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Wanted: Dental Temps! The Advantages and Disadvantages

September 12th, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

Dentist with her dental assistant.

Let’s face it, the daily practice of dentistry is hard work. I have heard older dentists state that their back and neck hurt, their shoulders are tired, and they often wonder if their eyes are as good as they used to be. I’ve met hygienists whose hands, neck and backs are sore and assistants who feel the same. The average person has no idea how physically taxing the day to day grind of dentistry really is.

This is when the practice owner hires an associate and slows down. Hygienists can still make a terrific income in a part-time position and I know assistants who tell their doctors they only want to work part-time. Our employee, Kim is one of those assistants. Kim is an extraordinary dental assistant. She recently told her doctor she wanted to cut back to a three-day week. She is so valuable, he agreed, but continues to hint at her return to a four-day week. It’s just not going to happen.

Maybe you’ve acquired a medical condition that has forced you to work less. Maybe you’re new to an area and want to get your feet wet before taking a permanent position. Maybe you want to work, but your kids come first, and you want to be there for them as they grow up. Whatever the reason, maybe you’re just tired and you want to slow down, so why work on a regular schedule at all?

Why not work just when you want to work? Why not try putting yourself out there as a dental temporary? 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.

But there are many advantages…

  • Sometimes (a lot of the time?!) there’s a lot of drama in dental offices. When you come in as a temporary you don’t have get caught up in the drama. You’ll come in, do your job, and go home.
  • You can name your fee and walk out at the end of your workday with a check.
  • If your day is planned and you get a call, you can decline. Work as little or as much as you want
  • You basically work for yourself, so there are tax advantages to temping.
  • You’ll work at a variety of practices and this works well for those who enjoy a variety.

But there are disadvantages as well…

  • You are essentially self-employed; make sure you are protected under the practice’s Worker’s Comp Insurance. If you’re not, you’ll need some.
  • If you are a Dental Hygienist, you will need your own Malpractice Insurance.
  • Work is not guaranteed; the good news is once you establish a sound reputation, calls will come.
  • You will still have calls to work in those difficult practices; the good news is you don’t have to take the work unless you need the income.
  • There are no benefits; remember, you’re self-employed!
  • You usually don’t form any permanent relationships because you’re not there everyday.

 

Let’s say you’re interested in temping, but you’re not sure where to start. You can start by placing your resume at https://dentalstaffing.org. Thanks for listening, and if you have any questions, contact us at info@dentalstaffing.org.

DentalStaffing.org has helped plenty of Job Seekers find employment in dental practices all over the country.

  • It’s free to post a resume!
  • It’s quick and easy to navigate
  • Access to tons of job listings
  • Access to comprehensive industry information

Submit your resume now and get your profile out there for dental offices to see. And be sure to read my blog on “Plan Ahead”.  Most dental practices don’t think about planning for a temp until it’s an emergency.

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“Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited”

-Napoleon Hill

This Isn’t Rocket Science

December 15th, 2016 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

By Dr. Deborah Marynak

The Problem

After practicing dentistry for over 30 years now, I’ve concluded the dental profession has failed to properly educate the public on the problems associated with dental disease. While asking a dental patient why brushing and flossing is recommended, they most common response is “to get the stuff out.” When I ask them what “stuff”? The most common respond is “food”. Why is it, the average patient doesn’t understand the simple process of bacterial removal? Why doesn’t the average dental patient understand that the two most common diseases in the entire world are so simply preventable?

Case in point:

1) I was invited to a gathering under the guise of a social event for highly educated women. Once at the gathering it was made clear that the “gathering” was about selling vitamins manufactured in the “purest of pure processes.” These vitamins had super powers and would immeasurably improve your health. Further, you could also sell them to your friend and family.

So here I was, in this conversation with about eight other women on the topic of health and wellness and I tossed out the question: “when was the last time anyone here went to the dentist?” Laughter and joking ensued. Then I asked: “how often do you brush your teeth?” It got a little quieter, so I asked: “how often do you floss?” It got even quieter and the presenter of the vitamin pyramid made a sarcastic joke and said, “who flosses?”. I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: you can’t fix stupid.

2) The next patient I recall begging the need to be educated presented to his New Patient Exam with severe respiratory difficulty and a diagnosis of asthma that caused him to experience pneumonia yearly when the weather turned cold; he was 26 years of age. This health issue was discussed thoroughly while reviewing his medical history and we then moved on to his clinical exam.

In my 30+ years of practicing as a General Dentist, I have never seen such a filthy mouth…ever! You seasoned professionals have seen this: red, swollen soft tissue with a complete loss of contour. It moves when you dry it and you can see large, black chunks of calculus under the soft tissue and it hemorrhages out of control on the slightest provocation. We know that respiratory disease can be exacerbated by oral anaerobes and yet we produce television commercials that state “your gums matter”. How about being clear:

  • “Mouth bacteria can interfere with medical conditions unless we keep it controlled by daily removal with a toothbrush, floss, waterpik and or other aids available at any drugstore.”

Or

  • “Teeth and gums are important because digestion begins in the mouth and when teeth are lost, it decreases our ability to properly chew our food.”

3) Another of my patients reported he had stomach problems. These problems caused him to eliminate all processed food; he grows all of his own vegetables, has his own grass fed beef, sheep and butchers his own chickens. He even manufactures his own soap as he wants no chemicals on his body. As I listened to him explaining the amount of work that’s involved in his endeavor for the greatest degree of health he can achieve, the conversation turned to oral health.

Unfortunately this patient occasionally brushes his teeth and doesn’t floss at all. He feels that he eats so well, there’s no need to brush or floss regularly. That’s when it really hit me: We Have Failed. How can an adult who has been to many dental appointments in his lifetime have completely missed any amount of education?

My Attempt to Educate: DentalHealthToday.com

In the time I’ve spent practicing Dental Hygiene and then becoming a Doctor of Dentistry, I’ve been passionate about educating patients. I’ve been so involved in patient education, I’d often hear my patients telling me I should write a book. I really couldn’t believe anyone would buy and read a book on Dental Health, so I did the next best thing. I developed a website to help educate the patient. We all get busy in our daily practice of Dentistry and too often we don’t take the time to fully educate our patients.

Go to dentalhealthtoday.com to see the site I’ve developed to help educate patients written on a level they can easily understand.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World.”

– Nelson Mandela

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