Protective Eyewear in the Dental Office – Are you keeping your patients safe?

Protective Eyewear in the Dental Office – Are you keeping your patients safe?

June 27th marks National Sunglasses Day, serving as a timely reminder of the significance of eye protection. This got me thinking about how dental clinicians prioritize wearing eye protection for safety at work, yet many neglect to offer the same protection to their patients.

Despite the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advising patients to wear eye protection during their dental visits, this guideline is not consistently adhered to. (I see this all of the time when I am visiting dental offices for in-office coaching.)

Might I add, from personal experience, and from someone who is not a fan of being in the dental chair, it is super uncomfortable to have a bright light shining in your eyes and water splatter hitting your face and eyes. Even if you keep your eyes closed it’s uncomfortable.

Importance of Eye Protection

Eye protection is a simple yet vital measure that helps to shield patients’ eyes from bright dental lights. More importantly, it demonstrates that we value our patients’ eyesight and are committed to protecting them from potential illness or injury. Patients should be aware that dental treatment creates all kinds of spray and spatter, and the use of numerous instruments throughout treatment can also pose a risk to their eyes.

Providing protective safety glasses/sunglasses for patient use is an easy, effective way to uphold this standard of care. Eyewear should not be presented as an option for the patient but as a necessary part of dental treatment.

Commitment to Sterilization

The sunglasses, protective eyewear, or safety goggles need to be sterilized even if the glasses are not visibly dirty after each use, similar to all your instruments and tools. This practice ensures your patients get clean and safe eye protection during their appointments.

Patient Care and Safety

Making the small gesture of providing safety glasses to patients is a significant step in our overall commitment to patient care, comfort, and safety.

Incorporating these practices into dental care not only aligns with ADA and CDC guidelines but also enhances the overall patient experience. Win-Win

On National Sunglasses Day, let’s take a moment to appreciate the importance of eye protection in all aspects of life, not just in dental offices.

Stay safe and protect your patients’ eyes!

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

Oral Cancer Awareness: Dental Office Tips & Strategies

Oral Cancer Awareness: Dental Office Tips & Strategies

Hello Friends,

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is from the 14th to the 20th of April. This provides dental offices with an excellent opportunity to raise oral cancer awareness and the need for early detection to save lives.

Approximately 58,500 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2024. It will cause over 12,250 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.  The death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.

While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest-growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus.

Dental Office Oral Cancer Awareness Strategies

Here are some Oral Cancer Awareness Tips and Ideas to get you started:

  • Hygiene Continuing Care Opportunity: Encourage your inactive (unscheduled) patients to come in for their important free oral cancer screening.
  • Partner with a local business to do free oral cancer screenings at their location.
  • Donate a portion of service/product sales (i.e., teeth whitening, fluoride, Invisalign) to Oral Cancer Research.
  • Give away Free T-shirts or Bracelets to every patient who makes a donation toward Oral Cancer Research or just because.
  • Create a video to share on your social media platforms demonstrating how oral cancer screenings are quick & painless.
  • Bring in your local dermatologist for a lunch and learn to demonstrate oral, head & neck cancer screenings.
  • Have a gift card or gift basket raffle that your patients can enter to win during April.

Remember that when your patients are healthy – your practice is healthy. For your patients to smile healthy they need to schedule the treatment you’ve diagnosed and to come in regularly for their hygiene continuing care appointments and oral cancer screenings.

Tip: Oral cancer screenings are not optional due to time constraints; they are an essential part of care and vital for every patient’s oral health. Always inform your patients before conducting an oral cancer screening. Let them know what you’re looking for and why.

Practice Owners, if you’re struggling to reach your practice goals and not enjoying dentistry like you used to – feel free to contact me for a complimentary, no-obligation 30-minute telephone consultation at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com to see if a coaching relationship is right for you.

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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May 2023 Dental Office Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas

May 2023 Dental Office Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas

Hello Friends,

To help you plan and prepare to make the month of May a productive and happy one, I am sharing some office management, leadership, and team-building ideas and reminders with you. ENJOY!

Looking for Marketing and Social Media Content Ideas for May? Check these out: May 2023 Practice Growth Ideas

Practice Management Reminders and Ideas

Treatment Plans and Financial Presentations – Always present patients with a copy of their treatment plan and financial expectations at the time of diagnosis/scheduling.   When was the last time you reviewed your treatment plan and financial presentation verbiage & systems?

Insurance Renewal – Some insurance companies renew their maximum on June 1st. Find out how many of your patients have benefits remaining that will expire at the end of May and how many will renew on June 1st. Starting now, make your Use It or Lose It telephone calls,  mail reminders, and share on social media.

Leadership Tips and Reminders

It’s true if you want your patients to consistently have great experiences, accept your treatment recommendations, and refer their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to you – it takes a quality, happy, and productive team. Of course, though, it starts with you!

Set the Example / Lead by Example – Treat your employees how you would like them to treat your best patient. 😉

Job Expectations & Job Responsibilities – What are the performance expectations for your team? Does each employee clearly understand their role in the practice?

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” –Jim Rohn

Practice Owners, if you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about… please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

You spend far too much time together at work to not have some fun too! Create a fun and stress-free environment with Team Building/Appreciation Activities and Events!

Employee Appreciation/ Team Building Ideas

National BBQ Day: 16th – Bring in a BBQ lunch for the team. (It is also BBQ month so you can celebrate on a different day that works better for everyone!)

For your chocolate/peanut butter lovers – I Love Reese’s Day is May 18th!

As always, wishing you all a happy and productive month!

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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