Dental Office Management Tips and Ideas December 2021

Dental Office Management Tips and Ideas December 2021

Hello Friends,

What does December typically look like in your dental practice? Full schedules? Light schedules? Stressed out patients? Stressed out doctor and team? Maybe the team is starting to check out mentally ready for the break from work?

Regardless of what December usually looks like in your office – if you haven’t done so already, take some time now to plan for how you will not only keep/get a full schedule but ensure that it will be productive too. I know that we can’t control the schedule 100% because life happens. However, we certainly can plan to end the year on a happy & productive note.

Looking for Dental Marketing Tips & Ideas for December? Check those out here: December Marketing Ideas

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End of Year Rush – What are your plans to care for the end-of-year rush? You know, the patients that wait until the last minute to use their remaining insurance benefits, the school/college kids, emergencies, etc.

Holiday Hours – Be sure to update your office holiday hours/closures on Google and Facebook.

Social Media – Preschedule your social media posts for the last 2 weeks of December and the first week of January. Looking for content ideas? Check these out: Dental Social Media Content Ideas

Incomplete/Unscheduled Treatment – Do you have any patients with incomplete treatment or ones that are due/past due in hygiene with remaining insurance benefits that will expire at the end of this year? Do what you can to help them see the need and value in scheduling an appointment this month. Some offices invite their patients to take advantage of “today only” special offers that they share via their social media sites, email blasts, and telephone calls.

Be alert to any patients that are coming in with the doctor or hygienist and have incomplete treatment or are due in hygiene. If the schedule allows, encourage them to take care of both at the same time. This means carefully reviewing all charts in advance of the appointment.

Appointment/Retention Incentive – Consider having a drawing for a gift basket or gift card to a local business that your patients can enter to win when they come in for their dental appointment before December 23rd.

Homecare Products – December is a great time for Special offers on Electric Toothbrushes and Waterpiks

Gift Certificates – Remember, Gift Certificates/Cards for Teeth Whitening or Dental Treatment should always be available for your patients to purchase as gifts for their loved ones.

Review the performance for 2021 – What worked well? What did not work well or requires change? What are your ideas for Improvement? What are your plans for implementation? SEE Where Are You Taking Your Practice?

Most important, remember to celebrate this year’s successes with your team! SEE Why Gratitude Matters

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Doctors, 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.

Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

October National Dental Hygiene Month Tips and Ideas

October National Dental Hygiene Month Tips and Ideas

Hello Friends,

October is National Dental Hygiene Month – This is the time of the year where we celebrate the work our awesome dental hygienists do (which is way more than just “clean teeth”), and we help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.

Hygienist Appreciation Spotlight

During the month of October introduce your hygienist(s) on your social media platforms. Share a photo and some fun facts.

Celebrate your amazing hygienists all month long (they deserve it!).

The Daily 4 – Talk to your patients about the importance of practicing The Daily 4

Four steps that lead to a healthy smile:

  1. Brush: Using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste – Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day.
  2. Floss: Floss between your teeth once a day to remove plaque that brushing your teeth fails to remove.
  3. Rinse: Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash helps to reach the bacteria that brushing, and flossing cannot.
  4. Chew: Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal will help produce saliva, which fights cavities, neutralizes plaque, strengthens enamel, and cleans food debri from teeth.

Social Media Post Content Ideas to Boost Engagement During October

All month-long share posts and short videos on your social media platforms regarding the importance of regular preventive dental visits to the dentist.  

Video Topic Ideas:

  • Proper Brushing Techniques
  • How to Floss
  • Benefits of Sealants
  • How to choose toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
  • Good Snacks Bad Snacks
  • How Fluoride treatments benefit children and adults!
  • What do to about bad breath

World Smile Day: 1st – Invite your patients to share pictures of themselves, their family, and/or their pets smiling on your Facebook page to be entered into a drawing to win a prize.  Goal: fill FB newsfeed with happy smiles!

Photo Backdrop & Smiley Props – Set up a photo area for your team and patients to take pictures to celebrate world smile day. Share to Google My Business, Facebook, and Instagram

National Kick Butt Day: 11 

International Kissing Day: 20-21 

For other social media content and marketing ideas for October visit here:  October Marketing (Growth) Tips & Ideas

Kids’ Goal Setting Week: 3rd – 9th – Share ideas for dental hygiene goals for children.  For example, for your young patients, design a hand-out that includes a toothbrushing chart to track their daily brushing progress. You could even have a fun gift that they can enter to win by turning in their completed brushing chart to the office at the end of the month.

National Orthodontic Health Month – See ideas here: Orthodontic Health Month Tips & Ideas

Ideas of Special Offers during the month of October

Complimentary Adult Fluoride Treatments

Free Electric Toothbrush for your New Patients seen in Hygiene

Gift Of Health Certificates (for your patients to share with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member.)

Hygiene Department Management Tips & Ideas

Hygiene Re-Appointments – The best way to keep your patients active is to be sure to reappoint them for their next hygiene continuing care visit when they are there at the office and still in the treatment room.

Also, help more of your patients say yes to your treatment recommendations and have them reserve their appointment at the time treatment is diagnosed and presented to them. 

You should be tracking both your pre-appointments and your re-appointments.  This is important if you want to reduce patient attrition and reduce the amount of money and time spent trying to reach these patients later on down the road.

Reduce holes in the hygiene schedule – See tips & ideas here: How to Reduce Broken Appointments

If you enjoy the dental leadership, management, and marketing tips and ideas that I share each month –  I would love and truly appreciate for you to please take a second and share a review/recommendation for me on GOOGLE and/or FACEBOOK Thank you very much!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful dental hygiene month!

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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