A Dental Hygienists’ work in clinical dentistry embraces preventative health care to include cleaning teeth at all levels from health to severe disease. Further, they educate patients on proper oral hygiene procedures, and how it relates to overall health.
Becoming a temporary has a lot of advantages, and some disadvantages, at least in the beginning. Here’s the deal: When you temp there’s an initial period when you’re not well known and not working as much. Know this going in and prepare for it. It’s a little like real estate; there are busy, lucrative times and quiet periods in the market. As time goes on, if you’re good at what you do, you’ll develop a rhythm that becomes comfortable.
The average Dental Hygienists’ salary is higher than many other jobs, and requires a rather low number of years of education required. Please don’t be misled, however. This is a demanding and often difficult job that requires technical, visual as well as soft skills. But first, let’s discuss the bottom line: your salary.
Dental experts, such as practice management consultants, dental CPAs, and financial planners, have set benchmarks for hygiene performance. Their benchmarks are based on decades of studying the characteristics of practices that are financially successful over the long haul. One of those benchmarks is hygiene production as a percentage of total production. The benchmark for this number is typically 30% to 33%. This means the hygiene department should produce at least 30% of total practice production.
Part of hiring a new member to your Team is trying to get at what makes them tick. Discovering their work ethic is paramount. Do they cut corners? Are they timely people? Can they work as a Team member? Do they leave their personal problems at home?
As you all know, we’re not taught treatment plan presentation, financing or anything about the “business” of dentistry. If you start with new patients, it’s easier to change old habits. The first question I’d ask is: what is the system you use in bringing a new patient on board?
When I received my license to practice Dental Hygiene back in 1976, I had one role: cleaning teeth. Today there’s a variety of duties practiced by Dental Hygienists. As the demand for Dental providers has grown, it has become necessary to expand their role much the same way the Nurse Practitioner and Physician’s Assistant has done in medicine.
I recently spent some time with a colleague who asked me to lunch to discuss some problems she was having at work. As I listened to the description of her stressful workplace, I couldn’t help but think there were some very large problems in her corporate dental office setting.
One of the universal problems I saw was the improper documentation of dental charts. The procedure was always there, but a whole lot of information was consistently missing. This made it difficult to review past treatment, diagnostic information and treatment plans.
It’s so common to have a terrifically difficult day and forget the little things that can become big things on another day. These were great reminders to past lessons of my own.