Episode 548

Blueprint to Develop Your Hygiene Department to Full Potential

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: July 13, 2022 | Listening Time: 00:46:45

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In this episode, Gary discusses a blueprint to develop your hygiene department to its full potential.

He will share a few metrics you need to unlock the full potential of your practice’s hygiene department and strategies you can implement to achieve these metrics.

This episode also features a clinical tip from Dr. Jeremy Krell about the importance of the Innovation Design Process in Your Practice.

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  • 00:00:28 – Introduction to the episode.
  • 00:00:53 – Announcement on the upcoming Masterclass.

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:03:16 – Innovation Design Process in Your Practice by Dr. Jeremy Krell

Coaching In Action

  • 00:09:23 – What was the key advice Dr. Omer Reed gave Gary early in his career?
  • 00:10:50 – What are the 2 things you will achieve by making your patients visit your practice on a regular basis?
  • 00:11:52 – Gary explains the flywheel effect versus the gloom doom loop that Jim Collins talked about.
  • 00:12:31 – Gary starts talking about building the Blueprint.
  • 00:12:49 – Metric Number 1
  • 00:13:28 – Metric Number 2
  • 00:14:37 – Metric Number 3
  • 00:15:32 – Metric Number 4
  • 00:16:19 – Gary talks about strategies to achieve the 4 metrics he mentioned to create a blueprint to develop the hygiene department.
  • 00:16:37 – Strategy Number 1
  • 00:17:38 – Strategy Number 2
  • 00:20:57 – Strategy Number 3
  • 00:22:03 – Strategy Number 4

Q&A Segment

  • 00:27:38 – Question Number 1 – You mentioned an ideal goal for filled hygiene appointments of 92% or above. My practice management software does not provide that report. How is the best way to get this information?
  • 00:30:18 – Question Number 2 – How can I decide the right time to add additional hygiene days?
  • 00:34:55 – Question Number 3 – As I am sure you are aware Gary hygiene wages are increasing significantly. You mentioned that hygiene should be a profit center, not a loss leader. Is that even possible today, given these escalating hygiene wages?
  • 00:40:05 – Question Number 4 – I am all in favor of growing my hygiene department. But I also want to make managing the hygiene exams feasible. Any tips?


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Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs Gary became a successful practice owner by purchasing a fixer-upper practice and developing it into a world-class dental practice. He is passionate about sharing his hard-earned insights and experiences with dental practices across the globe.

As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.

More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!
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