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Dental practice management articles on dental office hygiene departments from Cambridge Dental Consultants and guest bloggers.

Hygiene pay, salary and bonuses

Base pay plus commission seems to be the best and most popular system. This protects the hygienist if the front desk drops the ball on the schedule, but also gives the hygienist a reason to go the extra mile.Always use adjusted production or actual collections when calculating a hygienist’s bonus because this is the amount that can actually be collected.The general rule of thumb is that any commission kicks in when production (or collection) exceeds three times the hygienist’s base pay. Also, if the day does fall apart or there's an open hour, the hygienist on base pay can take a...
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What hygienist can do?

What hygienist can do?

This resource from the ADHA lists state by state.

Two letters denote separate supervision levels depending on setting (Private/Public)

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How many hygienists?

How many hygienists?

For most dentists three or more hygienists is too many but there are those dentists who make it work. To make it work requires that the dentist and hygienists are in coordination so that appointments are as smooth as silk.

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Periodontal maintenance: D4910

Periodontal maintenance: D4910

The industry standard for periodontal procedures is between 30-35% of hygiene production. Periodontal maintenance (D4910), of course, follows SRPs. It is not preventive. It is after-care. 

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