First Visit To The Dentist

first visit to the dentistWhen it is time for your child’s first visit to the dentist, you may find that they are feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated. Any new experience is often scary for a young child. But with the right combination of preparation and communication, you can be sure that your child’s first visit to the dentist will be comfortable and enjoyable. The following are some ways that you can help your child prepare for their first appointment.

Practice – Kids love to use their imagination.  You can role play at home and have a pretend dentist.  Practice counting teeth, brushing, flossing and fluoride. Even let your child be the dentist.

Communicate – Communicate with your dentist about how your child is feeling before the day of the appointment.  This gives them a heads up so they know if your child is particularly shy or anxious.  They can plan ahead and provide extra reassurance.

Fun – Add a little fun to your child’s first appointment by letting them bring their favorite toy or stuffed animal with them.  Find teeth related story books, tv shows or videos that feature some of their favorite characters.

Importance of healthy teeth – Make sure your child knows how important it is to have healthy teeth.  Having a healthy mouth helps your whole body stay healthy.  Explain to them that the dentist is a helper for their teeth and an important part of keeping their teeth strong and healthy into adulthood.

How To Prevent Your Child From Fearing The Dentist Office|Pediatric Dentist of Glen Falls

Becoming A Dental Hygienist

dental hygienistIf you want a career in dentistry, but aren’t sure about becoming an actual dentist, you may want to consider becoming a dental hygienist. This is a fast growing career choice and isn’t difficult, but will take some years of study.

There are some requirements starting in high school.  The most important is to maintain a high GPA so you can get into a good college.  It is also good to take college preparatory courses.

After high school requirements include attending a quality dental school. You will also want to decide if you are going to pursue an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.

After college, you will take your state exam in order to obtain your license to practice.  If you want to learn more about becoming a dental hygienist, read the article from Pre Med Guide here: Becoming a dental hygienist.

Patient Referrals

patient referralsIn an article from Jenny De St. Georges on Dentistry Today, she gives some ideas for dentists to get and give credit for patient referrals. Most dentists aren’t comfortable using a very direct approach.  These are some ways to be less direct:

One way is to ask the new patient who referred them with a telephone call.  When your staff calls the patient, they should ask, in their way, how they heard about the office.

Another tip is to include the question “which of our patients referred you to our practice?” on your patient registration form. This will help you know who to credit for the referral.

Read more about patient referrals from Dentistry Today, see the article here: What are Patients Buying From a Dentist?.

The Importance Of Aesthetics In Dental Treatment Plans

aestheticsAs a dentist, planning the right treatment for your patient is the most important part of doing your job.  The right outcome is what will ensure that your patients come back again and again. In addition to planning the correct restorative treatments to help you patient, another important aspect is understanding aesthetics for your patient and then effectively communicating those with others to create the correct treatment plan.

A dentist’s main duty is to restore the tooth to be usable and not painful for the patient.  Restorative treatment can be enhanced by aesthetics to make the smile look better.  This includes balancing shade, opacity, shape and other oral structures. This can be challenging sometimes and communication is key.  Communication between the patient and dentist, as well as among the entire dental team will ensure successful treatment.

Read more about the importance of aesthetics in dental treatment plans in this article from Dentistry Today: The Impact of Aesthetics in Restorative Treatment Planning.

Bait And Switch By The Seller Of Dental Practice

seller of dental practiceThere are some things that you may not have thought of if you are buying a dental practice. In an article from Dental CPA’s they list some things that you need to be cautious of from the seller of the dental practice.

Seller compensation as an associate of the buyers.

Seller owned real estate.

Seller has a spouse as an employee.

Forecasts indicate the seller is willing to reduce their time to working 2 days per week so the buyer can ramp up their production and accelerate their time with patients.

These are just a few examples of bait and switch that can happen by the seller of a dental practice that you should be aware of.  Read more about these in the full article from Dental CPA’s here: Dental CPAs: Bait and Switch by the Seller of Dental Practice.