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Forget getting blood from a turnip try PRP

Demetria Holmes 11/05/2016 0

Drawing blood for  PRP

When I questioned my new patient about the number of times she brushed her teeth everyday. The patient replied “Maybe three to four times a day depending on how often I eat.” “I really get in there and scrub my teeth until everything feels nice and smooth.” I started to cringe as I knew my patient was going to present with generalized areas of recession. I immediately brought out my intraoral camera and set it up to be ready to take pictures of the recession she was sure to have.

Aggressive Brushing

We’ve all been there educating our patient’s on using the proper brushing technique. Demonstrating and showing patient areas of abrasion or areas of aggressive brushing from using a firm or medium toothbrush. I’ve even had patient’s demonstrate the bass method of brushing after showing the patient how to brush and the patient seems to continue brushing aggressively. I am aware that it takes 21 days for the patient to create a new habit in order to replace the old habit. I believe that I should help the transition for brushing softly by introducing electric toothbrushes in my practice. Contrary to belief, when the patient returned to the office for their recall appointment in six months; the patient’s recession became worse. The great thing about my office is that we believe in intraoral pictures so that the patient is able to see what we see instead of just looking in the mirror at the areas of gingival recession. I find that documenting everything both written and with pictures will help the patient visually understand the severity of toothbrush abrasion. I believe that it is because of the intraoral pictures the patient is more susceptible to accept the proposed treatment plan of the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with the pinhole surgical technique.

What is PRP?

What does our office do to help patient’s that have localized areas of recession? Our office has started performing a procedure called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with the pinhole surgical technique. The results are amazing! What is the PRP procedure? The dentist will take blood from the patient’s arm and place the vile in a centrifuge. The centrifuge will spin the blood it normally takes 15-30 minutes for the blood to divide into two parts which are the plasma and erythrocytes.  The dentist will then start with the pinhole surgical technique by making a small incision in the gingival tissue. Once the incision has been made the dentist will begin to loosen the gingival tissue so that it can be guided over the localized area of recession. After this is completed the dentist will take the plasma part of the blood and place it in the localized area of recession by way of the pinhole incision. The PRP will aide in the healing process and help regenerate new tissue being formed. PRP is great as it allows the patient to heal faster; and the pin hole surgical procedure allows the patient not to have sutures ands minimally invasive. This treatment procedure seems to be better for the patient as this allows the patient to not have to need a donor site and heal in a shorter time.

Conclusion

This treatment is an awesome service we’ve added to our patient and have been able to see the difference with pictures! It is a benefit for the patient to take before and after pictures of the PRP with the pinhole surgical technique to see the before of the localized recession and the after picture treatment of the PRP with the pinhole surgical technique. Our patient’s actually look forward to their recall appointments to see their progress with brushing and to have peace of mind knowing that they won’t have sensitivity from the localized areas of recession. It’s a great feeling to both me as a dental hygiene clinician and for the patient!

 

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Sciatic Nerve

Demetria Holmes 04/05/2016 0

Sciatic Nerve Pain Diagram

Waking up with excruciating pain running down your hamstring or the backside of your leg with occasional pain in my heel. I was dumbfounded by what this pain could possibly be. After multiple trips to my medical doctor and eventually chiropractor; the consensus was my sciatic nerve was inflamed.

What is the Sciatic Nerve?

What is the Sciatic Nerve? I had no clue, but after much research and discussion with my doctor explained in basic terms it is the largest nerve in your body. The Sciatic Nerve runs on both sides of the lower spine and in fact plays a big role in connecting the leg and foot muscles with the spinal cord. Now initially I was in so much discomfort that I just took some anti-inflammatory medication to get some relief. I had been in pain for two weeks before my doctor had an opening for an appointment. At the doctor’s appointment my physician just instructed me to rest and use the anti-inflammatory medication and I should start to get relief. Now usually I am not compliant when it comes to taking medication because I hate taking medication. However, this was probably one of the few times I was compliant and took the medication as directed and rested as much as possible. Unfortunately, by the end of two weeks the pain returned! This time I reached out to my chiropractor and he started to educate me about why my sciatic nerve was inflamed. After his examination and his simple testing he was able to determine the real cause.

SI- Joint

The Sacroiliac Joint or the SI-joint was also part of the problem causing me discomfort. My Chiropractor Dr. Michael Boss was able to determine that my SI joint needed to be adjusted and the reason the pain didn’t subside was due to the Piriformis muscle.  The piriformis muscle is a muscle located in your butt and the closest muscle to the sciatic nerve. So in order to get the pain under control we had to strengthen the piriformis muscle. Now due to my job as a dental hygienist this muscle is overworked and is always over stretched. After having an adjustment Dr. Boss just recommended for me to take some Ibuprofen and to ice the area and rest. He also gave me some tips to help at while at work. To help relief some of this stress the piriformis muscle receives; Dr. Boss suggested that I sit with a small stack of magazines under my butt to help even out my base when I sit. A great suggestion, but didn’t really work out for me. The next best thing on our treatment plan was establishing a workout plan.

Work it out

Dr. Michael Boss is such a great doctor! He set me up with my personal trainer Brent Holmes at Elevate Life Wellness and I have never felt any better. I am proud to say my personal trainer is awesome as I workout with him three times per week for thirty minutes a session and two days on my own for thirty minutes. This is not your normal “personal training session” as each session is set to focus on the whole body instead of the certain body parts that usually happen. For example, in my past when I worked with other personal trainers, it would be “leg day”, “arm day” or “cardio day”. Allowing for a whole body workout allows me to focus on my problem areas that cause me to have discomfort and allow me to strengthen and maintain the other areas as well. Brent is great as we have together established a great gym workout plan and at home plan of action as well. I now eat clean, stretch and have very minimal sciatic pain like I had 9 months ago. In addition, I am not having to get adjusted as often as well. It feels great to have my body back!

Conclusion

As a practicing dental hygienist I want a long career and have put things in practice to make me have a successful career. I just want to share with you on how to decrease your chances of experiencing sciatic nerve pain. Please make sure to drink lots of water, exercise at least five times per week for thirty minutes a day. A monthly massage will do wonders! The massage frequency will also depend on how many patient’s you see and your work load as a dental hygienist. If it is a workload you may need to have a massage every two weeks instead. The most important tip is stretch!! Being a former college athlete you would think this would be easy to incorporate into my daily life, but it is tough! The trick is to set time out of your day to do it! You can stretch your hands, arms, and shins while waiting for doctor to come and check your patient for the exam. Another suggestion I have actually implemented is doing yoga for 20 minutes everyday. It has helped me distress from the day and is a pre-workout/warm-up before heading to the gym. If you are looking to get fit or simply live better and smarter; I would suggest setting up a wellness plan with Dr. Michael Boss and Brent Holmes at Elevate Life Wellness. For a quicker response message him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/brent.holmes or call him  at 210-885-7048.

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Dental Tips for Mom’s and your baby

Demetria Holmes 26/04/2016 0

Expecting mom and her baby

Oral Hygiene tips Advice for mothers

Being a dental hygienist I see lots of patients everyday: children, adults, the elderly, infants and expectant mothers. The last group is probably the group of patient’s I see the most. I often get asked from expectant mothers “How can I protect my baby’s teeth so that s/he will not get cavities?” I love this question! I actually start educating expectant mothers when they visit me for their routine six month prophy (cleanings).

Morning Sickness

The first thing we talk about is the dreaded morning sickness. Unfortunately, morning sickness happens throughout pregnancy for many women; although I can’t help you prevent it, I can give you tips to help protect your teeth. It is important that after experiencing morning sickness swish with water for thirty to forty-five seconds. This is important because the bile induced from the stomach is very acidic which can very harmful to the enamel. Expectant mothers should wait thirty minutes after the morning sickness before brushing as this allows the PH in your mouth to return to its normal state.

Creating your own oral Hygiene routine

The most important time of this visit is establishing an oral hygiene routine set for yourself; so that after having your baby it will be habit for you. I know this sounds like the easiest thing to do, but with pregnancy brings change! Expecting mothers are often tired and sleep a lot during the first trimester and can’t get comfortable in the last trimester. As this happens the first thing that is easiest to do away with is usually the oral hygiene homecare. The most important thing that expecting mothers can do is take care of herself during the entire pregnancy and this includes brushing and flossing two to three times per day. The most common thing I see post-partum mothers having a higher risk of cavities and most of the time is due to lack of flossing and brushing effectively.

Taking Care of Baby

Taking care of a new baby is very rewarding! Especially when developing an oral hygiene routine that starts from birth. I inform mothers about the importance of wiping the infant’s mouth with a clean baby towel or gauze after every feeding and don’t forget the inside of the cheeks and tongue. This is really important so that the baby’s mouth stays clean and will dramatically lower the risk of developing thrush. Thrush is basically a yeast infection that forms in the babies mouth (usually is white in color and can be found on the tongue, palate and cheeks). Thrush is hard to get rid of without an antibiotic from a pediatrician. A great tip is to start early with developing the oral hygiene routine; even beginning at infancy. Try making brushing and flossing the first and last thing to be completed when the baby wakes up and before bedtime. When the baby is still small start by trying to swaddle the baby and wipe the gums, inside of cheeks, tongue with a clean baby washcloth or gauze. I also recommend brushing and flossing the baby’s first tooth when it erupts with water or a finger cot or child sized toothbrush. Be forewarned that  the baby will cry, but the more often you introduce it to them the baby will start to become accustomed to this routine. There is no need to apply toothpaste on the finger cot or child sized toothbrush water is okay to use alone. If you decide applying toothpaste is necessary I recommend using a training toothpaste (i.e. Orajel)or a gel toothpaste that contains Xylitol. The training toothpaste is okay for the child to swallow and the xylitol is as well. Xylitol is actually a natural sweetener found in nature that has been studied and proven to lower the risk for developing cavities. Xylitol also has other great benefits listed as follows: reduce the formation of plaque, increases saliva production which will aid in the repair of tooth enamel if it has been damaged. The American Dental Association also recommends bringing a child in for their first dental exam as soon as the first tooth erupts. Don’t forget to start brushing and flossing the baby’s first tooth. I recommend the floss sticks or flossers as they’re convenient to use and easy to dispose of especially when the baby is swaddled in the towel. Fluoride toothpaste should not be introduced until the age of four or five when the child is able to safely spit out the toothpaste.

Baby Bottle Cavities

Some tips we discuss with parents upon the first dental checkup deal with reducing the babies risk for cavities. The first tip is never allow the baby to fall asleep with a bottle or Sippy cup filled with milk or juice. Both drinks contain sugar in which in the right environment and frequency of the beverages can lead to sugar “pooping acid” and causing decay. If the bottle has to be with the baby at bed time only allow the baby  to sleep with the bottle filled with water so that the sugar doesn’t have time to sit on the teeth and allow the cavity process to begin. I am an advocate for the Sippy cup as it allows for the milk or juice to go directly to the back of the throat and not spread on the teeth. The no leak valve cup allows for a more regular flow of the juice and milk which allows the sugary drinks to sit more readily on the teeth giving baby a higher chance for cavities.

Conclusion

In conclusion it is very important for expectant mothers to maintain great homecare throughout the pregnancy decreasing cavities post-partum. Quick tips to help the babies have the best oral health is to start early! Remember to wipe the baby’s mouth after feeding with a clean washcloth. As soon as the first tooth erupts take the baby for their first dental checkup. Use a child’s toothbrush or finger cot to clean the teeth. And begin flossing with floss sticks while the baby is swaddled in their bath towel. Refrain from using fluoride toothpaste until the age of four or five when the child can spit the toothpaste out. Instead use water alone, training gel toothpaste, or xylitol gel toothpaste. The most important tip is never allow the baby to fall asleep with milk or juice in the bottle or Sippy cup. A  constant source of sugar places the baby at a higher risk for cavities to develop. For more blog posts like this please visit www.dentalstaffingsa.com

 

 

 

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Treating Dry Mouth

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Dry desert background image

Dry mouth can make patient’s feel very uncomfortable like they’re in a desert with no relief. In fact places the patient at a higher susceptibility for dental caries. Saliva is needed to help moisten and cleanse our mouths while also aiding in digestion. Dry mouth is a very serious condition which can not only have an effect on oral health, but also on the patient’s overall health.

Dry Mouth Symptoms

Patients may express the following symptoms which are all associated with having dry mouth.

  1. Feeling thirsty or parched often
  2. Tissues feeling dry
  3. Dry throat
  4. Mouth burning or a tingling sensation
  5. Tongue red (might be a vitamin deficiency) and dry
  6. Bad breath
  7. Hoarseness
  8. Cracked lips (a vitamin B definciency)
  9. Corners of the mouth cracked (is also known as a vitamin B deficiency)

Dental professionals should obtain an accurate but current medical history. It is important to determine what diagnosed medical conditions and what medications patients are taking for these conditions.  The Surgeon General estimtaes that there are over 500 medications that can cause dry mouth. If the dentist is going to be treating dry mouth or chronic dry mouth it is important to determine the true underlying cause. If the dentist can determine which medication has a side effect for dry mouth the doctor may need to dicuss the findings wwith the patients’ medical doctor and come up with a plan of action. The patient’s physician may determine that there may need to be a change in the type of medication.

If it is determined that the patient is undergoing radiation therapy there are precautions that should be taken while patient is undergoing radiation therapy to the head/neck. Radiation therapy to the head and neck can make it very difficult and uncomfortable to talk, eat and swallow. It makes the patient more susceptible to get an infection. If some of these side effects are too great, the patient may not be able to continue with the radiation therapy. As a result the physician may need to cut back or even stop the radiation treatment.  As dental professional this is important as it has been proven that radiation treatment to the head and neck can effect each patient differently. Some patients will experience dry mouth, lots of dental cavities, change or loss in taste, jaw stiffness or changes in the jaw, infections or mouth and sore gums.  Our jobs as dental professionals are to check and clean their teeth. Take dental x-rays to evaluate and the patient’s oral health and susceptibility for dental caries. Patients that are scheduled for head and neck radiation treatment should see a dentist at least one month before starting the radiation treatment. It is during this evaluation where we can educate our patients on how to prevent side effects from radiation treatment and how to prevent the jaw from being stiff by performing jaw exercises at least three times per day. To help reduce patient’s chances of pain and jaw pain and soreness give the patient some exercises to complete at home. The patient will open and close the mouth without causing pain twenty times as far as the patient can do so successfully without being in any discomfort. Radiation therapy in the head and neck can be a problem for children too.  It has been proven that if patient’s undergoing head and neck radiation therapy have the patient rinse several times a day with a solution of ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and salt in one quart of warm water. Then have patient rinse with plain water. Patients have received great relief from this great practice that can be done anywhere. Before children start head and neck radiation treatment the child should be seen by a dentist for evaluation of primary teeth, loose teeth or teeth that may become loose during treatment. It has been proven that permanent teeth maybe slow to erupt and may look different than normal teeth.

Tips to reduce Dry Mouth

Here are some tips to help reduce Xerostomia also known as dry mouth.

  1. Decrease or limit caffeine consumption because the caffeine will make your tissues in the mouth feel drier.
  2. Drink water regularly throughout the day. Water helps to keep the PH in your mouth more stable and reduce an acidic environment for bacteria to thrive.
  3. Suck on ice chips. Sometimes patient’s will have difficulty swallowing but the ice chips make it more manageable.
  4. Chew sugar free gum as it contains Xylitol which is a natural sugar found in tree bark
  5. Avoid oral health products that contain alcohol (ie. Mouthrinse, toothpaste) as the alcohol will aide in drying tissues out.
  6. Include over the counter saliva substitutes in your homecare regimen (Oasis, Biotene Oral Balance, Mouth Kote) as these products aid in salivary production.
  7. Use a humidifier to add moisture in your air at night at bedtime (especially if you’re a mouth breather).
  8. Concentrate on breathing through your nose and not your mouth.
  9. Avoid using store bought or over the counter decongestants and antihistamines as this will often make dry mouth symptoms worse.

Xerostomia is a condition that should be taken very seriously as it can effect a patient’s quality of life. Since it is very uncomfortable patients will often choose not to eat as it can be very uncomfortable. If the patient wears dentures it may not fit properly or not feel very good on the tissues and as a result the patient will not wear them which so the patient will not eat.  Saliva is very important in maintaining great health of both your teeth and mouth. It is best to avoid sugary foods or acidic foods or sweets as this will increase the risk of dental caries (cavities). Incorporate brushing with a fluoride toothpaste or a prescription fluoride toothpaste as it has a higher fluoride content in the toothpaste which will reduce the susceptibility of caries. Dental providers can also recommend patient’s to use a fluoride mouth rinse at night (ie. Act mouth rinse with Fluoride). It is also recommended that patient’s with dry mouth don’t skip out on dental visit’s and exams. The ADA recommends that patient’s should have cleanings and exams twice per year and x-rays once per year to detect for tooth decay or other dental problems and treat them accordingly. After trying all of these steps and the xerostomia does not subside or decrease it may be determined that you need to be seen by a specialist that can evaluate your condition further. There may be an unforeseen condition not detected. It has been proven that patient’s taking at least one medication has a higher susceptibility for xerostomia. Medications are probably the most common cause of dry mouth. Some side effects of medical conditions from xerostomia are the following conditions: hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, mumps, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and anemia to name a few. A patient’s lifestyle can increase the likelihood of xerostomia if they partake in smoking and chewing tobacco.  It may be determined from your medical physician that the only way to obtain long term relief may mean changing the dosage, medication or determining and addressing the underlying health issues. The patient should be informed that they should communicate on a regular basis with the cancer physician and dentist about any mouth problems that occur during and after the head and neck radiation treatment.

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Improving periodontal health

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Improving Periodontal health

We’ve all seen the patient’s that state they are flossing nightly, using their electric toothbrushes two or three times per day for two minutes and using mouth rinse as part of their homecare routine, but still present with gingival inflammation and bleeding especially after periodontal therapy. What do you recommend for them? How can we as clinicians improve periodontal health? The research findings according to the University Of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) suggest that individuals with periodontal disease are often associated with CoQ10 deficiency. What is CoQ10? It is very similar to a vitamin and is found in every cell in the body and our cells use it to make energy the body needs for the cells to grow and maintenance.

Aides to improve periodontal health

It is believed that when CoQ10 is applied as a topical (i.e. Mouthwash Perioclear) on the gingival tissues it might help control the bacteria that causes periodontal disease because when the antioxidants interact with the oxygen atoms it helps reduce collagen destruction and accelerates tissue repair and regeneration. Thus promoting healthy periodontal gingival tissues which leads to a healthy periodontium. I believe in introducing the patient to CoQ10 either in the natural form from foods like sardines, mackerel, and broccoli or in the pill form. Research has proven that after the age of about 35 our body’s natural ability to synthesize CoQ10 from foods slow down which is why I also discuss pill form. It has been proven that CoQ10 60-100mg/day is recommended for general maintenance and for more therapeutic purposed like after SCRP 200-600mg/day. It may be an added benefit to suggest Coq10 to patient’s after periodontal therapy to aid in the added benefit with healing. As a dental professional I always recommend that the patient’s discuss this with their medical doctor before proceeding to add this to their homecare routine to make sure there aren’t any interactions from any other medications the patient maybe taking. CoQ10 might reduce the effectiveness of anticoagulants also known as blood thinners like warfarin and clopidigrel. I have witnessed great results from patients who have successfully added CoQ10 both immediately after SCRP periodontal therapy and patients who are on the recommended three to four month periomaintenance recall. These patients are eager to show me their progress from incorporating CoQ10 with all the other steps the patients are doing at home. It is important for the patient to understand that even though there homecare has improved sometimes our body needs additional help to help achieve a healthy periodontium. CoQ10 is great in aiding our patient’s achieve this goal!

Nutritional Supplements aiding in a healthy mouth

Before jumping to nutritional supplements don’t forget to educate the patient’s about the need for a healthy diet. Educating patients about their nutrition is extremely important.  A balanced healthy diet, exercise and great homecare is the key to not only oral health buy also systemic health. Encourage your patient’s to eat nutritious foods as it helps our immune system fight gingivitis and helps decrease the chances from it progressing to periodontal disease.  Patients should understand how foods rich in antioxidants effect their body but most importantly boost our body’s capability to heal damaged tissues. Dental professional should discuss the importance of Vitamins C, E, A and D. Vitamin C is important as it plays an important role in the health of our tissues. I have never been great on remembering which vitamin does what but I always think the letter C stands for collagen and is related to Vitamin C. Collagen is basically connective tissue which is so important when our goal as dental professionals is for our patient’s to have strong healthy gums. Therefore patients who have a vitamin C deficiency have a higher susceptibility of gingivitis. Patients who are also smokers should also be informed that smoking will lower or deplete Vitamin C in the body. We should also encouraged cessation of smoking which will not only help make the patient’s oral tissues healthy but greatly have a positive impact on the patients’ systemic health in a positive way as well.  Encourage Vitamin C enrich foods in our patient’s diet which include some of the following: bananas, green leafy vegetables and broccoli. Vitamin E enriched foods are important as these foods fight free radicals which means they promote wound healing. It is believed that wounds in the gums that get infected act as an underlying cause of gum disease. Encouraged patients to have foods rich in Vitamin E like breakfast cereal, nuts or even extra virgin olive oil. The next Vitamin A is an important vitamin that is essential for best immunity. Some Vitamin A foods that do this best are tomatoes, squash, and carrots. The hardest part of the eating a balanced diet conversation is discussing the role of coffee and caffeinated drinks affect our oral health. Coffee affects the oral tissues in two ways. The first way is it changes the pH and temperature in the mouth and gingival tissues. The second way is it reduces the blood flow the gingiva. It is both the combination of the lowered temperature and constriction of the blood vessels which means the patient’s gingival tissues don’t obtain all of the optimum oxygen needed to function properly. Now although this will not directly cause gingivitis or periodontitis it can greatly affect the declining gingival health. Caffeinated products especially coffee can and will contribute to an absence of hydration. This has a direct effect on the gingival tissues and oral health as this means less saliva production which greatly effects one’s susceptibility in developing dental caries and gingivitis which can lead to periodontal disease. Now refraining from all caffeine will be a hard task for any person to do cold turkey so have the discussion on what the patient can have as an alternative. Discuss with the patient maybe decreasing the amount of caffeine they consume a day. A great alternative to caffeine would be green tea. There was a 2009 study that was published in the Journal of Periodontology that basically discussed the results of the study that confirms the participants who did partake in green tea did in fact have less periodontal disease as well as increase in overall periodontal health. It is from this study that we should encourage a patient to drink at least one or two cups of green tea a day to help boost their oral health.  Vitamin D everyone remembers being associated with milk. Besides vitamin D being found in milk other food sources include the following: tuna, eggs, salmon, cow’s, mushrooms and sardines.

Summary

In summary decreasing gingival bleeding and periodontal pockets can be achieved with the help of the dental health professional by evaluating all factors in the patient’s dietary factors by determining if the patients are having a well-balanced diet and not deficient in Vitamins C, E, A and D. If it is determined that patients are deficient encouraged the proper Vitamin enriched foods to help achieve optimum health. A great addition that should also be considered after periodontal therapy is adding CoQ10 an enzyme that will reduce collagen destruction and accelerates tissue repair and regeneration. Thus promoting healthy periodontal gingival tissues which leads to a healthy periodontium. CoQ10 can be administered topically in a mouth rinse (Perioclear) or systemically through foods or in the pill form. Patients should always discuss this their medical doctor before adding this to regimen as it can have interactions of anticoagulants like warfarin and clopidigrel.

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Dental Recruiting Fees

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Explanation of Dental Recruiter Fees

Before clicking the exit button let us explain. I know what you’re thinking another blog talking about money! However let us give an explanation of dental recruiter fees.  As dental recruiters there are lots of expenses that occur when searching for the right applicants in which we have to charge fees. We are a successful business and are an extension of your office to flow well in the event of an absent employee or the need to add to your staff. The dental recruiting fees that we charge are comparable to the fees that your dental office has to charge the patient. Before releasing our candidates into the dental field we do extensive background checks on our candidates. For each candidate there are two to three different checks that we run depending on what the office is looking for and the requirements. We also recruit the top qualified candidates which again requires us to post blogs, travel, and attend different professional meetings. As any professional business we also have insurance in the event of the unforeseen. With that being said we don’t just charge the fees to take from your practice, but the fees we charge make it possible to send your office simply the best dental staffing. Please feel confident when choosing Dental Staffing Consultants as we aim to provide excellent service. We do the hard work so that you don’t have to worry about those detailed things. We aim to please and will go over and beyond to make sure our candidate is the right fit for your office.

Contact us

Please keep us in mind in the event that your office needs staffing whether it be on a temporary or permanent basis. We can be easily reached on our website at http://www.dentalstaffingsa.com  or by email info@dentalstaffingsa.com and we will be glad to help you.

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Let Your Resume’ Land You The Position

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Writing the perfect resume’

Resume writing can seem redundant and time consuming, but the reality this is the first opportunity employers will have to learn about your skills so let’s make it fun process! Let us help you spice up your resume’ and land you a new dental home. There are five tips that we will share that will get you the new positon. Now don’t feel that our recommendations are the only tips you can try. The great thing about resume’s are it represents you!

Resume’ tips

The first tip is give your resume’ a purpose. Before you start writing your resume consider what your best qualities are and what makes you the best candidate for the positon. Then when writing this section of the resume’ make sure you emphasis how your employer will benefit from adding you to their team. Be sincere but professional when talking about your strengths. This is the opportunity to set yourself apart from the other potential candidates that are eyeing for the same position. In this section you want to highlight your strengths; it’s really ok to brag!

Our next tip is to add a section that highlights your interest. It looks great if you’re a member of your professional organization so make sure to include that, but also add interests that are really interesting and don’t be afraid to be really specific. This will give the interviewer (ie. Office manager or dentist) a better picture of the whole person! Dental employers want someone that is professional but relatable to their patient’s. It is the staff that makes patient’s feel at ease with dental treatment and want to hire the right person capable of providing quality treatment and making the patient’s feel at ease.

Next our advice would be to don’t forget the rule of seven, which basically translates to in order for the prospect to hear your message the reader has to hear the message at least seven times before taking action. This does not mean that you have to state hire me seven times, but you need to be creative in your verb list for example individualized patient centered care, caring clinician to just give a few examples. The rule of seven doesn’t have to occur in the same section; in fact we highly recommend that you use the rule of seven starting in the cover letter and throughout the entire resume.

The fourth tip is to make your resume’ one page or less and be creative with your design. As a dental recruiter we love when our prospective candidates take the time to make their resume’ stand out. Some candidates have even strategically placed a photo on their resume’.  Don’t be afraid to make your resume’ different as this will help the interviewer have a lasting impression about your resume’. I have even loved some resume’s that included logos of the previous companies they were employed by instead of just listing the name.

Finally the last tip is to arrange the resume’ into two parts. The first part is the introduction and should emphasis your skills, qualities, and abilities. Make sure your verbiage emphasize your strong characteristics. The second part of the resume will support the first part of the resume’ as this will display the evidence that what you’ve said are true. This part of the resume’ should leave an introduction that leaves your potential employer wanting to know more about you as an individual and clinician. Therefore landing you the opportunity for an interview with the potential dental office.

Summary

In conclusion allow you resume to be an extension of you in order to make your resume’ stand out from others make sure you make it unique as you are. Follow the steps as mentioned as these tips will serve as a great guide to help the writing process of a perfect resume’.  Let’s face it there are plenty of ways to write a resume. In fact there is no set in stone steps or sequence to write a resume’. It is important to make you resume stand out and not have the same repetitive words, looks or phrases. We have included some examples of how you can make your resume’ stand out from the other candidates applying for the same positons. The most important advice is to proof read yourself and from someone you trust. This will allow for error free grammatical and punctuation errors and maintain the professional apperarance that is desired.

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The Three Letter Word Job

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Landing the Job

JOB! The employment opportunity presents itself whether on a job board or from the endless streak of the interview process. This can be a trying time for any employee or dental office. Dental recruiters can help make this process a smooth transition for any candidate. Dental Staffing Recruiters establish relationships with dental offices and determine your needs and the doctor’s wants and play match maker. Our unique in house interviewing process for both allows this process to run smooth.

Working interviews

Dental staffing consultants allow for optimum successful results. We maximize successful outcomes by allowing our candidates to go on working interviews to determine if this is best dental home for their needs. The working interview also allows the dental practice to determine how well the candidate fits their practice’s principal; while also earning income. So when you’re looking to add more days to your schedule or a new dental home try using a dental staffing recruiter to make the process less stressful. We’re here to help as our goal is to meet you needs so that you find the office that meets your expectations and desires.

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Allowing a Dental Recruiter to be an Extension to Your Dental Office

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Choosing a dental recruiter

Dental Staffing Recruiters are an asset to any dental practice as they allow your practice to thrive when there are unforeseen circumstances that arise. Let’s face it life just gets in the way! Whether there are rundown or uninspired employees, health circumstances, or employee’s that are no longer a fit to your practice. These negative characteristics can have a direct correlation on patient care and patient acceptance. Adding a fresh face to your staff can help bring positive moral and change the working environment. If your employee’s aren’t happy your patient’s can definitely tell and feed off of the whole staff.  Allow a dental staffing recruiter like Dental Staffing Consultants to provide the appropriate staff relief to fit your office’s needs. We take the pressure off of the employment process by doing all of the background information like background checks, interviewing, and verifying the necessary credentials and certifications required by the state to be compliant with laws. Feel confident about your decision to use dental staffing recruiters as we are an asset to keep any practice thriving.

Dental Staffing Consultants recruit simply the best staff!  We separate ourselves from the rest as our specially trained staff personally conduct interviews and the necessary meetings to determine if the candidate is a great hire.  Our Dental staffing consultants’ team believe that we recruit the best and the candidates always prove why we are. Upon completion of every temporary assignment or permanent hire we send out evaluation forms to see how not only the candidate, but how we matched your office. We have a wide variety of candidates across the nation and we feel confident that we can provide you with the best staff. We allow for so many different options when choosing the proper staffing that allow for individualized office needs and this is what sets us apart of from other staffing companies. We take pride in our work and only want to provide the best service to your office and patients. If the office or dentist feels that we are performing less than satisfactory we aim to make corrections. We value your opinion and take well to both positive and corrective feedback. If the dental staffing recruit obtains collectively three negative responses from dental offices; we reserve the right to safeguard our brand and make the necessary actions associated with these results. We hope this isn’t necessary, but we value your opinion and strive for greatness so that your practice continues to thrive in a positive manner.

Summary

We can only be at our best by doing business with the best! We look forward to forming new and continuing great relationships with our clients. We appreciate you trusting our skills and knowledge so that we can help your office provide great patient centered quality care. Just remember when you need dental staffing don’t stress for we are here to put your mind at ease. Thank you for choosing Dental Staffing Consultants.

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