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Assisted Hygiene - Model of Efficiency, Productivity and FUN
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course.

Description:

The phrase “assisted hygiene” causes some hygienists to envision running from operatory to operatory like their lab coat is on fire. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The assisted model allows the hygienist to practice with a qualified assistant, much like the doctor, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity.


Author:
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA has more than 30 years in dentistry. Her business, Professional Dental Management, Inc., is based in Frederick, Maryland.  Dianne has published hundreds of articles in various professional journals. She authors two monthly columns - one in Dental Economics magazine called “Practice Wisdom” and the other in RDH magazine called “Staff Rx”. Dianne is a well-known provider of continuing education for dental professionals and has presented... read more

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to do the following:

  1. Understand what assisted hygiene is and is not
  2. Know the pre-requisites for assisted hygiene to be successful
  3. Compare productivity models for solo and assisted hygiene
  4. Understand what can sabotage the assisted model

Abstract:

The phrase “assisted hygiene” causes some hygienists to envision running from operatory to operatory like their lab coat is on fire. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The assisted model allows the hygienist to practice with a qualified assistant, much like the doctor, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity. For the hygienist, imagine never having to wait for the doctor to do the hygiene exam and always having someone to help with periodontal charting. This course examines all aspects of a properly constructed assisted hygiene model and what it takes to be successful. We will compare productivity with and without an assistant and learn about how the model can be sabotaged.




ADA CERP Disclosure: The author of this Continuing Education Activity receives ongoing financial consideration from DrBicuspid.com for preparation of these CE course materials.   Author has disclosed that they do not have any real or perceived conflict of interest in preparing this educational activity, nor does this activity discuss any unlabeled or unapproved drug or device.
 


Outline:
  1. What assisted hygiene is and is not
  2. Disadvantages of solo hygiene
  3. Pre-requisites for the assisted model
  4. Productivity comparison between solo and assisted hygiene
  5. Duties of the dental hygiene assistant
  6. Scheduling
  7. Advantages of assisted hygiene
  8. How to sabotage the model

References:

Release date:  January 2013
Expiration date:  January 2016


Release date: January 1, 2013
Review date: January 1, 2016
Expiration date: December 31, 2018

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