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.
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.
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.
We devised a plan to clearly understand what the complaints were; we would go to everyone individually and ask them to anonymously type out the issues as they saw them, place them in a plain white envelope and submit them into a box on the Doctor’s desk
There are a lot of qualifications that should be included in a comprehensive Dental Assistant job description. But the traits listed in this article are skills to add to your resume really stand out.
I’ve read several articles on the characteristics of a great Dental Assistant and although they were good, I didn’t always agree they summarized the best characteristics. So, I decided I would write an article on what I’ve learned after over 45 years in the Dental Profession. There are four characteristics that stand out in my mind.
Dentistry can provide a rewarding and exciting career for anyone. There’s the clinical aspect of the Practice requiring various degrees of education, licensing, and credentialing. Some individuals do not have an affinity for clinical work, but there are other...
The ADA (American Dental Association) defines a dental emergency as “potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding [or to] alleviate severe pain or infection.” Depending on what area of the country you practice, dental emergencies...
National Dental Hygiene Week…Belated! It’s April, and an important month for dental offices here in the U.S. From April 7-14, we celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week to remind us all how we couldn’t be as effective...
The Dental field is an ever-growing industry, and the average monthly revenue for Dental practices continues to climb steadily every year. Working as a Dental Professional provides a certain degree of job security if you can get your foot in...