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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...

Most successful dentists face these 5 challenges

Business, as usual in the dental practice, may look straightforward and profitable to the patients who have a seat in the reception room.  After all, the fees seem high no matter what is provided in care, and patients think that dentists are wealthy and can afford luxury items like expensive cars and beautiful homes.  What isn't known to outsiders is the struggle for success that ensues for years before a dentist can purchase the American dream of homeownership, lovely things, and money to invest.

This dentist shares how you should hire smart or fire stupid

The most challenging task of the dentist CEO is putting together the best dental team.  Even though each person is hired individually based on their own merits, they must come together as a cohesive and synergistic team.

These are the skills specialized dental assistants need

In the general dental practice, the dental assistant must have the necessary skills that include using four-handed dentistry techniques. The term four-handed dentistry describes the seated dentist and the chair-side assistant working in harmony as an efficient team.  On direct demand from the doctor, the assistant will pass the correct dental instruments, mix types of cement and impression materials when needed all while making sure the field of vision is kept clear for the dentist to see and to work.

Want more revenue for your dental practice? Think outside the box!

If your hobby is dentistry and you have another profession that brings in money don’t read this article.

This will make you reconsider traditional dental temp agencies

Faced with hiring a new dental assistant? Asking someone else to choose prospective employees for your practice may make some dentists nervous.  What would make an employment agency good at selecting qualified applicants than yourself? After all, you are a doctor, and it surely isn't harder than a three-root endodontic procedure.  Or is it?

This is how to boost your career in dental assisting today

After completing an accredited course in dental assisting from a local community college or technical college you may feel you are ready to embark upon your new career as a dental assistant. You will quickly learn that this is just a small step into your new world. It is often said that experience is the best teacher and in dental assisting each patient encounter will teach the dental assistant something new.  

Increase your value as dental assistant by developing these 7 skills

According to the Dental Assistants National Board (DANB)( www.danb.org), “the demand for dental assistants is expected to grow 25 percent between 2012 and 2022”.

Am I a great dentist or just a good dentist?

If you're sometimes doubting if you're doing the best you can, you're not alone: every dentist wants to be revered as an expert clinician and a caring, considerate human being. The very nature of the work is to improve people’s lives from a total wellbeing standpoint to include an esthetic, artistic vantage.   

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?

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