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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

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.

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

3 Keys to Performing as An Incredible Dental Temp

September 23rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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Working as a Dental Temp can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. As a temporary Dental Professional, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a variety of other dental professionals, network in numerous dental office settings, and possibly form relationships that could lead to future employment. 

 

If you’re the personality type that likes the status quo and dislikes constant change, temping my not be for you. However, there are personality types who enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and stepping into different offices on a regular basis.


What is Required of a Dental Temporary?

If you’re accepting a position as a Dental Temp, whether you’re a Hygienist, Dental Assistant, or Laboratory Technician, you will be required to be knowledgeable in your field and have the appropriate certifications for your position. It’s illegal for a dental office to hire a temporary Dental Professional and require them to perform duties that require certification, without those credentials.


While you’re in the office, there are a few things you can do to make your interim employers happy and willing to give you a great reference, or even hire you on permanently!

 

1. Preparedness

As a Dental Temp, you may travel to many different locations throughout the week so make sure you’re prepared:

  • Have all the necessary paperwork ready to confirm your certifications upon arrival.
  • Know the location of the office ahead of time, when patient care begins, and how long it will take for you to arrive.
  • Arrive to the position a few minutes early in order to familiarize yourself with the office, the team, the equipment and protocols. 
  • Make a call to the Dental Office Manager in advance of your work date commitment. This enables you to ask questions such as the attire they expect, how many hours you will be working, and to confirm your expected hourly rate.

2. Professionalism

Professionalism as a must cannot be overstated. As a Dental Temp, it’s more important than if you’re a regular employee. Everyone has good and bad days, but as a temp, your best first impression is paramount to your ongoing referrals. 

    • Arrive early; this is all about being prepared.
    • Dress the part; having discussed this in advance with the OM, arrive in the expected attire.
    • Be courteous to all you meet: the Doctor, the Team and the patients.
    • If your patient should be ‘no show’, volunteer to perform other duties.
    • Demonstrate your skill and ability to your interim employer.
    • Make sure all patients are receiving the highest possible standard of care.

 

3. Be Personable

 

Building positive relationships with people is a huge part of any job, but as we’ve stated before, customer service is the #1 reason a patient stays or leaves a Dental Practice.

  • Establish sound relationships with the Dentist, team and patients. 
  • Remember, the best reviews come from satisfied customers, so make sure you’re investing everything you have into your time with patients. 
  • At all times you must remember you’re making an impression, so make it a good one. 

 

 

The Up-Side of Working as a Dental Temporary

  • You do not need to work for a temp agency you can be your own boss. You can post your resume on https://dentalstaffing.org/dental-temps/
  • Further, you can design, print and distribute your own brochure in your area.
  • You can be flexible and set your own schedule. If you have other functions planned, all that is required when you are contacted for a position, is to report you are already scheduled for that day.
  • You can set your own salary. Most offices contact a temporary during an unexpected illness and need immediate help. As a temp, your fees are usually higher than someone in a permanent position.
  • As a newly graduated Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist, you’re getting experience and references from working as an interim employee. Dental Temp positions can provide references that speak to your ability or become permanent positions. 
  • Many Dental Temps have found that being a full-time Dental Temp can be a satisfying position, even preferable to a permanent, full-time dental staff position. 

How to Get Hired as a Dental Temp

It’s FREE to register and post your resume to our directory at https://dentalstaffing.org/dental-temps/ .  

 

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“Believe you can and you’re half-way there.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

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