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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®.
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.
ABOUT 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.
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