Hygiene is one of the three main departments in any dental practice (along with the restorative department and the business desk). This is one area that could lead to high profits if you make the right decisions.
Why Is Hygiene Production Important for My Practice?
On average, hygiene will contribute between 25% and 35% of your practice’s gross production. You should see downtime of 5% to 8% or less in this area. Around 75% of restorative procedures start out as a hygiene visit.
If you haven’t set goals for your dental practice, now is the time to do so. Your hygienists should be producing an amount that is triple the cost of their wages. They should also understand how to promote elective and restorative procedures to help keep profits on the rise while providing patients with excellent service.
What If I Don’t Have a Dental Hygienist On My Staff?
You should consider the current status of your dental practice and determine if hiring a dental hygienist is a good next step. The main factor to consider is your time. As a skilled professional, your time is valuable. How much of it is spent on hygiene production that could be better spent on procedures that require your knowledge and skills?
Having at least one qualified hygienist on hand can help lift some of the burden off of the dentist while enabling the practice to see more patients each day. A training course can help you discover more ways to increase profits through hygiene care. Contact us now to schedule your first class or to learn more about our other dental practice training courses.
Use SPS Hygiene Production calculator to see how you are performing.