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Successful Dental Teams Bring a Great Attitude to The Dental Practice!

I’ve been working in the field of Dentistry a long time and if I’ve discovered one truth, it’s that Dentistry is very hard work. It doesn’t really matter if you’re an entry level Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Office Manager, the Associate Dentist, or the Owner Dentist; a day spent treating Dental Patients is just plain arduous work.

To make your day in your Dental Practice a little easier, I’d like to share an article I found written by

Rose Leadem entitled: The 8 Morning Secrets of Successful People. I’ve added some Dental Staffing comments to think about as you become the best Dental Professional you can be!

  1. Get plenty of Sleep!  Sleep helps your body and your brain repair itself from the stresses of the day. It also helps prepare you for the workday ahead, how you learn and how you react to stress and problems of the day to come.  Sleep is vital when trying to lose weight and, lack of sleep can lead to other health problems.

    Dental Staffing: Is there stress in an average day at the Dental Office? You bet there is! Do yourself a favor and get your Sleep to be the best Dental Professional you can be!
  2. Starting the day with a Positive Attitude can make the difference between having a successful day or a stressful day. A positive attitude creates determination and boosts your problem-solving skills. An optimistic outlook creates a trickle-down effect and can be felt by the whole Team. This habit is the most important for all leaders as when you walk into the office, it sets the tone for the entire day.

    Dental Staffing: A Positive Attitude in the Dental Office is not only helpful to the entire Dental Team, but Dental patients feel the attitude as soon as they walk in the door! Remember Dental Team: your patients probably don’t want to be there, and they determine your paycheck.
  3. Exercise! Rose reports that morning exercise boosts brain endorphins, which leads to a more positive mood.  She goes on to say that “morning exercise boosts creativity, energy, productivity and decreases stress.”

    Dental Staffing: If it creates all this positive value, you might want to think about Exercise!
  4. Don’t neglect to Eat Breakfast! I try to eat more protein and less carbohydrates, because I think it sticks with me longer.  When I follow this rule, I don’t find myself getting hungry until we’re much closer to lunch. A good breakfast helps the body run better and gives us more energy to do our jobs better. 
    Jessica Ennis Hill, the British track and field athlete said “The only one who will tell you you can’t win is you and you don’t have to listen”.  You can’t stay on top of a busy day without breakfast!

    Dental Staffing: I know you’ve all experienced the days in a busy Dental Practice where you didn’t get a full lunch. This makes getting a good Breakfast even more important. A good Breakfast will help you stay more productive and focused if you get your lunch late.
  5. After you wake up, exercise and while you’re eating breakfast, start Planning your “to do” list.  Your positive attitude will help you attain your goals to the greatest of your ability.  Richard Branson, an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist said: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

    Dental Staffing: All Dental Professionals know the work is never done when you walk out that door every night. Since Dental Assistants are multitaskers, focus on Planning your “to do” list while you’re having a great breakfast.
  6. Declutter.  Personally, I cannot work in chaos. I can maintain a good attitude and significantly reduce stress if I declutter. If fact, if clutter increases to a tipping point, I have to stop and declutter in order to continue with a more productive day. Lose all inessentials!

    Dental Staffing: I agree, clutter communicates confusion. In a busy day at the Dental Office clutter affects productivity. If you are a Dental Professional that accumulates clutter, make it a goal to become more organized and Declutter.
  7. Motivation is essentialTo stay ahead of competition (on any level!) we need to get a good early start to our day.

    Dental Staffing: If you’re on board to the former 1-7, I’d say you are a Motivated Dental Professional!
  8. The early morning is the Quiet time of the dayAnd while the world is quiet, tasks that require focus and concentration can be easily accomplished. 

    Dental Staffing: You know there are few days in the practice of Dentistry that are quiet. Take advantage of the early morning Quiet to clear your mind for the busy day in front of you.




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“Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”
- Winston Churchill