Clients hate to be kept waiting. When you start an appointment more than 5 minutes behind schedule, you have either announced to your client that you:
Either way, you lose. Here is what you are expected to do if you run behind. Be prepared for the day. You should arrive 10‑15 minutes before huddle. This will give you time to accomplish 4 things.
Be on time for every client! Many hygienists will say this is impossible ‑ and it will be for them! Find out the problems with holding your schedule and deal with these problems creatively. There can be a long list of reasons for falling behind. Here are the ones that have come up so far. If you hear any others add them to the list (with solutions!)
Questions Clients Ask
American Dental Association Seal of Approval ‑ This seal indicates the product is safe and effective. As of 1995, 450 over the counter products and 1300 dental practice items have received this seal.
Mouthwashes – Antiplaque/ Anti‑gingivitis
How do they work? These mouthwashes kill the bacteria that produce plaque.
Are they effective? Two name brands have the seal of acceptance from American Dental (ADA): Listerine (many generic versions also have the seal) and prescription‑only Peridex (or Perigard). All other rinses, including those that claim to loosen prior to brushing, have not been shown to be effective.
Who needs them? People with gingivitis or a physical disability such as arthritis that limits their ability to brush and floss.
Are there side effects? Peridex contains chlorhexidine, which can cause temporary tooth stains increase tartar, and alter the sense of taste. Most have shown sanguinaria, an herbal extract in Viadent, causes tissue sensitivity in some clients.
How do they work? The fluoride in this type of mouthwash binds with tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay.
Are they effective? When used after brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, ADA‑approved over‑the‑counter rinses, which contain .05% fluoride, reduce cavities up to 40% more effectively brushing alone.
Who needs them? Adults who have receding gums, eat a high‑sugar diet or have scant saliva flow as a result of illness or medication. (Saliva contains many antibacterial agents and helps rinse away cavity‑causing food particles.)
Are there side effects? No.
How do they work? Mouthwashes contain flavorings that camouflage bad breath. (Some claim to contain ingredients that kill bacteria and other causes of odors.)
Are they effective? They reduce bad breath for 10 minutes an hour, but as soon as the bacteria return, so does the odor.
Who needs them? People with gum disease, a major cause of bad breath. Persistent bad breath may also be caused by medications /uncontrolled diabetes and sinus conditions. Clients will need to see their doctor to determine the cause.
Are there side effects? No.
The mouthwash we use is: _________________. The active ingredient is: ____________________. Make sure pt. is practicing good flossing, brushing and tissue brushing (tongue, cheeks and roof of mouth). Our mouthwash is stored: _________________. The Cost is: _________________.