Dentists aren’t merely dentists- as any independent dental practice could tell you. When you’re a dentist running your own practice, you’re as much a clinician as you are a businessperson and a manager. You could be the most talented dentist in the world, and still potentially have a clinic frozen by stagnation. Because business and leadership skills often fall by the wayside of dental education, more than one practice has found itself stuck, without knowing the why or the how of getting un-stuck. The short answer to preventing or untangling yourself from this problem? Bring a dental consultant onboard. The following are just a few of the most important services a dental hygiene consultant can offer your practice.
1. Outside Perspective
As with any type of independent business, an outside perspective is priceless. For both practices that have been around for years and ones just starting, getting an outsider’s perspective is invaluable to finding cracks and holes. Even the most well-run dental practice inevitably has an area where they can improve, sometimes drastically. Infinite Hygiene can spot the flaws in your execution and lead you in the right direction towards repair.
2. System Creation
Practice-management systems are key to a dental practice’s financial success. These systems are loosely defined as principles used in the operation and management of a dental practice. The basic structure of practice-management systems will be similar across a variety of clinics, but it’s the network of core values behind the system that lends uniqueness to each practice. Infinite Hygiene helps you to not only build your system if it isn’t already in place, but also to discover what your defining values are.
3. Encourage Positive Culture
As mentioned previously, dentists must be managers as well as clinicians. The success of a dental practice has a great deal to do with the synergy in its team members. Is your work culture a positive one? Are there tensions that need to be address in the office, or communication holes that need to be filled? Dental consultants identify those problem areas and help to encourage a warm, team-focused atmosphere.
4. Offer Tools
Dental consultants aren’t without a toolkit that covers a wide range of issues afflicting a dental practice. Whether your weak point is finance handling, team building, operations, or otherwise, a dental consultant is equipped to offer you strategies and techniques for overcoming that challenge. Goal-setting is a common foundation for helping a practice to ascertain distinct issues and strive to overcome them.
5. Drive Energy
Having something at stake helps to fuel action and progress. Bringing a dental consultant on ensures that your practice has now acknowledged the need for help and committed itself to the change. Infinite Hygiene brings a high-energy approach from the very start to build a momentum that will last through the consulting course and beyond. Dental consultants work to open minds and encourage people to try new things and be available to new ideas. Infinite Hygiene acts as a driving force to open up doors both in and for your dental business.
You’re a dentist. You have a practice. Why do you need a dental consultant? Don’t be fooled into thinking a consultant tackles only one facet of your business. A consultant provides an outside viewpoint, a toolkit, and positive energy that any business, no matter its current level of success, could use. Sometimes an imperfection can only be spotted by a well-trained and dedicated eye. Infinite Hygiene provides that eye.