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5 things to know before deciding to be a dental hygienist

A career in dental hygiene puts you in a position to help others while working in a growing, lucrative field. Working as an oral healthcare professional is a great choice for many reasons, but it’s not for everyone. Before spending the money, time and effort to become a registered dental hygienist (RDH), it’s important to know as much as possible about the job. Here are a few things to...

"I'm a dental hygienist. Can I be an independent contractor?"
Can dental offices classify dental hygienists as independent contractors, instead of as employees? There’s no shortage of people willing to offer opinions on the matter—practice owners, hygienists, teachers, consultants. Often, they all fall into one of two camps.

Some will tell you that a dental office is completely within its rights to treat you as an independent contractor, if that’s what...

This is how to increase productivity in your dental practice

When the dental practice is humming along as you move from treatment room to treatment room, you don’t give much thought to productivity because you are amid it.  It is when there is a cancellation, and you walk back to your private space and contemplate whether the patient was confirmed or not that you start to worry about production. Let's just say that the patient was confirmed but for some reason, the patient didn’t show up.  


You only have time to do one of the following, which one is it?

This is how to hire the right dental assistant for your practice

How many times have you hired a dental assistant you are excited about, only to realize a few days later that he/she isn’t what you anticipated.  Perhaps you are even in a worse situation than you were before employing them. Wasn’t it frustrating? Did you put the blame on someone? Or did you blame yourself since you were the one actually in charge of the hiring process?  Well, avoid such dental assistant recruitment pitfalls by embracing the following tips.

Three budget strategies to keep your dental team happy

How do you ensure the happiness levels of your dental team remains high even when your budget is limited? It’s obvious, not all dental practices can afford extravagant remuneration packages and keep up with the latest HR trends. As a dental office owner, you need not to worry anymore. Read to find out why…

Stop paying the dental placement agency. This is how to earn more.

If you’re working through a dental staffing agency, chances are you’re not making as much money as you could. The service may be helping you find jobs, but those jobs don’t pay what you’re really worth. While you’re not paying the placement agency directly, the agency’s fees do ultimately come out of your pocket.

The future of practice management: How AI and machine learning are shaping dental practices

The first conference regarding artificial intelligence took place in 1956. Around that time, John McCarthy, the man many believe to be the father of AI, coined the term “artificial intelligence.” Now, over fifty years later, it seems the terms “AI” and “machine learning” are everywhere. There’s a good reason for that. The technology has become a part of our everyday lives. We can get everything from fashion advice to stock tips from computers. They can even beat us at games like go, chess and Jeopardy.

Difference between RDH vs dentist

If you’re already a dental hygienist or a dentist, you may find yourself explaining to your friends, family and patients how one job is different from the other. If you’re considering a career in dentistry, you may not be certain which path to take. There are so many types of  oral health care professionals (dental hygienist, dental assistant, dentist and specialist, to name a few).

5 dental hygienists share stories of their early job adventures

Working as a registered dental hygienist has both its perks and its downsides. They say that once you’ve gone through your RDH program, completed your licensing requirements and registered with a dental association, you’re ready to enter the real world. Of course, that “real world” is full of surprises. Here, five dental hygienists tell us about their adventures in job hunting and working for the first time as fully licensed oral health care professionals.

Why can’t dental hygienists find more flexible jobs?

Work is changing. It’s true for professionals in every sector. Businesses are hiring freelancers and consultants instead of full-time workers. People are leaving corporate jobs and starting their own small businesses. The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences reports that 60 million Americans will be self-employed by 2020. In every sector, people are offering their talents and skills directly to businesses and individuals.

What you should know about the traveling dental hygienist trend

People outside of dentistry are often surprised to learn that many dental professionals don’t have full time, permanent jobs. But registered dental hygienists (RDHs) and dental assistants know the truth. Permanent positions in dental hygiene and dental assisting aren’t always available, and many dental professionals aren’t interested in staying in one place. Whether by necessity or by choice, RDHs have pieced together work schedules through dental temp agencies for decades.

Here’s what you need to know about your millennial dental team members

They grew up in the 1990s and the 2000s, and sometimes they get a bad rap. But now that the United States’ millennials are adults, the working world is welcoming them with open arms. Businesses everywhere are seeing the benefits of working with—and getting to know—the newest generation of US workers.

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