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5 THINGS DENTAL PRACTICES CAN DO ABOUT THE "PERFECT STORM" AND DENTAL HYGIENISTS

A sailboat on the water watching a rainstorm in the distance.There was a lot that changed about our world and the dental industry in 2020. That includes the attitudes and availabilities of dental hygienists, according to Shannon Richkowski, RDH, founder and director of Hygiene Mastery.

Richkowski believes that the events surrounding the pandemic that enveloped our world in 2020 created a “perfect storm” when it comes to the availability of dental hygienists to work everyday hours in the dental practice. That “perfect storm” includes the female-dominated industry of dental hygiene focusing on staying at home to help with children while daycare and schools were closed by COVID-19.

Now that our society is reopening at a rapid pace, what does that mean for dental hygienists and their readiness to return to work on a full-time basis? Richkowski gives her thoughts on that, as well as five things that dental practices can do to ensure they can escape the frustrations that come with trying to fill dental hygiene positions in the practice.

You can listen to the thoughts and tips from Richkowski on hiring and keeping dental hygienists by watching the video below. You can also reach out to her for more answers and ideas through the Hygiene Mastery page.

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