Don’t Let it End

As April comes to a close, please don’t let Oral Cancer Awareness end. As dental professionals, we are on the front lines and we must be diligent and consistent in our screening efforts. As a dentist or hygienist, you’re not expected to ‘diagnose’ oral cancer. However, your work is critical to early detection. Please screen and […]

What happened to your neck?

If you’ve read our emails this month you know our focus this month is on oral cancer screenings for YOU and YOUR TEAM.   In this video, I share my own personal experience with head and neck pathologies and how we can’t rely on patients to tell us there’s something abnormal. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more […]

Are you missing this critical piece?

Often when we ask dentists and hygienists if they regularly perform an oral cancer screening they say emphatically, ‘Well, of course I do!’ Then, when we ask if that includes an extraoral head and neck screening, the answer is quite different. We’re all human and with the hectic schedule of a dental office, things do get […]

A Look Inside the Bootcamp

You’ve likely seen in the last few weeks that we’re launching a brand new version of our Perio Protocol Online Bootcamp on January 26. It will be available for purchase until February 2 so if you’re interested, watch this quick video to see what the program looks like from the inside and then go over to periobootcamp.com and we’ll […]

Team On Same Page with Perio?

If you follow us on social or you’ve been reading these emails lately, you might know we’re launching a new version of our classic program Perio Protocol Online Bootcamp in January. This bootcamp is a great way to get your team on the same page and set clear periodontal standards for diagnosis, enrollment and treatment. Oh, and they can […]

Hygiene Ad-Dos and Don’ts

I’m guessing if you’re not looking for a hygienist right now, you know someone who is. Are you having any luck? We’ve been reviewing hygiene job postings for our clients and it’s been pretty interesting to see the common mistakes they’re making. In the video below, I’ll share with you 3 Dos and 3 Don’ts of […]

Hold on to your hygienist and more

Last month The Profitable Dentist Magazine featured Inspired Hygiene and we had the opportunity to contribute 5 articles that I think you’re going to find valuable. They are written specifically for the dentist, practice owner. Click the digital magazine image below to access the Inspired Hygiene feature articles. They’re all quick reads. Here’s what you’ll learn:   […]

What creates a 70% increase in hygiene production?

Ever wonder what it would take to create measurable growth and improvement in your hygiene protocols and production? We regularly create Case Studies based on our clients’ results so others can see what’s possible. Today, I’m excited to share with you insights into how this team achieved not only an increase in hygiene production but more importantly, […]

How NOT to hire a hygienist

While many of our clients are, in fact, having success hiring hygienists, they are still in short supply. It’s always fun to share ideas with Kirk and, in this podcast, I share some of the Don’ts you’ll want to avoid when hiring. A few takeaways are: What NOT to do when writing an ad What you […]

Your hygienist plays a crucial role in patient retention

A loyal patient base adds value to your business and joy to your work. Your hygiene team plays a critical role in retaining patients with their communication, education and their ability to partner with the dentist as a diagnostic and therapeutic partner. Listen to my conversation with Dayna Johnson as we discuss the importance of reappointing patients, […]

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is now the leading cause of all oropharyngeal cancers according to the Oral Cancer Foundation (https://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/hpv/hpv-oral-cancer-facts/). It has never been more critical for dental providers to screen for early detection and share with patients the risks of oral cancer. In my work coaching dental teams across […]

Are your hygienists nervous about coaching?

Are your hygienists nervous about coaching? Maybe it’s keeping you from taking the next step to support your hygiene team reaching their true potential. This is not unusual! Many of our client teams come with a mix of hygienists who are excited about stepping into Inspired Hygiene coaching and those who are nervous. The hygiene team at 30A […]

Who Not How

I read a book recently that challenged the way I think about achieving the next level with my goals and my growth, both in my business and my personal life. Who Not How by Dr. Benjamin Hardy and Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, pushes us to stop asking ‘how’ but instead to ask ‘who’ is already equipped to […]

What is your ultimate goal for tracking tasks?

Often dentists identify a behavior they’d like to see improve in their team and they want to track it. For example, increasing the number of intraoral photos. But is it really worth tracking an activity if there’s no end result attached to it? This week’s video gives you a couple of solid points to communicate to your team when […]

Power brush chairside trial

Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz and Rachel discuss the importance of making authentic connections with patients, which will lead to trust and increased case acceptance. Watch as Rachel introduces the new Chairside Trial program that allows patients to try the Philips Sonicare power brush during their appointment.  What a great opportunity for us as dental professionals to educate […]

Can you spot heart disease with a glance?

I am always preaching that stepping into the role of healthcare provider is critical for dentistry to be seen as essential by our patients and colleagues in medicine. At Inspired Hygiene, we help hygienists learn critical thinking skills that allow them to practice at a higher, more comprehensive level as a healthcare provider. Today’s video […]

Change isn’t easy…

Change isn’t easy. Even when it’s eagerly anticipated change like a marriage, graduation or birth of a child, there are some hard moments and it takes us out of our comfort zones. It’s not unusual for teams to be a tad nervous when their leader shares they’re considering working with a practice coach. So I […]

Want a roadmap to hygiene growth?

For 16 years, we’ve been showing practice owners where the opportunity is to grow their hygiene department…ethically, rapidly and with support of your team. Sometimes they do it on their own. Sometimes they work with us to accomplish it. In March, we are offering our Hygiene Growth Roadmap process at a special rate. This process repeatedly identifies […]

Hot off the Press: New Perio Disease Correlations

Have you heard the latest research on the correlation between periodontal disease and COVID-19 complications? Listen along with Lead Profitability Coach Emme Sanders and find the JCP article linked here. If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session.

Current Hygiene Schedule Issues

We’ve heard from a lot of teams across the country that while they were very busy after re-opening, the hygiene schedules are starting to look like Swiss cheese again. In this video, I share a few things to keep your eye on and get back to the systems that worked to keep patients on the […]

Hygiene Scheduling-think about these 2 things

If you’re like most of the teams we work with, your hygiene schedule is packed. And it’s most likely packed with delayed prophy and perio maintenance visits. In this short video, I’d like to remind you of a couple of things to keep an eye on that will help you maintain strong hygiene production next week, […]

Nobody Told Me That

I hope if you’re practice has opened for full-service dental care, you’ve had a great week. If you’re still waiting to open, we wish you all the best as you plan and prepare and communicate with your team. I wanted to share this podcast with you for 2 reasons: 1-This is a fantastic podcast and […]

Ultrasonics-can you use it right now?

As we’ve all experienced, there’s a lot of conflicting info out there right now and it’s hard to know the ‘right thing’ to do. In this week’s video, I weigh in on the question we’ve been getting a lot right now…’Can I use ultrasonics?’. If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your […]

Let’s stop the division

I hope you, your family and team remain well.  We are beginning to see dentistry begin to open up and this is creating all kinds of mixed emotions…relief and excitement, as well as fear and confusion. Where some are coming together in unity, others, unfortunately, are seeing the divide between dentists and hygienists get wider. Whether […]

Is Your Team Ready for Oral Cancer Awareness Month?

Oral Cancer Awareness month is just around the corner.  If you haven’t made your plans, the time to start is now! Reach out to www.oralcancer.org for complimentary promotional material to get started. Take a few minutes and watch this short video to learn more.  

How Often Should I Classify a Perio Patient?

With more and more practices using the AAP’s Staging & Grading system, we occasionally get the question ‘Do I have to go through the Staging & Grading process every time the patient comes in?’ So I created a short video to answer that question specifically. If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene […]

Calling All Doubters

Take a couple of minutes and listen to Dr. Amy Doneen, co-author of the bestselling book, Beat the Heart Attack Gene, discuss the importance of treating perio as it relates to systemic inflammation. If you are still in doubt that periodontal pathogens can ’cause’ cardiovascular events, take a listen!! If you’d like to learn more […]

Are You Screening Kids for Sleep Disorders?

By now, we know the impact of sleep apnea on the lives of our adult patients, but did you know sleep disorders can have a HUGE and long-lasting impact on children? In this video, I share a great resource for learning more about sleep disorders in children and how we, as dental professionals, can easily and […]

Is Your Equipment Working?

So often when we are on-site with clients, a team member shares their frustration that a critical piece of equipment isn’t working. It’s usually an intra-oral camera, by the way. What’s interesting is that the dentist/owner/practice manager is often not aware of the issue. Think of the care that’s NOT being presented and accepted during those […]

But Do the Changes Really Stick?

Recently at the AADOM annual session, I had the chance to catch up with IH clients Dr. Gerner & Tracy of True North Dental in NY. Dr. Gerner made a point to come up to me in the crowded hall and here’s what he shared. The systems Inspired Hygiene brought to our hygiene team have […]

Are You Properly Documenting Staging and Grading?

Clinical documentation is more important than ever. With the growing awareness of the AAP’s new Perio Classification system, we’ve received a lot of questions about how to document a patient’s Periodontal Disease Stage & Grade. This short video will give you an explanation and some modifications to consider for your hygiene note template. If you’d […]

Say This, Not That to Patients

Stay calibrated: Evaluate the language your team is using within your practice. Be sure your hygiene team is using terms that give patients a better understanding of the procedures and services your dental team provides.

20/20/20 Hygiene Time Management

When you only have an hour long appointment with patients, it is crucial you are utilizing your time in the most effective way possible. Learn how to best do this with Rachel Wall’s 20/20/20 time management method.

3 Keys to Hygiene Leadership Skills

Learn how to increase and improve your hygiene team’s ability to co-diagnose. Rachel Wall of Inspired Hygiene recommends these 3 tips to get your hygiene team educating your patients in a friendly, appropriate manner.

5 Qualities of a Rock Star Hygienist

Find out how to set yourself apart from other hygienists. Rachel Wall, of Inspired Hygiene, breaks down the 5 things you can be doing to be a rock star hygienist. Contact Inspired Hygiene for more tips on how to elevate your hygiene service, systems, and profits.

Are Your Hygienists on the Same Page?

It has been my privilege to work with Dr. Pamela DiTomasso since 2005, and I’d like you to meet her.  At DiTomasso Dental there are 3 dentists, 7 hygienists, 3 hygiene assistants, an amazing business team and talented expanded duty dental assistants. One of the many things I love about Dr. Pam is her passion […]

When a New Patient Caller Wants Hygiene on Their First Visit

What’s the best way to answer new dental patients who ask, “Will I get my teeth cleaned on the first visit?” Rachel Wall, RDH and founder of Inspired Hygiene, shares how to go beyond a simple yes or no to asses your patients’ needs.

Why X-Rays Are Important

Patients often want to know why a dentist needs X-rays–and if they’re safe. Here’s how to explain this key part of the dental diagnostic process in a reassuring way.

What is a Dental Cleaning?

Tap into your dental practice’s full potential for patient service and profitability. Here’s how Rachel Wall, RDH and founder of Inspired Hygiene, advises explaining this to patients who need this particular treatment.

Having a Hard Time Getting Your Doctor on Board?

This video was inspired by a question we often hear… ‘How do I get my doctor on board?’ We hear this a lot when speaking to large groups of hygienists. They may be on board with what we’re teaching but they aren’t sure the dentists they work with will support the changes and efforts they […]

Are You Ready for a Positive Change?

I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Marc Thomas, a dentist in Sparks, Nevada.  He and his team are successfully helping patients reduce their risk for heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Listen to this 1-minute video where Dr. Thomas shares his enthusiasm for positive change!

Once Perio Maintenance, Always Perio Maintenance

We get this question all the time… “Once a patient has Periodontal Therapy, should they always remain in Perio Maintenance”? I hope this short video helps answer that question for you. If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session.

Oral Cancer Facts

Oral cancer is changing! Watch this short video to hear some alarming facts about oral cancer and ways that you and your team can start saving more lives.   If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session. Stay Inspired, Emme Sanders

Are you holding your hygienist back?

Today’s video is a strong message for Dentists. Are you enabling your hygienists to get stuck in a rut of burnout and boredom? Or are you empowering them to really grow to their potential and be a true colleague in your practice? While the latter does require hygienists to have an attitude of growth and […]

Prophy Trap = Burnout

Just three short months ago I started working with a VERY busy and growing practice near Nashville, TN. They admitted that they were truly caught in a “prophy trap” and didn’t know how to get out. While they weren’t neglecting their patients, they found themselves shortening prophy appointments to FIT more people into the schedule. […]

Who’s eating your breakfast?

There are some problems in a business that you can ignore for a bit and it won’t make much difference. Then there are problems that if you do ignore them, they will rear their ugly head, grow exponentially and negatively affect your business in a BIG way. In this quick video, I share a concept […]

I didn’t look at my cards..

Last year, I taught a goal setting exercise that I’ll share with you again here (see link below). The truth is that 2018 got a bit rough at times and if I’m being totally honest, I didn’t look at those goal cards very often. In today’s short video, I share the GOOD news about not looking […]

What’s Your Soundtrack?

That voice you hear in your head can do much more than you think! Watch this short, 2 minute video, and consider how changing your soundtrack can make 2019 the best year ever! If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, request a complimentary Discovery Session. Mastering Your Hygiene Team […]