Never Let ’em See You Sweat

Do you remember those deodorant commercials in the 70s and 80s? I think it was Right Guard that coined the term “Never Let ’em See You Sweat”. Well, I’ve been faced with a couple situations recently that had me depending on my Right Guard to get me through. The concept of those old commercials was to keep […]

Step-by-Step System for the Ultimate Hygiene Exam

Greet patient by name with a handshake “Hi, Ms. Jones. My name is Rachel and I will be taking care of you.” Escort patient to treatment room Ask patient for any questions/concerns they may have “Have you noticed any changes with anything in your mouth? Do you have any questions or concerns before we start […]

Do you value Perio maintenance?

Perio maintenance is one of those procedures that always brings up questions and differing opinions. Much of that is due to the conflict between the CDT definition of perio maintenance, that patients with periodontal disease should stay on periodontal maintenance for life, and the insurance industry’s lack of support for this service. There are a […]

Technology-Out of the Closet and Into Hygiene

So, you’ve invested thousands of dollars on various technology breakthroughs in dentistry. Whether you are a technology geek or just beginning to dabble, the key to getting a healthy return on your investment is to get your team on board. Achieving this starts with you, Doctor. Being excited and confident about your new piece of […]

Who Scheduled This?

A few weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with a member of our Mastermind program during one of our focused coaching sessions. Bev is the office manager of a large practice with multiple hygienists.  Her frustration is one that you may have faced too. How do you schedule a productive day that won’t send your […]

5 Mistakes That Are Costing You Thousands – Part 1

#1 Assuming Perio is Taken Care Of Having a sharp hygiene team is a beautiful thing. But assuming everything is being taken care of is a big mistake. Be sure you know that a complete perio exam is taking place at every hygiene visit AND the data is being recorded. This is a huge area of liability for you and it’s […]

New Pre-Med Guidelines

In April, the American Heart Association, along with the ADA released new guidelines for antibiotic premedication of patients with certain heart conditions. The new guidelines do not include any changes in premedication for those patients with artificial joint replacement. According to the ADA’s statement, these patients no longer need pre-med: mitral valve prolapse rheumatic heart disease bicuspid valve disease calcified […]

Back it up!

We’ve heard a lot about Evidence Based Dentistry in the last few years. With all the claims about the Oral- Systemic link and all the products and techniques that are emerging, it’s important that we’re aware of the research and science that supports them. In short, if we’re going to offer services and education to patients, we better have […]

3 Steps to Increase Production through Hygiene in 2010

Has your hygiene department production flat-lined? Are you under-utilizing your hygienists’ skills for observation and assessment and their ability to connect with your patients. Now is the time to change all that. You’ll be blown away to see how some simple changes can create more than $100K in additional production next year. Here’s the bottom […]