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Friday, August 26, 2011

Educating Your Patients

Its one of the biggest challenges we face as dental hygienists- educating our patients. Often times we are trying to  teach them things they could care less about, you can see their eyes glaze over when you start to talk about floss.

Here are a couple of things that I have found helpful in my quest to educate the masses -

Although I have never  found handing a patient information to be extremely beneficial, this brochure tends to get the point across when addressing periodontal disease- the pictures say it all. I like to run through it with the patient while in the office.
 I have worked in a few offices that have different computer programs designed to educate patients on all types of oral conditions. It has been my experience that these programs don't get used very frequently. I decided to add a section to my offices website. I titled it "PATIENT LIBRARY" and I added information on different topics. When a patients has a question or I want them to have some additional information I will email the link to them.
This section has also come in very useful for our offices SEO- when we post blogs we back link to this section and we also post links on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Few Ideas on Ways to Donate Time and Services

The doctors that I currently work for are very generous and enjoy giving back to our community.
Donating can be very rewarding personally, professionally and financially.

Donating time, money and services can also provide more then a warm feeling it can come back to you in the form of new patients. When we participate in charitable events we let our community know. We have done press releases, news stories, facebook posts... if you don't put it out there no one will know.

Every year we host a charity dental day, we join forces with our local nonprofit organization that helps the under privileged children in our area. We will schedule a full day and provide preventative as well as restorative treatment. Last year we provided over $8,000 of treatment and services in a 6 hour day.

Every year the Leader Dogs for the Blind in our community host an auction to raise money.
Our office donated a smile makeover- it was such a hit that they ended up donating 2.

We donated tooth brushes to one of our patients who went on a misson trip to Africa- this photo is on our wall and was posted on facebook.
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