Always have a continual training protocol in place in your practice as a well-trained, efficient office is a maximally profitable one. #augdentalce #tiptuesday
We present a wide variety of opportunities offering continuing dental education (CDE) for dental health care professionals from around the world.
The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, whose faculty is involved in many state and national dental organizations, presents a wide variety of opportunities offering continuing dental education (CDE) for dental health care professionals from around the world. Explore our wide variety of course offerings!
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Always have a continual training protocol in place in your practice as a well-trained, efficient office is a maximally profitable one. #augdentalce #tiptuesday
Registering your local name, address, phone number, and hours of operation on Google is critical for businesses wishing to rank well in local organic search results. Search engines like Google take the data into account when determining which companies to show for geo-targeted searches. Make sure this information is listed on your site and ALWAYS appears in the same order (name, address, phone) so Google can recognize it.
Don’t underestimate listing your hours of operation. If a potential patient is looking for a walk-in clinic, they need to know what the hours are because they want to take action immediately.
Kicking things off this morning at the DCG Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Tom Mc Donald at the beautiful Snelling Conference Center.
Mark your calendars! It's going to be a hot one!
Dental Hygiene Alumni Day - Register Today! - https://mailchi.mp/9aac11d14672/whats-new-in-perio-register-today-6252347
The nature of dental treatment, with its concentration upon fine detail and close work, under bright light, has been linked to a loss of visual acuity. In a profession where excellent vision is essential, routine eye examinations are essential. If you have not had an eye check in the past 12 months, then make an appointment now. In addition, the use of magnification at work has been widely recommended for over 25 years, for all age groups, but especially for those over 45. #augdentalce #wellnesswednesday
Dental practices succeed and flourish when they have efficient and effective communications meetings. These practices can strategically plan to maintain their standards and quality, keep their systems functioning, changing if need be to implement innovative technology and service changes, etc.
Morning Huddle and regular team meetings, along with defined job descriptions, task lists with ultimate responsibilities defined, team member growth conferences and merit raise reviews are critical for this. Practices that encourage and train team members so they can stretch, change, and grow, creating a well-functioning team that works cohesively toward a common set of goals will have a thriving practice.
Personnel determines the Potential of the Team. Vision determines the direction of the team. Work Ethic determines the Preparation of the team. Leadership determines the success of the team. #tiptuesday #augdentalce
If you have a Facebook Business page, which is a must nowadays, you can pixel your website for free. By inserting a small piece of code on your website, everybody that visits your site will help build an audience on Facebook you can market to.
You’ll have the ability to run ads to everyone that visits your website, increase traffic, and drive home specific things. In our sclerotherapy example, you could target anyone that visits your website on Facebook and send them an ad. HIPAA doesn’t allow you to be too specific, but you could serve them a branded ad from your practice such as a patient testimonial ad.
You already know that those visitors are interested in your service because they’ve been to your website and have interacted with it. That makes them “warm leads” and much more willing to engage again. Following up with a Facebook ad branded from your practice just might convert them from a lead into a patient.
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Patients will not accept treatment they don’t understand. Focus on the value of the recommended treatment to a patient’s quality of life; not the technical aspects of the proposed comprehensive treatment plan. #augdentalce #tiptuesday
People want to know what they’re walking into because if they had their choice, they wouldn’t be coming into your office at all. It doesn’t make any sense to have stock photos of random people, even if they are from another medical practice. You want your office on display to set and meet patient expectations. #marketingmonday #augdentalce
MARK YOUR CALENDARS and plan to join us for the 2020 Dental Hygiene Symposium! July 10-12 in historic Savannah, Georgia .
Stay tuned to the course webpage for information as it becomes available.
Dentistry is one of the most inventory-intense professions. Inventory cost should not exceed 6% of your gross, so it’s vital that you control it with an inventory management system that provides you with metrics, as well as control over: min/max levels, expiration dates, tracking returns and promised free goods, and your equipment. #augdentalce #tiptuesday
Often the photos on older websites are too small and not user-friendly. And the data tells us that big lifestyle images work better. The adage is true: a great image is worth a thousand words. Large, high-quality images will sell the end benefit of your service (i.e. a new knee, straighter teeth, more hair, etc.). Don’t hide your results – scream them from the rooftops. Otherwise, you’re missing the boat.
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Mark your calendars for the 2020 Dental Hygiene Symposium being held July 10-12 in Savannah, Georgia.
Stay tuned to the website for more details as they become available: https://www.augusta.edu/dentalmedicine/cde/dhsymposium.php
Mark your calendars - Clinical Advances is returning to Hilton Head May 23-25, 2020!
Stay tuned to the website for more details as they become available: https://www.augusta.edu/dentalmedicine/cde/clinicaladvances.php
Are you joining us? Register today!
Join us as we welcome Dr. Jeff Brucia to this year's Goldstein Lectureship series. He will present "Restorative Techniques Simplified". This lecture course provides an overview of the restorative options you should be considering today, as well as a comprehensive discussion of the ever-changing world of dentinal adhesives. Dr. Brucia has lectured internationally on this subject and will guide you through the collection of materials and techniques available today for providing both direct and indirect restorations that will meet your patient’s expectations for quality. #augdentalce #goldstein
Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. They typically knew what you wanted to buy, and if they didn’t have it they were willing to get it in for you. With the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Today is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers and make each of them feel like they are your most important customer today. #augdentalce #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay
Taking up a hobby is a great way to ease anxiety or stress. It gives you something enjoyable to focus on, at the same time taking your mind off anything negative that you may be experiencing. Discovering what works for you may be trial and error, what suits a friend might not be your ‘cup of tea’ so be patient and try out a few things to see what suits you best:
CRAFT; Many things fall into this category. Drawing, painting, card/candle making, scrap-booking, these are all manual tasks that you can use to express emotions and create at the same time which can be very rewarding.
MUSIC: This could simply be listening to all different kinds of music, especially uplifting tunes. Dancing and singing are also known to lift our mood.
WRITING: Stories, poetry, letters and journaling are perfect ways to express built up emotions.
EXERCISE: Exercise releases endorphins which are hormones that makes us naturally feel good. It also increases our body temperature which can have a calming effect as well as burning off excess energy that can lead to anxiety.
ANIMALS, Studies have shown that interaction with animals can decrease stress. Playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. Which leads to us naturally feeling better. If it isn’t possible to have a pet of your own, maybe you could volunteer for a local rescue centre? They are always short staffed and need helpers to walk dogs or play with cats.
READING: Studies have shown that reading can help reduce stress levels from between 60 and 70 percent. It relaxes your body by lowering your heart rate and easing tense muscles. Many people find themselves being whisked off to another place and giving their mind a much deserved break from anxious thoughts.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nowadays we don’t need an expensive camera to take up this hobby. Most mobile phones take great photos. Taking photos of nature or the sea is a therapy that many recommend. Start by just getting out of the house into the open air, then look. If you go out purposely to take pictures, you will be surprised how you see things around you differently.
COOKING: It doesn’t have to be extravagant, MasterChef type of food but looking up new recipes, exploring new flavours and different types of food really can be fun.
GARDENING: Research has revealed that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it is so satisfying to nurture plants. Feeding, watering and helping things grow is very rewarding. You can even provide yourself with healthy fruit and vegetables in the meantime.
Don’t be left in the dark. Many dental offices struggle because they can’t keep up with the digital demands of patients. Get an online appointment maker, make sure your website is up-to-date and patient-friendly, and think about ways you can make life easier on your patients and staff with new technology.
Facebook has an insane amount of demographic targeting available, and you can be using this to your advantage. Other than the obvious, you can also target potential customers by language, relationship status, employment, income, and interests. Research has shown that women make 90% of all dental buying decisions. Make sure you’re getting in front of the crowd by targeting ads to women who recently bought children’s clothes and live in your area.
It's Friday the 13th!!!!
Is there any scientific basis to this phobia which more than 20 million Americans are said to suffer from? Probably not; but here is some interesting trivia surrounding this Friday the 13th superstition.
- Also known as Black Friday, it occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday.
- The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name “triskaidekaphobia”; and the fear of Friday the 13th is called “paraskevidekatriaphobia”. It is derived from the Greek words Paraskevi, meaning “Friday” and dekatreis, meaning “thirteen”.
- Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, never traveled on a 13th and refused to have a meal with 13 people at the table.
- Al Capone is believed to have been sentenced to prison on a Friday the 13th.
- November 13th is the third occurrence this year. The previous two being in February and March. The year 2016, however, will see only one in May.
The only real thing to fear perhaps is Jason’s horrible teeth in the movie. Don’t let the date creep - use it to remind patients of much needed checkups or treatment. Use Friday the 13th to help put a bright and healthy smile on the faces of others. #augdentalce #fridaythe13th
Mark your calendars for Goldstein 2020!
Join us April 24, 2020 in beautiful downtown Augusta.
The holiday season can be busy and stressful for many of us. If you feel like you are being pulled in every direction on your way to burnout try and get it under control by writing things down to help get yourself organized. Getting your thoughts out onto paper is a great way to feel relief – it’s out of your mind, and onto your planner. Now, you’ve just got to do, not think. Second, the act of crossing out items on your to-do list is oddly satisfying. And third, write it down on a Friday so you can start planning the week to come. Jot down items you know you have to get done next week. This way, you have your upcoming week already planned out, and you can enjoy your weekend (or get whatever work you need to do, done). #wellnesswednesday #augdentalce
Offer pre-pasted toothbrushes for patients that didn’t have time to or forgot to brush their teeth before their appointment. #augdentalce #tiptuesday
We have a full room for this year's Last Chance Dental CE. Are you missing out? #augdentalce
It's National Cookie Day! What's your favorite? Tell us below! #augdentalce #nationalcookieday
Memorable Goodbyes – Make a great last impression with a friendly goodbye…be sure to use the patient’s name!
When a patient calls an office to make an appointment they want to speak to a person, not a voicemail. This one is KEY to your success. All of your marketing efforts lead people to the phone first. Answer the office phone during the times when patients and new patients are most likely to call. This includes lunch hours. #augdentalce #marketingmonday
SUBSIDIZE ONGOING EDUCATION
One of the best investments an organization can make is in the development of its people. Encourage people to seek ongoing education by subsidizing any classes they take that will help them grow in their position. #wellnesswednesday #augdentalce
The words you use matter! Use these words often: Absolutely, I’ll be happy to, My pleasure, You are very welcome, Certainly, and Right away. #augdentalce #tiptuesday
Dental CE at Augusta University has MOVED!
November 1st we moved to our new home at The Dental College of Georgia. We're still offering the same continuing education opportunities that you've come to know and love-now we're just working closer with our speakers and course directors to better serve you. #augdentalce
Make sure to bookmark our new web location: https://www.augusta.edu/dentalmedicine/cde/index.php
Are you getting the most out of your dental materials and techniques?
Join Dr. Tom McDonald as he combines traditional principles with modern materials to completely change the way that complex cases are approached. #augdentalce
DON’T LET FRUSTRATED PEOPLE KEEP WORKING
When someone gets frustrated at the office, allow
them to go for a walk around the block, or to take a moment for themselves. You will find that fresh air, some sunshine or just a few moments of quiet often make people more productive once they get back. #augdentalce #wellnesswednesday
Dress the Part – If you want it to be a great day, start by looking great. Wear clothes that reflect the excellent care you give your patients. This means wearing professional, clean and wrinkle-free clothes. Also, your hair and body should be clean and odor-free. #tiptuesday #augdentalce
Did you know that 29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes, and diabetes can take a toll on your mouth? Visit MouthHealthy.org for more information to share with your patients regarding diabetes and their smile.
Did you know there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind?
According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
Get your helper's high by spreading kindness in your dental office. Here are some ideas:
- Make an effort to learn something new about a co-worker or patient
- Send an encouraging email
- Praise someone for a job well-done
- Give someone a "just because" gift
Let's face it, the last thing you want to be caught without in a restroom is toilet paper. Even if there are still a few squares left to spare, replace it with a fresh roll. Your co-workers and patients will thank you for it! While you’re at, go ahead and fold the toilet paper into a pretty fan. #augdentalce #tiptuesday
Did you know that in 1983 President Ronald Regan designated November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month?
As Alzheimer's progresses, the person with dementia may forget how to brush his or her teeth or forget why it's important. The Alzheimer's Association has some great tips for caregivers when assisting with oral care.
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