Success Strategies That New Dentists Should Follow

It can take some time for new dentists to start a dental practice and get it successful and productive. As a new dentist, you can expect fierce competition from existing dentists, so you should make every possible effort to understand the challenges that today’s dentists face and how to overcome them effectively with streamlined objectives and strategies.

Success Strategies That New Dentists Should Follow

Here are a few success strategies that new dentists should follow to grow their profession and experience substantial growth:

1. Understand the Challenges

New dentists face some unique challenges such as continuing education, knowing the latest clinical technology and techniques, investing in the latest technology, and finding new patients. You need to understand all this and work on these obstacles to move forward in your profession. Be patient because building your brand and goodwill will take quality time.

2. Analyze Before Purchasing

Conducting a complete business analysis is important to determine the dental practice's future stability and growth. Therefore, do a thorough business analysis before investing in a dental practice. The analysis will also help the new dentists in finding out the attrition rate of the practice depending on the current and future trends followed in the dental practice. 

3. Start Slowly and Follow a Friendly Approach 

Patients require some time to improve their oral health, so follow a friendly approach whether you are telling them to brush and floss twice a day, to limit the sugar intake, or are guiding them for the dental treatment they need. Don’t make them feel bad by just explaining what went wrong.

This will help patients understand the requirements of their oral health and encourage them to practice proper oral hygiene. If you are friendly and explain everything in the way they understand, they will return to you for regular examinations and cleanings.

4. Have a Mentor 

Have a mentor who can guide you on subjects that matter most to your professional growth. Mentors can be family, friends, instructors, or outside advisors. Guidance and advice from an experienced mentor can help you experience significant growth in your practice.

5. Start Saving Early

Spending less money and saving 20 to 25% of your salary can help to build your retirement funds. Also, if you start saving early, you can increase your chances of financial independence even before your retirement age, and if required, you can retire.

6. Create Your Vision 

The future goals of new dentists may vary. Some dentists may want to build a small group of practices, and some dentists may want to find and do a job for a few years to clear their debts. You need to determine where you want to be in the next few years, how much you should have earned, and if you wish to be an associate, employee, or owner of the dental practice. You should take these goals seriously and work towards achieving them.

Last but not least, remember that dentistry is a wonderful profession where you not only help people but can also make your dental practice successful and productive by following these strategies.


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Steffany Mohan, DDS

Dr. Steffany Mohan, DDS is a highly accomplished dentist, speaker, and coach in dentistry and has been practicing for around 22 years in West Des Moines, IA. She is renowned for her achievements in implant practice management and has established Plaza Dental Group as among the busiest and most thriving dental offices in Iowa