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I'm a dental hygienist. Can I be an independent contractor?

Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, a dental hygienist can be an independent contractor, but if only he/she appropriately follows the rules.

Protecting yourself against infections in the dental practice

Everyone who works in healthcare is at risk of infection, especially dentists and dental hygienists who spend most of their day in very close proximity to the oral and nasal cavities of multiple patients. To prevent the transmission of diseases between dental healthcare workers and their patients, it’s vital everyone in your practice takes the proper precautions and follows adequate infection control procedures. 

How dentists can help in the opioid crisis

When a treatment results in severe oral pain, some dentists prescribe opioids for pain relief. However, this seemingly innocent act of medical care can lead to opioid abuse, a growing problem throughout our nation which poses a significant risk to the economy and public health. 

This is how dental practices can help their local community

Improving your patients’ quality of life by helping them create and maintain bright healthy smiles makes a huge difference to your local community. But in addition to your daily work as a dentist, dental hygienist or dental assistant, there are plenty of other ways you can enhance the lives of others in your area. If you’re ready to summon your energy, resources, compassion and skills you really can make a difference outside your dental practice as well as inside it. 

Pros and cons of expanding your dental practice

When the time comes for you to expand your dental office, the experience can be both exciting and terrifying. You’ve followed all the steps to build a successful dental practice, but turning your modest office into something bigger, better and more profitable is a major next step with lots of important things to consider along the way.

Dental hygienists: The pros and cons of opening your own practice

While the majority of dental hygienists enjoy their career and the incredible flexibility it provides, there are some dental hygienists who have grown tired of working for someone else and want to move in a different direction. If you want to take control of your professional life and become more independent, consider opening up your own dental practice and being your own boss. 

Should dental professionals be worried about the coronavirus?

With the new respiratory virus outbreak rapidly working its way across the world, it’s wise to take preventative measures to protect yourself as a dental professional. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported globally, with 56 of those cases resulting in death. While there are only two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US to date, so little is known about this advancing infection that it’s likely many more people across the globe are infected. 

Back pain was not in the job description, how to minimize risks?

Regardless of how far modern technology and equipment has come, 70% of dentists still report suffering from back pain. Suffering physical pain on a daily basis can quickly escalate into the inability to perform certain tasks, followed by the unavoidable need to take time off work to recover. If things get really bad, you or your dental staff could even have to undergo surgery to fix severe posture issues.

How to deal with Dr. Google in a dental practice

When people have a question, the first place many look for an answer is Google. Whether they’re searching for a top rated French restaurant nearby or they’re wondering which day of the week Christmas falls on next year, Google is sure to have the answer. Unfortunately, diagnosing health issues isn’t as simple as finding a restaurant or scanning a calendar.

How to revitalize your dental practice and stay ahead of staff burnout

Dentistry is a stressful occupation, with most dental professionals considering their jobs being significantly more stressful than any other career. And while a small amount of stress is fairly common in almost every job, it’s when you let things build up for too long that serious problems start to arise for your staff, your patients and yourself.

This is how to manage a dental practice effortlessly

Running a dental practice is different from managing any other type of business. While you might know all about providing your patients with the best possible oral care, it’s so easy to get caught up dealing with day-to-day business tasks that you forget about the most important part of the job — providing every patient who walks into your practice with an excellent experience.

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