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The Best Toothpaste To Promote In Your Dental Practice

May 26th, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

For ordinary shoppers, buying toothpaste can easily become overwhelming because of all the choices available. It’s the same for dentists, too. There are so many good brands that it can be hard to pick just one best toothpaste to promote in the dental office. And there are several different types too, to address different oral needs. For example, here are some of the major kinds sold in stores:

 1.  Desensitizing toothpastes
Made for people with teeth that are vulnerable to cold or hot substances, these toothpastes contain potassium nitrate, which eases the painful sensation associated with dentine hypersensitivity.

2.  Whitening toothpastes
Some people have teeth that are prone to dental staining, possibly from consuming drinks such as coffee, cola, or tea. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that target these stains to remove them or lessen their appearance.

3.  Tartar control toothpastes
Usually these toothpastes contain either sodium hexametaphosphate or sodium pyrophosphate, which helps to keep tartar from forming on the teeth.

 

Fluoride or non-fluoride?
Toothpastes are also divided into fluoride and non-fluoride categories. Herbal toothpastes and some children’s toothpastes fall under the non-fluoride kind, which are designed for kids who might ingest too much fluoride when brushing and adults who are either sensitive to that ingredient or just want a more natural dental cleansing option.

Most studies — and dentists — recommend fluoride toothpastes, however, because fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel and helps reverse acid damage (from eating sugars and starches) by remineralizing areas that have started to decay.

Charcoal toothpastes: Is it actually good for the teeth?
Currently enjoying extreme popularity are dental cleansers with activated charcoal. They’re mildly abrasive and able to absorb some surface stains to some degree, but there are many concerns that have been raised against their regular use. Brushing often with charcoal can wear down the tooth enamel, cause staining by having particles accumulate in the cracks of the teeth, lead to tooth decay (because these often do not contain fluoride), and may affect dental restorations.

The Best Toothpaste for Your Clients
The best toothpaste should meet a client’s specific needs, so we listed down different “bests” according to various dental needs. Since fluoride is a crucial ingredient in toothpastes, we’ve decided to feature only fluoridated ones with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that the products are deemed safe and effective.

-For sensitive teeth: Sensodyne Fresh Mint Sensitivity Protection
It works deep inside each tooth to calm the nerves and provide lasting sensitivity protection.

-For whitening: Colgate Optic Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Not only does it remove surface stains, it can go beyond it through the brand’s patented 2% hydrogen peroxide formulation. It can deeply whiten teeth by up to four shades but is gentle enough for daily use.

-For fighting plaque: Arm and Hammer Dental Care Toothpaste w/Baking Soda
It has the maximum level of baking soda to clean, strengthen, and whiten the tooth enamel, helping it remove more plaque than a non-baking soda based toothpaste.

-For overall dental health: Crest Pro-Health
Crest Pro-Health is one of a few toothpastes that meets the ADA approval in six categories: It whitens, reduces dental sensitivity, fights plaque and bad breath, and prevents gingivitis and cavities. It’s the best toothpaste for overall dental well-being.

Do you need more information on the dental industry?
We have tons of information specific to dentistry available on our site, including dental blogs, list of upcoming events, and resources on continuing education, employment, and more. Get all the facts you need at https://dentalstaffing.org/.

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“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.”

-Henry Ford

8 Tips to Assemble A Great Dental Team

May 15th, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

Assembling the perfect dental team is the dream of any practice owner. However, choosing the right people for the job needs careful attention and is one of the most important systems you can develop for success. This is not about just finding a warm body with a heartbeat. It takes time, patience and consideration and here are eight tips to keep in mind.

 

 1.  Give yourself time

Do not rush to hire a dental employee just because you want to keep the practice going without interruption or because you are determined to open your new practice as early as possible. Take the time to go through the resumes to avoid missing out on that one superb employee.

 

2.  Be detailed with your job descriptions.

Create clear job descriptions where you outline the various responsibilities required of the perspective candidates. Include everything from measurable performance targets, the hours you expect them to work (if the practice operates outside of regular business hours), and required skills. It’s helpful for you to speak about your practice’s work culture. Dental Staffing encourages you to explore the blog on “Define Your Office Culture”.

 

3.  Express your vision and goals and share them with your team.

Your team cannot help you move forward if they do not understand exactly what it is you are striving to achieve. Be clear about your vision so that everyone is aligned with your goals and will come together to align with them.

 

4.  Don’t forget to include soft skills in your checklist.

While technical skills are needed in any great business, excellence in soft skills such as communication, attitude, and ethics are equally, if not more important. Technical skills can be learned but soft skills are harder to teach. These influence how well a person interacts with others, be it team members or patients. In fact, patients want soft skills, and your patients will make or break your business.

 

5.  Offer competitive rates.

In the field of dentistry, staff turnover is quite common and places an unnecessary financial burden on the practice. To help avoid turnover, compensate your people well. In the long run, you will pay more for loss of production whenever a person on your team quits than if you paid them competitive rates from the beginning or at the end of a probationary period.

 

6.  Encourage strong communication.

Communication reduces the risk of misunderstanding. Provide feedback and encouragement to your team whenever possible and open lines for your staff to approach you whenever the need arises. An unapproachable boss or supervisor only deters a business from thriving.

If you are of the personality that does not handle this well, hire an Office Manager you can partner with who can be the approachable one. Strong communication creates trust and unity amongst the Team and provides you with more insight about the practice from another person’s perspective.

 

7.  Provide continuous training.

So many Doctors leave their practice for exciting continuing education and forget to take the Team. The number one reason employees leave any job is lack of appreciation. Show your appreciation by investing in your people, and reap the rewards. No one wants to remain stagnant and a practice that offers growth and learning is a place that has happy employees and superior performers.

 

8.  Consider a dental staffing job board.

As much as you would like to take your time with job applications, there are times when you need help finding candidates. A Dental Staffing job board can provide you with skilled and highly experienced professionals. Post your ads at www.dentalstaffing.org, our online dental job board, to start building your Dental Team today.

 

Dental Staffing will take care of looking for qualified employees, leaving you more time to focus on your business. We take care to send only carefully screened, highly skilled applicants who will hopefully meet your requirements.

 

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“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

– Ralph Marston

The Dental Hygienist and the Continuation of Education

April 29th, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

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The Dental Hygienist and the Continuation of Education

The dental field is one of the fastest -growing industries in America, and just like with most practices in healthcare, major changes happen every day. To keep up with the constantly evolving demands of the profession and new technologies that surface, it is important for you, as a Dental Professional, to continue your education. Not only will taking up continued education for Dental Hygienists offer you better career opportunities (because non-stop learning is always a plus), it helps you stay on top of the game.

Studying gives you access to the latest in treatment and diagnostic methods, which in turn will benefit
your patients.

1. Continued Education for Dental Hygienists: Is it Required?

While requirements vary from state to state, finishing courses that provide continued education for dental hygienists is mandatory in most states except Wyoming and Colorado. Completing a specific amount of continuing education courses (CE) is a must for a dental license to be renewed. The required hours of continuing education range from 14 hours every couple of years to a max of 75 hours every three years. Check with your state to find out how many hours you need for license renewal.

2. Forms of Learning

Continued education courses come in many forms. The structure depends on the provider that you choose to go with. There are training workshops, conferences, certification courses, web-based lectures, and more. You can avail of these programs through community colleges, dental associations, and universities. Even for the busiest professional, there are many opportunities and ways to grow in the field. Online courses provide a way to study for those with non-flexible work schedules.

Though most courses require a fee, there are plenty of free CE credits that you can get through such things as professional publications or live dental webinars. An excellent source of free credits is this list of live webinars provided by Colgate Professional.

I am deeply passionate about the Dental Profession, and having made lots of mistakes, my experiences provide a great deal of information on what to do, vs what not to do! I recently presented a live webinar on Documentation and Risk Management and I provide in-office workshops on this topic, training the Team how to document to avoid risk and Clinical Systems Management for Increased Productivity and Stress Reduction.

One great way to find out the scope of learning available to you is to attend a major dental conference at least once a year. These gatherings usually yield tons of resources and CE credits to increase your knowledge of information on new technology and treatment procedures from professionals just like yourself.

3. Continued Education for the Dental Professional

Here are some examples of upcoming classes for you to attend, either in person or online. In light of the current pandemic, we listed down programs which are either online or hands-on but scheduled months ahead.

Local Anesthesia for Today’s Hygienist: Certification Course

A certification by an ADA CERP Recognized Provider, this course by the University of Florida Health will run from September 25-27, 2020. Accreditation for the hands-on course is 60 contact hours. All aspects of local anesthesia will be explored in this class, ranging from pharmacology to anatomy, as well as mechanics for providing competent pain and anxiety management.

Spring Mandatory & Core Training for the Entire Dental Team, Fall Mandatory & Core Training for the Entire Dental Team-Live Session

Offered by the University of Minnesota, this live session on May 8, 2020 tackles three essential topics for 6 hours of course credits. The three core subjects are: management of medical emergencies, infection control, and workplace ethics.

Nitrous Oxide for Dental Hygienists (Administering) and Dental Assistants (Monitoring)
The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College with the approval of the Ohio State Dental Board offers eight hours of credit for the program.

The proper administration of nitrous oxide (monitoring for dental assistants) will be discussed on December 5, 2020.

 

ADA CE Online Courses

The American Dental Association offers a ton of online continuing education courses and recorded webinars for credits.

Some of the popular courses available for continued education for dental hygienists include ADA Infection Control and OSHA 2016, Pharmacology of Analgesics, and the latest, which is COVID-19 Infection Control Protocols & Procedures (a free recorded webinar).

 

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

How To Celebrate Belated National Dental Hygienist Week For Your Staff

April 22nd, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

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National Dental Hygiene Week…Belated!

It’s April, and an important month for dental offices here in the U.S. From April 7-14, we celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week to remind us all how we couldn’t be as effective a team without them. It’s the month where we conduct a week-long celebration in honor of the professionals for their valuable contribution to our dental practices. This year is a little bit different for all of us due to the COVID-19 closures throughout the United States. We didn’t have the chance to throw the usual Dental Hygienist appreciation lunches and events.

Many of us are struggling through office closures, creating loss of revenue, and staff. Perhaps now, more than ever, is a great time to let our Dental Hygienists know how much they are appreciated. During regular business, our Dental Hygienists perform essential functions in the office, from providing patient education, creating dental health awareness in the community, periodontal treatment and radiographs. Dental Hygienists are our partners in promoting dental well-being and because we appreciate the hard work they do, let’s not forget to show how much we value them.

Below are some ways you can celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week all month long!

Celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week With Your Staff:

1. Make It Visible

Make your appreciation as visible as possible. If your clinic is closed, you can set up a banner outside your office celebrating your Hygienists, showing them how much you appreciate them especially in this time of uncertainty. You can send them personalized emails or cards, making it as personal as possible. These are the team members who invest in your Dental Office and your patients as much as you do.

2. Make It Personal

Take the time to create a special thank you on social media for everyone to see, Team members and patients as well. You can set up an individual phone meeting with each Hygienist, to express your gratitude. Or you can send a special email to each of them, thanking them for the work they do. It doesn’t have to be a long email, just a short but heartfelt note from you will be much appreciated.

A special communication from their boss not only shows that you care about your staff individually, but it can provide some much-needed encouragement in a time of difficulty for so many.

3. Make It A Celebration

In former times, a great way of celebrating National Dental Hygienist Week was to take everyone in the dental team out for lunch. It’s a great way for everyone to bond together and at the same time show your Dental Hygienists how grateful you are for their work. During current social distancing measures, this isn’t possible, but you can still make it a party!

Schedule a zoom meeting, and encourage your Team to find some fun games you can all play over the computer. Buy some balloons to liven up your background! Keep the mood celebratory for boosting morale, and give your Team a fun event to look forward to during social isolation.

4. Make It Special

While a heartfelt thank-you is an excellent idea, it’s always better if you can back it up with a small token or gift. Gift cards are always welcome, especially if it’s for a favorite store or restaurant! Include it in the card you send.

During this season of social distancing, many florists are offering non-contact deliveries. Try ordering a wrapped bouquet or potted plant for your Dental Hygiene staff, and having it delivered to their door! Nothing boosts the spirits like a fragrant and lush floral arrangement to brighten the homes that we are all spending so much time in.

5. Give Out Bonuses

These are difficult times for all of us. Your business might even be struggling to make ends meet right now. But if your business is secure, and you have a bit of a cushion to fall back on, consider giving out small bonuses to your Dental Hygiene staff.

It can be difficult and scary to be out of work in such an unsure time. A bonus not only tells your staff that you appreciate them, but that you’re looking forward to working with them again in the future.

Celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week with Your Community

1. Host A Giveaway

As we are social distancing, and only dental emergencies are qualifying for treatment right now, it puts a lot of distance between us and our patients. Gather up a few Dental Hygiene themed toys and trinkets: print out stickers or bookmarks for National Dental Hygienist Week, include some healthy snacks and a dental themed mug. Make a cute basket, and host a giveaway on social media!

Hosting a giveaway for National Dental Hygienist Week not only boosts your engagement on social media (which is where most of our patients are hanging out these days!), it can also be a fun way to show your Hygienists that you’re still thinking of them! Including helpful diagrams and educational pamphlets on proper oral hygiene can also make this an educational moment for your social media audience! It’s a win-win.

2. Post Dental Hygiene Awareness Posts

Most of our patients are spending a lot more time in front of a screen lately. It’s a good idea to meet them where they are! Announce that your Dental Office is celebrating National Dental Hygienist Week all month long! Share photos of your Dental Hygiene staff. Write a short post about how much you appreciate them, and ask their patients to post their love and appreciation for them in the comments!

This is a great opportunity to not only show your Team you care, but they can feel the love from some of their favorite patients, too! Plus, posts that offer an interactive call to action will boost your businesses social media presence and engagement! Another win-win.

3. Add A Blurb to Your Newsletter

When emailing your patients, add a blurb about the special season you’re celebrating. It helps if you can make everyone aware of it, so they can join in with you. You can add a photo and a quick highlight on the value of each Dental Hygienist in your office. Tell your audience why you love your staff, and how much you appreciate their hard work. People who feel valued are happier, more loyal, and perform better in their jobs.

Even though National Dental Hygienist Week is technically over, we still have lots of time to show the Dental Hygienists that we care!

Are you a Dental Hygienist that has recently been laid off due to Covid-19 closures? Do you wish you had a fulfilling job, where your boss valued you as a Dental Hygienist? We’ve got you covered! We have job listings from all over the United States, just waiting for you to apply! Upload your resume and search job posts TODAY.

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“You can’t always get what you want.
But if you try some time, you’ll find,
you get what you need.”

– Rolling Stones

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