For those looking for ways to improve their craft in dental practice, including brushing up on billing and coding best practices, or those leaders looking to build their business acumen, there are a number of free and paid resources available.
Continuing education is a requirement for those in dental care but improving oneself can feel like a never-ending task, so, we’ve compiled a quick-reference listing of some valuable resources based on roles with a dental practice. It should be noted, however, that there’s no harm in reading them all regardless of your role in the practice if you have time and a willingness to learn; after all, enlightenment is always a positive thing for professional development.
Practice Managers & Insurance Coordinators
If you’re a dental practice administrator or insurance coordinator, or anyone looking to improve your knowledge of billing and coding, there are a plethora of resources available to you.
For books specific to dental coding and medical cross-coding for dental practices, popular resources include and of the myriad of books produced by well-known industry expert, Dr. Charles Blair including:
- Coding with Confidence – The “Go To” Dental Coding Guide (2018 edition)
- Administration with Confidence – The “Go To” Guide for Insurance Administration
- Medical Dental Cross Coding with Confidence
These and other resources can be accessed at: www.practicebooster.com
Additional valuable practice management resources for dental office managers include:
- Book: Moving Your Patients to YES! by Teresa Duncan. M.S.
- Online University: Dental Medical Billing University
For other dental books covering all things dental, including prosthodontics, orthodontia, dental materials and dozens of other treatments, visit www.ebooksdental.net.
Dentists & Office Managers
If you’re a dentist, office manager or aspiring business owner looking for simple solutions for digging into building your business, the best place to start is near the beginning with somebasic business books that you can use to develop your marketing strategies or build up your business through leadership styles, management, operational standards and even taxes or financial planning.
There are some areas of business leadership that are unique to dentistry, but beyond the advanced training and education required to open and run a practice, practice leaders simply must exercise good business practices. Many of the business skills required to build a successful practice are the same skills required to run other successful small businesses.
There are dozens (if not hundreds) of notable business books worthy of a read should the mood ever strike or in case you’re ever in need of improving your operations. A few you may want to consider include:
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
- The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
To read some incredible business books for free, including The Art of War, you can visit this link posted by Forbes to the Gutenberg Project. The downloadable books include:
- The Art of Getting Money; Or, Golden Rules of Making Money by PT. Barnum
- The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
- The Prince by Niccolò
- The Art of Ware, as previously mentioned
In case you are interested in digging into dental and healthcare subjects specifically, there are a number of books worth looking into. According to the site Good Reads, popular dental books include:
- Dental Secrets by Stephen T. Sonis
- Wheeler’s Dental Anatomy, Physiology and Occlusion by Major M. Ash
- Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry by David A. Mitchell
- Craig’s Restorative Dental Materials by John M. Powers
- Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray
Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities to improve and grow your understanding of business leadership, as well as to dive into specific dental topics like coding. If you have the time or need to take the time, some of these books might be a great place to start.
If there is a book you found helpful to you while leading or building your practice, please let us know. Happy reading!