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Monday, December 19, 2011

More Americans see dentists rather than doctors | Dental Tribune International

More Americans see dentists rather than doctors | Dental Tribune International


The study is the first of its kind to have compared the number of visits in children and adults to general health care providers and dentists. For their analysis, the researchers used data taken from more than 31,000 individuals that took part in the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2008.
Over one third of children, who did not see a general medical provider that year, visited a dentist, whereas only 13 per cent of adults saw a dentist despite having access to general health care through private health insurance or Medicare.
Based on the findings, the researchers suggest that dentists should play a more prominent role in identifying chronic physical illnesses by using methods such as regular blood pressure checks or X-rays to detect risks for systematic diseases.
A recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Oark, California, found that patient visits to physicians in the U.S. have dropped significantly since 2009. According to the non-profit health organisation, visits to general medical providers plunged from 160 million to only 129 million per quarter in 2011.
In contrast, latest figures released by the National Centre for Health Statistics show that dental visits by children and the elderly increased during the last decade, and dipped only slightly in adults.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Patient Retention Formula

1)
Number of patients in the last year (active)                          _____________

Divide the above # by 2  (at least 2 visits per year)              _____________

Divide the above # by 12 (months)                                     _____________

Multiply the above # by your goal retention percentage
(ex. 80%)                                                                          ____________   = GOAL


2)
Current new patient average per month                              ____________

3)
Add goal # and new patient average                                  ____________

4)
Multiply your # from line 3 by your periodontal goal
(ex. 20% of recare appointments)                                     _____________

5)
Add the numbers from line 3 and 4 above
(equals number of predicted new patients a month)           _____________

6)
Multiply #5 by 12 months                                                _____________

7)
Number of appointments in hygiene for the year              _____________

8)
Divide your number on line 7 by line 6's number and
multiply by 100                                                              _____________  %
                                                                                     PERCENTAGE OF 
                                                                                  RECALL RETENTION
 

                                                            

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I want to thank Iron Oak Farm for awarding me with the Leibster Blog award! Iron Oak Farm is a blog about creating art, enjoying nature and raising animals . It's a soul nourishing blog, like a breath of fresh air, filled with informative blog about   beauty both on the inside and out.
 Thanks Jennifer!

How this works
"Liebster," comes from the German word meaning "dearest" and the award is kind of chain letter that is awarded to up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 readers.

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. List your top 5 blog picks for this award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

3. Copy and past the award on your blog.

4. Spread the love to 5 other bloggers.

5. Have fun!!!

Here are my 5
1. Iron Oak Farm 
2.Health Edge (Tips and information on health)
3.Blue Cricket Design (great ideas on crafting)
4.Musings of a Housewife (ideas on everything)
5. Blogging Basics 101

Monday, December 12, 2011

Reducing Patient No Shows and Cancellations

Below is a copy of a commitment form that we have patients sign at their first appointment in our office.
By making patients aware of our policy we have seen our last minute cancellations and no shows drastically reduced.

Feel free to copy the content below and use it for you office or email me at helpfordentalhygienists@gmail.com and I will email you the file.



Name: __________________________________ E-mail Address _______________________

Home ( ) ___________________________ Work ( ) _____________________________

Cell ( ) _____________________________ Other ( ) ____________________________

Emergency Contact: _________________________________ Phone: _____________________



Our Commitment

At __________________, we are committed to excellence. We feel that you deserve nothing less when it comes to your health. We use the best materials and techniques available in order to provide you with the quality you have come to expect from us.

We believe that our relationship with you, as with all relationships, needs open and clear communication. We will try to communicate all of your dental needs and estimate your financial information as soon as it becomes evident. We want you to be as informed as possible to help you in your decisions concerning your dental health.

We understand how valuable your time is, so we make every effort to remain on time. We do not double book our appointments. We feel that you deserve our complete and focused attention so that we may provide the best care possible. Your reserved time is exclusively yours.

Sincerely,

Dr.
Your Commitment

We want you to be comfortable with our team. If you ever have any questions about your dental treatment, financial or insurance questions, or any concerns at all, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. We will be glad to clarify any uncertainties that may arise.

Your portion of your treatment is expected at the time of your services. For your convenience we do accept many forms of payment including, cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and we also offer third party financing, which includes both interest free programs and extended financing.

Your scheduled appointment is reserved exclusively for you. We have a 48 hour cancellation policy in order to provide you with this personalized attention. We understand that circumstances may arise that require an appointment to be rescheduled. We are happy to change your appointment time if a 48 hour notice is given. If sufficient notice is not given, your account will automatically be charged a $50 missed appointment fee. We ask that you make every effort to keep your reserved time.


Patient/Guardian: _________________________ Team Member/date:___________

Friday, December 9, 2011

10 Reasons Your Dentist Probably Hates You Too

1. The first thing you say when you sit down in my chair is, “I hate the dentist.” Really?!? Did your parents teach you any manners? Did they ever teach you that it is impolite to tell someone you hate them the moment you greet them? What I really want to say back is, “aww, I hate you too.”

2. You come to your appointment, and it’s obvious you haven’t brushed your teeth in days. I’ve had some people with great hygiene come in and apologize because they’ve just eaten lunch and couldn’t brush. This is not what I’m talking about. I mean food and thick plaque everywhere. After 10 years of seeing blood and rotten teeth and some really nasty things, this is still the 1 thing that makes me dry heave. You know when you come to us that we have to be in your mouth. Would you clean your home before having company? Additionally, I have spent hours literally bending over backwards repairing your teeth. Could you at least pretend that you are caring for the work that I have struggled to complete for you?

3. After we have spent hours of meticulously repairing your teeth, you complain about the bill. Would you walk out of the grocery store with a bag full of groceries and expect not to pay? I’ve just helped you to continue to smile and eat comfortably, two pretty valuable things that help your quality of life.

4. I tell you that you have a cavity and you need a filling, and you wait months or even years to get the necessary work done. Eventually the tooth starts hurting. Two weeks of pain go by, and you call me on a Saturday night while I am at dinner with friends because your tooth that needed a filling a year ago and that started hurting 2 weeks ago is suddenly an emergency.


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Friday, December 2, 2011

The 8 Most Artery Clogging Cities

These urban centers have the highest rates of heart disease and obesity in the country, perhaps because they seem to promote sedentary lifestyles and diets heavy on fast food but light on fresh produce. We sorted through the latest statistical research from the CDC on obesity and heart disease rates to come up with this list of eight metropolitan areas with a population of over 200,000 that are most likely to clog your arteries. And because studies show that unhealthy habits are contagious, anybody moving to or spending time in these places should be extra careful to take care of their tickers.


1. Detroit, MI Detroit residents report more heart disease diagnoses than any other big city in the nation, according to CDC data, and 33% of them are obese. One thing the city's hearts do have in their favor: A vibrant urban agriculture movement is transforming empty lots into veggie-filled community gardens, increasing access to fresh produce in neighborhoods where it was previously scarce.

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