January 28, 2024

139. New Dental Hygienist Tips | Photograph, Report, Tracking, Success

In this episode of the Millennial Dentist podcast, I discuss the topic of new hygienist work with my guest, Emily. We share insights on standing out and adapting to your hygiene position. Reporting plays a crucial role in dental practice, measuring team achievements and effectiveness within a specific timeframe. Mastering dental photography is a primary challenge for new hygienists, taking months to learn. 

Furthermore, we shared the transformative journey of tracking progress through numbers and celebrating the wins, acknowledging the unique challenges faced by new hygienists in mastering dental photography. Despite occasional mistakes, continual progress helps minimize issues for success in our practice. 

@1:10 3D Practice Growth Summit

@2:50 Who is Emily?

@4:00 Newbie Hygienist Tips

@8:54 Reporting Data

@10:52 Tracking Team’s Growth

@14:02 Beyond Basic Fundamentals

@16:54 Focus on Success

@18:25 First Mistakes 

Who is Dr. Sully Sullivan?

Dr. Sully is a fourth-generation dentist from Nashville, Tn. After receiving his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Tennessee, he moved back to Nashville to practice with his father. By continuing to invest in his education through adult orthodontics, soft tissue grafting, dental implants, third molar extractions, and obstructive sleep apnea, he helped double his practice in just 24 months. 

As a millennial, he truly believes in working smarter not harder, which has led him to utilize technology to not only deliver better patient care but more efficient care. Dr. Sullivan regularly uses CEREC, 3D imaging with Galileos, 3D printing, and multiple lasers. In addition to his practice, he started the Millennial Dentist Podcast in February of 2017 to help push his fellow colleagues to take their dental careers to the next level. Dr. Sully lectures around the country on cone beam technology, cad/cam dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea, and practice management. He is also an ambassador for the 3D-Dentist teaching facility in Raleigh, NC.

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Partner, Sullivan Dental Partners

Co-host/Founder of the Millennial Dentist Podcast

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