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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Anesthetic Review

Occasionally I will refer back to these two videos when I need a refresher on my anesthetic technique:

IA nerve block

Infiltration Technique

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hygiene Visits Down?

I recently started following the Henry Schein blog- these are a couple of their posts- they have some good information-Click on the following link to follow Henry Schein on facebook

Have your patients moved dental care from a need to a nice-to-have?

recent survey shows that 35% of people who regularly visit the dentist have cut back on their dental visits. It’s an alarming percentage when we consider the ramifications of undiagnosed oral cancer, untreated periodontal disease and potential oral systemic health issues. What this survey tells me is that at least 35% of patients do not truly understand the importance of oral care. If they did, dental visits would always be prioritized as a need. As an industry, it is our responsibility to educate not only our own patients, but all consumers. Fortunately work towards this goal is already in progress with a public service ad campaigncurrently being developed by the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Health Lives for launch in 2012. However, we don’t have to wait until next year to start spreading the message. Every patient interaction with the dental team is an opportunity for education. Every phone call, every hygiene appointment, every exam, even time spent in the reception area or on your website provides a valuable opportunity to share the importance of oral care.  If you’re not sure how to get started, visit theWellness page for ideas. Start spreading the news today – oral health can’t wait!

Avoiding the Summer Slump
Summer is finally here and with it comes vacations, camps, family get-togethers, ballgames, festivals, and much more. People are busier than ever during the summer and it can be easy for dental care to slip down the list of priorities. Putting a summer plan in place for your office can help prevent cancellations and openings in your schedule. Use these ideas to get your own summer plan started:

  • Confirm all appointments 48-72 hours in advance.
  • Reinforce the importance of regular oral care by providing patients with systemic health articles and brochures.
  • Share summer oral care tips in your newsletter, website or other marketing materials (lip balm with sunscreen to help prevent oral cancer, brushing immediately after sugary summer foods).
  • Run promotions capitalizing on summer activities (whitening specials for wedding parties, etc.).
  • Add a special summer bonus to your referral program.
  • Review your broken appointment protocol and update as needed.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Do's and Don'ts for Job Interviews

Follow these simple rules and you should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting.
  • Do take a practice run to the location where you are having the interview -- or be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.
  • Do your research and know the type of job interview you will be encountering. And do prepare and practice for the interview, but don't memorize or over-rehearse your answers. 
  • Do dress the part for the job, the company, the industry. And do err on the side of conservatism. 
  • Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If you are running late, do phone the company.
  • Do greet the receptionist or assistant with courtesy and respect. This is where you make your first impression.
  • Don't chew gum during the interview.
  • If presented with a job application, do fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.
  • Do bring extra resumes to the interview. 
  • Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
  • Do greet the interviewer(s) by title (Ms., Mr., Dr.) and last name if you are sure of the pronunciation. (If you're not sure, do ask the receptionist about the pronunciation before going into the interview.)
  • Do shake hands firmly. Don't have a limp or clammy handshake!
  • Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. And do remember body language and posture: sit upright and look alert and interested at all times. Don't fidget or slouch.
  • Don't tell jokes during the interview.
  • Do make good eye contact with your interviewer(s).
  • Do show enthusiasm in the position and the company.
  • Do brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or have a breath mint before the interview.
  • Do avoid using poor language, slang, and pause words (such as "like," "uh," and "um").
  • Don't be soft-spoken. A forceful voice projects confidence.
  • Do have a high confidence and energy level, but don't be overly aggressive.
  • Don't act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
  • Don't say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
  • Do make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner.
  • Don't ever lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly. And don't over-answer questions.
  • Do stress your achievements. And don't offer any negative information about yourself.
  • Don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your talents, skills, and determination. Give examples.
  • Don't bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.
  • Do remember that the interview is also an important time for you to evaluate the interviewer and the company he/she represents.
  • Don't respond to an unexpected question with an extended pause or by saying something like, "boy, that's a good question." And do repeat the question outloud or ask for the question to be repeated to give you a little more time to think about an answer. Also, a short pause before responding is okay.
  • Do always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on an opportunity until you are sure about it.
  • Don't answer cell phone calls during the interview, and do turn off (or set to silent ring) your cell phone and/or pager.
  • Do show what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.
  • Don't inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits until after you've received an offer. Be prepared for a question about your salary requirements, but do try and delay salary talk until you have an offer. 
  • Do ask intelligent questions about the job, company, or industry. Don't ever not ask any questions -- it shows a lack of interest.
  • Do close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job and asking about the next step in the process. 
  • Do try and get business cards from each person you interviewed with -- or at least the correct spelling of their first and last names. And don't make assumptions about simple names -- was it Jon or John -- get the spelling.
  • Do immediately take down notes after the interview concludes so you don't forget crucial details.
  • Do write thank you letters within 24 hours to each person who interviewed you. 
Please visit Quint Careers for the full list,additional helpful links and  information- its a very helpful site~

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Does your office have a website?

A majority of dental offices have a website- I thought it would be interesting to take a minute and look at a few.                                          
Below are some websites of dental offices where I have worked :


I'm always amazed at how much I learn by scrolling through other offices websites:

  • Often times it refreshes my memory on things that I haven't thought about in a while
  • Some times I get new ideas that I think would work well in my office
  • Some times I read a statistic or fact that I didn't know.

Email your offices website address to me and I will include it in a future blog post:

This website has a live video stream of its waiting room aquarium- click the 
image below to watch the fish!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


FALL for SMILES  is a grassroots campaign promoting awareness of vital oral health habits in children and adults.

4 key messages:
  1. Dental Self Care
  2. Healthy Nutrition
  3. Routine Dental Visits
  4. No tobacco use
Fall for Smiles strives to bring healthy mouths to life.

All entries must be received by October 31,2011

For additional ways you or your dental office can get involved visit the Fall for Smiles website

Monday, September 5, 2011

2 New Products- Have you seen these?

Two new products that you may not have seen yet...

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria in 24 hours
  • Protection last the lifetime of the pen
  • Help prevent the growth and spread of bacteria

A new way of doing fillings that seems to make a  lot of sense...
This technique uses a special hand piece and composite that allows the filling material to be placed in a single step. As sonic energy is applied to the hand piece the modifier causes the viscosity of the the material to drop making it more flowable.  When the sonic energy stops the material returns to a viscous state allowing for  carving and contouring.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

If you grab my button- I'll grab yours


A blog button allows us to cross promote our blogs to visitors who may be interested in each others content.
If you have a button already- I will grab yours if you grab mine. Just email me your blog address and I will post your button on my site.
You can grab the code by copying and pasting here:
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Or you can grab it off of my blog by following the link below and scrolling down a little on the right hand side.

Go to Help For Dental Hygienists
If you don't already have a button- add one to your page by following the information on the link below- then we can exchange:

These are what the buttons look link when you put them on your site

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Digital Picture Frame Giveaway

I'm to trying to spread the word and  promote my blog and  Facebook page.
My goal is to get 100 " page likes". When the goal is reached I will randomly select a
winner from the 100 to receive a new Panimage 7" LED Digital Photo Frame.
Anyone who is already a member is instantly entered.
Good luck and thank you for helping me reach my goal!

Click HERE to "like" Hygiene Help from my blog

It stores up to 2000 images and is great for personal use or at the office.

I like to display pictures of my family in my operatory at work.

In the waiting room of your office you can display pictures of:

  •  your team members
  •  before and after photos of patients
  •  "no cavity club members" 
  • (Don't forget to get releases signed)

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