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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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:   […]

Podcast featuring Emme

The IH team has been busy this summer sharing insights on the hot topics in dentistry and dental hygiene right now. Emme Sanders was recently interviewed for the Dental Downtime podcast. In this episode, she shares: Specific tips to further align hygienists and dentists for a very effective hygiene-doctor exam Verbal skills for dentists to affirm […]

Is technology threatening our jobs?

Is there part of you that wonders if dental technology will replace us humans and threaten our jobs? You’re not alone. Technology has taken over so many tedious day to day tasks and this is actually GOOD news. This opens up the opportunity to more fully express our human abilities for problem solving, relationship building and […]

Trying to Hire? Here’s a Tip

It seems every one of our clients is hiring. Recently, I was speaking with a practice manager about how they’re marketing their practice to recruit new team members. There was one amazing benefit that she forgot to mention in the ads. It’s easy to forget things that seem ‘normal’ to you but that may be […]

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, […]

3 Years in and a Solid Hygiene Team

We are always so grateful when our clients share their Inspired Hygiene experience with others. Dr. Mergeurian started her practice in urban Baltimore just over 3 years ago. She called us asking for support to build a solid hygiene team and she has done just that. Maybe this quick message from her will inspire you to […]

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 You Responsible for Your Patient’s Heart?

I know, that sounds ridiculous. So what IS your responsibility to your patients and their overall health?  Since it’s Heart Health month, let’s start there. It is our responsibility as dental professionals to identify potential risk for heart attack and stroke. Some of those are super obvious. If you’re looking for them. In this video, I outline a […]

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 […]

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that researchers have found that oropharyngeal cancer is on the rise again? It has never been more critical for dental providers to screen for early detection and share with patients the risks of oral cancer. Want to learn more? Consider joining Oral Cancer Cause for their annual Oral […]

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.

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 […]

How much time will you need?

First, I pray you and your family and team are well. This is such an unusual time. Please know our hearts are with you. The truth is, none of us know exactly what it will be like when it’s time to reopen. Last week, we did a webinar to help you outline a few steps […]

Another Way Hygiene Brings Value to Your Practice

I recently did a series of videos with my friends at Tusk Partners. Tusk is an advisory firm that helps single and multi-location group practices strategically grow and improve. They are a great resource for learning about the DSO market and how it’s impacting dentistry. In this video, Kevin Cumbus and I talk about how the hygiene […]

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 […]

Happy & Healthy Holidays

With the holidays upon us, it’s a good idea to remember these four easy steps to ‘Fireproof’ your arteries, complements of Dr. Amy Doneen and the Bale Doneen Method. Step 1: Practice mindfulness – Chronic stress, which repeatedly activates the body’s fight-or-flight system, has long been linked to increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. Devote 10 minutes […]

FAADOM business manager talks about Inspired Hygiene

One thing I love most about attending conferences is that I always bump into dental teams that we’ve worked with. At AADOM this summer, I got to visit with dental practice Business Manager & FAADOM, Kim Yates and she shared the huge improvement her team achieved with the guidance of an expert Inspired Hygiene coach. Take less than a […]

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 […]

Ready for Growth?

I’d like you to meet Dr. Patrick Wilson of Florence, AL.  Check out his results after 2 years of coaching with IH!!   He continues to experience growth and opportunities to serve his patients. If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session.

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 […]

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.

Healthier patients and Healthier Profits!

Dentists all over the country are raving about how Inspired Hygiene has helped them improve the health of their patients while elevating their hygiene services, profits and systems. BUT don’t take my word for it, take two minutes and listen to Dr. Thomas Newman discuss his experience. And for the numbers people, check out his […]

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

Is Saving Lives Your #1 Priority?

Can you believe it’s April already? As you know, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Saving lives is our #1 priority at Inspired Hygiene. Is it yours? Please watch this short video and learn how you too can save lives. Visit the Oral Cancer Cause website for more information on head and neck cancer screening. For step by step […]

Welcome to Heart Health Month

Taking the patient’s blood pressure during recall and perio maintenance visits is an incredible value added service. Most patients see you more frequently than they do their Primary Care Physician (PCP). In fact, statistics show that 9 out of 10 patients have no PCP listed on their health history forms. Watch this 2 minute video […]