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  • Do you feel like you are working hard and your production is not increasing?
  • Do you feel like your hygiene department is under performing?
  • Is your hygiene department producing 25-30% of your total production?
  • Are hygienists in your office treating bloody prophys?
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Dental Practice Solutions - Debbie Bittke

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.