Townie® Poll

Investing in Your Career

Poll conducted from 10/27/2007 To 11/23/2007

Does your dental hygiene department have a budget for purchasing instruments and equipment?
206 total votes
27%
a. Yes
73%
b. No
Do you decide instrument purchases?
174 total votes
88%
a. Yes
12%
b. No
Are there any instruments you would like to have that you don’t already have?
174 total votes
56%
a. Yes
44%
b. No
Is there a power scaler you would like to have that you don’t already have?
173 total votes
31%
a. Yes
69%
b. No
Are there products you would like to use but don’t currently have in the office?
173 total votes
62%
a. Yes
38%
b. No
Are there specific pieces of equipment you would like to have that you don’t currently have?
174 total votes
63%
a. Yes
37%
b. No
If there are instruments, equipment or products that you want and don't have in the office, why is that?
148 total votes
24%
a. The dentist said no when asked to purchase it.
24%
b. I never asked the dentist to purchase it.
11%
c. I want it but don't want to pay for it myself.
7%
d. The DH production isn't high enough to justify the purchase.
34%
e. Other reasons
What is your experience with personally purchasing products or equipment rather than ordering through the office?
141 total votes
33%
a. Purchases are welcome from hygienists
42%
b. No difference than when ordering through the office
25%
c. Reluctance of some companies to sell directly to hygienists
How do you prefer learning about new products?
174 total votes
10%
a. E-mail
50%
b. Print magazines
10%
c. Sales reps visiting the office
16%
d. Convention exhibits
14%
e. CE courses
If you use magnification, who purchased it?
103 total votes
70%
a. I did
23%
b. My employer did
7%
c. We shared the expense
How often do you work?
171 total votes
61%
a. Full-time
39%
b. Part-time
What is your daily production?
168 total votes
6%
a. Under $600
17%
b. $600 - $799
26%
c. $800 - $999
43%
d. $1,000 - $1,999
7%
e. $2,000 or more
What percentage of your production is spent on supplies and equipment?
123 total votes
50%
a. 5%
33%
b. 10%
13%
c. 15%
4%
d. 20+%

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