial pain may include TMJ discomfort, muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw, migraines, cluster or frequent headaches; or pain with the teeth, face or jaw.

Each day a person swallows approximately 2,000 times. When you swallow, it causes the upper and lower teeth to come together and push against the skull. Patients who have an unstable bite, missing teeth or poorly aligned teeth can have trouble because the muscles are working harder to bring the teeth together, causing strain and pain. When a patient experiences pain, it can also be caused by clenching or grinding teeth, trauma to the head and neck, or poor ergonomics.

Treating Orofacial Pain

As a dentist, you can offer your patients a variety of treatments that can help alleviate a patient’s orofacial pain. One treatment option is an oral appliance, which might also be called an orthotic, or splint. An oral appliance is worn over the teeth until the bite can be stabilized. However, permanent correction may require reshaping teeth, building crowns, orthodontics or a permanent appliance for the mouth. Another option may be physical therapy, counseling, relaxation training or massage therapy.

Some other ways to alleviate pain might include:

  • Place an ice pack on the painful area for 10 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day
  • Eat softer foods
  • Avoid chewing gum and ice
  • Cut food into smaller pieces
  • Keep upper and lower teeth slightly apart at rest by keeping your tongue between your teeth
  • Sleep on your back
  • Don’t rest your hand on your chin

Dentists play a key role in treating orofacial pain so that patients can live pain free once again.  To learn more about how you can help relieve your patients’ pain, contact us today!