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3 things every dentist should start doing now

By Terry Whitty

Go digital

Intraoral Scanners have become very affordable and the quality, speed and dimensional accuracy of all scanners on the market has come to a point where there is really no excuse not to own at least one. Get yourself some software that allows you to dabble with simple designs, there is software that comes with intraoral scanners and even free software on the internet so cash outlay is not required for some and this will help you understand what is going on in digital dentistry. Don't forget to have a look at a few online seminars on digital dentistry and check out www.dentevents.tv, it's like You Tube for Dentistry. And it's free.

Backup your data

There is nothing worse than losing all your data due to a failed hard drive. To retrieve data from a crashed drive is ridiculously expensive and so inconvenient, it's not funny. There are so many ways you can inexpensively backup data yourself so shelling out tons of cash is not needed. RAID arrays are like having an instant backup as they have 2 or more hard drives writing the same data, so if one drive fails you have the other as the backup. Cloud services are a great way to backup as well and once setup, they are automatic and really are a very inexpensive way to backup. A Google™ Drive backup is only $16.80 a month for 2TB.

Update your computers

Computers are not expensive to own, however I'm amazed how many clients I work with still use outdated operating systems and antiquated hardware.You can easily buy computers with just the specifications for what you need without going into hock and in fact most people buy well over what they really need, thinking they're future proofing–well you can't as things will always change. Try not to have all your programs on one computer. For example, if you have a 3D printer, buy a dedicated computer to run it, don't use the office computer; the same for any technology you have - get a computer for the purpose.

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