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I don’t really understand daily production goals

Can someone please explain to me, how we are responsible for these “daily production goals” when we cannot diagnose anything. This was something that was not taught in school, I want to be a profitable hygienist, so how do I do that. I can’t make stuff up, so…



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I totally agree w/ you on the fact that no you can not make things up nor can you diagnosis but you can make suggestions to a pt prior to the drs exam like sealants on all virgin posterior teeth and educate the pts on why you and dr recommend them etc. I don’t know about you or what your dr likes but sealants are something that me and many other hygienist do suggest for every pt that has posterior permanent teeth that can be sealed. Sealants are effective on protecting adults teeth from decay just as they are children’s. The same goes w/ fluoride. If your office offers any form of advanced oral cancer screens make sure your checking the pts tx ledgers to see if they are due again educate educate. Also checking to see if your pts are due for FMXs, panos, bwx’s and making sure you are doing them when they are due will help production goals. Granted it can definitely be tricky to meet production goals if your schedule just doesn’t allow it. For example you start the day scheduled 8 patients and only 3 of them show up or do not cancel last minute then you may not be able to meet your daily production goal.

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You should ask your boss to have a consultant come in and teach you proper verbiage to use with patients and how to recommend preventative and restorative treatments. If you are trained correctly and ethically you will feel empowered enough to “diagnose” necessary treatments. We aren’t allowed to diagnose, but we are allowed to have opinions and know options of what the dentist will be diagnosing before they do the exam.

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I understand what you are saying. I don’t have a daily production goal but they do keep track of my production. If I did depend on meeting a production goal I would try to have a good relationship and understanding with the doctor. Although we can’t diagnose, we can suggest or make predictions about what the doctor may suggest. If you are on the same page or able to point out things the DDS might overlook then that would help your production goals.

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