Dentistry software is designed to optimize dental practice workflows to help improve not only efficiency but also patient care. Common dental software applications and modules include: Electronic Health Records (EHR) Digital sensor/image Billing Electronic claims Encoding Reports Reminder system/reminders Staff scheduling Dentists have a unique challenge in the medical community. Most appointments are scheduled several months in advance and require coordination of patient schedules and information with two different types of professionals: dentist and hygienist. Routine visits often become more detailed procedures, and the ability to manage these changes and associated information can have a huge impact on the time spent caring for your patient and the quality of care you provide. These challenges make it much more important to use dental software that manages patient data, images, and practical information. Although the terms electronic dental medical records, electronic health records (EHR), and electronic dental records (EDR) may have different meanings, the terms are often used interchangeably. While there may be nuanced differences, the three terms generally refer to software that manages the registration and management of a patient's clinical information. As a rule, effective dental practice software will have: templates designed specifically for dental practice; graphics of teeth and gums; and the ability to import and organize X-rays. They will also have functions to manage patient scheduling, billing and coding support, patient education modules and often a patient web portal, all of which maximize the efficiency of reception and back office staff.