Dos and don'ts for managing your practice: Empower your hygienist

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Empower your hygienist

Running a dental practice takes more than meets the eye. With more and more demands on your time, having a resource to help increase production is critical. When you train your hygienist to focus on patient education, you create a practice advocate who supports the office and increases a patient's understanding of treatment.

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Encourage your hygienists to promote treatment. Hygienists have a tremendous influence on patients. Educate these critical team members on all practice procedures. This will help patients gain a fuller understanding of all practice services.

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Don't hold on to all the knowledge. You are the expert. During morning meetings and staff meetings, share your knowledge of procedures and services with your hygienists and the rest of your team. In addition, use opportunities throughout the day to provide insight and expertise.

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