{1 - 24} GreyGrey
{25 - 49} GreenGreen
{50 - 499} BlueBlue
{500 - 4999} OrangeOrange
{5000 - 24999} RedRed
{25000+} BlackBlack

Please confirm that you would like to report this for an admin to review.


Starting a brand new hygiene program from the ground up – tips?

I recently got hired in an office that is new (~4 months old) and hasn’t had a hygienist until me (The DR has been doing cleanings and has enough pts now to have a hygienist). I will be starting their hygiene program from the ground up! I’m nervous as I have 1 year working experience but excited at the same time that I can do everything the way I want (and actually be ethical unlike some offices I’ve worked in!)
What are your tips to making a successful hygiene program? Thanks!



Confirm that you would like to Remove Email Alerts for your question. You cant undo this and you will not be able to re-subscribe.


2 Answers

How exciting! This similar thing happened to me with my first job. Just be your sweet self and word of mouth will get around. To add an extra touch in the patients chart I always write person notes on a post it (kids, pets, similar tv shows we like) and that makes them feel so special. Also, your Dr. should introduce you when you have time to some of the patients in his chair.
In my case the recall schedule was pretty much whenever the patient realized they needed a cleaning they would just call. Now im booked until months in advanced- just keep on scheduling and maybe a great idea would to call overdue hygiene patients and introduce yourself ” hi im mandy and Im the new hygienist here, I noticed youre overdue for your cleaning by a month and i’d love to meet you”
Gosh sorry im so wordy. Good luck!!

Confirm that you would like to select this answer as the "Best Answer" to your question. This will bring this answer to to top and be highlighted as "Best Answer". You can always change this if a better answer is given.


How exciting. I would get your patients used to pre-appointing for their next recare appt so that your schedule stays full. If they do not want to schedule ahead of time – get some recare postcards and fill them out before they leave and send out the postcards on the 1st of the month before pts are due. Also, suggest fluoride for all patients who need it – too often it’s only thought of for children. Once adult patients see the need they will expect it 1-2x/year. I would also write down your “perio protocol”–what you want to do for new patients who need FMD/SRP and perio re-eval etc. talk to your dds about X-ray protocol. Our office takes a new pano/fmx every 3-5 years and alternates between the two. Good luck!

Confirm that you would like to select this answer as the "Best Answer" to your question. This will bring this answer to to top and be highlighted as "Best Answer". You can always change this if a better answer is given.


You must be Logged In to Answer this Question

Already a Member, Log In
Not a member yet? Sign Up

Search

Categories

Like Kara RDH on Facebook!