Do you believe it? Book Rec

 

If you’re not convinced that oral infection and inflammation are a serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease, you need this book.

And if you DO believe it, you need this book! It’s that good.

The latest book from innovators in healthcare, Dr. Bale & Dr. Doneen, is an easy to read guide for reducing CVD, Diabetes and Dementia risk for you, your family and your patients. It’s full of real-life stories and realistic strategies that will give you inspiration AND ways to educate your patients to the importance of the Life-Saving screenings every dental team is capable of providing.

Check out this video for a shocking statement about the role of oral inflammation.

To schedule a complimentary Discovery Session to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, click here, call us at (704) 541-0995, or email us at info@inspiredhygiene.com.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

 

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

In my work coaching dental teams across the country, I find that most dental professionals rarely discuss the risks of HPV with their patients. Becoming comfortable talking about the relationship between oral sex and oral cancer is imperative because 85% of Americans will become infected with HPV in their lifetimes and will therefore be at risk for oropharyngeal cancer (https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/). Here are some other important statistics:

Reach out to me at Kathryn@inspiredhygiene.com for help with these vitally important and potentially life-saving conversations.

To schedule a complimentary Discovery Session to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, click here, call us at (704) 541-0995, or email us at info@inspiredhygiene.com.

Are You Responsible for Your Patient’s Heart?

 

I know, that sounds ridiculous. So what IS your responsibility to your patients and their overall health? 

Since it’s Heart Health month, let’s start there. It is our responsibility as dental professionals to identify potential risk for heart attack and stroke. Some of those are super obvious. If you’re looking for them.

In this video, I outline a few that are easy to spot and easy to bring to your patient’s attention. This is certainly, not a complete list but we’ve got to start somewhere, right?

To schedule a complimentary Discovery Session to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, click here, call us at (704) 541-0995, or email us at info@inspiredhygiene.com.

Power brush chairside trial

 

Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz and Rachel discuss the importance of making authentic connections with patients, which will lead to trust and increased case acceptance.

Watch as Rachel introduces the new Chairside Trial program that allows patients to try the Philips Sonicare power brush during their appointment. 

What a great opportunity for us as dental professionals to educate our patients on the benefits of a power brush before making the decision to purchase it for themselves!

If you’re interested in more information about the Philips Chairside Trial program, you can contact your Philips rep or click the link just below.

If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session.

Current Hygiene Schedule Issues

 

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

If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session.

What if it does?

 

It’s a new year! There are a lot of new things to consider! It’s common to say, “I’m going to do this new thing…” but what if it doesn’t work?

I challenge you to think and say, “What if it does?

As a leader, it’s up to you to share a “what if it does” attitude with your team — no matter what!

Here are four action items to get your New Year off to a great start:

1. What’s your big purpose?
Dig deep. Go beyond the surface. Why do you come to work? Discuss this with your team and write down every team member’s reasons. Remember: all reasons are valid.

2. What is your no matter what?
Write out your own phrases, each ending in “no matter what.” Here are three to get you started:

  • Tell the patient the truth about their periodontal disease… no matter what
  • Charge a fair fee and be proud of your services and fees… no matter what
  • Perform a periodontal evaluation… no matter what

3. Find a new way to measure success.
In business, we often measure success by profit. Think of four new ways to measure your success. Write them down and track them for at least 3 months, then celebrate your measured success! Here are some examples:

  • Seating a new patient on time
  • New patient treatment conversions (number of new patients returning for treatment)
  • Decreased open time on doctor and hygiene schedules

4. What does each team member need to master in order to accomplish items 1-3?
Have each team member identify two behaviors they need to master. Write them down, share them with one another and post them where you can see them every day. Ask someone to be your accountability partner.

At Inspired Hygiene, we want nothing more than your success. Contact us at info@inspiredhygiene.com or (877) 237-7230 for more information on how we can help you and your team bring success to your new year.

Stay Inspired,
Kim

Hygiene Scheduling-think about these 2 things

 

If you’re like most of the teams we work with, your hygiene schedule is packed. And it’s most likely packed with delayed prophy and perio maintenance visits.

In this short video, I’d like to remind you of a couple of things to keep an eye on that will help you maintain strong hygiene production next week, next month and into next year.


If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session.

Nobody Told Me That

 

I hope if you’re practice has opened for full-service dental care, you’ve had a great week. If you’re still waiting to open, we wish you all the best as you plan and prepare and communicate with your team.

I wanted to share this podcast with you for 2 reasons:

1-This is a fantastic podcast and I strongly encourage you to check it out. It’s designed to break down all there is to learn to be a strong dental practice administrator and/or owner.

2-In this episode, I take an administrator’s approach to review the AAP’s recent update to the perio classification system. I believe it’s very important for the business team to understand this as well as the clinical team.

Click the image below to access the podcast. I hope you enjoy it!

Ultrasonics-can you use it right now?

 

As we’ve all experienced, there’s a lot of conflicting info out there right now and it’s hard to know the ‘right thing’ to do. In this week’s video, I weigh in on the question we’ve been getting a lot right now…’Can I use ultrasonics?’.

If you’d like to learn more about the potential of your hygiene department, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session.

How much time will you need?

 

First, I pray you and your family and team are well. This is such an unusual time. Please know our hearts are with you.

The truth is, none of us know exactly what it will be like when it’s time to reopen. Last week, we did a webinar to help you outline a few steps to develop a plan for the hygiene schedule when it’s time to start seeing patients again. Here’s the link to register for the replay.

Some questions I’m hearing now are…

How much time should we schedule for a hygiene visit with the new infection control processes?

If we are slammed with patients wanting to get in, should we shorten appointment times to get patients in?

In this week’s video, I’ll answer these and share a few more insights. I’d love to hear the topics or questions you’re curious about. Just respond to this email and let me know.