Many dental professionals finish their training and join a private practice or partnership. You can either start up your own practice or join an established practice. In either event, your practice has two primary aspects: patient care and business operations. A dental practice is a business and should be treated like one. This means keeping your personal and business finances in good order, as well as maintaining adequate insurance protection to avoid unnecessary risk.
Dentists tend to be very involved in the financial interests of their practice. However, with the primary focus being patient care, many dental professionals do not have the time to keep an eye on their financial well being.