Every position in a dental practice is crucial to the success and overall happiness of your patients and teammates. We are in the career of smiles and we want to make sure you are happy with your career. We have put together a list of the 4 things you need to do in your dental career to be a successful and find true happiness.
1. Understand how you really make a difference.
Sometimes working in a dental office can be hard and you can feel under appreciated, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Whatever your position is, your patients trust you to make sure they are going to be taken care of.
- Front office makes patients feel welcome the moment they walk through the door and ensures the important financial and insurance side is properly handled.
- Registered Dental Hygienists establish rapport and create relationships while making sure the patient is plaque free to minimize decay.
- Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Assistants support the doctor and calm the nerves of the patient while they are in treatment.
And really this only scratches the surface of all that you do in your job each and every day!
Every position in a dental office is so crucial and the patient would not be getting the treatment they need without YOU!!
2. Know your true worth.
In a monetary fashion. Although money isn’t everything, being paid what you are worth definitely makes you happy. Not being paid what you are worth? Then it may be time to ask for a raise or take a look at your overall compensation package.
3. Continue to learn and grow in your dental field.
Registered Dental Hygienists and Registered Dental Assistants must earn 25 credit of continuing education per year to keep their title. But Front office and Dental Assistants don’t. That doesn’t mean those positions should just stop learning. Learning more about your position will help you work smarter and find more confidence than ever before. Not sure where to start? We got you. For front office head to Front Office Rocks, for dental assisting it might be time to get your RDA licence.
4. Find your perfect dental family.
The biggest part of being happy in your career is to find the team and patients that make you feel loved and appreciated. It isn’t always easy, but being apart of a practice you love makes your career amazing. If you are not happy with your current office, there are many dental practices that are looking to hire. You can find offices on your own with DirectDental or try working with a free personal recruiter at Direct Dental Staffing to find your dream job. Either way, make sure your resume is ready!
Bottom line, take a deep breath and focus on all the positive aspects of your job. You are making a difference in people’s lives every single day.
Any other tips for people in the Dental Field? Please leave it in the comments!