Category: Author: Smiles4u
It’s the last few days of the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio.
We cheered with pride as Michael Phelps made history adding two individual and two relay golds at his fifth Olympics, two years after coming out of retirement.
Also on the swimming front, Simone Manuel made history by becoming the first African-American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event and Katie Ledecky smashed her own world record, taking home four gold and one silver.
And if things couldn’t get any better, the “Final Five” proved to be the most successful women’s gymnastics team in history.
They flipped, twirled and vaulted their way to team Gold and well as more gold, silver and bronze medals in the all-around and event finals.
It would take hours to talk about all the winning moments for Team USA in Rio.
From swimming and diving, to gymnastics and volleyball to track and field and every other sport in between, our Olympians did not disappoint.
It’s evident that each athlete has his or her own individual talents, but it really is a team effort.
It’s the same at the dental office.
As dentists, we couldn’t do what we do everyday without the help of our team:
Dental assistants help with sterilizing instruments and equipment, taking and developing x-rays, taking impressions, and preparing and guiding patients throughout their procedures.
The dental hygienist is similar to a dental assistant, but they are more involved and responsible for patient care. Hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of diseases such as periodontal disease, gingivitis and cancer, and provide preventative dental care under the supervision of the dentist. They are the first line in prevention and education about maintaining and improving oral health.
Dental Laboratory Technicians
Dentists work with dental technicians to manufacture dental prosthetics, such as bridges, crowns and dentures in accordance with their specifications. There are four disciplines in dental technology including fixed prosthesis, removable prosthesis, maxillofacial prosthesis, and orthodontics and auxiliaries.
The office manager oversees the daily operations of the dental practice. They help set schedules, train staff and assess their performance, plus they know the ins and outs of the financials, ordering and purchasing. They run the business side of the practice so that the dentist can focus on what’s important — taking care of patients.
Front Desk, Receptionist or Patient Care Coordinator
These people are the face of the practice and most often the ones who greet you with a friendly smile or hello as soon as you walk through the doors. They are multi-skilled and can handle accounting, scheduling appointments as well as billing patients and insurance companies.
Do you have a dental “Dream Team”?
Before you make your next appointment, ask yourself a few questions. Have you built a trusting relationship with your dentist? Do you feel your needs are being met? Do you share the same values? Have you been trying to avoid the dentist?
You may need to look for a new dental “Dream Team” if you’ve experienced any of the following:
> Your dentist violates your rights, jeopardizes your health or makes you feel uncomfortable.
> Your dentist provides a diagnosis and treatment plan without explaining why he selected that particular course.
> You’re discouraged from seeking a second opinion, especially for complicated procedures.
> You’ve been met with unprofessional or rude staff.
> The office or waiting room is dirty.
> Your dentist rushes you through your appointment and doesn’t listen or answer your questions.
> Your dentist doesn’t value your time and is always running late.
What do you look for in a dental office? Do you have fears of concerns about your oral health or going to the dentist?
At Hylan Dental, our team is ready and waiting to give you that winning smile. Your dental health is vital to your overall health, so make sure you’re getting the best care possible.
About Dr. Hylan
Dr. Brad Hylan has a remarkable zest for life, and is the first to admit that he loves a good adventure and is always willing to try new things. As a dentist, his mission is to make a difference in his patient’s lives, their overall health and of course… their smiles!