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Posted 1/29/2014 by Mary Beth Bajornas in Maximizing Scheduling Opportunity   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 56122
Hi. My name is Consistency. Want to hang out?
con·sist·en·cyconformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.the achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time.Consistency. We’ve all heard about how...  Read More
Posted 1/28/2014 by rjb_213 in Dental Wellness   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 54932
Dr. V. Kim Kutsch - When to "watch" lesions and when to act.
Last week we asked you whatyou thought about ‘watching’ as a diagnosis. If you missed it- gocheck out the expert opinions. Today we hear from Dr. V. Kim Kutsch onthe topic. To watch, or not to watch…that is the questionOne of the bigger challenges we face in dentistry is making...  Read More
Posted 1/25/2014 by konarocky in Mark Frias, RDH   |  Comments: 4  |   Views: 36745
3 Tips for hygienists to decrease prophy times
1 – Use your ultrasonic scaler!- At least 80% of your scaling on average should be done with an ultrasonic scaler (magnetostrictive or piezo).- It is more efficient and more effective (irrigation, cavitation, etc.) than hand scaling in most areas.- It is easier on your hands. Stop killing...  Read More
Posted 1/18/2014 by CharlotteSmiled in Once a hygienist, Always a Hygienist   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 51532
A patient walks in the front door late... The Conclusion
THE PROBLEM Now keep in mind we are creeping up to a half hour past this patient's appointment time. Although I appreciated the phone call to let us know he would be late, I also was keenly aware that in order to clean his teeth, I would be in a rush. His lack of an apology and presence of a...  Read More
Posted 1/14/2014 by CharlotteSmiled in Once a hygienist, Always a Hygienist   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 53456
A patient walks in the front door late...
In the not too distant past I encountered a situation that I'm pretty sure I won't ever forget. It was a typical workday filled with lots of medical history updates, full mouth probes and deleting items from the treatment plans that had actually been completed three years ago just not updated in...  Read More
Posted 1/13/2014 by Sandy Pardue in Sandy Pardue, Consultant/Classic Practice Resources   |  Comments: 3  |   Views: 1237
Consultant Tip: Top 12 Best Practices for 2014 [January issue of Dentaltown Magazine]
As one year ends and another begins, it is a perfect time to reset your practice management style to ensure you get the absolute best out of the New Year ahead. No practice is static, no matter how high your production or how long the practice has been around. You have to...  Read More
Posted 1/11/2014 by Kevinneil in How Offering Anti Ageing Can Transform Your Practice   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 41694
Is Social Media Too Time Consuming For You?
The Social Media PhenomenonAAround two years ago I wrote my first book called How Your Practice Can Survive The Recession, there is a section in it about Social Media, which I was somewhat dismissive of.I have recently updated the book for several reasons but one of the most important reasons was...  Read More
Posted 1/11/2014 by DoctorPaul11 in Paul Massari   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 54002
Flossing and Brushing - The importance of educating Patients
Dentists are in a very strong position and can help patients change their bad habits.Brushing and flossing are simple yet effective activities that can improve a person's oral health, but they're often overlooked.Do you brush your teeth twice a day?It is recommended to brush your teeth at least...  Read More
Posted 1/10/2014 by CharlotteSmiled in Once a hygienist, Always a Hygienist   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35501
Hospital Hell:  Dental care in the hospital
This post was inspired by a hellish experience and originally published to our office website. My own mother was in the hospital for two weeks. Although the life saving medical care was outstanding, the day to day focus on her mouth was non existent. It's a good thing she had a dentalhygienist and...  Read More
Posted 1/10/2014 by CharlotteSmiled in Once a hygienist, Always a Hygienist   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 52891
Hi, I'm Charlotte!
"Dental Hygiene Hell" was the phrase coined by my classmates back in 1998. I'm sure we weren't the only wanna-be RDH's that thought our program was one gigantic stress inducing, social life strangling, time devouring tornado.We were neck deep in pharmacology, chemistry, root morphology, histology...  Read More
Posted 1/9/2014 by Sandy Pardue in Sandy Pardue, Consultant/Classic Practice Resources   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 43581
Do Not Pre-Schedule Every Patient for Recare
So many practices are on automatic and take little time to evaluate a patient before scheduling appointments. This adds to the broken appointment problem.I'd liketo see practiceslook a bit closer before pre-scheduling recare appointments 3, 6 or 12 months in advance. If a patient hasa history ofno...  Read More
Posted 1/8/2014 by Sandy Pardue in Sandy Pardue, Consultant/Classic Practice Resources   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 39262
What to Say to Patients Who Ask You to Cheat by Altering the Record (s) and/or Dates (s)
Sometimes a patient will ask to bill them at an earlier or later date than the dental treatment was actually done. They do this to try to take advantage of an insurance company by having them to pay for a service that was not covered at the time of treatment. This also occurs when a patient has a...  Read More
Posted 1/6/2014 by Carrie @ Natural Gumption in Oral Health Coaching   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 33269
What Happens When Grandma Doesn't Wear Dentures?
It’s quite interesting to see patients mouths throughout the years when things like arthritis settle in, dexterity decreases or heaven forbid a stroke renders them unable to do what used to be the everyday mundane. Once was what a somewhat simple task becomes quite difficult, and even...  Read More
Posted 1/6/2014 by Sandy Pardue in Sandy Pardue, Consultant/Classic Practice Resources   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 39809
Financial Coordinators are Salespeople for Dental Treatment
The late Dr. Harold Wirth once said, "The people of America have the money to buy what they want; it is dentistry's responsibility to have them buy what they need." The Financial Coordinator and every other staff member in the practice should adopt the attitude above. First for the well-being of...  Read More
Posted 1/4/2014 by konarocky in Mark Frias, RDH   |  Comments: 9  |   Views: 43990
4 Reasons Why Dental Hygienists Should Embrace "Selling"
1. Selling is NOT inherently unethical.Selling is nothing more than persuading or convincing another person to choose something that you recommend. Let's breakdown the key difference between unethical and ethical selling. Unethical selling involves recommending something that has little to no value...  Read More

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