Connecting Dental Health Professionals

Can You Define Your Office Culture?

April 23rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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My research has helped me define office culture as:

“The beliefs and behaviors that determine how a Dental Team interacts and handles the business of Dentistry. Business culture can be definitively defined by the practice owner or develop over time, but solidifies from the totality of the traits of the people the Dental Practice employs. A Dental Team’s culture can be reflected in its dress code, business hours, administrative and clinical systems, HR policies, treatment of patients, and patient satisfaction.”

Becoming critically aware of your office culture is arguably one of the most important components to business success. In order to see it clearly, it’s important to know the modus operandi of all the Dental Professional you employ, including yourself. For example…

Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn more about how all of us operate in order to relate to each other better? Wouldn’t it be helpful to understand why a teammate can’t make a quick decision when it’s such an easy feat for you? I only ask this because the science of office culture has been around in the corporate world since the 1960’s, but in my 50 plus years in Dentistry, it has never been mentioned to me until recently.

Today I can define the issues I’ve experienced in those offices where I was happy and engaged and those where I was so uncomfortable. This includes those teams that worked like a well-tuned machine, those individuals who’d consistently pick up the ball for their teammates. And, there were those offices where team members complained about each other behind their back and even made obscene gestures towards one another.

So, what is it that generates these differences? Healthy or unhealthy, it’s the office culture: the culmination of the various characteristics of the team members and how they relate to one another. Any of you who have been in dentistry for a while know what I mean as you’ve undoubtedly experienced both cultures I’ve mentioned and everything in between.
Fortunately, there’s a very individualized and unique tool that measures our strengths and how we get work done. This tool is called The CliftonStrengths Assessment by Gallup. This tool can help create exceptional work environments where employees and teams excel. It helps boost the performance of your Dental Team by maximizing what your employees do best. An invaluable tool to increase productivity, reduce turnover and drastically improve your office culture. Check it out, there’s always room for improvement!


“Hide not your talents. They for use were made.
What’s a sundial in the shade?”
– Benjamin Franklin

7 Reasons You Should Join the American Student Dental Association

April 1st, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

The American Student Dental Association

The American Student Dental Association was founded in the year 1970. The Student American Medical Association (SAMA) had just received a million-dollar grant from the federal government to facilitate student participation and collaboration in the American Indian Health Program and Appalachia Project. The only healthcare industry without a national student organization at that time was dentistry. To receive the grant, the association needed the dental students to organize.

Students from different dental schools came together to form the Student American Dental Association, which later gave birth to the formation of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). Today, this dental organization is the largest in the U.S. and working as a channel to address concerns by students in the dental industry. Aside from being the voice of its members and lobbying for issues concerning dental students, the ASDA is also responsible for publishing policy statements
on different issues and is a leading proponent of removing barriers to care in dentistry.

As a member of the American Student Dental Association, you become part of a well-respected organization that strives hard to uphold the dental profession. Benefits of membership include the following:

1. Life and Disability Insurance

Student members of the ADA (American Dental Association) can avail of the disability and no-cost term life insurance plans by Great West Financial; all you need to do is request them. After completing your dental education, you can continue to receive both at no cost until the 31st of December in the year you graduated. After that date, you can keep your insurance plans by simply paying the premiums. The disability insurance coverage provides $2000 for every month of disability up to a period of seven years to cover living expenses. $2,000 per month for a total of $150,000 is also provided to help you repay student loans in case you are disabled and can no longer perform any of your dental student duties. A term life insurance of $50,000 and accidental death insurance of $50,000 is covered by the no-cost term life insurance plan.

2. Dental School Loans

American Student Dental Association members are provided dental school loans via CommonBond’s Dental Loan. These loans provide a better rate than a federal loan. Members who avail will get a $100 bonus with flexible payment and protection terms in place.

3. Access To Resources

Student members can have unlimited access to the health and wellness resources offered by the ADA. This includes support and information on prescription abuse prevention, ergonomics in the dental practice, mental health, and more. The ADA also provides referral information on specialized treatment facilities and wellbeing committees run by the state.

4. Travel Benefits

Being a member of ASDA means that you get significant savings on accommodation and luggage shipping whenever you travel to the ADA office in Chicago. Just consult with your ADA meeting coordinator for details on these benefits.

5. Children’s Oral Health Promotion through ADA’s Dental Initiatives

You can make a difference in your community by volunteering for ADA’s programs such as the Give Kids a Smile. Help underserved children receive oral health services for free and teach kids how to properly care for their teeth and oral cavity.

6. Access to the ADA Center for Professional Services

The ADA Center for Professional Services offers several resources and information on career, practice management, dental benefits, wellness, and legal facts. Information is plentiful and covers topics such as how to start or close a practice, dental health financing, HIPAA and Medicare facts, continuing education, and work-life balance.

7. Discounts on Insurance and Office Supplies

ASDA students receive considerable discounts on GEICO’s automobile insurance and MedProGroup’s malpractice insurance for externships and board exams; there are significant savings on office supplies at Office Depot as well.

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“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

-Robert Collier

Fast-Track Your Dental Career: 5 Great Tips To Get You Noticed!

March 9th, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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January and February have ended, and along with them many of the resolutions we made for 2020. But one resolution you shouldn’t give up is your desire to grow your Dental Career!

We’ve put together our favorite strategies for successful motivation to help fuel positive growth for your dental profession this year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for Dental Hygienists is projected to grow at an amazing 37.7% in 2020. It’s expected to grow much faster than the average of many occupations in the coming decade.

Salaries are also on the rise, not just for Dental Hygienists but for Dentists and Dental Assistants as
well. So, if you haven’t made much progress with your Dental Career, now is the time to actively pursue your goals and dreams.

1. Learn, Learn and Learn Some More

Technology can aid Dental Professionals in making a diagnosis, but it can never replace your role as a
caregiver. Being the most knowledgeable and the most passionate Dental Professional in your field is a sure way of gaining an employer’s attention. Gain an edge over any competition by never becoming complacent in your Dental Education.

Absorb as much knowledge as you can. Keep up to date on the latest tools, equipment, and best practices of your job. Attend workshops and conferences, study in your spare time, brush up on skills that you feel need further development. Learn as much as you can about your trade, so you can bring an impressive amount of expertise and knowledge to the table.

Dental Staffing is a great resource for staying up to date on the dental industry: with informative blog posts and articles that include professional tips, continued education courses and conferences, and industry news. The more experienced and passionate you are about oral healthcare, the easier it will be to leverage your skills to find the position you want most.

2. Love Technology

Getting up to speed with current technology in the dental industry will give you an advantage. Technology is here to make your life easier, and it’s the way of the future. Dentistry is constantly changing and evolving; keep up with new technology to grow your dental career.

If you have the knowledge to implement new technology, you will be an asset to any Dental Team. Utilize your dental reps for the latest and greatest information on advanced technology.

3. Know Your Worth

Do you feel that your salary is not up to par with the work you do? Maybe it’s time to ask for a raise or seek a promotion. Research the salary range in your area for the job you do; this will help you in your negotiations later. Ask your boss for feedback and suggestions on how you can improve in your current position and what you need to do to be recommended for a higher one.

If you truly want to grow your dental career, it’s important to follow the recommendations. Don’t be
afraid to take on more responsibility and show them what you can do: be proactive in your work, and
start innovating and problem solving for your team. When it comes time to negotiate your raise, list all your responsibilities and daily tasks.

Highlight the value that you uniquely bring to your position. Write out changes you’ve implemented that have helped with workflow and efficiency. Talk about your continued education. Show how you utilized feedback and have been working towards improvement. Most importantly, show your passion! Most employers will respect the motivation, diligence, and care you put into your position in the Dental Office, and will reward the hard work.

4. Network

If you’re looking for local positions, your friends, colleagues, and acquaintances in the dental industry are usually good sources of information regarding job openings. Make sure you are kept in the loop by catching up with former co-workers and employers.

You can also widen your circle by attending dental conferences. Not only can you expand your network, but you can also pick up a lot of new information and knowledge. Some conferences include practice tracks, certification classes, and free demos.

5. Post Your Resume on Dental Staffing

A dental staffing agency like Dental Staffing will help you connect with employers easily. Don’t be afraid to include the important reasons you make a great Dental Professional: your drive, education, diligence, and compassion are what make you unique and desirable as an employee. Then easily upload your resume (for FREE!) to DentalStaffing.org and browse our selection of Dental Job openings!

Dental Staffing is connected with dental offices across the U.S., and your profile will be easily accessible to hundreds of employers looking to hire. Make 2020 the Best Year for Your Dental Career. Take that first step to a better salary and a better career. We’re here to help you on your way!

Create your profile here and get hired for Dental Position of your dreams!

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A person succeeds or fails according to the multitude of decisions that are made day after day. The right decisions lead to rewards; incorrect decisions lead to disappointment and delay.”

-S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-fil-A, Inc.

The Chicago Midwinter!!

February 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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chicago midwinterFebruary 20th is coming, and it’s time again for the Chicago Midwinter meeting. Are you going to be there? Every seasoned dental professional knows about this event held annually by the Chicago Dental Society, but if you’re new to the industry, you might want to read up on some of these quick facts:

 

  • The Chicago Dental Society, an organization founded in 1864, was set up to promote the science of dentistry, speak up and act on behalf of dentist interests, and advocate proper oral health. It works together with the American Dental Association and the Illinois State Dental Society to form a tripartite that counts approximately 4,400 members.
  • Every February, during its annual conference, the CDS holds the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. This year, for the Chicago Midwinter Meeting’s 155th assembly, it will be held from the 20th of February through March 2nd.

 

Why Everyone Should Attend the Chicago Midwinter Meeting

 

The Chicago Midwinter Meeting is one of three leading dental assemblies in the United States, and in Chicago, it’s one of the top 20 conventions to attend. For businesses that deal in the dental market, it’s a great place to exhibit your goods because the event draws tens of thousands of attendees, including over 6,000 dentists.

 

For all dental professionals it’s also an excellent opportunity to receive some of the latest and best educational lectures and  to discover the latest dental technology products as well. The Chicago Midwinter Meeting draws over 650 participating companies and exhibitors in what is recognized as one of the largest dental exhibits in the North American region. Meanwhile, all courses on Saturday, Feb. 22 will be offered free for all dental students. 

 

What Else Can Attendees Get From Attending the Trade Show? 

 

The answer is: a lot! Aside from the Exhibit Hall where you can try out the newest innovations, the event offers the perfect chance to network with others in the industry, hear from leaders in the field, attend hands-on workshops, and experience some of the best continuing education opportunities. There will be live patient demonstrations, all day lectures, and business management insights. Over 250 courses will also be offered for your choosing.

 

What to Expect at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting 2020

 

Although there will be many events scheduled for the trade show, there are several special programs that serve as a highlight to the upcoming Chicago Midwinter Meeting. Some of these are:

1. A simulated court trial 

Robert Anderton, DDS, JD; Jo Jagor, JD; Mitchell Gardner, DMD; and Ryan Donihue, JD will present a simulated legal trial (“An Opioid Overdose Death Following Dental Surgery”) to show how evidence and testimony is presented in the courtroom by both the prosecutors and defense teams.

 

2. Practice tracks 

There will be an all-day track titled, “Implants in Today’s Dental Practice,” where six doctors will discuss how to use lasers to save implants that are failing. They will also give an overview on implant growth and maintenance. Another track of note will be given by six speakers who will explore the business side of the dental practice, including marketing, financial organization, and communications.

 

3. Oral cancer symposium

Rush University Medical Center will send eight physicians and dentists from its head and neck cancer team to discuss the early detection, evaluation, and management of oral cancers. 

 

4. Certification class 

To be presented by Dr. Robert Convissar: this American Board of Laser Surgery approved certification class titled, “Laser Dentistry from A-Z,” will detail the uses of lasers for specified procedures.

 

5. Dental Assistant Roundtable 

This roundtable will discuss and review tips for avoiding contamination pitfalls, improving performance, and 

developing better sterilization procedures. Aside from the great choice of programs and lectures, special events, and the addition of course selections, there will also be several social event options to give you a chance to unwind and interact with colleagues. 

 

 

The Chicago Midwinter Meeting is a yearly must attend for all dental professionals, and is always an event to remember.  If you haven’t registered yet, visit their website and register TODAY! And it’s never too early to start making plans for Chicago’s Midwinter Meeting 2021!  Hope to see you on the 20th! 

 

Hey, I know Chicago is very cold in February, but this is such a powerful event, you won’t even notice!!

 

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

-Nelson Mandela

9 Great Ways to Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 17th, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

childrens dental health monthIt’s February again, and time to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month! National Children’s Dental Health Month was once a one-day event that was first observed on February 8th in 1949.  It was established by the American Dental Association to promote good oral habits for kids, to give them an excellent start for a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth. Six years later, the one-day affair was extended to a week, and now, it’s celebrated for the entire month of February.

 

This year’s theme is: “Fluoride in water prevents cavities. Get it from the tap!” The theme is designed to increase awareness of the many benefits found in tap water that has been treated with fluoride. To further promote dental health to kids, here are nine ways you and your whole dental team can observe and celebrate!

 

9 Ways to Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

 

 

1. Give Away Kid-Themed Toothbrushes

 

 

In case you’re not doing this already – help make brushing fun! Encourage parents of your littlest patients to turn tooth-brushing time into a game at home. Add to the fun by handing out themed or silly-shaped toothbrushes at your Dental Office for the month of February.

 

2. Discounts & Promotions

 

Discounts are always appreciated by parents with young kiddos. Offering a discount or promotion to 

patients under the age of 12 will encourage parents to bring in their kids for a cleaning or exam. Offering your promotion ONLY to patients who book in February is a great way to fill up your schedule and get more patients in your chairs. The more patients you see in February, the more awareness you can bring on proper dental hygiene for tiny teeth! It’s also important to remind your patients that children should have regular dental checkups every 6 months. 

 

3. Head to the Schools (and Show the Plaque)

 

Integrating oral health into schools is an incredibly important movement! Try connecting with some local schools to offer a one-day dental clinic, or a dental hygiene presentation. Lots of children may not fully understand why brushing is so important. As a fun activity during a dental presentation or a clinic, many hygienists use a plaque discoloration solution to help kids see the “germs” or plaque they left on their teeth. A plaque discoloration solution helps demonstrate where the germs hides, and why it’s important to brush. 

 

4. Do A Fun Science Experiment!

 

Hands-on learning is one of the most effective methods for teaching kids. There’s an easy science experiment you can do that demonstrates how the sugar, acids, and color in drinks, candy and junk food can harm teeth. You can demonstrate this in class for everyone to see and for those who’d like to do it at home:print out simple step-by-step instructions for this fun experiment that kids can do at home!

  • Submerge a hard-boiled egg (with the shell on) into a glass of soda and another into a glass of dark-colored fruit juice, such as grape juice, for about 24 hours. Since eggshells and teeth are both made of calcium, this experiment will show how harmful these sugary drinks can be.
  • Wait 24 hours and check your eggs. They will be significantly discolored.
  • Take the eggs out of the drinks, and let your kids try brushing the eggs with an old toothbrush. 

 

This demonstrates how hard it is to remove stains, and how much of what’s left will be permanent. Next time you see your patients, ask them about what they learned! 

 

5. Give Out Full-Sized Flavored Toothpaste

 

Want to encourage brushing even more? Lots of dental offices give out sample sized tubes of toothpaste. For the month of February, try giving your pediatric patients fun flavored, full-sized tubes of toothpaste. And don’t forget to advise parents to supervise their littles’ brushing time! Flavored toothpaste tastes so good, kiddos might be tempted to eat it – yikes! 

 

6. Celebrate with Art

 

A creative way to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month is to pass out dental-themed posters, coloring pages and activity sheets to your students and patients. Ask them to complete these and share their artwork with you once they’re done. You can put the artwork up on a special board in your dental practice for the rest of the month. Or, if your Dental Practice has a social media account, ask your patients to share their artwork and tag your office! You can even host a contest, and re-share the winning pieces! Make sure to ask for parental permission first!

 

7. Be Social

 

If your dental practice has a social media page, post relevant articles about National Children’s Dental Health Month and use the hashtag #NCDMH. Share tips, facts, and more about children’s oral healthcare and hygiene. This type of engagement can help you interact not only with your existing patients, but also inspire new patients to visit your Dental Office!

 

8. Organize an Oral Care Drive

 

Many struggling families cannot afford to buy the necessary oral healthcare products. To give back to your community AND celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, organize an oral care drive. Distribute Dental Hygiene Kits to people in need in your community. Include instruction sheets on proper brushing and flossing technique. This kind of community project is important for so many reasons: you’re helping people in need, implementing important preventative oral care practices, and showing that your Dental Office cares about your community! 

 

9. Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

 

The most important part of National Children’s Dental Health Month is education. Order fun and colorful posters or flyers that are easy to understand. Use them to teach your pediatric patients about proper brushing and flossing, as well as which types of foods and drinks promote healthy teeth. Make sure to include lots of pictures!  Hand one out to all your patients, big and small.  Everyone could use a refresher on how to take better care of their teeth! 

 

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“A toothbrush and dental floss hold no age or socio-economic barriers”

-Dr. Eva Dahl DDS, MS

 

What Are The Advantages Of Working As A Dental Temporary?

February 7th, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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dental temporaryDid you know that in an ordinary week more than three million people work as temporary and contract workers in companies across the United States? These people are working in what’s known as freelance jobs or temporary positions. Many Dental Professionals love “temping” because it allows them to set their fees, choose when and where they want to work. 

 

For some, temping allows them to work a little during retirement. For others who have young families, it’s a way to bring home income until their  children are in school. And dental temping works both ways: while dental temps love the freedom it affords them, dental offices find it ideal to have someone on hand whenever someone at work goes on leave or calls in sick.  Presently, dental temporary staffing jobs welcome all dental professionals: dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, and dental laboratory technicians. 

 

Skills and Characteristics That Will Get You Noticed As A Dental Temp

 

Although technical level skills vary, there are soft skills that can be more important than your technical skills. Excellent communication skills are a huge asset; interacting with patients and the ability to effectively communicate with the entire dental team is something that can’t be overlooked. Attention to detail, dexterity, compassion for patients, and a genuine passion for the work will certainly get you noticed. A can- do attitude accompanying a professional appearance and the ability to work well with others will certainly get you called back at a future date. 

 

Why Should I Consider Dental Temping Position?

 

Temporary work is a big part of America’s employment landscape. According to industry stats, every year almost 17 million workers are hired through temporary staffing agencies. The number of people taking on temp work, including dental temp jobs, is expected to go higher by 2025. 

 

If you’re concerned about age, don’t be. Temp work is evenly distributed around different age groups, with people from the mid-20’s to the early 40’s, demonstrating the majority. However, there are still plenty of people doing temporary work at 55 and older. Obviously, temping isn’t for everyone, but some people thrive in it so much that temping as a Dental Professionals has become an attractive alternative to full-time work. Their motivations? Read on. 

 

1. You can make your own schedule 

You can work whenever it’s convenient for you. If you’re a parent with young children, you can choose to work when your kids are at school. Perhaps you’re working toward an advanced degree and need a schedule that allows you to attend your classes and time to study. If you have your whole day planned, 

you can decline a work call if it has not been agreed upon previously. Temp jobs also allow you to take vacations and travel without needing to align your plans with the dental office’s vacation schedule.

 

2. You can work where you want to 

Maybe you’re planning to relocate; dental temp jobs allow you to scout new workplaces and determine where you want to work/live. Think of temping as test driving a practice; it gives you a peek into how each office and community works.  Does their work ethic align with yours? Do they practice proper policies and protocols? Dental temping offers you control over where you choose to practice.

 

3. You can build confidence 

Having access to different offices will expose you to a lot of dental practice knowledge, which in turn will build your confidence in your abilities. You’ll also become more accustomed to meeting new people and interacting with them. As a bonus, you can add ‘adaptable’ to the list of soft skills you use to describe your professional self.

 

4. You can demand higher rates 

Dental offices in need of a temporary need extra hands to meet the demand of the days schedule/production. To reschedule patients because of a team member’s illness, pregnancy or personal emergency is not a favorable outcome for any dental practice. Further, a full-time position typically includes benefits such as  health, dental, and job security. For these reasons, dental temporaries can set higher fees as they are undoubtedly preserving production goals for the dental practice. 

 

Are You Concerned About the Unpredictability?  Use Temping to Get Hired Full-Time!

 

There’s freedom and flexibility in dental temporary staffing work, but, there’s a downside too —unpredictable income. Since the work is part-time, each assignment will only last for days up to several weeks. If you’re not a good money manager, income can be unpredictable. If you have decided to leave temping behind and go entirely on board, check these steps below that will help you turn that dental temporary staffing work to a full-time one.

 

1. List your accomplishments

To make sure you stand out to potential employers, ensure that your resume is fully updated and polished. Include all the certifications and licenses you have and any extra continuing dental  education you’ve taken. Employers love dental professionals who never stop learning.

 

2. Demonstrate unwavering reliability

This means getting to work on time, delivering consistent quality work, and commitment to the job. Step up when needed and work as a team player.

 

3. Take your temporary dental position seriously

Treat your position as if you’re already a regular employee with the Dental Office. This means that you don’t only do what you’re told, you anticipate your boss’s or co-worker’s needs. By taking a proactive approach, you are showing your employer that you are interested and invested in the dental practice.

 

4. Share your knowledge 

If you know of a way to make a system more efficient, don’t be afraid to speak up. Diplomatically contribute ideas and suggestions and if you can, take an active approach to implementing improvement. Keep in mind, however, my experience has shown me that dental assistants can be very resistant to change.

 

5. Build friendships 

Get to know the people around you, even if you were contracted for a short period of time. Colleagues can be a great source of information about job openings. Networking is an important skill when leaving a dental temping position and moving into a full-time dental professional position. 

 

6. Blend in

Different dental offices have different work cultures. In a more casual culture, you can be laid back. However, in a more business culture behave in a more disciplined manner. As a dental temporary, you need to adapt to the culture of the temporary position. If you’re looking for a full-time dental position, consider the culture when deciding if the dental office is the right fit for you. 

 

7. Ask for a permanent role 

Some employers won’t hesitate to ask you if you can take on a permanent position if they like your work. Since they may not know that you are interested in a full-time position, don’t be afraid to ask! 

 

Are you a Dental Assistant who’s taken a break from work and now you’re ready to get back to it?  Are you having a difficult time finding full-time job openings? Or, maybe you’re a new grad and have no idea where to start? We’ve got an answer for you —temp work. Post your profile on dentalstaffing.org and don’t forget to post on the temp board!  You may find just what you need to enter the workforce and enjoy the benefits that temporary work has to offer. 

 

For more information go to:

Plan Ahead for Temporary Staffing

Wanted: Temps!!  What are the Advantages and Disadvantages  

 

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Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path

 unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost.

-Ellen DeGeneres

 

Five Soft Skills That Will Amp Up Your Resume

January 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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soft skills dental resumeSo, I’m wondering…are any of you asking: “what are soft skills, anyway?”

And if there’s such a thing as “soft skills, what are hard skills?”

Many, many years ago I met a Dentist who was so personable and kind, I thought everyone would want him to be their Dentist. I recall he was looking for a Dental Assistant and he said “I want someone who’s kind and gentle with my patients. I can teach a monkey to assist, I can’t teach compassion and kindness. I need a self-starter, great work ethic and a real team player.”

 

Soft Skills vs Hard Skills

 

When a Dental Office is looking to add someone to their staff, they are not only going to look for  specific qualifications to meet the job requirements, they’re also looking for those who can go above and beyond the basic job description. 

 

So, what exactly are soft skills, and how do they differ from hard skills? Hard skills are the job, whether it’s Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene or the Dental Associate. These are specific skills that are gained through training and certification programs, education, and previous job experience. Hard skills are teachable and measurable.

 

Soft skills, on the other hand, can be just as important (if not more) important, because they are often difficult to teach. Soft skills are learned and developed, but they can also be innate personality traits. 

 

Why Are Soft Skills Important?  

 

Hard skills dictate how well you’ve been trained for the specific job requirements, and how well you will perform your obligatory tasks. Soft skills often dictate how you will function within an office environment, and how well you get along with your team. Many people can be trained for the same job, but it’s difficult to teach soft skills such as good communication, empathy for co-workers, and time-management.

 

When Dental Office Managers are looking for new Dental Staff, the proper certifications and training are required, but soft skills that make you more personable, independent, and efficient are a bonus. If you can communicate these soft skills on both your resume and during the interview, you will stand out far above your competitors

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What Are the Best Soft Skills to Amp Up Your Resume?

 

We’ve compiled a list of the most sought-after soft skills that will have any Dental Office Manager looking twice at your resume: 

 

1. Work Ethic 

Work ethic is an invaluable skill for any job. Having a good work ethic doesn’t just mean you work hard at what you do; it is the dedication to performing your task to the utmost of your ability. Having a good work ethic encompasses passion, punctuality, professionalism, motivation, persistence, and efficiency, and makes you a desirable asset to any Dental Staff.

 

2. Organization

Being organized will make you a much more effective team member. Being able to evaluate your daily workload, make wise decisions, and manage your time effectively will not only help you perform your job better, but will also assist the rest of your Dental Team to be more effective in their job. 

Organization is also a key component of independence. When you prove to your employer that you can effectively manage your time and tasks, it allows them the freedom to let you work independently, and reduces the need to spend their time micromanaging.

 

3. Flexibility & Problem Solving

Flexibility and problem solving are complementary skills to any organization. When issues divert from the plan, when exams or procedures take longer than anticipated, the ability to maintain a good attitude while demonstrating flexibility is an invaluable soft skill and demonstrates a high level of professionalism. 

In any new workplace you will constantly come up against new situations and challenges, and these skills will help you to better manage your job. 

 

4. Communication

The  ability to effectively communicate with your patients and teammates is a key piece to developing a great working environment. Good communication creates an environment that is productive and flows smoothly from patient to patient. Remember, there are several methods of communication: verbal, non-verbal, visual and written. A large part of communication is active listening. Remember we have two ears and one mouth! And when you do communicate, be sure you are demonstrating clarity. 

 

5. Treat Others as You Would Like to Be Treated

Being personable and friendly, kind and compassionate will help your patients feel more comfortable, and create a more positive patient experience. There are few people who really love going to the dentist; knowing how to consistently treat them respectfully from the time they enter the front door and back out the front door again is a necessary soft skill. 

 

   

Can Soft Skills Improve Your Dental Resume?

Including your best soft skills on your dental resume is a great way to separate yourself from the competition. If you’ve performed an honest self-evaluation of your soft skills and included them on your resume, be sure they coincide with your interview behavior. If you state that you are organized and show up late to your interview, it’ll become obvious, you’re not all that organized.

 

Perform some self-analysis and write down some skills you think you possess. What do each of these skills mean? Do you demonstrate these soft skills in everyday life? What are some examples? I believe it’s crucial to understand yourself, report these skills on your resume and to be able to demonstrate them in everyday life.

 

So, get busy amping up that resume and submit it at DentalStaffing.org. Or, get a jump on the competition and search our database for available jobs throughout the US.

  

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“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

7 Perfect Gifts for Your Dental Office Staff

December 24th, 2019 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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dental office giftsYou have a wonderful Dental Office Team. 

Everyone’s in sync and working as one unit. And despite the long, exhausting hours of work, you can trust these people to be ready when you need them. For times when you feel like a simple thank you is not enough to show your appreciation, a gift may be welcome!

If you’re feeling stumped for gift ideas, we’ve drawn up a nifty list of gift ideas for your Dental Office Staff. Whether it’s a thank you, a holiday gift, or a ‘just-because’, these things will bring a smile to anyone on your Dental Office Team.

 

1. A basket of goodies!

 

Any professional in the Dental Office will tell you we are some of the greatest consumers of sugary treats! The difference lies in the dental floss and toothbrushes we use daily. But! A great alternative to sweets could be a box of nuts, fruits, or meats and cheeses. Who wouldn’t enjoy such an excellent present! Besides being healthy, snack baskets are extremely practical and they’re perfect for relaxing after a long, hard day. You can throw in a bottle of wine if you really want to make them smile!

 

2. A gift card to their favorite store, restaurant or coffee kiosk

 

Gift cards take the guesswork out of gift giving! Your coworkers are free to buy themselves whatever they’d like most —a new book, home decor, or a nice steak dinner for two. 

Gift cards are also easy to have on hand for those unexpected moments when someone on your team earns an extra-special thank you gift by consistently going above and beyond.

 

3. Buy them lunch…regularly

 

There’s an old saying that goes, “When you work into your lunch hour day after day, the best way for me to thank you is to buy your lunch!” 

But in all seriousness, everyone loves to be treated out to lunch, even just once. Food has a way of promoting socialization and increasing morale. Eating together helps forge bonds and create better working relationships between colleagues. 

Arrange for a catered lunch at your office at least once a month, or go ahead and book at a restaurant for a sumptuous treat. I worked as an associate and my boss provided a new theme for lunch every month prior to the staff meeting. Get creative! There are barbecues, catering, hayrides and picnics. Further, buy them lunch often, it bonds team members.

 

4. House cleaning service for a day

 

There’s not a Dental Office Teammate anywhere who doesn’t want someone to clean their house. Especially parents with small kids; but who doesn’t want to spend a day free of household chores, or come home to a sparkling clean house? If you’ve got the budget, go ahead and pamper your coworkers with the gift of a house cleaning session with a local company. They’ll never forget it!

 

5. A subscription to a streaming service

 

What better way to relax after a hard day of work at the Dental Office than to lounge and watch a favorite show or movie? Treat your coworkers to a subscription to Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu. Book lovers would truly enjoy a subscription to Audible or how about SiriusXM to listen on their ride to work.

 

6. A day of pampered beauty

 

Who wouldn’t like an hour and a half massage? Let’s throw in a facial with that massage.

A manicure and pedicure will put a smile on anyone’s face. How about a day of all the above! What a way to show appreciation. Even men enjoy massage, facials and pedicures, so don’t hesitate if your Dental Office Team includes men. Some of the best assistants I’ve met are men.

 

7. The very most important gift of all…

 

I have studied what makes a Dental Office Team tick for a very long time. Even though money and gifts are nice, absolutely nothing beats a show of appreciation. A simple card with a few words expressing appreciation for a job well done is priceless. I still have a couple of these that are decades old. And a Dentists’ best gift from the Team is working in sync as one unit.

 

Happy Holidays!!

 

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“Everyone wants to be appreciated,

if you appreciate someone,

don’t keep it a secret.”

Mary Kay Ash

5 Digital Marketing Trends That Can Help Dental Recruitment For New Patients

December 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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Current Digital Marketing Trends

Digital marketing is one of the most crucial keys to the success of any business in today’s digital world. Digital marketing is any marketing campaign that takes place in a digital or online setting. It can include an infinite number of strategies and platforms, and is a constantly changing and evolving organism. 

 

Because digital marketing is constantly evolving, it is important to keep up to date on the most effective digital marketing trends with any business. In the dental industry, that means staying current with what digital marketing methods are helping promote the business and assist with dental recruitment. 

 

Getting Started

The potential for digital marketing is virtually endless: it a bit overwhelming if you’re just getting started developing a digital marketing strategy for your dental recruitment program. But that’s where we can help! 

 

In this blog we have outlined FIVE of the most successful and current digital marketing trends that will help you attract more visitors to your site and gain new patients.

1. Design A Functional And Attractive Website

Your website is the online face of your business and a crucial part of your dental recruitment strategy. Since 70% of potential patient’s first interaction with your practice is through your website, it’s not an option to ignore your site. Your dental practice needs a functional, well-designed, website that accurately represents your brand. Your site needs to communicate your mission and your desired aesthetic, while also providing your website visitors with all the pertinent information they need to make an informed decision for their oral health needs. 

 

2. Develop An SEO Strategy

In today’s market, most consumers do internet research before investing in anything, and that includes oral health. When people are looking for a new hairdresser, healthcare provider, or dentist they head to Google. Developing a quality SEO strategy will help you rank higher in search engine results pages, making you more visible to your potential clients. A good website is absolutely imperative to attract new customers, as it is the online face of your dental practice. But even the best website is pointless without site visitors. Your dental marketing strategy will drive the traffic you need to your website in order to turn site visitors into new patients. 

 

3. Produce Quality, Original Content With A Blog

Writing a blog can seem like a daunting task, but it is well worth the effort.  Websites with a blog tend to have an astounding 434% more indexed pages than websites without. This is from a variety of reasons: there is more content for search engines to crawl and index, it helps search engines easily recognize your website is a resource with lots of information for people to consume, and it lets Google know that your website is constantly being updated and improved with more quality content. But a blog can also help you better interact with your customers. It helps provide a voice for your practice, and can establish your knowledge and authority on topics important to the dental industry.

4. Have A Consistent Social Media Presence

One of the biggest factors of dental recruitment is relationship: it’s important to develop engagement and rapport with your potential patients. Using social media as an informative resource for your patients can not only keep them engaged with your content, but it can also help personalize your brand and create loyalty with your patients. Developing a consistent social media presence is a great practice for not only dental recruitment but also patient retention.  

 

5. Feature Patient Testimonials

Digital marketing is all about sending your potential patients trust signals. Trust signals are simple elements displayed on a website that help customers feel more secure in their decision to patronize a specific business. There are a variety of trust signals you can offer your patients, such as clear contact information, easy-to-use website navigation, and “trusted site” badges. But the number one most important trust signal to a potential patient is a customer review. 93% of consumers say online reviews impact their purchasing decisions, so offering clearly visible reviews from real patients can help your dental recruitment practices increase significantly. 

 


How Can Digital Marketing Help With More Than Just Attracting Patients?

Every dental clinic needs a well-constructed, cohesive dental marketing strategy to assist them with dental recruitment and promotion. By devising a quality dental marketing strategy, you will be able to optimize your website for higher search ranking, raise awareness for your practice, and improve your image as a business within the community. 

 

By developing this simple strategies, you can dramatically increase your patient recruitment, but this will also positively impact your retention rates. Patient recruitment is important to your business, but patient retention is the foundation and building block of increasing your revenue over time. 

 

Implementing these practices into your practice will help you not only attract new patients, but will also turn them into loyal customers who keep coming back.

Why Post Your Dental Resume Online

December 9th, 2019 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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post dental resume onlineI’m often struck by the number of dentists, hygienists and assistants I see registered on Dental Staffing who have not posted their resume. I’m compelled to ask my Team, why? We sat around a conference table brainstorming about what would keep a dental professional, while clearly looking for a job, from posting their resume? Are they feeling insecure and they lack confidence? Are they unsure how to write a compelling resume? Or, perhaps they don’t want anyone to know they’re looking…like their boss!

So, here’s the thing: all these fears can (and should) be overcome, so you can let Dental Offices know just what you’ve got! We’re going to take these excuses, one at a time, and show you why you should post your resume to DentalStaffing.org!

5 Reasons to Post Your Dental Resume Online

Explore What You’ve Got to Offer

You’ve all got tons to offer, even if you’re feeling insecure because you’re right out of school. So, some dental offices are looking for someone ‘fresh out of academia’, even if you haven’t taken your boards. You did a lot to get into a dental curriculum, and I suggest you discuss your qualities. What are the top five adjectives that best describe your attributes? Are you dependable, how about your confidence? Every patient wants a dental professional to approach them with confidence. Are you a Team player (an absolute must in a dental environment)?

Sit down with your best friend and discuss what makes you a great individual. You’ll be amazed at what you come up with together! In other words, what do you bring, what value do you provide or what problem do you solve?

 

Be Choosy

Did you know that dentists and dental office managers prefer a resume that appears you’re being choosy, vs someone just looking for a paycheck? What is it you’re looking for in a new dental home?

  • As a new dentist, perhaps you’re looking to grow in an office doing procedures such as implant placement, or IV sedation.
  • Perhaps you’re a Dental Hygienist working in a state that allows expanded practice opportunities such as administration of anesthesia or N2O or certification in the use of lasers.
  • Maybe you’re a Dental Assistant who loves working with kids. Get specific! I know a couple of pedodontists who would never consider working on anyone but kids. If you want to work with kids, try orthodontics or pedodontics because you won’t be as happy in a general practice with fewer kiddos.

When posting your resume, think about what you want a prospective employer to see. What makes you unique? Who inspires you? It doesn’t all have to be about dentistry, because you are not just about dentistry. Further, if a prospective employer is just looking for a warm body, all the great things you’ve expressed about yourself will go right over their head. Remember, you have a lot to offer, and you can be choosy.

 

Define Your Accomplishments and Long-Term Goals

What association to your professional license or certificate are you interested in pursuing? Whether you already possess these skills, or you’re just leaning in that direction, talk about it in your resume.

Don’t have any experience? You can talk about specific projects you’ve performed outside of dentistry that speaks to your capabilities as an individual. For example:

  • “Helped organize a large community of residents to clean up the downtown streets following a storm”.
  • “Volunteered to help serve Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter three years running”.

Any contribution to society speaks volumes about you, the individual, even if you don’t have much dental experience. How did your accomplishments make you feel?

 

Brand Yourself

The more experience you have, the easier it is to brand yourself. Branding says everything you need to know about you in one sentence. For example:
Dr. Peterson keeps the families in our community healthy and pain free through his warm and friendly dental office that provides the most up to date and long-lasting dental treatment.

That about says it all regarding Dr. Peterson, and it makes me want to call and make an appointment! How about you? What can you bring to the party? Sit down and write your brand. What do you do or plan to do in your profession? What personal attributes can you provide and to whom? Your employer, your teammates, and your patients. And lastly, what services can you provide these same people?

 

Learn What’s Out There, Even If You’re “Just Looking”

And, if you just don’t post your resume because you don’t want anyone to know you’re looking, post it with a new, blind email address. Throw out that old, generic resume and try some of our suggestions. I promise if you tell them what you’ve got, you’ll stand out way above the crowd.

 

One More Thing…

A cover letter is not a one size fits all. Be certain to develop your cover letter with a clear understanding of what the employer is seeking and how you are uniquely capable of filling that role.

 

Ready for more reading about making your resume the best it can be when posting to online job boards? Head over to What Should a Dental Professional Include on Their Resume? or Your Resume Says a Lot About You.

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“Make yourself necessary to someone.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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