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How Important is Cashflow for the Dental Practice?

Tim Brown explains why “cash is King” in this video interview with Dr. Suham Alexander. Cash flow helps to determine the value of a practice and its debt-serviceability. In short, cash flow directly impacts its sale price. However, cash flow varies according to the stage or life cycle of the dental practice. Early on, especially as a start-up, a dental practice may cash flow negatively due to large initial investments in equipment and supplies. Between 5 to 10 years, it is not uncommon for a practice to cash flow upwards of 15-20% of revenues and even as high as 35%. ...

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Oasis Survey on Complete Dentures

In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Lifelong Learning (L3) at the University of Alberta, Dr. Cheryl Cable, Prosthodontist and Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry, presents a survey on complete dentures. She is the Principal Investigator in a study that aims to compare real clinical dentistry done by successful private practice dentists to what is taught in academic institutions. The goal is to make the teaching environments reflective of successful practice techniques. Let’s set up our new graduates for success!  We at CDA Oasis are happy to collaborate with Dr. Cable and the University of Alberta ...

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Ownership vs. Tenantship of a Dental Practice

In this video, Tim Brown returns to speak with Dr. Suham Alexander about the advantages of owning the practice premises versus being owned by the landlord of the premises. Overall, owning the building is a much more palatable option for the following reasons: No lease or landlord issues to deal with Lease clauses can be difficult to navigate – relocation, demolition, renegotiations etc. Attractiveness of the practice increases when the real estate is part of the deal In short, when considering buying or relocating a practice, making an investment in real estate, even in today’s market, is very worthwhile. It ...

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The Prospect of a Cavity-Free Future with Dr. Nigel Pitts

Dr. Nigel Pitts spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the prospect of a cavity free future, a concept he presented to the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry. Highlights The concept of a cavity-free future is pivotal to dentistry. There is evidence caries can be prevented by improving and changing what dental professionals can do. Much emphasis has been placed on early detection of caries using clinical detection, assessment and diagnostic treatment aids. Caries management is important from infancy through to adulthood/geriatric population. The ICDAS system stages dental caries. The goals of caries management are: Prevent new lesions from appearing. Prevent ...

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Clinical Humanities: Learning to look from different perspectives

Dr. Flora Smyth Zahra , Deputy Lead for Integrated Clinical Care Palace Team and Clinical Humanities program lead at King’s College in London. Highlights During spring term 2016 the the Dental Institute at King’s  developed and ran a new pilot module, Clinical Humanities for Dental Undergraduates to support the undergraduate Batchelor of Dentistry Science clinical teaching. In the belief that much more can be done within dental education to develop  crucial elements of practice, a pilot programme was delivered at the King’s Dental Institute that used the Arts and Humanities-based approach now accepted in many medical schools as part of a ...

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When is the right time to sell your practice?

Timothy Brown, President and CEO of ROICorp, comes back to speak with Dr. Suham Alexander about “seller’s” market and what decisions may factor into a dentist’s decision to sell his/her practice(s). Highlights In terms of timing to sell, fall and spring seem to be the best seasons to sell as people are usually more optimistic following the same rea estate trends. Currently, the dental marketplace remains strong with high practice valuations due to factors, such as low interest rates, the corporate dental buyers who are aggressively buying practices and paying premium prices for them, the oversupply of buyers, and the ...

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The Fundy Dental Community Project with Dr. Scott Schofield

Dr. Scott Schofield from Nova Scotia founded the Fundy Dental Community Project with a number of other dentists.  To get in touch with Dr. Schofield: fundycommunity@bellaliant.com Highlights The Fundy Dental Community Project (FDCP) is a pilot program initiated by local dentists to provide basic dental services to motivated, low-income youth and adults to complete a treatment plan aimed at treating their current dental disease. This program was developed to establish a healthy oral condition in qualified patients, and provide them with the education necessary to maintain their improved oral health status. Patients involved in this program are chosen through an ...

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What are leasehold improvements, what is their value, and why do they matter?

Timothy Brown speaks with Dr. Suham Alexander about leasehold improvements, their importance and more importantly, their hidden value. Highlights Leasehold improvements include both visible and invisible items such as flooring upgrades, paint, light fixtures to extra outlets, additional wiring for technology including computers and telephones. Traditionally, leasehold improvements were not counted in the value of the practice as landlords typically “owned” these improvements. However, in the 1970’s and 1980’s, ROI Management’s founder, Ray Brown, advocated for the inclusion of leasehold improvements in the appraisal value of a practice and succeeded. In general, leasehold improvements can range from $200-$250 per square ...

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