Dental schools don’t officially teach students how to find a mentor. They place students in guided clinics and classes under direct mentorship from expert dentists, but it’s up to each person to reach out and forge a connection.
Leadership in dentistry includes being able to make difficult decisions and effectively communicating those choices to all team members. As a leader, how would you react to the following four common dilemmas?
Dentistry is a physical profession that can take its toll on clinicians if we do not implement appropriate self-care. A key part of preserving your health is creating an optimal dental operatory set-up to avoid unnecessary strain on your body.
Think back to the interviews you’ve had over the course of your career. Did you spend hours rehearsing your answers and preparing for every possible question that could be thrown your way? Now that you’re further along in your career, it’s your turn to sit on the other side of the table.
Patients are the most important part of your practice. According to a review published by BioMed Central Oral Health, patient-centric care may lead to higher patient satisfaction, more positive treatment outcomes and better overall health.
Attending a dental convention can be overwhelming. Educational panels, shiny new technology and product representatives all vie for your attention while you hustle through a hall filled with colleagues you haven’t yet met.
Sometimes the pace of a dental appointment feels like you are moving at the speed of light. After a health history review, X-rays and cleaning, a dentist’s individual time with a patient can be limited. We must be ready to use the valuable moments we have for patient empowerment and education.
Marketing your practice to attract patients and convincing them to return to you for quality care are two distinct challenges. One key part of patient retention is patient satisfaction, but it can be a hard metric to measure.
If you had mentioned evidence based dentistry (EBD) to me during my time at dental school, I most likely would have rolled my eyes. Caught up in learning specific studies and statistics, it was easy to forget the importance of having scientific evidence behind every treatment and decision. However, evidence is key to delivering good patient outcomes in dentistry.
74% of the general population is affected by dentin hypersensitivity. Many people may think that it’s just a way of life. Luckily, there are ways to avoid and perhaps ease discomfort. Check-out our patient education infographic on dentin hypersensitivity, which is perfect for use in your waiting room or office.