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Welcome to dentistry’s largest dental hygiene practice management resource center! We are the leading dental hygiene consultant/coaching business.

We will increase your TOTAL dental practice profitability without working more hours or days each year.

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

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Does Your Hygienist Help Enroll Patients Into Invisalign®?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

October 29, 2015

There is one simple assessment that hygienists can easily complete annually with their patients.

This one assessment is a great tool to enroll patients into Invisalign®.

Does your hygienist help to enroll patients into Invisalign®?

Do you currently provide your patients with a smile evaluation?

This simple screening takes 60 seconds for patients to complete.

The Smile Evaluation is quick questionaire that is given to patients when they check-in at the front desk annually for their hygiene appointment. This form goes back to the hygienist who reviews this with the patient. The Smile Evaluation can open many doors for high-end treament; one of which is Invisalign®.

How many of your patients present with at least 3mms of crowding in their anterior area?

If there is crowding like you see in the above picture, there is plaque build-up and that means if left untreated, can cause long-term potential risk for developing gingivitis; ultimately periodontal disease.
As you can see, these anterior teeth have crowing.

If you see this type of crowding the potential for more crowding continues and it becomes a vicious cycle. More crowding means more plaque and more plaque means more time during the hygiene appointment removing plaque and calculus.

The more bacteria, biofilm, plaque and calculus, the greater potential for gingival health to decline which can add expensive, restorative, and periodontal therapy for patients in your dental office.
This is a great preventive measure that can place your patients back into alignment and into easier and long term gingival and oral health which leads to a longer and healthier life.

Does Your Hygienist Help Enroll Patients Into Invisalign®?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

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There is one simple assessment that hygienists can easily complete annually with their patients.

This one assessment is a great tool to enroll patients into Invisalign®.

Does your hygienist help to enroll patients into Invisalign®?

Do you currently provide your patients with a smile evaluation?

This simple screening takes 60 seconds for patients to complete.

The Smile Evaluation is quick questionaire that is given to patients when they check-in at the front desk annually for their hygiene appointment. This form goes back to the hygienist who reviews this with the patient. The Smile Evaluation can open many doors for high-end treament; one of which is Invisalign®.

Anterior Crowding
How many of your patients present with at least 3mms of crowding in their anterior area?

If there is crowding like you see in the above picture, there is plaque build-up and that means if left untreated, can cause long-term potential risk for developing gingivitis; ultimately periodontal disease.
As you can see, these anterior teeth have crowing.

If you see this type of crowding the potential for more crowding continues and it becomes a vicious cycle. More crowding means more plaque and more plaque means more time during the hygiene appointment removing plaque and calculus.

The more bacteria, biofilm, plaque and calculus, the greater potential for gingival health to decline which can add expensive, restorative, and periodontal therapy for patients in your dental office.
This is a great preventive measure that can place your patients back into alignment and into easier and long term gingival and oral health which leads to a longer and healthier life.


Lead Pages picABOUT DEBBIE SEIDEL-BITTKE, RDH, BS

In 1984 Debbie Graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaini
    ng patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

o   This means doctor can come to the office to do their job as Dentist not manage people

In 2007, Debbie wrote the accreditation for a dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and spear-headed the build-out of the college, wrote the curriculum, hired the team of professor’s and purchased all equipment, etc., etc.

For the last ten years she has been named “One of Dentistry’s Top Leaders in Consulting” by Dentistry Today.

Do You Want to Upgrade Your Hygiene Department? Click this link to Gain Access to a Free 3-Part Hygiene Department Training Video Series and Webinar

Dental Hygienists Shine a New Light on Oral Cancer Screenings

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

October 21, 2015

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It’s National Dental Hygiene Month and many of the hygienists in our nation are participating in health fairs.

I had a great time participating in a health fair in my current state: Oregon.

In Oregon one Thursday night in October, we had a 2 hour CE course with Debbie Z. Sabatini.

We learned a lot and let me share here what I found new and interesting. Here are some tips about how Dental Hygienists shine a new light on oral cancer screenings:

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  1. Change your language: change the word oral cancer to “oral abnormalities”
  2. Tell all Patients that you are there to “prevent pain, inflammation, infection, loss of teeth and loss of life”
  3. Talk about what you “See” not what you find

The next day all the hygienists participated in a community health fair and we all had a chance to not only learn how to use the OralID but we had people from the community recieve various screenings and one was for oral abnormalities. No, we did not find any serious oral abnormalities that day!

The OralID consensus is: It’s easy to use, takes maybe 4 mins and it’s about the size of a typical flashlight. It even lights up plaque around the gumline and on the teeth.

How would it feel if one day a patient came to your office with part of their jaw now missing? What will you say when this patient asks you “Why didn’t you tell me about this?” (meaning Why didn’t you tell me when you looked in my mouth that something there was abnormal?)

With HPV on the rise it is our responsibility to have this latest technology which can detect any abnormality before it becomes Life Altering!

It is our role as dental professionals to stop this now.

Need more information about how you can get started doing this type of screening? CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please comment below about your thoughts or experiences using this fluorscopy technology. And be sure to share the important information with you colleagues.

Thank you for being a messenger of this important information! I appreciate you!

ABOUT DEBBIE

Lead Pages picDebbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS, began her career as a dental assistant and office manager and also graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaining patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

o   This means doctor can come to the office to do their job as Dentist not manage people

In 2007, Debbie wrote the accreditation for a dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and spear-headed the build-out of the college, wrote the curriculum, hired the team of professor’s and purchased all equipment, etc., etc.

For the last ten years she has been named “One of Dentistry’s Top Leaders in Consulting” by Dentistry Today

Try Her 7 Day Dental Hygiene Training Program to Get a Feel for Her Consulting Programs. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD NOW

Dental Hygienists Shine a New Light on Oral Cancer Screenings

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

It’s National Dental Hygiene Month and many of the hygienists in our nation are participating in health fairs.

I had a great time participating in a health fair in my current state: Oregon.

In Oregon one Thursday night in October, we had a 2 hour CE course with Debbie Z. Sabatini.

We learned a lot and let me share here what I found new and interesting. Here are some tips about how Dental Hygienists shine a new light on oral cancer screenings:

  1. Change your language: change the word oral cancer to “oral abnormalities”
  2. Tell all Patients that you are there to “prevent pain, inflammation, infection, loss of teeth and loss of life”
  3. Talk about what you “See” not what you find

The next day all the hygienists participated in a community health fair and we all had a chance to not only learn how to use the OralID but we had people from the community recieve various screenings and one was for oral abnormalities. No, we did not find any serious oral abnormalities that day!

The OralID consensus is: It’s easy to use, takes maybe 4 mins and it’s about the size of a typical flashlight. It even lights up plaque around the gumline and on the teeth.

How would it feel if one day a patient came to your office with part of their jaw now missing? What will you say when this patient asks you “Why didn’t you tell me about this?” (meaning Why didn’t you tell me when you looked in my mouth that something there was abnormal?)

With HPV on the rise it is our responsibility to have this latest technology which can detect any abnormality before it becomes Life Altering!

It is our role as dental professionals to stop this now.

Need more information about how you can get started doing this type of screening? CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please comment below about your thoughts or experiences using this fluorscopy technology. And be sure to share the important information with you colleagues.

Thank you for being a messenger of this important information! I appreciate you!

The Halloween Candy Buy Back Will Bring New Patients to Your Dental Office

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

October 8, 2015

It’s that SPOOKY time of year! Houses are decorated with scary creatures and pumpkins are everywhere!

The kids in my neighborhood go all out to dress like someone famous, scary, funny or something out of this world!

How can you get the kids to trick ‘o treat at your office?

Well, it is probably not prudent and not going to score you any points if you give out candy which we all knows causes tooth decay but what if you invited the kids by your office for a Candy Buy Back Program?

I know that the Halloween Candy Buy Back  Event will bring new patients to your dental office.

Here is how it works:

Most of our clients use Solutionreach so they use one of these great email/newsletter templates. These work very well for getting the message out to your patients. They are specific for this event at Halloween.

You can also add this event information in a message and text to your patients.

This year, Halloween is on a Saturday so schedule a few hours on Monday night after Halloween or the first Saturday after Halloween to hold this event. Allow for a few hours that people can drop by. Maybe on Monday they come by from 5-8 PM or a week later on Saturday 10 AM-1 PM.

Tell your patients to dress in costume and bring their candy.

You will weight their candy. Use a bathroom scale or a postal scale if you that available.

For each pound (or kg, etc.) of candy give the kids $1.00 (Candadian, Aus Dollar, Pound, Euro, etc.).

You may want to have some special prizes. Make it fun and be creative!

Last year my clients had their patients and children come by with their candy but the children also brought their friends and those friends came with their parents.

Our clients had New Patient numbers increase from hosting this fun event! One of the doctors gave away free Whitening as a prize and this attracted a lot of people and it’s how she acquired many new patients!

I really thought it was a brilliant idea when my client took all the candy received, threw it in the trash and then bought the same number of pounds in fruits and vegetables that she threw away but the healthy foods went to a womens shelter in her community.

Want to still help a serviceman (And women) overseas? Typicall the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program sends this candy to service men (And women) overseas and if you prefer to donate something healthy when you buy a box of toothbrushes from Tess Oral Health, they will send a box of toothbrushes to the service men (And women) overseas.

You can find out more about the toothbrush donation at this website CLICK HERE

If your office wants to officially participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back you can CLICK HERE to register.

Have a SPOOKATCULAR OCTOBER!

It is coming to the end of the year. Do you want to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Department Numbers?

Do you want to Increase the Production Without Working Harder?

Want to See More High-end Treatment Plans Scheduled?

We have a SIX MONTH ONLINE GOAL FOCUSED HYGIENE PROGRAM.

The Halloween Candy Buy Back Will Bring New Patients to Your Dental Office

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

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It’s that SPOOKY time of year! Houses are decorated with scary creatures and pumpkins are everywhere!

The kids in my neighborhood go all out to dress like someone famous, scary, funny or something out of this world!

How can you get the kids to trick ‘o treat at your office?

Well, it is probably not prudent and not going to score you any points if you give out candy which we all knows causes tooth decay but what if you invited the kids by your office for a Candy Buy Back Program?

I know that the Halloween Candy Buy Back  Event will bring new patients to your dental office.

Here is how it works:

Most of our clients use Solutionreach so they use one of these great email/newsletter templates. These work very well for getting the message out to your patients. They are specific for this event at Halloween.

You can also add this event information in a message and text to your patients.

This year, Halloween is on a Saturday so schedule a few hours on Monday night after Halloween or the first Saturday after Halloween to hold this event. Allow for a few hours that people can drop by. Maybe on Monday they come by from 5-8 PM or a week later on Saturday 10 AM-1 PM.

Tell your patients to dress in costume and bring their candy.

You will weight their candy. Use a bathroom scale or a postal scale if you that available.

For each pound (or kg, etc.) of candy give the kids $1.00 (Candadian, Aus Dollar, Pound, Euro, etc.).

You may want to have some special prizes. Make it fun and be creative!

Last year my clients had their patients and children come by with their candy but the children also brought their friends and those friends came with their parents.

Our clients had New Patient numbers increase from hosting this fun event! One of the doctors gave away free Whitening as a prize and this attracted a lot of people and it’s how she acquired many new patients!

I really thought it was a brilliant idea when my client took all the candy received, threw it in the trash and then bought the same number of pounds in fruits and vegetables that she threw away but the healthy foods went to a womens shelter in her community.

Want to still help a serviceman (And women) overseas? Typicall the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program sends this candy to service men (And women) overseas and if you prefer to donate something healthy when you buy a box of toothbrushes from Tess Oral Health, they will send a box of toothbrushes to the service men (And women) overseas.

You can find out more about the toothbrush donation at this website CLICK HERE

If your office wants to officially participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back you can CLICK HERE to register.

Have a SPOOKATCULAR OCTOBER!

It is coming to the end of the year. Do you want to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Department Numbers?

Do you want to Increase the Production Without Working Harder?

Want to See More High-end Treatment Plans Scheduled?

We have a SIX MONTH ONLINE GOAL FOCUSED HYGIENE PROGRAM.

Read more about it below. Just click the picture below.

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Lead Pages picABOUT DEBBIE

Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS, began her career as a dental assistant and office manager and also graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaining patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

o   This means doctor can come to the office to do their job as Dentist not manage people

In 2007, Debbie wrote the accreditation for a dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and spear-headed the build-out of the college, wrote the curriculum, hired the team of professor’s and purchased all equipment, etc., etc.

For the last ten years she has been named “One of Dentistry’s Top Leaders in Consulting” by Dentistry Today

Try Her 7 Day Dental Hygiene Training Program to Get a Feel for Her Consulting Programs. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD NOW

Unscheduled Treatment and Dental Hygiene Appointments

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

October 1, 2015

It’s that time of year again! So hard to believe but we are getting very close to the end of 2015.

Many of your patients have unscheduled treatment and dental hygiene appointments.

It is not a great option however, it is the truth, that most dental patients depend on their insurance to pay for a lot of their dental treatment.

Most dental offices, when we begin working with them have over $100,000 in outstanding patient treatment plans.

I want to mention that right now, this month of October, is a great time to contact your patients who have unscheduled treatment and/or hygiene appointments, to call and schedule their appointment(s) before the end of year. Patients who depend on their insurance to pay for some of their treatment, will lose this benefit if they don’t come in soon.

Life gets busy and it is possible your patients got busy with life and forgot to schedule.

Reach out to your patients in a text message, email or last resort; send a letter. Also post a reminder to your patients to schedule their end-of-the-year appointments if they want to use their insurance benefits.

“USE IT OR LOSE IT!”

Today’s world allows you to communicate with your patients more easily than a mailed letter. Most people use text to communicate and you can add this message to a text or send out a newsletter (email).

If youf office has a Facebook page or Twitter page, etc.,  make a post each week over the next six weeks, reminding your patients to schedule their treatment and get that end of the year hygiene appointment scheduled.

Let them know if they have insurance, their benefit expires at the end of year.

Talking about end of the year, how are your end of the year numbers looking? I created a new SIX MONTH DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT TRAINING PROGRAM that is all online. You receive a hygiene department webinar or call, a doctor/consultant call each month, we monitor various areas of your dental practice especially your hygiene department, KPIs so that you have an increase in production and without working harder. Doctor has a coaching call once a month with me to follow up. THere is just so much more that I invited you to click on the picture below to find out more about it. It is VERY low cost and imagine this:

Typical results are about 34% in production after three months but it really depends upon how much you implement. It is hard NOT to implement because our team holds your feet to the fire and accountability is key. We have a lot of tools set up to hold everyone accountable to accomplish your goals. You can also CLICK HERE and I will take a few minutes to explain more about how this will help your hygiene department in numerous ways.

Unscheduled Treatment and Dental Hygiene Appointments

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

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It’s that time of year again! So hard to believe but we are getting very close to the end of 2015.

Many of your patients have unscheduled treatment and dental hygiene appointments.

It is not a great option however, it is the truth, that most dental patients depend on their insurance to pay for a lot of their dental treatment.

Most dental offices, when we begin working with them have over $100,000 in outstanding patient treatment plans.

I want to mention that right now, this month of October, is a great time to contact your patients who have unscheduled treatment and/or hygiene appointments, to call and schedule their appointment(s) before the end of year. Patients who depend on their insurance to pay for some of their treatment, will lose this benefit if they don’t come in soon.

Life gets busy and it is possible your patients got busy with life and forgot to schedule.

Reach out to your patients in a text message, email or last resort; send a letter. Also post a reminder to your patients to schedule their end-of-the-year appointments if they want to use their insurance benefits.

“USE IT OR LOSE IT!”

Today’s world allows you to communicate with your patients more easily than a mailed letter. Most people use text to communicate and you can add this message to a text or send out a newsletter (email).

If youf office has a Facebook page or Twitter page, etc.,  make a post each week over the next six weeks, reminding your patients to schedule their treatment and get that end of the year hygiene appointment scheduled.

Let them know if they have insurance, their benefit expires at the end of year.

Talking about end of the year, how are your end of the year numbers looking? I created a new SIX MONTH DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT TRAINING PROGRAM that is all online. You receive a hygiene department webinar or call, a doctor/consultant call each month, we monitor various areas of your dental practice especially your hygiene department, KPIs so that you have an increase in production and without working harder. Doctor has a coaching call once a month with me to follow up. THere is just so much more that I invited you to click on the picture below to find out more about it. It is VERY low cost and imagine this:

Typical results are about 34% in production after three months but it really depends upon how much you implement. It is hard NOT to implement because our team holds your feet to the fire and accountability is key. We have a lot of tools set up to hold everyone accountable to accomplish your goals. You can also CLICK HERE and I will take a few minutes to explain more about how this will help your hygiene department in numerous ways.

Lead Pages picABOUT DEBBIE

Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS, began her career as a dental assistant and office manager and also graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaining patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

o   This means doctor can come to the office to do their job as Dentist not manage people

In 2007, Debbie wrote the accreditation for a dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and spear-headed the build-out of the college, wrote the curriculum, hired the team of professor’s and purchased all equipment, etc., etc.

For the last ten years she has been named “One of Dentistry’s Top Leaders in Consulting” by Dentistry Today

Try Her 7 Day Dental Hygiene Training Program to Get a Feel for Her Consulting Programs. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD NOW