Pivoting your dental practice for success during COVID-19

Don’t think of “culture” as just the latest buzzword for dental practices. It’s a very important piece to the success of your practice. If you don’t create an excellent culture, it will create itself, and that’s usually not a good thing. By Kyle Bogan, DDS One word that has become synonymous with the COVID-19 pandemic […]

CDC updates guidance for dental settings during COVID-19

The August 4, 2020, update provides new recommendations for eye protection and aerosol-generating procedures. It replaces the agency’s guidance issued June 17, 2020. Author – Zachary Kulsrud On Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 The August 4, 2020, update restructures the guidance for […]

Three Ways to Reorient Your Staff During COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has sent shockwaves throughout dentistry. When practices fully reopen, dental teams won’t look the same. Some team members won’t be back. And those who do return will experience various challenges ranging from fear to finances to family issues. COVID-19 has probably changed almost everyone to some degree. As leaders, dentists have the […]

Racial, Language, and Geographic Disparities in Access to Dental Care

By: Natalie Asmussen As the world wages battle against the new coronavirus, a much older war has yet to be won. More white Americans and citizens of the world are awakened to the reality that racism—covert and overt—exists and needs to be confronted. It exists in every facet of our lives and is overwhelming in […]

We’re back at work. Now what? Human resources experts answer dentists’ questions

Author- Rebecca Boartfield and Tim Twigg These HR experts answer two questions from dentist-employers regarding how to handle post-vacation employees, as well as employees who are reluctant to return to work. Are you handling these situations correctly? QUESTION: My employee is taking a vacation. Does the person need to quarantine after? ANSWER FROM REBECCA BOARTFIELD AND […]

CDC Further Updates Its Infection Control Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have further updated their Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. The recommendation to wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces has been […]

ADHA Releases Guidance for Returning to Work

As states across the nation begin allowing dental practices to reopen, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) offers hygienists interim guidance for returning to work. The guidelines include recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ADA, and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). The guidance covers: What dental hygienists should […]

ADA Says Non-Emergency Treatment Should Be Postponed

Richard Gawel The ADA is calling upon dentists nationwide to postpone elective procedures and restrict treatment to emergency and other necessary procedures for the next three weeks, and other professional organizations concur. The ADA’s Recommendations According to the ADA, concentrating on emergency care will allow dental professionals to care for their emergency patients and alleviate […]

Counselor’s corner: The good, the bad, the rude-managing difficult patients

Have some of your patients been hitting the “jerk workshop”? These kind of behaviors can mask dental anxieties. Here’s how to defuse the situation. Kandice Swarthout, MS, RDH, LPC © Candybox Images – Dreamstime.com Editor’s note: Counselor’s Corner is a recurring column by Kandice Swarthout in the RDH evillage e-newsletter. Subscribe here. An acquaintance of mine owns a kettlebell […]