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Top 5 Dental Software Programs For Your Practice

Top 5 Dental Software Programs For Your Practice

When it comes to running your dental practice, the days of hard copy files and patient records in filing cabinets are long gone. But with the ease and adaptability that digital software allows you, there’s also a trade-off of complexities and steep learning curves. Thankfully, software developers have kept this in mind, and with the abundance of dental software available, there exist some great software applications for your clinic. These are the five best dental software programs for your practice.

Dentrix

Dentrix has called its software the most popular practice management system in North America. You simply don’t get the numbers that Dentrix does without doing something right. While the company’s wide range of products touch on solutions for every aspect of your dental business, from patients to finances, its main product, Dentrix Practice Management Software, is what clinics opt in for. The newest version of Dentrix has a huge feature list, including such benefits as splitting payments among family members, as well as custom patient lists for those you need to follow up with.

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CS SoftDent

Although it doesn’t pull the numbers that Dentrix does, Carestream Dental is still a major player in the dental technology game. By providing imaging technology and corresponding software, it would be easy to run almost your entire clinic on Carestream products. The centerpiece of Carestream’s digital products is CS SoftDent, a practice management software application. CS SoftDent handles the administrative tasks of a clinic, such as statements, claims, and payments. One notable feature is ePrescriptions, which automatically submits prescriptions to your patient’s pharmacy. It should be noted that CS SoftDent also has a cloud-based software version, which you should look into if you prefer not back up your information locally.

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DentiMax

On paper, DentiMax’s management software is very similar to other options: it keeps track of accounting, patient data, and everything else you’d expect in a professional system. But what DentiMax seems to do a bit better than all the other applications is integration with patient X-rays. Compatible with DentiMax’s sensor equipment, which the company bills as the thinnest CMOS sensors on the market, the software is ideal for dentists who want a clear picture of their patients’ dental health.

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Curve Dental

Curve Dental’s cloud-based practice management software does everything you want your software to do, and the fact that you can run it on a web browser, regardless of whether you’re using a PC or a Mac, is a plus that you won’t find with every other application. What make Curve Dental a little more interesting is the way you pay for it. Rather than paying up front like you would traditional software, Curve Dental operates on a subscription model. Call it the Netflix of dental software. Whether that’s a positive or a negative depends on your clinic’s preferences, but if Curve Dental’s reviews are anything to go by, it’s a piece of software that can be trusted to make your practice run efficiently.

Dovetail

Dovetail’s practice management software is efficient, but just as importantly, it looks great too. With a clean interface, data entry becomes quicker, easier, and less of a chore. And while Dovetail handles all the standards of filing and billing as the other dental software applications on the market, it does have one trick up its sleeve: mobile use. Dovetail heavily promotes its program’s usability on tablets and, with added cloud capabilities, you can track and update data away from the desk and on the go at any time.

There are many dental software applications to choose from, and although all of these products are great and do wonders for their customers, you can only choose one. Thankfully, software demos are common, so be sure to try as many demos as possible so you can get a good idea of whether a certain software package will work well with your practice.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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