Kill Your Television

I am so blessed to be able to work with dental teams across the country. And I am blown away by the technology that is used in practices in even the most remote areas.

Here’s the perfect use for a monitor in the operatory.

The team is using their monitors to educate patients with radiographs and intra-oral photos. Sometimes, the team (including doctors) gets distracted and decides to use the monitor for patient entertainment and ugh…cable television.  Read about how you can remove TV from your ops (if it’s there).


Kill Your Television

If you lived in a college town in the 90s like I did, you may remember the bumper sticker ‘Kill Your Television’.  I’m reminded of it every time I walk into a dental practice and see a TV on in the operatory. Notice I said TV, not monitor. There’s a big difference.

Having traveled all across the country, I’ve seen a lot when it comes to what’s being broadcast in some dental offices. From depressing commentary on the local economy to trashy talk shows to HGTV to graphic images of murder victims, I’ve seen each and every one of these shows blaring in dental operatories occupied by patients who came there to be cared for.

I know, I’m getting preachy here but I just can’t help it. Recently when I visited a lovely client whose ops are completely equipped with digital x-rays and intra-oral cameras I saw this in play. I cringed every time I heard the hygienists giving it their all to engage the patients in the hygiene exam only to see the patient’s gaze locked not on their care giver but rather on the local morning show.

If you’ve experienced this (or you know someone who has) here are some tips to rip yourself from the grips of TV in your office:

1-Discuss as a team and get EVERYONE on board to end the TV programs

2-Replace the programs immediately with x-rays and intra-oral photos on the monitor-this way patients won’t have to look at a blank screen

3-Agree to gently keep each other accountable-everyone has to be on board

4-See your enrollment success dramatically increase 😉

Stay Inspired,

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4 comments on “Kill Your Television
  1. Anne says:

    I find a television in the exam room is very distracting. Since I have several health and dental concerns, I would rather focus on the exam and my progress. I can watch television at home or in the reception room. As a patient, I agree the TV has to go.

  2. Rachel Wall says:

    Thank you!! So many times, the dental providers fear the patients will be upset if they discontinue the TV but I’ve found the opposite to be true. When the provider steps up their game and educates the patient during their appointment the patient views the provider as much more competent and professional. Thank you

  3. Marie says:

    Thank you for this post. I came across it while trying to research how commonplace it is to have TVs blaring at patients. I was taken aback recently when my dental hygienist was watching a political talk show and commenting on it while cleaning my teeth. I hope to switch to a TV-free dental practice soon.

  4. Dale Lawrence says:

    I wound up here after searching for the origin of “Kill Your Television”…. Thanks for this post. I’m going to go dig farther. I believe I saw them in the early 70’s and I’m only finding articles explaining their rise (bumper stickers) in the 80’s and 90’s… I think the “Hippies” were hip to the problem all the way back in the 60’s — I think that’s when the phrase started.

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