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- Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS, Speaker, Author. Dental Hygiene Coach & Consultant

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What Happens When You Let Him Know “You Matter!”?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

June 24, 2015

During week two of the June training on Dental Hygiene Determination of Your Patient’s status: Health of Disease, I mentioned a patient John Jones.

John Jones is in a terrible life situation. He is going through a divorce, lost his job and doesn’t have a place to live so he lives in his car.

Sounds like a nightmare; RIGHT? Keep reading and watch this weeks training video because John’s nightmare becomes a dream to many people only think about and wish for themselves!  (See the Free Resource at the Bottom of this blog)

What happens when John comes into your office and he has a diagnosis of  advanced chronic periodontitis?

Do you tell him that his oral health is just fine or do you tell him that he has periodontal disease and needs treatment?

I know it is a difficult situation, especially if John is your patient.

He does deserve to know the truth and not have anyone cover up the fact that he has active periodontal disease in his mouth.

What happens when you let your patient know “You Matter!”?

Many dental offices today, will choose to tell John only the good things. Is this the correct message? I have witnessed this situation too many times and it makes me sad because we are all in the business of helping patients to live a longer and healthier life.

Think about this:

John bought a lottery ticket a few days after he left the office. He won $100,000! Not a joke! There is a happy ending to this story.

Who are we to determine if we should tell the patient something good instead of giving the patient the good, the bad, the ugly and the truth?

Listen to the video training for more suggestions about how to let your patients know “You Matter!”

Tell patients the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth because people “DO Matter”and they deserve to know the truth.

It’s all in how you say it that really makes the difference.

Simple words like “You Matter!” can change someone’s day let alone their outlook on life!

How you say it and the words you use will be the reason your patient decides to schedule, pay and return to your office.

What would you say to this patient John Jones? Please do comment below. Let us know what other topics you want to hear more about.

Grab this eBook and Training Videos CLICK THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION

What Happens When You Let Him Know “You Matter!”?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

During week two of the June training on Dental Hygiene Determination of Your Patient’s status: Health of Disease, I mentioned a patient John Jones.

John Jones is in a terrible life situation. He is going through a divorce, lost his job and doesn’t have a place to live so he lives in his car.

Sounds like a nightmare; RIGHT? Keep reading and watch this weeks training video because John’s nightmare becomes a dream to many people only think about and wish for themselves!  (See the Free Resource at the Bottom of this blog)

What happens when John comes into your office and he has a diagnosis of  advanced chronic periodontitis?

Do you tell him that his oral health is just fine or do you tell him that he has periodontal disease and needs treatment?

I know it is a difficult situation, especially if John is your patient.

He does deserve to know the truth and not have anyone cover up the fact that he has active periodontal disease in his mouth.

You Matter Hands Linking

What happens when you let your patient know “You Matter!”?

Many dental offices today, will choose to tell John only the good things. Is this the correct message? I have witnessed this situation too many times and it makes me sad because we are all in the business of helping patients to live a longer and healthier life.

Think about this:

John bought a lottery ticket a few days after he left the office. He won $100,000! Not a joke! There is a happy ending to this story.

Who are we to determine if we should tell the patient something good instead of giving the patient the good, the bad, the ugly and the truth?

Listen to the video training for more suggestions about how to let your patients know “You Matter!”

Tell patients the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth because people “DO Matter”and they deserve to know the truth.

It’s all in how you say it that really makes the difference.

Simple words like “You Matter!” can change someone’s day let alone their outlook on life!

How you say it and the words you use will be the reason your patient decides to schedule, pay and return to your office.

What would you say to this patient John Jones? Please do comment below. Let us know what other topics you want to hear more about.

Grab this eBook and Training Videos CLICK THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

ABOUT DEBBIE SEIDEL-BITTKE, RDH, BS

Lead Pages picIn 2000, Debbie founded Dental Practice Solutions, a dental practice management business focused on creating profitable dental hygiene departments, as well as improving the total bottom line of the dental practice. She has been named as one of Dentistry Today’s Top Consultants for 10 years in  row!

Debbie is a former clinical assistant professor from the University of Southern California where she taught the senior dental hygiene students skills to treat periodontal patients. She also co-taught the practice management course  at USC from 200o-2002. (Until the school start PBL – Problem Based Learning) Debbie also wrote the accreditation for a new dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and is a former dental hygiene program director.

Debbie has a team of experts to guide teams throughout the world to provide quality, patient centered practices that sustain profits for the life of their dental practice.

 

What Grade Do You Deserve For Documenting Your Dental Patient Information?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

June 17, 2015

 

My husband (Greg) and I were invited to a wedding. It was in a large park in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.

We are excited about attending but disappointed that there were no specific directions nor information about exactly where the ceremony location would be. I am a detailed person and I feel stressed, out-of-sorts, ah…not happy when I don’t know the exact details of whatever it may be.

Have you ever felt frustrated that you did not have all the information you needed?

I know so many times when I look at the chart notes; be it a hygiene chart or doctors patient notes, not all the necessary information is there.

What grade do you deserve for documention your dental patient information?

This weeks training video is about proper documention. I will also explain WHY you need to document correctly and WHAT can happen if you are not documenting correctly and especially if you don’t document at the proper time.

Clinical note template sample Adult Prophy

Did you know that after the patient leaves, if you decide to write your patient notes later, this is not considered a legal document?

When you do you document the patient notes?

Exactly what do you write for your patient notes?

You know in Real Estate they say “Location!” “Location!” “Location!” and in dentistry we need to understand the importance of “Document!” “Document!” “Document!”

What questions do you have about documenting your patients chart?

Do you feel that you don’t have enough time? Yes? Well look back at the May blogs for a “Down to a Science timing system and how you can create this for yourself and get it all done — “During  the Patient Appointment Time.”

Please comment below if you have questions, want to share your documentation successes or even if you have future topics you want information about.

Want More Information and a Deeper Dive Into This Month’s Trainings? Get More Information When You Click This Link Ebook and Video Trainings to Take a Deeper Dive Into this Topic!

Lead Pages picAbout Debbie

In 2000, Debbie founded Dental Practice Solutions, a dental practice management business focused on creating profitable dental hygiene departments, as well as improving the total bottom line of the dental practice. She has been named as one of Dentistry Today’s Top Consultants for 10 years in  row!

Debbie is a former clinical assistant professor from the University of Southern California where she taught the senior dental hygiene students skills to treat periodontal patients. She also co-taught the practice management course  at USC from 200o-2002. (Until the school start PBL – Problem Based Learning) Debbie also wrote the accreditation for a new dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and is a former dental hygiene program director.

Debbie has a team of experts to guide teams throughout the world to provide quality, patient centered practices that sustain profits for the life of their dental practice.

What Grade Do You Deserve For Documenting Your Dental Patient Information?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

My husband (Greg) and I were invited to a wedding. It was in a large park in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.

We are excited about attending but disappointed that there were no specific directions nor information about exactly where the ceremony location would be. I am a detailed person and I feel stressed, out-of-sorts, ah…not happy when I don’t know the exact details of whatever it may be.

Have you ever felt frustrated that you did not have all the information you needed?

I know so many times when I look at the chart notes; be it a hygiene chart or doctors patient notes, not all the necessary information is there.

What grade do you deserve for documention your dental patient information?

This weeks training video is about proper documention. I will also explain WHY you need to document correctly and WHAT can happen if you are not documenting correctly and especially if you don’t document at the proper time.

Did you know that after the patient leaves, if you decide to write your patient notes later, this is not considered a legal document?

When you do you document the patient notes?

Exactly what do you write for your patient notes?

You know in Real Estate they say “Location!” “Location!” “Location!” and in dentistry we need to understand the importance of “Document!” “Document!” “Document!”

What questions do you have about documenting your patients chart?

Do you feel that you don’t have enough time? Yes? Well look back at the May blogs for a “Down to a Science timing system and how you can create this for yourself and get it all done — “During  the Patient Appointment Time.”

Please comment below if you have questions, want to share your documentation successes or even if you have future topics you want information about.

Want More Information and a Deeper Dive Into This Month’s Trainings? Get More Information When You Click This Link Ebook and Video Trainings to Take a Deeper Dive Into this Topic!

Determine: Treatment Planning for the Periodontal and Gingivitis Patient

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

June 11, 2015

The Blog  last week focused on determining a diagnosis for your patient: Are they healthy or do they have periodontal disease?

Now that you have determined the patients status, you will determine a treatment plan for your patient with periodontal disease or gingivitis.

The American Academy of Periodontology has a wealth of scientific information to base your decision. The information presented in this blog and the video below are provided by the information listed on the AAP website. (perio.org)

Your treatment plan will be based 1st on the prognosis of your patients oral health condition.

There are 2 Types of Gingival Diseases: Plaque-Induced Gingivitis and Non-Plaque-Induced Gingivitis.

A couple of months ago I wrote an eBook about treatment for these patients who do not have periodontal disease, they do not have any probing measurements above 4mms and there is no radiographic evidence of bone loss. (See below under “Plaque-Induced Gingivitis”)

How do you treatment plan this type of patient?

And how do you get paid for a patient when it is more than a prophy and not a patient who needs scaling and root planing?

Now sure?

Get this eBook and 4 Video Training Series to Dive Deeper Into This Months Topic. eBOOK AND VIDEO TRAININGS AT THIS LINK

 

                    PLAQUE-INDUCED GINGIVITIS

Therapeutic Goals are to establish gingival health. The plaque-induced gingivitis patient will need more than a prophylaxis and less than Phase I Periodontal Therapy. Please download the free resource to the left if you are not sure how to treatment this patient. (Or click this LINK to download)

CHRONIC PERIODONTITIS

This is the most common type of Periodontitis.

Non-surgical Treatment considerations will include the following:

1. Initial therapy (SRP)

2. Antimicrobial therapy – adjunct

3. Oral hygiene instructions, reinforcement, evaluate plaque control

4. Remove factors: i.e. overcontoured crowns, overhanging restorations, etc.

Please review the traing video (19 minutes in length) for more patient treatment information. See this video below.

At the end of this month of June there will be an eBook which takes a deep dive into all the information on Treatment of the Hygiene Patient: Health or Disease.

Just as in real estate they say “LOCATION!” “LOCATION!” “LOCATION!” in dentistry we must be dilegent and “DOCUMENT!” “DOCUMENT!” “DOCUMENT!”

Documentation needs to be completed before the patient leaves your office. If this is not completed before the patient leaves your office is not considered a “Legal” document.

I will talk in more depth about documentation next week. I will have an interesting resource to check out on Record Keeping and Documentation so be sure to check back next week!

Be sure to view this training video for more in-depth information on this topic in today’s blog: (CAUTION: It’s 19 mins in length! YIKES! I have so much to tell you today. lol)

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Determine: Treatment Planning for the Periodontal and Gingivitis Patient

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

Diagnosis of Gingival and Periodontal

The Blog  last week focused on determining a diagnosis for your patient: Are they healthy or do they have periodontal disease?

Now that you have determined the patients status, you will determine a treatment plan for your patient with periodontal disease or gingivitis.

The American Academy of Periodontology has a wealth of scientific information to base your decision. The information presented in this blog and the video below are provided by the information listed on the AAP website. (perio.org)

Your treatment plan will be based 1st on the prognosis of your patients oral health condition.

There are 2 Types of Gingival Diseases: Plaque-Induced Gingivitis and Non-Plaque-Induced Gingivitis.

A couple of months ago I wrote an eBook about treatment for these patients who do not have periodontal disease, they do not have any probing measurements above 4mms and there is no radiographic evidence of bone loss. (See below under “Plaque-Induced Gingivitis”)

How do you treatment plan this type of patient?

And how do you get paid for a patient when it is more than a prophy and not a patient who needs scaling and root planing?

Now sure?

Get this eBook and 4 Video Training Series to Dive Deeper Into This Months Topic. eBOOK AND VIDEO TRAININGS AT THIS LINK

 

                    PLAQUE-INDUCED GINGIVITIS

Therapeutic Goals are to establish gingival health. The plaque-induced gingivitis patient will need more than a prophylaxis and less than Phase I Periodontal Therapy. Please download the free resource to the left if you are not sure how to treatment this patient. (Or click this LINK to download)

CHRONIC PERIODONTITIS

This is the most common type of Periodontitis.

Non-surgical Treatment considerations will include the following:

1. Initial therapy (SRP)

2. Antimicrobial therapy – adjunct

3. Oral hygiene instructions, reinforcement, evaluate plaque control

4. Remove factors: i.e. overcontoured crowns, overhanging restorations, etc.

Please review the traing video (19 minutes in length) for more patient treatment information. See this video below.

At the end of this month of June there will be an eBook which takes a deep dive into all the information on Treatment of the Hygiene Patient: Health or Disease.

Just as in real estate they say “LOCATION!” “LOCATION!” “LOCATION!” in dentistry we must be dilegent and “DOCUMENT!” “DOCUMENT!” “DOCUMENT!”

Documentation needs to be completed before the patient leaves your office. If this is not completed before the patient leaves your office is not considered a “Legal” document.

I will talk in more depth about documentation next week. I will have an interesting resource to check out on Record Keeping and Documentation so be sure to check back next week!

Be sure to view this training video for more in-depth information on this topic in today’s blog: (CAUTION: It’s 19 mins in length! YIKES! I have so much to tell you today. lol)

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Lead Pages picAbout Debbie

In 2000, Debbie founded Dental Practice Solutions, a dental practice management business focused on creating profitable dental hygiene departments, as well as improving the total bottom line of the dental practice. She has been named as one of Dentistry Today’s Top Consultants for 10 years in  row!

Debbie is a former clinical assistant professor from the University of Southern California where she taught the senior dental hygiene students skills to treat periodontal patients. She also co-taught the practice management course  at USC from 200o-2002. (Until the school start PBL – Problem Based Learning) Debbie also wrote the accreditation for a new dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and is a former dental hygiene program director.

Debbie has a team of experts to guide teams throughout the world to provide quality, patient centered practices that sustain profits for the life of their dental practice.

Adult Dental Hygiene Patients. What is Your Percentage of Your Adult Hygiene Patients Enrolled in Periodontal Therapy?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

June 4, 2015

The American Academy (AAP) states that approximately 50% of the US adult population has periodontal disease. (See homepage of perio.org)  If this is true for the US population, how is your dental practice’ hygiene department in alignment with this statement?

Do you know the information on your practice’ adult dental hygiene patients? What percentage of your adult hygiene patients have been enrolled in peridontal therapy?

If you have not completed the perio percentage formula, I recommend that you create a baseline for this number of Adult Patients in your dental practice enrolled in periodontal therapy. Think about this statistic provided by the AAP and understand how your practice is in alignment of this important information. It will be a WIN-WIN. Improved health for your patients and healthier profits for your practice. Honestly, hygienists will not work as hard when they treat peridontal disease at an early stage and stop the wait and watch syndrome.

If our over arching message to patients is “Optimal Oral Health Leads to a Longer, Healthier Life” then this information from the AAP is valuable for us because we are treating our patients at the highest level of care.

This week’s video training, will walk you through Diagnosis of your hygiene patient. Are they a health patient or do they have periodontal disease? After you read this click the video to review this information.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER: GETTING TO YOUR NEXT LEVEL OF CARE

  1. When do you complete a comprehensive periodontal exam?
  2. How often do you probe your hygiene patients?
  3. Do you find time to complete the Comprehensive Periodontal Exam? (Review the blogs in May on Time Management if you don’t think you have time to pick up the probe before you scale) to read the Time Managment Blogs you can go here: TIME MANAGEMENT AND DATA COLLECTION
  4. What examination instruments are on your tray set-up? (Hint: Besides the curettes)

These and more are questions I provide answers to create a level of care which represents the statistics reported from the AAP when you view the video below.

OPTIMIZATION OF HYGIENE PRODUCTION

As you begin to refine your treatment of the periodontal patient, not only will your patients improve their total health, but your hygiene department production will increase. The hygienist should find that they are not working as hard. Trying to “get it all clean” when in fact, the patient is “More than a prophylaxis” truly creates more work for the hygienist and is not appropriate treatment for optimal oral health.

Do You Need the Formula to Determine Your Adult Perio Patient Percentage?  (Click on the picture and you will receive the formula to determine this)

As you begin to refine your treatment of the periodontal patient, not only will your patients improve their total health, but your hygiene department production will increase. The hygienist should find that they are not working as hard. Trying to “get it all clean” when in fact, the patient is “More than a prophylaxis” truly creates more work for the hygienist and is not appropriate treatment for optimal oral health.

Do You Need the Formula to Determine Your Adult Perio Patient Percentage?  (Click on the picture and you will receive the formula to determine this)

This picture represents a patient who is “More than just a prophylaxis” How often do you see this and think “It’s Just a Prophy!”??

Below is the Examination of the Gingival Clinical Markers and this is shared in the video. Use this information now so everyone: Doctor and hygienists, can get on the same page for calibrating what they agree is a healthy mouth and what is considered disease.

eBook and Video Training Series on the Topic of Diagnosis of the Perio Patient, Determining a Treatment Plan, Discussing the Treatment Plan and Simplified Documentation Skills.

Adult Dental Hygiene Patients. What is Your Percentage of Your Adult Hygiene Patients Enrolled in Periodontal Therapy?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

Diagnose DetermineThe American Academy (AAP) states that approximately 50% of the US adult population has periodontal disease. (See homepage of perio.org)  If this is true for the US population, how is your dental practice’ hygiene department in alignment with this statement?

Do you know the information on your practice’ adult dental hygiene patients? What percentage of your adult hygiene patients have been enrolled in peridontal therapy?

If you have not completed the perio percentage formula, I recommend that you create a baseline for this number of Adult Patients in your dental practice enrolled in periodontal therapy. Think about this statistic provided by the AAP and understand how your practice is in alignment of this important information. It will be a WIN-WIN. Improved health for your patients and healthier profits for your practice. Honestly, hygienists will not work as hard when they treat peridontal disease at an early stage and stop the wait and watch syndrome.

If our over arching message to patients is “Optimal Oral Health Leads to a Longer, Healthier Life” then this information from the AAP is valuable for us because we are treating our patients at the highest level of care.

This week’s video training, will walk you through Diagnosis of your hygiene patient. Are they a health patient or do they have periodontal disease? After you read this click the video to review this information.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER: GETTING TO YOUR NEXT LEVEL OF CARE

  1. When do you complete a comprehensive periodontal exam?
  2. How often do you probe your hygiene patients?
  3. Do you find time to complete the Comprehensive Periodontal Exam? (Review the blogs in May on Time Management if you don’t think you have time to pick up the probe before you scale) to read the Time Managment Blogs you can go here: TIME MANAGEMENT AND DATA COLLECTION
  4. What examination instruments are on your tray set-up? (Hint: Besides the curettes)

These and more are questions I provide answers to create a level of care which represents the statistics reported from the AAP when you view the video below.

OPTIMIZATION OF HYGIENE PRODUCTION

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As you begin to refine your treatment of the periodontal patient, not only will your patients improve their total health, but your hygiene department production will increase. The hygienist should find that they are not working as hard. Trying to “get it all clean” when in fact, the patient is “More than a prophylaxis” truly creates more work for the hygienist and is not appropriate treatment for optimal oral health.

Do You Need the Formula to Determine Your Adult Perio Patient Percentage?  (Click on the picture and you will receive the formula to determine this)7 Day Dental Hygiene Profits Program

Download the NO CHARGE 7 DAY DENTAL HYGIENE PROFTS PROGRAM Which includes this formula as well as how to interpret your perio percentage and much more!

(Click on picture to the right to download your Free Resource and calculate your percentage of Adult Patients Enrolled in Perio Therapy)

 

 

 

 

Bleeding on tooth brushing

This picture represents a patient who is “More than just a prophylaxis” How often do you see this and think “It’s Just a Prophy!”??

 

 

 

Below is the Examination of the Gingival Clinical Markers and this is shared in the video. Use this information now so everyone: Doctor and hygienists, can get on the same page for calibrating what they agree is a healthy mouth and what is considered disease.

INFLAMMATORY MARKERS

 

eBook and Video Training Series on the Topic of Diagnosis of the Perio Patient, Determining a Treatment Plan, Discussing the Treatment Plan and Simplified Documentation Skills.

Click on this Link for More Information on this Training Series.


Lead Pages picAbout Debbie

In 2000, Debbie founded Dental Practice Solutions, a dental practice management business focused on creating profitable dental hygiene departments, as well as improving the total bottom line of the dental practice. She has been named as one of Dentistry Today’s Top Consultants for 10 years in  row!

Debbie is a former clinical assistant professor from the University of Southern California where she taught the senior dental hygiene students skills to treat periodontal patients. She also co-taught the practice management course  at USC from 200o-2002. (Until the school start PBL – Problem Based Learning) Debbie also wrote the accreditation for a new dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and is a former dental hygiene program director.

Debbie has a team of experts to guide teams throughout the world to provide quality, patient centered practices that sustain profits for the life of their dental practice.